2017 Annual Yuletide Festival this Thursday December 7, 2017 at 6:00-7:30
1 Month Left to Sell Before Possible Tax Hike
Some home sellers would need a sale contract inked before the end of 2017 in order to avoid a big tax bill that would be imposed if the GOP tax reform proposals become law. Both the House and Senate bills would require sellers to have lived in their residence for a longer period of time before qualifying for the capital gains tax exclusion on the sale of a primary home. They would have to live in their house at least five years out of the last eight; right now, the requirement is two years out of the last five.
The Senate version, however, includes an exception for transactions in which a contract is written before Jan. 1, even if the closing occurs in 2018. The bill passed by the House includes no such exception. Therefore, homeowners who are currently thinking about selling have only one month left to complete a deal before proposed tax changes would take effect. Should tax reform be enacted, some homeowners who sell in 2018 may no longer qualify for the capital gains exclusion, which covers up to $250,000 for an individual and $500,000 for a married couple. As a result, the difference between your client’s tax bill pre- and post-tax reform could be huge.
It won’t be known whether the House or Senate version of tax reform is adopted until the bill is finalized, which could happen in a few weeks. But sellers who haven’t lived in their house for more than five of the last eight years will want to act quickly regardless of the version that is approved.
Capital gains exemption
Under current tax framework, a typical owner, who has lived in their house for at least 2 years out of the last 5 years, will pay nothing in capital gains taxes if he sells his house. Under the proposed tax frameworks, owners need to live in their house for at least 5 years out of the 8 years in order to claim the exemption. Otherwise, they need to pay $3,480. In capital gains taxes.
In 2016, 14.1% of the owners in Minnesota lived in their homes for 2-4 years. These owners will not be able anymore to take the exemption based on the proposed tax frameworks.
Impact on housing prices
If both mortgage interest and real estate taxes deductions will be eliminated, home prices expect to fall from 7% to 10%. A decline in value as projected could mean a loss in home value of $10,370 – $15,550. for a typical homeowner.
DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2017
SOURCES: INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICES 2015, AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY 2016, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS 2016, 2011; ALL CALCULATIONS ARE BY NAR RESEARCH GROUP.
5 Housing Trends to Watch for 2018
Home shoppers may have it easier in 2018. Inventory constraints of for-sale homes and rising home prices may finally start to ease next year, according to realtor.com®’s 2018 National Housing Forecast.
“Next year will set the stage for a significant inflection point in the housing shortage,” says Javier Vivas, director of economic research for realtor.com®. “Inventory increases will be felt in higher priced segments after spring home buying season, which we expect to take hold and begin to provide relief for buyers and drive sales growth in 2019 and beyond.”
But the big wild card for 2018 will be any impact from the proposed tax reform legislation, which is currently being debated by Congress, realtor.com® adds.
Here’s a closer look at realtor.com®’s five housing prediction trends for 2018:
1. Inventory to start increasing: Realtor.com® projects positive year-over-year inventory growth by the fall of 2018—which will be the first time since 2015. “Inventory declines are expected to decelerate slowly throughout the year, reaching a 4 percent year-over-year decline in March before increasing in early fall, after the peak home-buying months,” realtor.com® notes in its report. The cities expected to see inventory levels recover first are Boston; Detroit; Kansas City, Mo.; Nashville; and Philadelphia. The majority of this growth will be in the mid- to upper-tier price points (which includes homes priced above $350,000). On the other hand, recovery in the starter home market likely will linger since levels are “significantly depleted by first time buyers,” realtor.com® notes.
2. Price appreciation to slow: Home buyers likely will see home prices moderate in the new year. Realtor.com® forecasts home prices to slow to a 3.2 percent growth year over year nationwide. For comparison, home prices in 2017 posted a 5.5 percent increase. The majority of the slowing price appreciation will be centered in the higher-priced ranges as more inventory becomes available. Entry-level homes, on the other hand, likely will continue to see price gains due to a larger potential buyer pool as well as a more limited number of homes available for sale in this price range.
3. Millennials to gain market share: Finally, the long-held predictions may hold true. Millennials may reach 43 percent of home buyers taking out a mortgage by the end of 2018, up from an estimated 40 percent in 2017, realtor.com® projects. The largest cohort of millennials are expected to turn 30 in 2020. “Millennials are a driving force in today’s housing market,” Vivas says. “They already dominate lower price home mortgage and are getting close to overtaking older generations for mid- and upper-tier mortgages. While financially secure in general, their debt to income ratios have started to increase as they compete for higher priced homes.”
4. The South to lead in sales growth: Realtor.com® forecasts that Southern cities will top national averages in home sales growth in 2018. Markets like Tulsa, Okla.; Little Rock, Ark.; Dallas; and Charlotte, N.C., are expected to be the highest performers. Sales in these markets are predicted to increase by 6 percent or more. Nationally, sales growths are predicted to grow by 2.5 percent. “The majority of this growth can be attributed to healthy building levels combating the housing shortage,” realtor.com® notes in its report. “With inventory growth just around the corner, these areas are primed for sales gains in years to come.”
5. Tax reform wild card: Tax reform could dampen 2018 sales and price forecasts, realtor.com® reports. The U.S. House has passed a tax bill, and the Senate likely will vote on one soon. “While the ultimate impact of tax reform will depend on the details of the plan that is finally adopted, both versions include provisions that are likely to decrease incentives for mobility and reduce ownership tax benefits,” realtor.com® reports. “On the flip side, some taxpayers, including renters, are likely to see tax cuts. While more disposable income for buyers is positive for housing, the loss of tax benefits for owners could lead to fewer sales and impact prices negatively over time with the largest impact on markets with higher prices and incomes.” Read more: Tax Reform Proposals Threaten Homeowners and REALTORS® Square Up After House Passes Tax Bill
Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, November 29, 2017
6 Outdated Features in Your Clients’ Homes
Home buyers say they want the latest design trends in their next property—but 70 percent admit to having outdated features in their current house, according to a new consumer survey by home builder Taylor Morrison. The most common of these outdated features are:
1. Linoleum floors (40 percent)
2. Popcorn ceilings (29 percent)
3. Wood paneling (28 percent)
4. Ceramic tile countertops (28 percent)
5. Shag carpeting (19 percent)
6. Avocado green appliances (8 percent)
“This is why real and virtual house hunting is so popular,” says Taylor Morrison Chair and CEO Sheryl Palmer. “We all love to daydream and envision ourselves in a beautiful new environment. But keeping up with ever-evolving preferences for paint colors, home features, new technologies, and how we expect to use our homes over the years is difficult. We also know that home interior preferences vary by generation, by home style, by region, and even by city.”
Taylor Morrison found that the features home buyers say they most desire are:
1. Better energy efficiency (62 percent)
2. Personalized floor plans (58 percent)
3. Easier maintenance (56 percent).
Also, the interior features home shoppers called most essential are:
1. Wood flooring (65 percent)
2. USB and Ethernet ports (44 percent)
3. Whirlpool tub (36 percent)
4. Sun room (34 percent).
Daily Real Estate News | Monday, November 20, 2017
Source: “Home Is Where the Shag Carpet Is?” BUILDER (Nov. 16, 2017)
This is just something to think about when you do decide to put your home up for sale. I hope you have a happy Wednesday folks.
4 Renovations That Grab Buyers’ Attention
Among the home improvement projects buyers are most likely to value are those that increase storage space and preserve vintage features. Southern Living magazine recently rounded up some of the renovations that get sellers the most attention for their properties, including:
Temperature-controlled square footage: “From the appraiser’s point of view—and really from everyone’s—heated and cooled square footage is the biggest winner” in terms of payoff, says Dewey Golub, a real estate pro with Keller Williams Realty in Charleston, S.C. That’s important to keep in mind for buyers who are weighing a garage, attic, or screened-in porch conversion.
Cosmetic kitchen tweaks: Southern Living says more buyers are turning away from busy backsplashes and jarring palettes in the kitchen, opting for a simpler subway tile backsplash and subdued paint colors for cabinetry. Los Angeles agent Ben Lee also suggests using stainless steel appliances to help modernize a dated kitchen. “They don’t have to be that expensive,” he says.
Vintage preservation: If the property has historical value, stay true to its character with projects such as restoring original window casements and hardware. “You want to respect the authenticity and the integrity of the home,” says Steven Jones of Better Shelter, a Los Angeles-based residential real estate development and design firm.
Plenty of storage: Organizational accents, such as built-in bookshelves and window seats with storage underneath, are not only practical but also offer “old-school charm,” Southern Living notes. When closet space is tight, consider adding storage solutions such as extra shelves, hooks, and rods. “If there is limited closet space, I always install an extra closet rod so people can increase their hanging capacity,” Jones says.
Source: “8 Home Upgrades That Always Pay Off, According to the Pros,” Southern Living (November 2017)
Daily Real Estate News | Monday, November 27, 2017
These are just a few ideas for you sellers to help grab a buyers eye when trying to sell your home.
This year give thanks and give back. Send in a Donation of $30.00 to buy food for one family in need this Christmas Season.
Home For Thanksgiving
The gathering family
throws shadows around us,
it is the late afternoon
Of the family.
There is still enough light
to see all the way back,
but at the windows
that light is wasting away.
Soon we will be nothing
but silhouettes: the sons’
as the fathers’.
Soon the daughters
will take off their aprons
as trees take off their leaves
Let us eat quickly–
let us fill ourselves up.
the covers of the album are closing
by Linda Pastan
Have a safe and wonderful thanksgiving everyone!!!!
Thanksgiving is getting close. Use this guideline to help you prepare enough food for your family and friends.
If your looking to give this Thanksgiving think about donating to your local food shelf or soup kitchen. The gift of giving during the holidays can really cheer a not so fortunate person up.
Let’s be thankful today for the many blessings that god has given to us.
60 Things To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving
Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. It’s important to take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for that many of us take for granted.
1. Good Health
Even if you’re health isn’t great, it could be worse and you likely still have some working parts to be thankful for.
2. Money in the Bank
Having just a few coins makes you richer than most people on Earth..
Often, it’s the quality of friendships, not the quantity.
4. Freedom of Religion
Being able to worship whomever and however you want is something many people don’t ever experience.
5. Your Parents
Even if they’re dysfunctional, they gave you life.
There’s something magical about weekends.
7.Having a Partner
Being in a romantic relationship can teach you so much about the world and yourself.
Pets offer one of the best examples of unconditional love.
9. Learning from Mistakes
If we never made mistakes, we wouldn’t learn much so it is one of those things we should be thankful for.
10. Opportunity to Get an Education
The opportunity to attend school is something many people don’t have.
11. Having a Home
Whether you live in an apartment, a mansion, or a tent, having a place to call home is something to be thankful for.
12. An Ability to Read
If you’re reading this right now, you have a lot to be thankful for.
13. Breathing Fresh Air
Being able to step outside to breathe in fresh air is a good reminder how many little things we should be thankful for.
14. A Bed to Sleep
A bed is one of those things that’s easy to take for granted, until you don’t have one.
Without laughter, the world would be a sad place.
16. Safety and Security
Being able to wake up without immense fear frees us up to really live life.
Without cars, it would take a lot longer to get our activities done.
The sun’s warmth can brighten any day.
Although we often don’t think there’s enough of it, time is something we shouldn’t take for granted.
20. Clean Water
Many people on earth lack access to clean water.
21. Cell Phones
Cell phones make talking to loved ones easy.
The world sure would be a different place if we lacked the ability to love.
Books provide an opportunity to enter another world all from the comfort of your own home.
24. Kindness of Strangers
Never take the kindness of a stranger for granted.
The simplicity of a campfire creates lifelong memories.
Without pain, it would be difficulty to appreciate life’s joys.
The world would be less beautiful if art didn’t exist.
Any reason to celebrate is something we should be thankful for.
29. Freedom of Speech
Being able to express your thoughts and feelings freely should never be taken for granted.
The beauty of a rainbow is unmatched.
Sometimes when there are no words to say, tears express how we feel for us.
32. Waking up Today
Simply waking up today means you have things to be thankful for.
33. Indoor Plumbing
Indoor plumbing not only provides convenience, it spares us from disease.
34. Wisdom that Comes with Age
Thankfully, we grow smarter over time.
Mountains provide us with beauty and recreation.
Being able to see allows us to view the world’s beauty.
37. Grocery Stores
Grocery stores mean we don’t have to spend all of our time getting our own food.
Sunsets are a reminder that we should enjoy the simple things in life.
Entertainment gives us a way to relax and enjoy life.
40. Your Mind
Being able to think, remember, and solve problems sure makes life easier.
Even if you don’t like your job, being employed means someone thought you were special enough to hire.
The world would be a boring place without diversity.
43. Moon and Stars
The moon and stars encourage us to dream.
Electricity makes most of our chores efficient.
45. Air Conditioning
Staying cool on a hot day is something people wouldn’t have dreamed about in past centuries.
Being able to hear your loved one’s voice is something that not everyone gets to do.
Watching children laugh, grow, and dream can keep things in perspective.
48. Ability to Learn
The ability to learn new things means we have endless potential.
49. People Willing to Teach
Whether it’s your grandmother teaching you to knit or your plumber showing you how to prevent future problems, be grateful that others are willing to use their time and talents to teach you something new.
The sea creatures in the ocean almost seem too mystical to be real.
51. Modern Medicine
Without advances in modern medicine, many of us wouldn’t be alive.
Music brings out new emotions.
Some of life’s best inventions resulted from an entrepreneur who was willing to take a risk.
54. Warm Clothing
On a cold day, there’s nothing more important than warm clothing.
55. Freedom to Vote
Being able to have a say in the laws should never be taken for granted.
56. An Internet Connection
It’s hard to believe how easy it is to take the internet for granted, seeing how none of us had just a couple of decades ago.
Without challenges in life, we wouldn’t be the people we are now.
58. Hiking Trails
Hiking trails give us the chance to enjoy mother’s nature beauty.
Many of us wouldn’t be alive without today’s vaccinations.
60. Armed Forces
Our lives would likely be very different if we didn’t have protection from the armed forces.
I know that I am thankful for my family, friends and great clients without them my world would be a lonely place so I feel blessed to have them all in it. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving…