3 STEPS NEEDED to BRING REAL PROPERTY TAX RELIEF

(1) LIMIT SPENDING. The Conservative Texas Budget limits spending increases. Limit population growth to 4% & cut property taxes with the rest. (2) IMPOSE REVENUE TRIGGERS. Triggers of 2.5% would limit the escalation of tax of tax bills. (3) ELIMINATE M&O PROPERTY TAXES. That is maintenance & operations. If above 4% state level could eliminate in about 11 years. M&O is about 1/2 of today’s property tax burden.

NOW are YOU PRE-APPROVED?

Pre-approval means your financial situation has been verified by the lender. You have filled out a loan application to show your credit report, employment history, your income as the lender has looked at this & can probably make you the loan. PRE-APPROVAL provides more certainty to a borrower than PRE-QUAL , but still have processes to go through to make the loan.

USED to be LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION, now PLC

Now PLC or PRICE, LOCATION, CONDITION! It is still the right home for the right person at the right time! Your experienced Realtor can give you a personalized home assessment & NOT an online database. You get what you pay for & your Realtor can HELP with that. So many factors to buying & selling a home. GET A RELIABLE REALTOR!

ARE YOU PRE-QUALIFIED or PRE-APPROVED?

PRE-QUALIFIED. Means a lender has done an initial calculation of how much money you might be eligible to borrow. You provide the lender your approximate income, the amount of debt you carry & credit information. There is no guarantee of a mortgage loan, as your financial situation has not been verified. Just that you MIGHT get a loan. PRE-APPROVED NEXT TIME.

MAKE a 20% down PAYMENT – MAYBE

Meet with your lender in PERSON, so use a Tyler/Smith County lender. Mortgages are different now as FHA loans only require 3% down, VA requires 0 down & others can be small down payments. 20% is still a goal, as monthly payments less but small down payments & can invest some in the stock market. MANY OPTIONS NOW!

IF YOU BUILD IT, BUYERS WILL COME

BUT in the moderate price range. Upper price range is not selling as quickly. Affordability is what consumers are looking. What happened with Amazon in New York is a cautionary tale. Average wages increased to $23.18 per hour, up 3.5%. Consumer confidence is following suit. Typically medium-priced home is now $259,300, but may rise. BUY NOW WITH INTEREST RATES LOW.

OUTDATED MORTGAGE ADVICE YOU SHOULD IGNORE RIGHT NOW!

With interest rates still low best for a fixed interest rate mortgage, but still choices. 20% down is a reasonable cash to put into a home, but now FHA only requires 3% cash down. Some conventional lenders may require only 3.5% down & some with 10% or less. You can stash your cash to use in the stock market. JUST TALK TO SEVERAL IN-TOWN LENDERS!

EXISTING-HOME SALES to STABILIZE and PRICE GROWTH to CONTINUE

Are we experiencing a small bubble? “The markets are different from 10 years ago. Stronger, more stable market compared to the loosely regulated market leading up to the bust” according to Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors. Inventory is at a 5 months low. One Realtor said homeownership is on a social level – how these homeowners tend to be better physical and mental health and economically more self-sufficient. MORE TO COME!

HOW to DO a BATHROOM RENOVATION for 1/2 PRICE

This owner researched everything, went to Home Depot workshops to learn to lay tile & tile up the shower. Know your limits! This owner hired a subcontractor to add new dry wall, replace windows and licensed contractors to do the plumbing, electrical & HVAC work. Watching videos & reading DIY blogs helped also. Also $500 to install the glass show enclosure was work it. A new vanity & door were added + a claw-foot tub. AGAIN PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

TYLER, TEXAS UPDATES

(1) Tyler airport flying to Mile High City. Now going to Denver! Easy to go with Frontier Airlines. Runway 4-22 in Tyler expanded with $48 million runway.

(2) Senior living breaks ground in rural East Texas in Bullard. On intersection of US 69 & FM 344. Received $1 million from Texas Department of Agriculture. Open in late 2020 for short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, and hospice services.