¿Hacia dónde se dirigen las tasas hipotecarias?

La tasa de interés que usted paga por la hipoteca de su casa tiene un impacto directo en el pago mensual.  Mientras mas alto el interes mayor será el pago.

Mortgage RatesEs por eso que es importante tener en cuenta que las tasas se dirigen al decidir comprar ahora o esperar hasta el próximo año .

A continuación hay una gráfica creada usando el Freddie Mac’s July 2015 U.S. Economic & Housing Marketing Outlook. Como usted puede ver la tasa de interés se proyecta que va aumentar constantemente durante el curso de los próximos 12 meses.

Tasas hipotecarias

¿Cómo va a afectar el pago de su hipoteca?

Dependiendo de la cantidad del préstamo que usted aseguro, el aumento de la mitad de un porciento (.5 %) en la tasa de interés puede aumentar el pago mensual de su hipoteca significativamente.

El Doctor Frank Nothaft, Vicepresidente principal & economista principal de CoreLogic, dijo esto es su último MarketPulse:

“Si usted está pensando en comprar una casa y tiene los medios financieros para hacerlo, este podría ser un buen momento para dar un vistazo a los vecindarios que le interesan. Nosotros esperamos que los precios de las casas en nuestro índice nacional subirán cerca de 4.3 % en los próximos 12 meses, y las tasas hipotecarias también parece que van a aumentar durante el próximo año”.

Si ambas predicciones de los aumentos en los precios de las casas y la tasa de interés se convierten en una realidad, las familias terminarían pagando más considerablemente para su próxima casa.

En conclusión

Incluso un pequeño aumento en la tasa de interés puede afectar el bienestar de su familia. Reúnase con nosotros para evaluar su capacidad de compra de la casa de sus sueños . Recuerde Nosotros (The ASSAL Team)  queremos asegurarnos de que usted obtenga  la tasa de interés hipotecario más bajo posible , mientras logra su meta más rápido, más fácil y con una sonrisa en su cara! Llámenos hoy mismo al 786.554.8063 o envíenos un correo electrónico a george@georgeassal.com– usted puede contar con nuestra ayuda en cada paso del camino.

Selling Your Home? Price It Right From the Start!

In today’s market, where demand is outpacing supply in many regions of the country, pricing a house is one of the biggest challenges real estate professionals face. Sellers often want to price their home higher than recommended, and many agents go along with the idea to keep their customers happy. However, we realized that telling the homeowner the truth is more important than getting the seller(s) to like us.

Price It Right

There is no “later.”

Sellers sometimes think, “If the home doesn’t sell for this price, I can always lower it later.” However, research proves that homes that experience a listing price reduction sit on the market longer, ultimately selling for less than similar homes.

John Knight, recipient of the University Distinguished Faculty Award from the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific, actually did research on the cost (in both time and money) to a seller who priced high at the beginning and then lowered the their price. In his article, Listing Price, Time on Market and Ultimate Selling Price published in Real Estate Economics revealed:

“Homes that underwent a price revision sold for less, and the greater the revision, the lower the selling price. Also, the longer the home remains on the market, the lower its ultimate selling price.”

Additionally, the “I’ll lower the price later” approach can paint a negative image in buyers’ minds. Each time a price reduction occurs, buyers can naturally think, “Something must be wrong with that house.” Then when a buyer does make an offer, they low-ball the price because they see the seller as “highly motivated.” Pricing it right from the start eliminates these challenges.

Don’t build “negotiation room” into the price.

Many sellers say that they want to price their home high in order to have “negotiation room.” But, what this actually does is lower the number of potential buyers that see the house. And we know that limiting demand like this will negatively impact the sales price of the house.

Not sure about this? Think of it this way: when a buyer is looking for a home online (as they are doing more and more often), they put in their desired price range. If seller is looking to sell their house for $400,000, but lists it at $425,000 to build in “negotiation room,” any potential buyers that search in the $350k-$400k range won’t even know your listing is available, let alone come see it!

One great way to see this is with the chart below. The higher you price your home over its market value, the less potential buyers will actually see your home when searching.

Price Visibility

A better strategy would be to price it properly from the beginning and bring in multiple offers. This forces these buyers to compete against each other for the “right” to purchase your house.

Look at it this way: if you only receive one offer, you are set up in an adversarial position against the prospective buyer. If, however, you have multiple offers, you have two or more buyers fighting to please you. Which will result in a better selling situation?

The Price is Right

Great pricing comes down to truly understanding the real estate dynamics in your neighborhood.  Our team will take the time to simply and effectively explain what is happening in the housing market and how it applies to your home.

Our team  will tell you what you need to know rather than what you want to hear. This will put you in the best possible position.

Thinking of selling your home and not sure how to price it right?  Call us, We at the ASSAL team want to make sure you price your home right while reaching your goal faster, easier and with a smile on your face! Give us a call today at 786.554.8063 or send us an email at george@georgeassal.com– you can count on our help every step of the way.

Things to Consider When Buying a Home (Summer Guide 2015)

Check List Guide

Thank you to those that  have e-mailed us with questions and concerns about things to consider when buying a home, since we care about you, the ASSAL team has put together a guide called “Buying a Home – Buyer Guide”.

Click here to view our “Buying a Home Summer Guide 2015″This powerful “Buyer Guide” will help you simply and effectively understand the current market opportunities.

As we said it before, Why would you make one of your most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a Real Estate Professional?. The ASSAL team is here to help you, call us, We want to make sure you have all answers to those questions and/or concerns and most important to help you overcome your fears and reach your goal faster, (the goal is for you to buy your dream home) easier and with a smile on your face! Give us a call today at 786.554.8063 or send us an email at george@georgeassal.com– you can count on our help every step of the way.

Are Home Values REALLY at Record Levels?

Record-High-

On July 12th, we posted an article called “What is a Housing Bubble? Is One Forming?”, last week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Home Sales Report. The report announced that the median existing-home price in June was $236,400. That value surpasses the peak median sales price set in July 2006 ($230,400). This revelation created many headlines exclaiming that home prices had hit a “new record”:

Wall Street Journal: Existing-Home Prices Hit Record

USA Today: Existing home sales surge, prices hit record

Though the headlines are accurate, we want to take a closer look at the story. We do not want people to believe that this information is evidence that a new “price bubble” is forming in housing.

NAR reports the median home price. That means that 50% of the homes sold above that number and 50% sold below that number. With fewer distressed properties (lower valued) now selling, the median price will rise. The median value does not reflect that each individual property is increasing in value.

Below are the comments from Bill McBride, the author of the esteemed economic blog Calculated Risk. McBride talks about the challenges with using the median price and also explains that in “real” prices (taking into consideration inflation) we are nowhere close to a record.

“In general I’d ignore the median sales price because it is impacted by the mix of homes sold (more useful are the repeat sales indexes like Case-Shiller or CoreLogic). NAR reported the median sales price was $236,400 in June, above the median peak of $230,400 in July 2006. That is 9 years ago, so in real terms, median prices are close to 20% below the previous peak. Not close.”

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal covered this issue in detail. In this story, Nick Timiraos explained that this rise in median prices is nothing to be concerned about:

“Does this mean we have another problem on our hands? Not really…There may be other reasons to worry about housing affordability by comparing prices with incomes or prices with rents for a given market. But crude comparisons of nominal home prices with their 2006 and 2007 levels shouldn’t be used to make cavalier claims about a new bubble.”

Bottom Line

Home values are appreciating. However, they are not increasing at a rate that we should have fears of a new housing bubble around the corner. Fear of loosing the opportunity of buying or selling your home? Call us, We at the ASSAL team want to make sure you overcome your fears and reach your goal faster, easier and with a smile on your face! Give us a call today at 786.554.8063 or send us an email at george@georgeassal.com– you can count on our help every step of the way.

What is a Housing Bubble? Is One Forming?

Bubble

The recent talk of Greece and its financial challenges has some questioning whether the U.S. could also return to the crisis we experienced in 2008. Some are looking at the rise in real estate values and wondering whether we are in the middle of another housing price bubble.

What actually is a price bubble?

Here is the definition according to Jack M. Guttentag, Professor of Finance Emeritus at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania:

“A price bubble is a rise in price based on the expectation that the price will rise. Sooner or later something happens to erode confidence in continued price increases, at which point the bubble bursts and prices drop. What makes it a price bubble is that the cause of the price increase is an expectation that the price will increase, which sooner or later must reverse itself.”

Does Professor Guttentag believe we are in another housing bubble?

In a recent article, he explained:

“My view is that we are a long way from another house price bubble. Home buyers, lenders, investors and regulators now understand that a nationwide decline in house prices is possible — because we recently lived through one.”

What are home prices doing?

Though home values are continuing to appreciate, the acceleration of the increases has slowed to year-over-year numbers which reflect a healthy housing market. Here is a chart showing year-over-year appreciation since January of last year:

Case-Shiller

We can see that appreciation rates have dropped from double digit numbers to more normal rates of 5% or lower.

Bottom Line

We think Nick Timiraos of the Wall Street Journal put it best in a recent tweet:

“Predictions of a new national home price bubble look unfounded for now, according to data.”

Interested in selling your home or looking to buy one, give us a call today at 786.554.8063 or send us an email at george@georgeassal.com. We will look forward to hearing from you!

For Sellers – Two Graphs That Scream List Your House Today

Supply-Demand

The spring and summer months have always been known as a very popular time for homebuyers to start the search for their dream home. This year is no different!

We all learned in school that when selling anything, you will get the most money if the demand for that item is high and the inventory of that item is low. It is the well-known Theory of Supply & Demand.

If you are thinking of selling your home, here are two graphs that strongly suggest that the time is now. Here is why…

DEMAND

Foot-Traffic
According to NAR, “Foot Traffic has a strong correlation with future contracts and home sales, so it can be viewed as a peek ahead at sales trends two to three months into the future.”

According to research at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), buyer activity this year has far outpaced the same months in 2014. Purchasers who are ready, willing and able to buy are in the market at great numbers.

SUPPLY

The most recent Existing Home Sales Report from NAR revealed that the current supply of housing inventory is at a 5.1 month supply, which remains below the 6-months necessary for a normal market.

Buyer demand is far outpacing the supply of homes available for sale.
Buyer demand is far outpacing the supply of homes available for sale.

Bottom Line

Listing your house for sale when demand is high and supply is low will guarantee the offers made will truly reflect the true value of your property. Interested in selling your home or looking to buy one, give us a call today at 786.554.8063 or send us an email at george@georgeassal.com. We will look forward to hearing from you!

Silver Bluff: One of Miami’s best-kept secrets

Most of the time, when I recommend looking at places in Silver Bluff to my customers, I’m met with a blank stare. A little known area right outside Coral Gables off Coral Way (zip code 33133 & 33145), Silver Bluff is one of the best and most affordable residential neighborhoods in the city. Often grouped in with the Gables, Brickell Hammocks or The Roads, there are few “secrets” in the Miami real estate market, and this is most certainly one of them.

As I mentioned in my last post, I would never sell a house I wouldn’t live in, and just as importantly, I would never sell a house in a neighborhood I wouldn’t live in either. So that would be why Silver Bluff comes so highly recommended by me—I live there! Therefore you have a relator’s stamp of approval of the area, and let me tell you a few reasons why…

  1. Proximity: Silver Bluff is close to everything in Miami. Only 5-7 minutes to Coconut Grove, 10-15 minutes to Brickell and Coral Gables and 15-20 minutes to South Beach.
  2. Safety: The area has a low crime rating.
  3. Neighborhood: Silver Bluff is known as being a calm, residential area with lots of trees, ample parking and families. Relationships with neighbors are important here, and there is a real sense of community.
  4. Investment: Buying a house here is a good investment with growing property values, and a much lower selling price than other areas in Miami. This is a great place for a first investment or first home because you get a lot of bang for your buck. Being so close to so many desirable areas in the city, there is only room to grow.
  5. Schools: There are three schools in the area, and the Silver Bluff Elementary School is graded “A”—perfect for all the families in the area.
    Source: http://www.city-data.com/
    Source: http://www.city-data.com/

    If the above still hasn’t convinced you and you would like to check out the neighborhood yourself, I’ll let you in on a few local Silver Bluff “secrets”:

    For wine lovers, Xixón Cafe , hip & modern Spanish eatery with multiple levels including dining room, wine cellar & bakery/deli, located on 21st and Coral Way, El Carajo is a must. Hidden away inside the BP gas station on 17th Ave and US1, they serve Spanish tapas and have an amazing bakery. At the Mighty Gastropub on Coral Way and 22nd Ave, they serve craft beer, sausages with an ambiance you can’t beat. Daily Bread Marketplace, boasts some of Miami’s best Mediterranean Food, and is located on 24 Ave and 27th St. And if you’re looking a twist on a Latin classic, Casabe 305 offers an incredible fare of Caribbean-Venezuelan Fusion and is located on Coral Way and 17th Ave.

    All Restaurants

    So whether as a place to grab a great bite, an investment, a first home to raise your family or just as someone seeking refuge from the city and its high rent, Silver Bluff is a fantastic option. In fact, if you are interested in taking a look, I would be more than happy to meet you at any of our local spots and discuss your options and the places currently available.

    My goal is to help you, even if we aren’t in direct contact, and I’d love to hear from you with any questions.

    Interested in Selling, Buying, Renting, Investing in Brickell, Downtown, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Silver Bluff, Doral and surrounding areas? Call me 786.554.8063 or email me George@GeorgeAssal.com, I can help, because working with someone who knows the numbers and area is crucial.George Assal PA

Your Neighborhood Realtor: Why Your Neighborhood Matters just as Much as Your New Home

Coral Way Banyan Trees

Last week I was having a conversation with a friend, and she asked me a question I get often—Why do you call yourself the neighborhood realtor?

It comes down to one simple reason—I would never put you somewhere I wouldn’t live. And when I’m making a decision about where to live, I’m taking years of experience into account and taking zero risk. The surroundings of your new home, your future neighborhood, can be just as important as the house itself.   And if I’m going to help you find a house, or buy one for myself, I’m thinking about the following things:

  • The neighbors and the block around the corner
  • The school district
  • The reason cited for the current home owner’s decision to sell
  • Other homes up for sale in the area
  • Predicted increase or decrease in property value

If you run every morning, I’m going to take a walk around the block to make sure you’ll feel safe beyond your street. If you have kids, I know that you’re looking to put their education first—and in Miami, location is everything. If you’re an investor, I’m going to make sure that your real estate investment is based on proprietary market insight and research. And if you work in another part of town, I’m going to have a good estimate on what your commute will look like every morning and what upcoming construction could affect that.

I know the questions to ask, so that you don’t have too, and in fact, I have customers for this very reason in my own neighborhood of Silver Bluff.

As a 26-year-old arriving to the United States,  I worked hard to have a piece of the “American dream” and one of the biggest parts of that dream is home ownership. Home ownership isn’t something I take lightly, as I know the work it takes to get to that point, and it is no coincidence that I got into the business of helping people find homes. Whether you are looking to find your first home or make a move into a much bigger one, I’m ready to be part of your process start to finish, in English or Spanish, night or day.

A proud Venezuelan born to Arabic parents, my time in the US was not my first exposure to hard work or a dream for better opportunity. My parents owned a store where I spent my summer vacations, and I shared my parents’ love for working with people and their strong work ethic—something I incorporate into my work every day, and something I’m looking forward to sharing more and more with you on this blog.

Moving forward, I’d like to share more of my insight on neighborhoods in and around Miami, quick tips for how to move a house faster, ideas for a less painful move or open house prep and of course, a few must-see listings. My goal is to help you, even if we aren’t in direct contact, and I’d love to hear from you with any questions.

Residences by ARMANI CASA – Sunny Isles

The Related Group and Dezer Development joined forces to bring to Sunny Isles Beach, “The Residences by Armani Casa by Cesar Pelli” The most anticipated Ultra Luxury project in Miami. Only 261 families will have the honor to call the Residences by Armani Casa their home.

The Residences by Armani Casa Miami
The Residences by Armani Casa Miami

 

Highlights

.- The brand: First US project by Armani casa

.- Location: Sunny isles Beach

.- The Archited: Cesar Pelli

.- Units: 260 units

.- Prices: starting from $1 million

.- Completion date: 2017

.- Floor Plan: 5 units per floor, the higher the unit the bigger it is.

The Residences by Armani Casa Miami
The Residences by Armani Casa Miami – Oceanfront Living

The Residences by Armani Casa in Sunny Isles Miami are spacious units from 1358 Sq.Ft to 3,756 Sq.Ft and ranging in price between $1,000 – $1,500 per Sq.Ft

Floor plan

Residences By Armani General Floor Plan
Residences By Armani General Floor Plan

 

  • Unit A at Level 4  (Units at a Higher level offer more Sq.Ft)
    • 4 Bedrooms + Den / 5,5 Bathrooms
      • Interior Sq.Ft: 3,326  (At level 28 3,527 Sq.Ft  and No den –  At level 54 → 3,756 Sq.Ft)
        •  Balcony Sq.Ft: 1,440   (At level 28 1,487 Sq.Ft  –  At level 54 1,539 Sq.Ft)
          •  Total Sq.Ft: 4,766
Residences By Armani Floor Plan A
Residences By Armani Floor Plan A
  • Unit B 
    • 4 Bedrooms + Den / 5,5 Bathrooms
      • Interior Sq.Ft: 3,027
        • Balcony Sq.Ft: 898
          • Total Sq.Ft: 3,925
Residences By Armani Casa Floor Plan B
Residences By Armani Casa Floor Plan B
  • Unit C
    • 3 Bedrooms + Den / 3,5 Bathrooms
      • Interior Sq.Ft: 2,712
        • Balcony Sq.Ft: 762
          • Total Sq.Ft: 3,474
Residences by Armani Casa Floor Plan C
Residences by Armani Casa Floor Plan C

 

  • Unit D (Units at a Higher level offer more Sq.Ft)
    • 2 Bedrooms + Den / 2,5 Bathrooms
      • Interior Sq.Ft: 1,816    (At level 281944 Sq.Ft  –  At level 54 : 2089 Sq.Ft)
        • Balcony Sq.Ft: 491  (At level 28496 Sq.Ft  and No den-  At level 54 502 Sq.Ft)
          • Total Sq.Ft: 2,307
Residences By Armani Casa Floor Plan D
Residences By Armani Casa Floor Plan D
  • Unit E  (Units at a Higher level offer more Sq.Ft)
    • 2 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
      • Interior Sq.Ft: 1,358   (At level 28 1,476 Sq.Ft  –  At level 541,610 Sq.Ft)
        • Balcony Sq.Ft: 941  (At level 281,013 Sq.Ft  and No den-  At level 54 1,094Sq.Ft)
          • Total Sq.Ft: 2,299
Residences By Armani Casa Floor Plan E
Residences By Armani Casa Floor Plan E

 

Note: Units C, D and E models are all taken however back ups for these units are accepted

Price Ranges

Residence by Armani Casa - Price Range - ** Prices and availability are subject to change without notice.
Residence by Armani Casa – Price Range –
** Prices and availability are subject to change without notice.

 

For more info regarding Residence by Armani Casa contact me directly

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The Roads one of Miami’s most prestigious neighborhoods.

The Roads is a neighborhood of Miami in Miami-Dade County, it is a triangular area located south of SW 11th Street, between SW 12th Avenue and SW 15th Road, just west of Brickell.

The Roads is known for its old homes, historic public schools, and its tree-covered streets. The Roads is very close to Downtown and Brickell, but is a historically residential neighborhood. It is also off the normal Miami street grid, and thus all the streets in The Roads are named roads, instead of streets and avenues, as is the case in the rest of Miami. Since 1986, the Miami Roads Neighborhood Civic Association has worked on a variety of projects to support the neighborhood.

The Roads neighborhood is served by the Miami Metrorail at the Vizcaya station to the south and by the Brickell station to the north.

The Roads
The Roads – triangular area located south of SW 11th Street, between SW 12th Avenue and SW 15th Road, just west of Brickell

 

The Roads, originally called “Brickell Hammock” was designed, platted and developed by Mary Brickell in January 1922 days before her death. Mary Brickell had designed the Roads as a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, with wide streets with median parkways and roundabouts with native Miami plants. Mary Brickell gave the streets, parkways, sidewalks, and electric lighting to the City of Miami in 1922. All the properties were sold in a single day on February 1, 1923.

feb-jul - for sale- sold- pend - The Roads
For Sale – Sold – Pending Sale

The Roads is also an entire off-grid plan section of the city of Miami. The streets and avenues in Miami-Dade County are aligned to a grid, where streets run east-west and avenues run north-south. The roads that run from Broadway to SW 32nd Road are roughly 45 degrees out of alignment with the grid-plan. The avenues running perpendicular to these roads are also 45 degrees out of alignment with their respective avenues coming from the north. The avenues in this section run northeast-southwest rather than the standard north-south that the ones in the rest of the county follow. This causes an abrupt change in numerical designation as they cross SW 12th Avenue (SW 5th Avenue turns west and becomes SW 18th Street, SW 4th Avenue turns west and becomes SW 20th Street, SW 2nd Avenue turns west and becomes SW 22nd Street, etc.) The most well known example of this confusion is when historic Coral Way being SW 3rd Avenue, makes a 45 degree turn onto SW 22nd Street as it crosses over SW 12th Avenue.

price per sqft
Average Sold Price

 

The Roads is served by Metrobus and Trolley throughout the area, and by the Miami Metrorail at:

  • Brickell (SW 11th Street and SW 1st Avenue)
  • Vizcaya (SW 32nd Road and US1)

Metrorail has stops throughout Miami with service to Greater Miami and Miami International Airport, all Miami-Dade County bus lines, Tri-Rail and Amtrak. The main bus station in Downtown is located next to the Arsht Center at the Adrienne Arsht Center Station.

ADOM & SP-LP The roads
Average days on Market

 

 

For more information about The Roads please contact me directly

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