Long Beach and Orange County Real Estate News

April 29, 2020

Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes.

Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes.

Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes. | MyKCM

Through all the volatility in the economy right now, some have put their search for a home on hold, yet others have not. According to ShowingTime, the real estate industry's leading showing management technology provider, buyers have started to reappear over the last several weeks. In the latest report, they revealed:

“The March ShowingTime Showing Index® recorded the first nationwide drop in showing traffic in eight months as communities responded to COVID-19. Early April data show signs of an upswing, however.”

Why would people be setting appointments to look at prospective homes when the process of purchasing a home has become more difficult with shelter-in-place orders throughout the country?

Here are three reasons for this uptick in activity:

1. Some people need to move. Whether because of a death in the family, a new birth, divorce, financial hardship, or a job transfer, some families need to make a move as quickly as possible.

2. Real estate agents across the country have become very innovative, utilizing technology that allows purchasers to virtually:

  • View homes
  • Meet with mortgage professionals
  • Consult with their agent throughout the process

All of this can happen within the required safety protocols, so real estate professionals are continuing to help families make important moves.

3. Buyers understand that mortgage rates are a key component when determining their monthly mortgage payments. Mortgage interest rates are very close to all-time lows and afford today’s purchaser the opportunity to save tens of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the loan.

Looking closely at the third reason, we can see that there’s a big difference between purchasing a house last December and purchasing one now (see chart below):Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes. | MyKCM

Bottom Line

Many families have decided not to postpone their plans to purchase a home, even in these difficult times. If you need to make a move, let’s connect today so you have a trusted advisor to safely and professionally guide you through the process.

 

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April 1, 2020

The #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This Year

The #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This Year

The #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This Year | MyKCM

The last few weeks and months have caused a major health crisis throughout the world, leading to a pause in the U.S. economy as businesses and consumers work to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The rapid spread of the virus has been compared to prior pandemics and outbreaks not seen in many years. It also has consumers remembering the economic slowdown of 2008 that was caused by a housing crash. This economic slowdown, however, is very different from 2008.

One thing the experts are saying is that while we’ll see a swift decline in economic activity in the second quarter, we’ll begin a sharp rebound in the second half of this year. According to John Burns Consulting:

“Historical analysis showed us that pandemics are usually V-shaped (sharp recessions that recover quickly enough to provide little damage to home prices), and some very cutting-edge search engine analysis by our Information Management team showed the current slowdown is playing out similarly thus far.”  

Given this situation, if you’re thinking about buying a home this year, the best thing you can do right now is use this time to get pre-approved for a mortgage, which you can do from the comfort of your home. Pre-approval will help you better understand how much you can afford so that you can confidently do the following two things when you’re ready to buy:

1. Gain a Competitive Advantage

Today’s low inventory, like we’ve seen recently and will continue to see, means homebuyers need every advantage they can get to make a strong offer and close the deal. Being pre-approved shows the sellers you’re serious about buying a home, which is always a plus in your corner.

2. Accelerate the Homebuying Process

Pre-approval can also speed-up the homebuying process so you can move faster when you’re ready to make an offer. Being ready to put your best foot forward when the time comes may be the leg-up you need to cross the finish line first and land the home of your dreams.

Bottom Line

Pre-approval is the best thing you can do right now to be in a stronger position to buy a home when you’re ready. Let’s connect today to get the process started.

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March 27, 2020

Don't Let The Coronavirus Deter You From Homeownership

What You Can Do to Keep Your Dream of Homeownership Moving Forward 

What You Can Do to Keep Your Dream of Homeownership Moving Forward [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • Don’t put your homeownership plans on hold just because you’re stuck inside.
  • There are several things you can do right now to keep your home search moving forward.
  • Connect with an agent, learn about resource programs for things like down payments, and get pre-approved today.
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Sept. 28, 2016

Japanese Tranquility Rests Quietly On Long Beach Property

Those who live in Long Beach may not realize a Japanese wonderland is hidden close by. On the campus of California State University, Long Beach sits the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. This space of tranquility and peaceful beauty creates the perfect area to unwind and embrace the glory of nature.

Mrs. Loraine Miller Collins gifted the land in honor of her late husband. The widow described her hopes for visitors to the Japanese Garden, “When a person is tired, or anxious, or in a quest of beauty may they enter and come forth refreshed to meet the problems of the day.” Carefully designed, the garden showcases multiple species of trees. A vast collection of Liquidambar, Sweetshade, Birch and various Pines all lend to the delightful sights. Bamboo stands proud and tall as Magnolia blooms reflect prettily in the pond. Picturesque wooden bridge provide paths to stroll and ponder.

Live In Long Beach And Take Part In An Ancient Japanese Tea Ceremony

Special events often rich in culture occur at this serene Long Beach property. And as Autumn leaves drop it becomes time for the Fall Sekku Traditional Tea Ceremony on October 16, 2016. Those in attendance for this formal ceremony will have the opportunity to whisk powdered tea and indulge in some treats. The online calendar lists other upcoming occasions that enhance a trip to the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden.

Garden gates are open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m. It is closed Sundays and Mondays.

 

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