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What to Know About the Luxury Real Estate Market in These Uncertain Times

What to Know About the Luxury Real Estate Market in These Uncertain Times

At the beginning of the year, all eyes were on the housing market as it began to show signs of slowing. With a sharp rise in inventory and multiple interest rate hikes on the horizon, the future of real estate sales was uncertain. Instead, interest rates have lowered and the market appears to have entered a transitional period, where affordability challenges have pulled back price growth, particularly in the luxury real estate market.

What’s Driving Changes in the Luxury Real Estate Selling Market?

1. Market Correction
Nationally, the market is shifting in favor of buyers. Transactions over $10-million are finally on the rise. Homes unrealistically overpriced over the past 2-years have come down, particularly in regions that experienced double-digit price growth. This has created an intersection where the seller and buyer can compromise on price, boosting the buyer’s market morale.

2. Tax Law Changes

Tax law changes are hurting luxury homes at the top-end of the market. Mortgage interest and property taxes are no longer fully deductible, increasing the burden on homeowners. The luxury market has understandably taken the biggest hit, with homes priced at $2-million or more witnessing a sales slump for the first time in nearly 3 years, falling 1.6%. 

3. Disappearing Foreign Funds

Markets such as NYC, once dominated by foreign money, are no longer seeing the competition of international buyers. As politics and the trade war have intensified, buyers are now more typically American. Russian buyers have disappeared, and the days of predominantly Chinese buyers are over.

4. Higher Construction Costs

The inflated prices of land, building materials, labor, and burdensome permitting regulations are pushing builders to the luxury end, softening the market.

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How to Help a Seller Pay Closing Costs

3 Tips to Get Sellers to Pay the Buyer’s Closing Costs

Every real estate agent knows that the more you can do to sweeten a deal, the better chance you have of selling a home. Plus, it shows just how willing you are to go above and beyond for the client.

One of these ways is get the seller to cover the closing costs for the buyer. It’s not always easy to do, but it is possible. In fact the latest real estate trends are showing that more buyers are looking for deals that include this distinction. But the question is, how do you get the seller to agree?

Buyers Pay the Home’s Asking Price

This has been seen more often lately in the latest real estate trends. The buyer will make an offer with the homes asking price contingent on the seller covering the closing costs. This allows people to purchase a home with no money out of pocket, whatsoever. Your clients will love that.

Plan on a Quick Closing

With some financial institutions, it can take as long as two months to close on a house; sometimes even longer. You may have a better chance of getting the seller to pay the closing costs if you commit to a very quick close on the property. This works best with motivated sellers who have already purchased a home elsewhere.

Make no Demands

It’s possible that the house might need a coat of paint, or a few minor repairs. But if you want the seller to pay the closing costs, it’s best not to bring them up. The buyers should plan on making these changes themselves.

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Technology Disrupters Coming to Real Estate in 2019

Technology Disrupters Coming to Real Estate in 2019

Tariffs. Government shutdowns. Stock market shenanigans. 2019 marks a period of uncertainty, with a variety of disruptors affecting not only real estate trends, but national and global affairs. However, the greatest disruptor is predicted to be Technology!

What Technology will Impact the Real Estate World in 2019?

Despite the overall economic slowdown expected, these emerging trends in tech could provide new opportunity for a market in flux:

New Platforms for Home Sales

iBuying, offering purchase of homes sight unseen based on a proprietary valuation model, is among the real estate trends luring sellers (and buyers) to off-the-beaten-path venues. Digitally-driven platforms such as Open Listings, Door, Rex, and Opendoor are luring buyers and sellers alike with flat-rate commissions, sight-unseen cash offers, and a more digital listing/shopping experience.

Continual Rise of AI

We’re not talking robots giving home tours. We’re talking artificial intelligence that can perform sophisticated data analysis capable of predicting market trends. The latest AI-powered platforms can aggregate once isolated data, constantly updating to arm agents and consumers with with all the information they need. This can help buyers/sellers negotiate the best deal and agents to immediately jump on sales leads.

Virtual Reality

As property videos increase in popularity, VR will soon be on the horizon.

Blockchain

Redefining real estate transactions, blockchain technology is facilitating major transactions (like real estate) without intermediaries (banks, credit card companies). With ‘tokenization,’ blockchain is opening the door to new opportunities for sellers, granting multiple investors the ability to buy just a portion of a property (and resell it).

Smart contracts via Propy and other services are allowing for purchasing transactions with no human interaction, which streamlines the process. In the future, it is hoped to pave the way for a smoother road, reducing fees, closing times, property title issues, and fraud.

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Tips On Guiding Your Listing to Pay the Buyers Closing Costs

Dual Agency? Make Sure You Cover the Details with Potential Buyers and Sellers

Dual agency real estate transactions are often confusing for clients, and come with a number of significant benefits and drawbacks. Left unaddressed, misunderstandings arising from a dual agency transaction can leave behind a bad taste, especially in those situations where things go awry. If dual agencies are legal in your state, here’s how to come out on top without getting any egg on your face.

Addressing the Conflict of Interest Conundrum

Though playing both sides does streamline the process and minimize communication delays, dual agency real estate has some significant gray areas, which are important to explain to clients to keep things on the up-and-up:

– Advice

Because buyers want the lowest price, and sellers the highest, dual agents cannot take sides or give advice. Instead you’re more like a parent, you love both kids, and want to make sure the outcome of the situation is fair.

– Checks/Balances

There’s no one to catch it if you miss things, as you’re running both sides. And because you’re human, mistakes will inevitably occur.

Pointing out the Pros

That said, dual agency real estate isn’t all bad. There are also many benefits that should likewise be pointed out to potential clients:

– Full disclosure

Dual-agent/broker scenarios must be disclosed/consensual, and can’t occur behind the scenes.

– Potential savings

Dual agency real estate allows for potential savings in commission fees if the same person plays the seller and buyer’s agent, reducing fees.

– Increased potential access to properties

In large brokerages, who house a number of agents forming a different kind of dual agency scenario, sellers have more access to potential buyers, and vice-versa.

– More streamlined sales

A single entity makes communication issues moot. Communication between parties is timely and the process more streamlined with a single agency in charge of scheduling paperwork and deadlines.

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How to Help Buyers Shift to the Neighborhood They Can Afford

How to Help Buyers Shift to the Neighborhood They Can Afford

In this market, accommodating buyers that are frustrated at being priced out of their dream neighborhood is a common occurrence. In today’s real estate sales tips, we’ll take a look at this increasingly common speedbump to sales, and tactics for helping buyers open up to new possibilities

Need or Want?
Buyers come-in wanting it all, and the reality they can’t afford it can often be overwhelming. Help put buyers on the right path by separating needs from wants. School district, commute time, and yard space for kids and pets may be true must-haves, while other items on the list may be more flexible. Seek these out and narrow your focus there.

Favorite Features
After you determine what your client cannot live without, help them make a concrete list of favorite features. Be as specific as possible: Rather than ‘amenity-packed’ uncover what they really need, such as walking distance to coffee, groceries, or a dog park.

Weed Out Expensive Features
Also note features buyers don’t care about to maximize bang-for-the-buck. If a buyer doesn’t care about school district, why fork-out for it? If they work from home, why look in high-dollar metro districts – branch out. Features that are unattractive to other buyers (sub-par school district, suburbs) may be a feather in your cap.

Branch Out
Take baby steps from your buyer’s favored area, showing them added value and getting them more comfortable with the idea, until you find a neighborhood with similar features but affordable price point.

Move-in/Move-Out/Move-Up
Among common real estate sales tips, explain to your buyer the benefits of settling on a starter neighborhood that will allow them to resell and purchase their dream home later on. This can be done simply through price appreciation, or through updates/renovations for more hands-on homeowners.

Sales stalled? Shift your sales game into a higher gear with these and other real estate sales tips and tricks from Properties Online today.