Five Rules For Buyers

Here’s some great rules to share with your buyers in order to get them in the right state of mind for the process…

5 New Rules for Home Buyers

Surviving and thriving in the real estate market these days means following a whole new set of rules.

Here are five imperatives for those who want to master the home-buying game. Explaining these items to your customers to help you win friends and sales.

1. Gaming the market doesn’t work. There’s a chance that the home you buy today will be worth less next year. So instead of trying to time the market, drive a hard bargain for a home you really love.

2. Real winners get the lowest mortgage rate. Financing is getting more expensive. Celia Chen of Moody’s predicts rates will hit 7 percent in mid 2009.

3. Jumbos are a big bargain. A new law temporarily allows Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to buy mortgages as big as $729,750, which is keeping the jumbo rates down. The deal disappears at year-end.

4. Good schools and resort area count. Neighborhoods with highly rated schools are holding their value better than most, according to a recent study by real estate site Trulia.com. We are also seeing that properties in the nicer resort area (i.e. Deer Valley) are moving better and holding value.

5. Honesty is the best policy. Be upfront about your commission and consider letting the buyer keep any incentives offered by the sellers.

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