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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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Bubble Alert! Is it Getting Too Easy to Get a Mortgage?

Bubble Alert! Is it Getting Too Easy to Get a Mortgage? | Simplifying The Market

There is little doubt that it is easier to get a home mortgage today than it was last year. The Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), published by the Mortgage Bankers Association, shows that mortgage credit has become more available in each of the last several years. In fact, in just the last year:

  • More buyers are putting less than 20% down to purchase a home
  • The average credit score on closed mortgages is lower
  • More low-down-payment programs have been introduced

This has some people worrying that we are returning to the lax lending standards which led to the boom and bust that real estate experienced ten years ago. Let’s alleviate some of that concern.

The graph below shows the MCAI going back to the boom years of 2004-2005. The higher the graph line, the easier it was to get a mortgage.

Bubble Alert! Is it Getting Too Easy to Get a Mortgage? | Simplifying The Market

 

As you can see, lending standards were much more lenient from 2004 to 2007. Though it has gradually become easier to get a mortgage since 2011, we are nowhere near the lenient standards during the boom.

The Urban Institute also publishes a Home Credit Availability Index (HCAI). According to the Institute, the HCAI:

“Measures the percentage of home purchase loans that are likely to default—that is, go unpaid for more than 90 days past their due date. A lower HCAI indicates that lenders are unwilling to tolerate defaults and are imposing tighter lending standards, making it harder to get a loan. A higher HCAI indicates … it is easier to get a loan.”

Here is a graph showing their findings:

Bubble Alert! Is it Getting Too Easy to Get a Mortgage? | Simplifying The Market

Again, today’s lending standards are nowhere near the levels of the boom years. As a matter of fact, they are more stringent than they were even before the boom.

Bottom Line

It is getting easier to gain financing for a home purchase. However, we are not seeing the irresponsible lending that caused the housing crisis.

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Access is an Important Factor in Getting Your House SOLD!

Access is an Important Factor in Getting Your House SOLD! | Simplifying The Market

So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to potential buyers.

There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is Access, followed by Condition, Financing, and Price. There are many levels of access that you can provide to your agent so that he or she can show your home.

Here are five levels of access that you can give to buyers, along with a brief description:

  1. Lockbox on the Door – this allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
  2. Providing a Key to the Home – although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to pick up the key, there is little delay in being able to show the home.
  3. Open Access with a Phone Call – the seller allows showings with just a phone call’s notice.
  4. By Appointment Only (example: 48-Hour Notice) – Many buyers who are relocating for a new career or promotion start working in that area prior to purchasing their home. They often like to take advantage of free time during business hours (such as their lunch break) to view potential homes. Because of this, they may not be able to plan their availability far in advance or may be unable to wait 48 hours to see the house.
  5. Limited Access (example: the home is only available on Mondays or Tuesdays at 2pm or for only a couple of hours a day) – This is the most difficult way to be able to show your house to potential buyers.

In a competitive marketplace, access can make or break your ability to get the price you are looking for, or even sell your house at all.

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Homeowners: Your House Must Be Sold TWICE

Homeowners: Your House Must Be Sold TWICE | Simplifying The Market

In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home values could appreciate by another 5%+ over the next twelve months. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal.

If prices are surging, it is difficult for appraisers to find adequate, comparable sales (similar houses in the neighborhood that recently closed) to defend the selling price when performing the appraisal for the bank.

Every month in their Home Price Perception Index (HPPI), Quicken Loans measures the disparity between what a homeowner who is seeking to refinance their home believes their house is worth, and an appraiser’s evaluation of that same home.

Bill Banfield, Executive VP of Capital Markets at Quicken Loans urges anyone looking to buy or sell in today’s market to remember the impact of this challenge:

“Based on the HPPI, it appears homeowners in the markets where prices are rising faster than the national average – like Denver, Seattle and San Francisco – are continuing to underestimate just how quickly home values are rising, so the average appraisal is higher than homeowner estimate.

On the inverse of that, homeowners in areas where the values aren’t rising as fast may think they are rising faster than they are, leading to the appraisal lagging the estimate.”

The chart below illustrates the changes in home price estimates over the last 12 months.

Homeowners: Your House Must Be Sold TWICE | Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

Every house on the market must be sold twice; once to a prospective buyer and then to the bank (through the bank’s appraisal). With escalating prices, the second sale might be even more difficult than the first. If you are planning on entering the housing market this year, let’s get together to discuss this and any other obstacles that may arise.

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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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