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We are happy to provide all the information you need to buy or sell real estate in Pasco, Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, Burbank and surrounding areas. As premier real estate Broker in Tri-Cities, we look forward to serving you and will be happy to help at any time.

Serving the Tri-Cities Area for 21 years with Residential Home Purchases & Sales, New Construction, Multi-Family Homes, Farms and some Commercial too. My Real Estate Designations: (CRS) Certified Residential Specialist (ABR) Accredited Buyer Representative (SRES) Senior Real Estate Specialist (e-Pro) Internet Pro Designation and the Designated Broker you can trust to help you with your Real Estate Needs. When you want someone with experience, knowledge, outstanding negotiation skills, marketing & up to date with the current issues in the ever changing industry, you can put your trust in Mary Lynn Heinen, Advanced Realty Group. Search homes at your leisure at www.TriCityHomes.org

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How Scary is the Housing Affordability Index?

How Scary is the Housing Affordability Index? | Simplifying The Market

Some industry pundits are saying that the housing market may be heading for a slowdown. One of the data points they use is the falling numbers of the Housing Affordability Index, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Here is how NAR defines the index:

“The Housing Affordability Index measures whether or not a typical family earns enough income to qualify for a mortgage loan on a typical home at the national level based on the most recent price and income data.”

Basically, a value of 100 means a family earning the median income earns enough to qualify for a mortgage on a median priced home, based on the price and mortgage interest rates at the time. Anything above 100 means the family has more than enough to qualify.

The higher the index the easier it is to afford a home.

Why the concern?

The index has been declining over the last several years as home values increased. Some are concerned that too many buyers could be priced out of the market. Here is a snapshot of the index since 2009:

How Scary is the Housing Affordability Index? | Simplifying The Market

But, wait a minute…

Though the index has decreased over the last four years, we must realize that at that time there was an overabundance of housing inventory and as many as one out of three listings was a distressed property (foreclosure or short sale). All prices dropped dramatically and distressed properties sold at major discounts. Then, mortgage rates fell like a rock.

The market is recovering and values are coming back nicely. That has caused the index to fall.

However, let’s remove the crisis years and look at the current index as compared to the index from 1990 – 2008. We can see that, even though prices have increased, historically low mortgage rates have put the index in a better position than every year for the nineteen years prior to the crash.

How Scary is the Housing Affordability Index? | Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

The Housing Affordability Index is in great shape and should not be seen as a challenge to the real estate market’s continued recovery.

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Housing Market Slowing Down? Don’t Tell Builders!

Housing Market Slowing Down? Don’t Tell Builders! | Simplifying The Market

Many experts have been calling upon home builders to ramp up construction to help with the lack of existing inventory for sale. For the past two months, new home sales have surged, with July’s total coming in at the highest since October 2007.

The latest estimates from the US Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development show that sales in July were 31.3% higher than this time last year, and 12.4% higher than last month, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 654,000. 

Zillow’s Chief Economist, Svenja Gudell, echoed the reaction of some as she commented:

“July(‘s) new home sales data was a surprise, but a welcome one. For years, the market has been practically begging builders to both ramp up their efforts overall and to put more focus on serving the less expensive end of the market. Today's data confirms both are happening in earnest.”

The National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB) Chairman, Ed Brady, didn’t seem as surprised:

“This rise in new home sales is consistent with our builders’ reports that market conditions have been improving. As existing home inventory remains flat, we should see more consumers turning to new construction.”

NAHB’s Chief Economist, Robert Dietz, believes this is just the start for new home sales if market conditions continue:

“July’s positive report shows there is a need for new single-family homes, buoyed by increased household formation, job gains and attractive mortgage rates. This uptick in demand should translate into increased housing production throughout 2016 and into next year.”

The existing home sales numbers for July will be released today and will shed more light on the overall health of the housing market.

Bottom Line

New home sales hit their highest mark in over 9 years. Buyers are out in force to find a home that fits their needs. Many are turning to new construction, as the inventory of existing homes has not been able to keep up with demand.

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2 Myths About Mortgages That May Be Holding Back Buyers

2 Myths About Mortgages That May Be Holding Back Buyers | Simplifying The Market

Fannie Mae’s “What do consumers know about the Mortgage Qualification Criteria?” Study revealed that Americans are misinformed about what is required to qualify for a mortgage when purchasing a home.

Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment”

Fannie Mae’s survey revealed that consumers overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the report, 76% of Americans either don’t know (40%) or are misinformed (36%) about the minimum down payment required.

Many believe that they need at least 20% down to buy their dream home. New programs actually let buyers put down as little as 3%.

Below are the results of a Digital Risk survey of Millennials who recently purchased a home.

2 Myths About Mortgages That May Be Holding Back Buyers | Simplifying The Market

As you can see, 64.2% were able to purchase their home by putting down less than 20%, with 43.8% putting down less than 10%!

Myth #2: “I need a 780 FICO Score or Higher to Buy”

The survey revealed that 59% of Americans either don’t know (54%) or are misinformed (5%) about what FICO score is necessary to qualify.

Many Americans believe a ‘good’ credit score is 780 or higher.

To help debunk this myth, let’s take a look at the latest Ellie Mae Origination Insight Report, which focuses on recently closed (approved) loans. As you can see below, 54.1% of approved mortgages had a credit score of 600-749.

2 Myths About Mortgages That May Be Holding Back Buyers | Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

Whether buying your first home or moving up to your dream home, knowing your options will definitely make the mortgage process easier. Your dream home may already be within your reach.

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”We couldn’t have picked a more sensitive and committed Realtor in the Tri-Cities. Mary Lynn dedicated an entire afternoon to show us the area, before we even decided to relocate from the Midwest. Her energetic personality and hard work minimized the stress of house hunting during a major transition for our entire family” Makyla Iverson, owner of Canvas Diva Designs
We can’t thank you enough for all that you did for us. Selling our house, buying our lot, and working with Rick & Jack and for working with Ivy Glades Design Review Committee. We would have never gotten through this process without you. Many thanks for all the many ways you make life nicer. Ellen & Glenn Wright
Mary Lynn moved the sale of our home very swiftly and professionally and removed the stress that goes along with the sale of a home. As in football terms, she took the ball and ran with it! Gayle and I feel that Mary Lynn did such a great job that we will use her as our agent to get us settled into our new town house. A big thank you to you Mary Lynn, as we know that we made the right decision in picking you for our real estate agent. P.S. Anyone planning a sale of their home or property, we highly recommend contacting Mary Lynn Heinen, and attaining her for as their sales agent. Raymond & Gayle Kohne
Mary Lynn Heinen: was recommended by a friend, Heidi, who she helped find an awesome home when relocating to the Tricities and later helped her sell the house when a new job took her away from the Tricities. Both of these times were extra ordinarily stressful times for Heidi and MaryLynn work hard to make the deals happen efficiently and professionally. She was not just interested in the sales, but was truly concerned for her client circumstances. When my husband and I began looking for a new home we met with MaryLynn and she immediately wanted to learn what we were looking for and our expectations of her in helping us find our home. She showed us houses that met our description and was patient with us. We took an unusually long time to find what we wanted and she never pressured us nor gave up on us as clients. Once we found what we wanted she walked us through the process and has followed up with us to be sure we are satisfied. The stand out for us was that she honored our request to not be called "all the time", listened to us, cared about satisfying her clients not just making the sale. Truly a professional who knows her business and appreciates her clients. We would highly recommend her." Deborah Glatt
MaryLynn was reserached and recommended to me by another realtor I was working with in Western Washington. MaryLynn worked closely with me to find and purchase the right home for me in Richland, WA. She listened to my needs, assertively sought showings during my "time crunch" before moving, knew quality mortgage lenders, and kept a delightful sense of humor and perspective on the process. Five years later when I needed to sell, I did not hesitate to reconnect and solicit her help in marketing, staging, and selling my property. She knew the local and regional market dynamics, best strategies for showing the home, and hosted an open house which was attended by over a dozen prospective buyers in one day. MaryLynn suggested quality repairmen, coordinated with a local home staging service and mortgage lenders to provide full service options to buyers. While still in the Great Recession, my home sold at a profit in under two months. I highly recommend MaryLynn for her knowledge of the area, connections with quality vendors, and her deep understanding of the pressures buyers and sellers face when moving in to the Tri-Cities and again when leaving.See More" Heidi Weisert-Peatow
I live down the road from MaryLynn, but we also attended high school together. She is excellent at what she does. My son was looking to buy a house so I recommended that he work with MaryLynn. He was a "Property Virgin" and she handled him skill but carefully! She was able to explain any the details required in buying a home in a manner that he was not overwhelmed. It took several houses before he finally decided on his starter home and she was very patient with him. She knows her business but is also knows how to treat her clients. One other thing is that she is a Go-Getter!See More" Dana Kranz
Mary Lynn is a very knowledgeable and dedicated real estate professional. She has provided excellent service to me for multiple transactions and I wouldn't use any one else. I highly recommend her. You will be given excellence service and dedication with your home sale/purchasing needs. She makes herself available to you 24/7 until you have made the sale or purchase. She has given me some very helpful tips to improve my rental business and she has become a good friend.See More" 04/13/2012 Marjean Dunn
MaryLynn is a very honest and reliable Broker who takes pride in finding everything in a home she can that will please her buyers. She also works continuously to advertise and showcase the homes of sellers. She is very straight forward and knowledgable about what changes may or may not need to be done to sell a home. She also stays involved in the education and continuous changes in reality." 07/29/2013 Angel Moody
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Winter Selling Your Home in Pasco, Kennewick or Richland WA

People across the country are beginning to think about what their life will look like next year. It happens every Fall. We ponder whether we should relocate to a different part of the country to find better year round weather or perhaps move across the st... Read more
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