Hillsborough County Remains a Seller’s Market with Low Monthly Supply of Inventory in April

A key metric we like to monitor when looking at the health of the Tampa Bay real estate market is the Month’s Supply of Inventory (MSI). The generally accepted benchmark for a healthy market, one that favors neither the seller or the buyer, is 5.5 months supply of inventory. Anything higher than that would be considered a buyer’s market, anything lower – a seller’s market.

So how is MSI calculated?

You divide the current inventory in the market by the 12-month average of monthly closed sales. By dividing by the average of monthly closed sales, we eliminate seasonal effects such as the busy spring selling season or the slow winter season.

Looking at single family homes in Hillsborough County for the month of April 2017, we are currently at a 2.7 months supply of inventory. What this means is if no new single family homes were listed for sale in Hillsborough County, the current supply would be depleted in only 2.7 months!

 

Last 12 months monthly supply of inventory in Hillsborough County.
Last 12 months monthly supply of inventory in Hillsborough County.

Looking at the chart above you’ll notice that we have been at  or below 3 months supply of inventory for the past 12 months. In fact, check out the chart below and you’ll see we’ve been at or below 3 months supply since around September 2015!

 

MONTHLY SUPPLY OF INVENTORY SINCE 2013

So what does this mean for you if you are looking to buy or sell real estate anywhere in Hillsborough County?

With the steady low inventory over the past few years, seller’s are still in the driver’s seat. This means there are more buyers in the market bidding on the same limited supply of housing available. Simply put, this is still a great time to sell! We are seeing multiple offers on a daily basis on listings, especially those in highly desirable parts of Hillsborough County.

Now this isn’t all bad news for buyers. What it means is you need to be sure to align yourself with an experienced real estate professional skilled in negotiation, listening to your needs, identifying the right property for you, and moving quickly on it. It is also another reason why it is vital that buyers get pre-approved by a reputable lender so the pre-approval letter can be submitted with your offer. When it comes to multiple-offer situations, showing the seller you have the financial ability to close on their home goes a long way!

Have more questions about the market or looking to sell or buy in Tampa Bay? Reach out to one of our associates or email our office at connect@DiscoverYourPlace.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title Company 101

Title companies are frequently used entities in the real estate business. Not only do they do the necessary research to make certain that real estate property titles are legitimate and offer title insurance to prove it, but they also often maintain escrow accounts – meaning they can hold the money needed to close (as a third-party […]

It’s Closing Time, What to Expect!

Buying or selling real estate in the near future? Here’s a few things to consider!

Ever wonder why a title company is typically part of your real estate transaction? Although you may only see them once in the transaction – at closing – believe us, a good title company plays a pretty crucial role in the success of buying or selling real estate! They facilitate the closing with both the seller and the buyer, file and properly record documents, work with your lender and insurance companies, review your title commitment and issue your title insurance. Arguably the glue to your transaction, title companies generally play the neutral party in your real estate transaction.

businesswoman outside officeSome of the most frequently asked questions about title and closing are answered below. We’re all about helping you understand the “why” behind the what.

Why is title insurance needed? Like possessing the title of your car means you own it, possession of a clear title of a property means it’s yours, right? Well… let’s hope so! Title insurance provides a layer of protection to your right of ownership. In other words, if someone approached you with claim to the title of your property, you’d want some assurance that they couldn’t possibly have a case, right? From unknown heirs, forged signatures on deeds, liens, fraudulent or innocent documentation errors, title companies provide a necessary blanket of protection to you through the issuance of a title insurance policy. Title insurance isn’t just something YOU will want, but you guessed it, your mortgage lender is going to require it as they too will want their interest in your property protected. Bottom line: Title insurance protects buyers from loss of value from defects to the title of real property.

How and when do you pay for it and how often? How long does my policy last? Thankfully title insurance is typically a one-time premium paid at the closing table, in the form of a typical closing cost. Your policy will last throughout your entire ownership of the property and will be passed along to your heirs.

Closing costs? What are they? Closing costs are considered all the costs required to close your transaction and will vary per party in the transaction.

AS-IS PC

Your FAR BAR As-Is Purchase Contract has a neat break down of who can expect to pay what at closing time, but usually it will include everything from the balance of your down-payment, loan origination fees, discount points, to pro-rated taxes and agent fees, etc. It’s a good idea to shop around a few recommended lenders so you can estimate what you’ll be paying in closing costs ahead of time, like before putting in an offer on a home with your agent! Also, before closing, be on the look out for a closing disclosure with the numbers ready for your review. You’ll want to communicate with your agent to make sure the title company’s calculations of credits and debits are correct per the agreed upon terms outlined in the contract.

What forms of payment are accepted for deposits (earnest money) and closing? Cash or credit cards are never acceptable forms of payments. Limitations and restrictions apply to personal checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks. Wires are always accepted and most common, however, be aware of a rise in wire fraud in recent years. Check out our WIRE FRAUD PREVENTION NOTICE and always remember to call the title company to confirm wire instructions. Hackers are getting sophisticated by hacking email accounts and sending incorrect wire instructions to their accounts while you unsuspectingly assume it was sent by your agent or the title rep. Again, always call and speak to the title company before wiring any funds.

We hope you find this information helpful.  If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in the near future, our team of knowledgeable Realtors will provide you with the service you’re in search of. NextHome Discovery promises to make your real estate experience memorable. We’re reliable, informed, and trustworthy. Don’t just take our word for it either… See for yourself. Contact us today!

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Our agents are always eager to provide stellar service like the recommendation above accurately describes. Check out the most recent comments from our past clients to see the proof! Our clients are talking because they know how difficult it is to find the right real estate agent for the job. They’re talking because the Realtors at NextHome Discovery aren’t just out to make a commission. Every client is an opportunity to provide a service, so every client is treated with respect and loyalty. That’s just how we operate. Whether you’re a first time home buyer, someone needing eyes in the Tampa Bay market for an investment opportunity, or wanting to sell your home quickly and for the highest dollar, we’re here.

We’re your team of trusted local Realtors who will work hard, answer honestly, and provide you relevant information to help you make informed decisions. Contact one of our team members today!

What is homestead exemption and portability?

Homestead Exemption Deadline Fast Approaching

March 1st is right around the corner and marks the statutory filing deadline for your homestead exemption requests. Although applications are accepted all year round, to take advantage of up to $50,000 + off of your home’s value for tax assessment purposes in the year 2017, you may want to get your applications in as quickly as possible! Luckily you are able to apply for most exemptions online.

What are the advantages of filing for a homestead exemption?

“Florida law allows up to $50,000 to be deducted from the market value of a primary / permanent residence. The first $25000 of value is entirely exempt. The second $25,000 exemption applies to the value between $50,000 – $75,000 and does not include a benefit on the school tax. After receiving the homestead exemption the first year, any annual increase in the assessed value is capped at the lower of 3% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), with certain exceptions.”

And of course there are personal exemptions, portability of homestead exemptions, exemptions available for military and veterans, and senior citizens exemptions available as well. Don’t miss out on savings you may be eligible to receive on property taxes this year and moving forward. For more information in Hillsborough county click here. For Pasco county, click here.