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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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3 Issues Facing Today’s Real Estate Market

3 Issues Facing Today’s Real Estate Market | Simplifying The Market

Last week, the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) held their 52nd Annual Journalism Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Among the many highly anticipated sessions was one called “Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate™,” given by Joseph Nahas, Jr., Chair of the Counselors of Real Estate & Senior Vice President of Equus Capital Partners. 

The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) “is an international organization of high profile property professionals which include principals of prominent real estate, financial, legal, and accounting firms as well as recognized leaders of government and academia.” 

Their annual “top 10” list spans any and all issues that could have an impact on the real estate market. This year, the list was broken up into “Current” and “Long-Term Issues.”

Today we’re going to focus on three of the five “Current” issues with a brief explanation of their impacts on the housing market today!

E-Commerce & Logistics

With promises of 2-day shipping no matter where you live, we are benefiting more now than ever before from the speed and ease-of-use of online retailers like Amazon. These e-retailers haven’t changed whether or not we buy certain items, but rather HOW we buy them!

Many traditional malls or big-box stores are being repurposed as warehouses or distribution centers for online retailers so that they can get their products out faster.

A Look to the Future: “Developers who are including experiences into their locations are the ones who will succeed. It’s about the experience and gaining something over just going to buy a product.”

Generational Change & Demographics

By now we’ve all heard that the millennial generation is the largest yet, just by sheer volume. The largest group of millennials turns 30 years-old in 2020. The average first-time homebuying age is between 30 and 32, depending on marital status. Real estate professionals will be inundated with more and more buyers as the years roll on. Nahas commented on this in his presentation, saying that,

“Too many developers have become dependent on making decisions based on baby boomer’s preferences.

The 75 million millennials are coming, and they will influence real estate and commerce even faster than the baby boomers in the 50s and 60s.”

Interest Rates & the Economy

The interest rate that you secure for your mortgage is a big factor in your monthly housing cost and in how much you ultimately pay for your home. According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates rose to 4.62% on a 30-year fixed rate loan last week.

The Federal Reserve also raised the federal funds rate for the second time this year. If unemployment continues to be at or near record lows, two more hikes are likely to come later this year.

Nahas added,

“Rising rates can be good and bad for the economy. Bad for borrowing money with additional costs, but good to control inflation and help grow the economy at a moderate pace.”

Bottom Line

If you are planning on buying and/or selling a home this year, let’s get together to help you navigate the conditions in your market and set you up for success.

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Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t FSBO

Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t FSBO | Simplifying The Market

In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

Here are the top five reasons:

1. Exposure to Prospective Buyers

According to the 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from NAR, last year 95% of buyers search online for a home. That is in comparison to only 15% looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

2. Results Come from the Internet

Where did buyers find the home they actually purchased?

  • 49% on the internet
  • 31% from a Real Estate Agent
  • 7% from a yard sign
  • 1% from newspapers

The days of selling your house by just putting up a sign and putting it in the paper are long gone. Having a strong internet strategy is crucial.

3. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With

Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale by Owner:

  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value

4. FSBOing Has Become More And More Difficult

The paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as industry disclosures and regulations have become mandatory. This is one of the reasons that the percentage of people FSBOing has dropped from 19% to 8% over the last 20+ years.

5. You Net More Money When Using an Agent

Many homeowners believe that they will save the real estate commission by selling on their own. Realize that the main reason buyers look at FSBOs is because they also believe they can save the real estate agent’s commission. The seller and buyer can’t both save the commission.

study by Collateral Analytics revealed that FSBOs don’t actually save anything, and in some cases, may be costing themselves more, by not listing with an agent. One of the main reasons for the price difference at the time of sale is:

“Properties listed with a broker that is a member of the local MLS will be listed online with all other participating broker websites, marketing the home to a much larger buyer population. And those MLS properties generally offer compensation to agents who represent buyers, incentivizing them to show and sell the property and again potentially enlarging the buyer pool.”

If more buyers see a home, the greater the chances are that there could be a bidding war for the property. The study showed that the difference in price between comparable homes of size and location is currently at an average of 6% this year.

Why would you choose to list on your own and manage the entire transaction when you can hire an agent and not have to pay anything more?

Bottom Line

Before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, let’s get together to discuss your needs.

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How A Lack of Inventory Impacts the Housing Market

The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest points in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2018.

However, there is one thing that may cause the industry to tap the brakes: a lack of housing inventory. Buyer demand naturally increases during the summer months, but supply is not keeping up.

Here are the thoughts of a few industry experts on the subject:

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at National Association of Realtors

“The worsening inventory crunch through the first three months of the year inflicted even more upward pressure on home prices in a majority of markets. Following the same trend over the last couple of years, a strengthening job market and income gains are not being met by meaningful sales gains because of unrelenting supply and affordability headwinds.”

Sam Khater, Chief Economist for Freddie Mac

“As we head into late spring, the demand for purchase credit remains rock solid, which should set us up for another robust summer home sales season. While this year’s high rates – up 50 basic points from a year ago – have put pressure on the budgets of some home shoppers, weak inventory levels are what’s keeping the housing market from a stronger sales pace.”

Javier Vivas, Director of Economic Research for Realtor.com

“The dynamics of increased competition and buyer frustration are unlikely to change…In fact, the direction of the trend is pointing to a growing mismatch between the pool of prospective buyers and existing inventory.”

Bottom Line

If you are thinking of selling, now may be the time. Demand for your house will be strong at a time when there is very little competition. That could lead to a quick sale for a really good price.

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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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