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Waldo Canyon Fires

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Hi, Roberts Johnson with Cool Denver Homes.  Can you believe all the fires that are going on here in Colorado?  Rachel and I were watching the Hayden Fire when the Waldo Canyon fire started.  That’s in Colorado Springs close to where Rachel’s parents live.  We thought no big deal until yesterday when the winds turned ugly and the fire began to take off.  We were in Colorado Springs a week ago for Father’s Day and took a t drive through Garden of the Gods and Manitou Springs.  We even went by the Flying W Ranch which is where Rachel held her 1st job.  As we listened further, last night the fire got closer and closer to the populated areas.  We were sure her parent’s house would not be in the evacuation zone.  Then we heard the fire was moving north and the Flying W Ranch was burnt down.  Then her parents got the evacuation notice at the same time as they started evacuating the Air Force Academy.  We watched on TV houses burn that we had just seen the week before.

You don’t really think about these things until someone you know is in the middle of it.  I think we all know of someone or knows someone that is going through this right now.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected!

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Boy Howdy What a Great Weekend!

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Boy Howdy Father’s Day was hot!  Rachel and I drove down to the Colorado Springs to have lunch and go on a hike in Garden of the Gods with her mom and dad for Father’s Day.  Two things conspired against us.  One, Rachel sprained her foot sometime last week, poor baby.  And two, it was just too hot to walk outside.  We did have a nice lunch and drove through the Garden of the Gods; the temperature gauge put the temperature at 100 Degrees!  We had a terrific time!  Garden of the Gods is beautiful and I can’t wait to go back when the weather is considerably cooler.

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Rachel’s foot was bothering her a little bit during the week but on Saturday morning when we got up her foot was really hurting.  Luckily her doctor’s office was open and we where the 1st ones in.  Doc said it was probably sprained but wanted us to get an X-ray.  Homes by email  Another stroke of luck, the X-ray place was open on Saturday too and we found out to foot was not broken!  Yea!  Bad part was we could not attend Doxypoluza in Jefferson County on Saturday, bummer!   Rachel had her foot iced all day while I attended to her needs!

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I had a closing on Friday and got a new client on Friday!  Need to keep up the momentum!  Thanks everyone for your ongoing help!  Would love a new client this week too!

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Median Household Wealth Takes Big Dip

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Daily Real Estate News | Tuesday, June 12, 2012

From 2007 to 2010, American households lost nearly 39 percent of their wealth, reaching 1992 levels (when adjusting for inflation), the Federal Reserve reports.  Homes by email

How much households were affected depended on how they spread out their investments, where they lived, and how much they earned, analysts say.  How much is your home worth?

"Richer people owned more bonds that didn't get killed," Scott Hoyt, an economist at Moody’s Analytics, told USA Today. "For middle-income households, their primary asset is their house, and the government stimulus backstopped incomes at the low end." 

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Americans lost about $7 trillion in home equity during the housing crisis, starting in 2006, the Fed notes.

The overall losses in median households’ wealth wiped out any gains households that had been seen in the late 1990s during the technology and Internet boom and the post-2000 housing boom, the Fed noted in its report.  Get your daily bank owned Denver homes

While incomes started improving somewhat in 2011, economists note that incomes began regressing again this year.

"Incomes went down more during two years of this recovery than during the recession itself," Gordon Green, co-founder of Sentier, told USA Today. "I don't think we've seen anything like this."

Source: “Fed: Recession Kicked Median Household Wealth to 1992 Level,” USA Today (June 11, 2012)

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Landlords Cash in on Higher Demand

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Landlords Cash in on Higher Demand

Taking advantage of an increase in home owners-turned-tenants, apartment landlords are raising their rents and expect to continue to do so.  Be the 1st to get new listings.

During the first quarter, monthly apartment asking rents increased 2.2 percent year-over-year, reaching an average of $1,070, according to Reis, a property research firm.

Vacancies are at lows and developers are trying to rush projects of multifamily housing to meet the increased demand from renters, but continued constraints on lending has put the brakes on many projects, particularly in smaller markets.  Homes by email

"I'm optimistic about the multifamily sector, certainly for the next two years," Kevin Thorpe, chief economist at Cassidy Turley, a commercial property brokerage, told Investor’s Business Daily. "We've entered a period of sustained rent growth.

The reason behind analysts’ optimism: Young professionals are increasingly turning to renting and more than 3 million former home owners, who have been displaced by foreclosures or short sales, are turning into renters. 

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Demand for single-family home rentals is increasing too, according to CoreLogic. A four-month supply of single-family homes is now available for rent, which is down from five months a year ago, according to CoreLogic data.  How much is your home worth?

Source: “Rents Rise as Apartments See Demand,” Investor’s Business Daily (June 7, 2012)

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Home Buyers Find Market Isn't What They Expected

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Home Buyers Find Market Isn't What They Expected

A shortage of “move-in ready” homes and bidding wars over houses in good condition are leaving potential buyers scrambling to find a home to buy, according to media reports.  Be the 1st to get new listings.

Housing inventories have sunk nationwide, leaving home shoppers with fewer options. Bidding wars are back, and in some markets the shortage is prompting buyers to try to bid on homes even before they are listed, reports The Los Angeles Times.  How much is your home worth?

In April, the number of for-sale homes was 2.5 million, which marks the lowest number for an April since 2006, according to National Association of REALTORS®’ housing data.

“The sharp drop in inventory along with rock-bottom interest rates have helped stabilize even some of the hardest-hit markets, including the Southland, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Miami,” The Los Angeles Times reports. “Some real estate professionals are concerned that the lack of inventory might turn off potential buyers, stifling the recent recovery in home sales.”  Homes by email, be the 1st to see new listings as they hit the market.

While buyers are suddenly feeling a sense of urgency, sellers are feeling they can wait, says Glenn Kelman, chief executive of Redfin. 

Meanwhile, investors are snatching up bank-owned properties at bargains, new construction remains at historic lows, and home owners are taking a “wait-and-see-approach” before they list their homes. That’s left many buyers scrambling to find a property.  Get your daily bank owned Denver homes.

Some home owners are hesitant to sell, held back by negative equity and waiting for more of a bounce-back in home prices before they list.

"With the downturn, it seems like there are a lot of people who have been waiting in the wings to pounce, and because the rates are low, there is just a lot more competition," says one LA-area home shopper, Eddie David, who says he and his wife have been outbid on three different properties recently. "We tried to get in on a couple other homes, and even though it had been just a week or two weeks, it was just too late."

Source: “Shortage of Homes for Sale Creates Fierce Competition,” The Los Angeles Times (June 10, 2012)

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Signs of Sustained Recover Abound

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Signs of Sustained Recovery Abound

The various small businesses that drive the country's housing market are reporting signs that the industry may be making a real and sustained comeback.

At the start of this year's spring selling season, home builders and real estate professionals alike expressed optimism about the growing number of prospective buyers showing up at open houses and inquiring about current house listings. It now appears that interest has translated into sales in many markets.

Mark Prather, whose real estate agency, ERA Buy America Real Estate Services is on the border of Los Angeles and Orange counties, states, "We had a terrific March, better April, and May is going to be the best closing month since 2006."

Other success stories are being reported across the nation, as business is being driven by pent-up demand. Many people had put off buying a home since prior to the recession, and prices are lower after plummeting during the housing crisis. In addition, rising rents are making buying more attractive, and mortgage rates are at record lows. The National Association of Realtors states that more than 1.3 million previously occupied homes were sold from January through April—a 7 percent increase from more than 1.2 million a year ago.

Source: "Housing Market is Perking Up,"Buffalo News/Associated Press (06/11/12)

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Record Low Rates Inaccessible to Many

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Record Low Rates Inaccessible to Many

Fixed-rate mortgages have been at all-time lows for nearly six weeks, increasing home buyers’ purchasing power and helping to trim home owners monthly mortgage payments—at least for those who qualify.

An increasing number of home buyers and refinancers say they are shut out of the cheaper borrowing conditions due to banks’ tightened lending standards, according to new data released last week by the Federal Reserve.

One Washington home owner with a top-notch credit score says he has been trying to refinance his mortgage but has been told “no” by banks because his mortgage is underwater. He told The New York Times that interest rates will at some point rise again, “and I should have been able to get those low rates. It’s not fair.”

“While low rates are supposed to encourage Americans to take more risks, ordinary Americans have been unwilling or unable to take advantage of them,” The New York Times notes in a recent article.

“There’s definitely winners and losers in this kind of extremely low interest rate environment,” Ed Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research, told The New York Times. “In this case, any borrower that has access to the capital markets and doesn’t have to fill out a loan application at a bank is definitely going to have a tremendous advantage.”

Many policy makers say a housing recovery will be put on hold until banks start lending more.

“The real problem is that relatively few borrowers meet the tougher standards of today even if they could benefit from refinancing, and that is the frustration,” Guy Cecala, publisher of Inside Mortgage Finance, told The New York Times. Cecala says that in 2003 there was nearly $4 trillion in mortgage originations (which includes home purchases and refinancing activity). However, in 2011, despite the lower mortgage rates, total originations were $1.4 trillion.

Source: “In Era of Cheap Money, Consumers Are Shut Out,” The New York Times (June 8, 2012)

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FHA Hope Bulk Sales Will Curb Foreclosures

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

FHA Hopes Bulk Sales Will Curb Foreclosures

The Federal Housing Administration announced it will begin selling off distressed mortgages in bulk, which may help prevent foreclosures for thousands of home owners. Beginning in September, FHA says it hopes to sell 5,000 mortgages each quarter.

The move will also help the FHA get rid of some of the 700,000 or so seriously delinquent mortgages that it holds. Many of those delinquent loans originated from 2007 and 2009, the height of the housing crisis.

Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan says there may be a greater opportunity for investors to buy the troubled loans and either reduce the principal on the loans or offer rent-to-own plans, thereby keeping more home owners in their homes.

Home owners whose loans are sold might one day get a call from someone saying “‘Hey, we’re willing to cut your payment dramatically, or cut the balance on your loan dramatically,” Donovan said. “There are going to be a set of options that might arrive on that doorstep as the best news that home owner has ever heard.”

Source: “U.S. Agency to Sell Off Loans to Stem Foreclosures,” The New York Times (June 8, 2012)

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Monday News

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Boy wasn’t it hot on Saturday!  Rachel and I took at walk to get coffee on Saturday morning; it was so hot already she got an iced coffee.  We decided then that we were staying inside for the day!  Too hot to even walk the dogs!  I was afraid our wiener dogs would be cooked if we went anywhere!

On Sunday it was a completely different day, nice cool temperatures in the 70’s all day.  We started lazy but ended up spending the day outside.  A nice trip with the dogs to the East High Farmer’s Market started the day, picked up some great heirloom tomatoes, and finished at Jazz at City Park for the 2nd week of Jazz in the Park.  In the middle we had a nice bike ride over to the Savory Spice shop to pick up some spices for Rachel’s sister in Oregon.  We forgot the Rockies game was mid day, so it made the bike ride a little more challenging yet still fun!

I got a ton of new clients but I still need more.  Talk to anyone you know and let me know who needs to buy and who needs to sell!  I will be looking out for those phone calls and emails!  I need at least one new client this week and I’m sure I can count on you to help me get there.  Thanks in advance.

Have a great week!

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