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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
There comes a time when parents are no longer able to care for their affairs in a proper way. They may  have to sell their home. This can take place for a variety of reasons. It may be that you will need a power of attorney sell property option. The power of attorney is not just for selling property. It allows you to help them with many  legal matters. At least in most cases. People are often faced with the selling my parents house dilemma.Power of Attorney sell PropertyThe power of attorney sell property is just one part of the authority that comes with a power of attorney. To get this there are some steps that one needs to go through.The first thing that you need to do is talk to your parents. You want to do this while there are in good mental health. It can be more difficult to get a...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
Most homeowners need to borrow money from the bank before buying a property. It’s often a necessary but unwanted acquisition due to lenders’ perplexing contracts, extensive regulations, and steep interest rates. But what happens when you cannot meet those monthly mortgage payments? You’ll probably unwillingly experience the dreaded Florida foreclosure process, and will be looking for help.Homeowners dread the F-word, and for good reason. Foreclosures can leave you homeless while ruining your credit. Although lenders are required to inform you about the many consequences resulting from a defaulted loan, the Florida foreclosure process can seem sudden and life-altering. But how do foreclosures work? With knowledge and a little effort, you can effectively meet your state and lender’s guide...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
As senior citizens get older and find themselves in situations where they have to sell their house, there can be many details involved. First of all, how do you know the right time? When should seniors sell their homes? It is just when they need to pay for medical expenses or to cover the costs of senior living facilities? Do you need to sell parents house to help them out? What about some of the costs, like the capital gains tax when selling homes? Will they still be required to pay that? The good thing is that there is not always a large capital gains tax when selling homes whether it is put up for sale by owner or if you choose to sell parents house for them. The capital gains tax when selling homes is contingent on certain factors.What is the capital gains tax when selling homes?Any...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
It’s come time to prepare to sell your elderly parents home. Everyone typically puts it off as long as possible, but as parents age, the cost of caring for them rises and in most cases, it’s inevitable that you’ll have to face selling your parents house. Caregiving takes its toll financially as well as physically and emotionally. Some medical expenses are covered by Medicare, Medicaid or insurance, but there is always something popping up unexpectedly. Sometimes it’s those midnight runs to the ER or urgent care than take a toll physically and prohibit you from working the hours you need to just to make ends meet.For many, the toll of caregiving only leaves them the option of selling. As much as you probably hate to face it, you’ll likely need to sell your elderly parents home. It’s impo...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
With millions of homes across the country going into foreclosure, it’s important for both buyers and mortgage holders to understand the process.So what is a pre-foreclosure in Florida anyway?Many homeowners across America are facing difficulties making their monthly mortgage payments.When a homeowner misses 3-6 months of mortgage payments, the lending institution will issue a warning, notifying the homeowner to pay or lose their home. If a homeowner fails to make the necessary payments, the bank will file an action to foreclose on the home in the court. Thankfully, during this stage of the process, a mortgage holder has the opportunity to take advantage of several options to prevent losing their home.This period is known as “pre-foreclosure.”Banks and mortgage lenders typically provide ...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
Over the last two years, the rate of home prices appreciated at a dramatic pace. While that led to incredible equity gainsfor homeowners, it’s also caused some buyers to wonder if home prices will fall. It’s important to know the housing market isn’t a bubble about to burst, and home price growth is supported by strong market fundamentals.To understand why price declines are unlikely, it’s important to explore what caused home prices to rise so much recently, and where experts say home prices are headed. Here’s what you need to know.Home Prices Rose Significantly in Recent YearsThe graph below uses the latest data from CoreLogic to illustrate the rise in home prices over the past year and a half. The gray bars represent the dramatic increase in the rate of home price appreciation in 202...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
While the Federal Reserve is working hard to bring down inflation, the latest data shows the inflation rate is still going up. You no doubt are feeling the pinch on your wallet at the gas pump or the grocery store, but that news may also leave you wondering: should I still buy a home right now? Greg McBride, Chief Financial Analyst at Bankrate, explains how inflation is affecting the housing market: “Inflation will have a strong influence on where mortgage rates go in the months ahead. . . . Whenever inflation finally starts to ease, so will mortgage rates — but even then, home prices are still subject to demand and very tight supply.” No one knows how long it’ll take to bring down inflation, and that means the future trajectory of mortgage rates is also unclear. While that uncertainty...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
If you’re planning to buy a home this year, you might have heard that pre-approval is a necessary step to take before starting out on your journey. But why is that? And is it still important in today’s shifting market?The truth is, getting a pre-approval letter from your lender is critical, and when it comes to your home search, it can be a game changer in so many ways. To better understand why, it’s important to know what pre-approval is. Freddie Mac defines the process like this:“A pre-approval is an indication from your lender that they are willing to lend you a certain amount of money to buy your future home. The lender you work with will provide you with a pre-approval letter, which is an official document that states the maximum amount they are willing to lend you, . . .”Put simpl...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
When parents age there needs to be some changes made. It often means that the kids have to attend to this. One of the factors may be that I have to sell my parents house before death. This is a big task for you. It is not one that you do everyday. So it is not one that you are familiar with. The sell my parents house before death task is one that many people face.Sell Your Elderly Parents HomeSelling parents house means that you have a lot to learn. First, you have to know what options are available to you. I have to sell my parents house before death may mean fewer legalities. It is when it's compared to selling your parents house after they have passed away. This usually means even greater legal issues.You have some decisions to make  to sell your elderly parents home. It includes whi...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
Some Highlights It’s worth considering the many benefits of homeownership before you make the decision to rent or buy a home. When you buy, you can stabilize your housing costs, own a tangible asset, and grow your net worth as you gain equity. When you rent, you face rising housing costs, won’t see a return on your investment, and limit your ability to save. If you want to learn more about the benefits of homeownership, let’s connect today. Contact us:PHP Houses142 W Lakeview AveUnit 1030Lake Mary, FL 32746Ph: (407) 519-0719Fax: (407) 205-1951email: info@phphouses.comLet’s Connect:FacebookLinkedinTwitterInstagramThe information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. The author does not guarantee or warrant the accura...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
With so much talk about an economic slowdown, some people are asking if the housing market is heading for a crash like the one in 2008. To really understand what’s happening with real estate today, it’s important to lean on the experts for reliable information. Here’s why economists and industry experts say the housing market is not a bubble ready to pop. Today Is Nothing Like 2008 The 2008 housing crash is still fresh in the minds of many homebuyers and sellers. But today’s market is different. Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist at First American, says: “This is not the same market of 2008. . . . It’s no secret the housing market played a central role in the Great Recession, but this market is just fundamentally different in so many ways.” Natalie Campisi, Advisor Staff for Forbes, e...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, you likely have one question on the top of your mind: should I buy right now, or should I wait? While no one can answer that question for you, here’s some information that could help you make your decision.The Future of Home Price AppreciationEach quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a national panel of over 100 economists, real estate experts, and investment and market strategists to compile projections for the future of home price appreciation. The output is the Home Price Expectation Survey. In the latest release, it forecasts home prices will continue appreciating over the next five years (see graph below):As the graph shows, the rate of appreciation will moderate over the next few years as the market shifts away from the unsustainable pace it sa...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
The housing market is at a turning point, and if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, that may leave you wondering: is it still a good time to buy a home? Should I make a move this year? To help answer those questions, let’s turn to the experts for projections on what the second half of the year holds for residential real estate.Where Mortgage Rates Will Go Depends on InflationWhile one of the big questions on all buyers’ minds is where will mortgage rates go in the months ahead, no one has a crystal ball to know exactly what’ll happen in the future. What housing marketexperts know for sure is that the record-low mortgage rates during the pandemic were an outlier, not the norm.This year, rates have climbed over 2% due to the Federal Reserve’s response to rising inflation. If inf...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
Over the past few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac fell by half a percent. The drop happened over concerns about a potential recession. And since mortgage rates have risen dramatically this year, homebuyers across the country should see this decline as welcome news.Freddie Mac reports that the average 30-year rate was down to 5.30% from 5.81% two weeks prior (see graph below):But why is this recent dip such good news for homebuyers? As Nadia Evangelou, Senior Economist and Director of Forecasting at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), explains:“According to Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped sharply by 40 basis points to 5.3 percent. . . . As a result, home buying is about 5 percent more affordable than a week ago. This translates...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
There’s no denying the housing market has delivered a fair share of challenges to homebuyers over the past two years. Two of the biggest hurdles homebuyers faced during the pandemic were the limited number of homes for sale and the intensity and frequency of bidding wars. But those two things have reached a turning point.As you may have already heard, the number of homes for sale has increased this year, and even more so this spring. As Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for realtor.com, explains:“New listings–a measure of sellers putting homes up for sale–were up 6% above one year ago. Home sellers in many markets across the country continue to benefit from rising home prices and fast-selling homes. That’s prompted a growing number of homeowners to sell homes this year compared to last, gi...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
A recent survey from Bankrate asks prospective buyers to identify the biggest obstacles in their homebuying journey. It found that 36% of those polled said saving for a down payment is one of their primary hurdles to buying a home. If you feel the same way, the good news is there are many down payment assistance programs available that can help you achieve your homeownership goals. The key is understanding where to look and learning what options are available. Here’s some information that can help you. You Can Qualify Even if You’ve Purchased a Home Before There are several misconceptions about down payment assistance programs. For starters, many people believe there’s only assistance available for first-time homebuyers. While first-time buyers have many options to explore, repeat buye...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
According to a recent survey, more and more Americans are concerned about a possible recession. Those concerns were validated when the Federal Reserve met and confirmed they were strongly committed to bringing down inflation. And, in order to do so, they’d use their tools and influence to slow down the economy.All of this brings up many fears and questions around how it might affect our lives, our jobs, and business overall. And one concern many Americans have is: how will this affect the housing market? We know how economic slowdowns have impacted home prices in the past, but how could this next slowdown affect real estate and the cost of financing a home?According to Mortgage Specialists: “Throughout history, during a recessionary period, interest rates go up at the beginning of the r...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
When should seniors sell their homes? This has become a pressing question over the last few years. When it is time to sell your elderly parents home, what is the best way to go about it? For many, this is all new territory and it can be difficult to figure out the process especially if for some reason you need to sell parents house fast. If you are looking at helping your parents sell a home, or even as power of attorney sell a house for them, here are some important tips.What if you need to sell your elderly parents home?Should seniors sell their homes, or should their children do it for them? This can also be a difficult question to answer. Your first instinct may be to call a real estate agency and try to get it on the market. That is just one solution when you need to sell your elde...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
Defining the American dream is personal, and no one individual will have the same definition as another. But the feelings it brings about – success, freedom, and a sense of prosperity – are universal. That’s why, for many people, homeownership remains a key part of the American dream. Your home is your stake in the community, a strong financial investment, and an achievement to be proud of.A recent survey from Bankrate asked respondents to rank achievements as indicators of financial success, and the responses prove that owning a home is still important to so many Americans today (see graph below): As the graph shows, homeownership ranks above other significant milestones, including retirement, having a successful career, and earning a college degree. That could be because owning a home...
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By David Welch, #OrlandoRealEstate Optimist
(Remax 200 Realty)
The 11 year trend of falling inventory is definitely reversing. New listings shot up nearly 12% pushing our inventory of homes available for sale up over 36% compared to a year ago. Our upward sales trend has not quite reversed course, but may be heading that way. In April we saw sales slip slightly from the year before, but May had a slight rebound with 3,946 closed sales up 1.9% compared with May of 2021. Prices continue to push higher with nearly a 27% increase in the median sales price compared to a year earlier. The May median sales price climbed to $379,950 compared to just $300,000 in May of 2021.Higher prices and higher interest rates are bound to take a toll on sales, but for now Orlando real estate is still looking very strong. Check out this short video breaking down the late...
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