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Buyers in today’s market often have questions about the importance of getting a home appraisal and an inspection. That’s because high buyer demand and low housing supply are driving intense competition and leading some buyers to consider waiving those contingencies to stand out in the crowded market.

But is that the best move? Buying a home is one of the most important transactions in your lifetime, and it’s critical to keep your best interests in mind. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from the appraisal and the inspection, and why each one can potentially save you a lot of time, money, and headaches down the road.

Home Appraisal

The home appraisal is a critical step for securing a mortgage on your home. As Home Light explains:

“. . . lenders typically require an appraisal to ensure that your loan-to-value ratio falls within their underwriting guidelines. Mortgages are secured loans where the lender uses your home as collateral in case you default on the agreed-upon payments.”

Put simply: when you apply for a mortgage, an unbiased appraisal – typically required by your lender – is the best way to verify the value of the home. That appraisal ensures the lender doesn’t loan you more than what the home is worth.

When buyers are competing like they are today, bidding wars and market conditions can push prices up. A buyer’s contract price may end up higher than the value of the home – this is known as an appraisal gap. In today’s market, it’s common for the seller to ask the buyer to make up the difference when an appraisal gap occurs. That means, as a buyer, you may need to be prepared to bring extra money to the table if you really want the home.

Home Inspection

Like the appraisal, the inspection is important because it gives an impartial evaluation of the home. While the appraisal determines the current value of the home, the inspection determines the current condition of the home. As the American Society of Home Inspectors puts it:

“Home inspections are the opportunity to discover major defects that were not apparent at a buyer’s showing. . . . Your home inspection is to help you make an informed decision about the house, including its condition.”

If there are any concerns during the inspection – an aging roof, a malfunctioning HVAC system, or any other questionable items – you have the option to discuss and negotiate any potential issues with the seller. Your real estate advisor can help you navigate this process and negotiate what, if any, repairs need to be made before the sale is finalized.

Keep in mind – home inspections are critical because they can shed light on challenges you may face as the new homeowner. Without an inspection, serious, sometimes costly issues could come as a surprise later on.

Bottom Line

Both the appraisal and the inspection are important steps in the homebuying process. They protect your best interests as a buyer by providing unbiased information about the home’s value and condition. Work with your trusted real estate advisor so you have an expert guiding you throughout the entire process.

The holidays, as magical as they may be, possess a certain stressful undertone – but holiday decor can spruce things up! An unspoken pressure makes everyone want everything to look perfect, down to the smallest detail.

But the truth is, sometimes it’s the simplest holiday decor that looks chic and commands the most attention. We’re talking easy linen swaps and mantle makeovers you can do in a snap. Ahead, 18 Christmas and other holiday decor ideas that are simple to recreate and will have you decking the halls in no time—without all the stress.

Holiday Decor #1: DIY Simplistic Wreaths

We love this simplistic take on the traditional Christmas wreath—and it couldn’t be simpler to DIY, to boot. If your decorating style leans a bit more minimalistic, these wire wreaths with simple holly branches will fit right into your home’s design.

Holiday Decor #2: Let Your Tree Speak for Itself

Simplistic Christmas tree with small string lights.

No need to go over the top in your Christmas tree decorating. If it’s a simplistic look you seek, stick to the basics when it comes to adorning your tree. This simple Christmas setup is a perfect source of natural holiday decor inspo.

Holiday Decor #3: Bring Simple Décor to the Kitchen

Mini Christmas wreaths on the back of barstools in kitchen.

If your home boasts neutral tones and simplistic vibes, your Christmas décor can fit right in without throwing off your perfectly-curated aesthetic. Add small, simplistic wreaths across your kitchen—an unlikely space to receive Christmas cheer–for a unique but still low-maintenance decorating idea.

Holiday Decor #4: Hang a Delicate Garland

Christmas tree in dining room with small pompom garland.

Christmas garland has many forms beyond the lush, bushy evergreen options. What we love about this Christmas setup is the juxtaposition of the lavish, classic tree and the simplistic and delicate pom-pom garland. This is such a cute way to add Christmas cheer.

Holiday Decor #5: Hang a Festive Banner

pink christmas mantel

Whether you’re known to procrastinate or you just prefer to keep things simple, this decorating staple is one that could be set up minutes before your guests arrive. A glittery holiday banner draped across your mantle instantly ups the Christmas cheer and looks Instagrammable to boot.

Holiday Decor #6: Swap Your Linens

Christmas Decor Bedroom

A simple Christmas décor idea? Swap your sheets. Next time you remove your sheets for a laundry refresh, consider storing your everyday linens and swapping them for a more festive set.

Trade your comforter for a plaid quilt and break out the Christmas-themed throw pillows. And the best part is you can apply these simple swaps in every room of your house, from your bedroom to your living room.

Holiday Decor #7: DIY a Table Runner

Farmhouse Christmas Decor

Whether you gather them from your backyard, a nearby park, or your local farmer’s market, clusters of pine needles make for the perfect Christmas décor. We love the idea of lining them up down the middle to create the look of a fresh runner. Add a velvet or silk bow for a festive touch.

Holiday Decor #8: Show Off Your Collection

Retro home christmas decor

Whether it’s an assortment of vintage Christmas tree ornaments or a collection of bottle brush trees, displaying your findings in a beautiful way is decoration enough. We love how this curation of mini Christmas trees looks displayed in order by color, and the best part is this rainbow take on the holidays must’ve taken minutes to set up.

Holiday Decor #9: Break Out the Twinkle Lights

Boho christmas decor

Whether you decorate with a porcelain village and mini Christmas trees or you prefer to take the minimal route, nothing says the holidays quite like a single strand of twinkle lights. String them along windowsills, table tops, or your media center for a quick and simple holiday update.

Holiday Decor #10: Make a Citrus Garland

Dried Orange garland

A fresh idea if we’ve ever seen one, this sliced orange garland adds a sunny twist to traditional Christmas décor—and it’s the perfect way to give new life to produce that’s close to expiration. Slice an orange or lemon in thin slices and dehydrate them in the oven or let them dry out on a baking rack over several days. Use string or twine to attach them together to create a gorgeous garland.

Holiday Decor #11: Fake a White Christmas

Christmas decor ideas

Whether you live in a warmer locale or you just feel like bringing the magic of winter indoors, flocking your Christmas tree ups the magic factor in seconds.

Holiday Decor #12: Make a Paper Garland

christmas decor

Sure, you can buy a fresh-cut garland at your local farmer’s market or tree lot, but cutting one out of paper brings an element of whimsy to your mantle. Play with different shades of green paper for dimension and top off the look with red pom poms for berries.

Holiday Decor #13: Hang Your Wreath With a Bow

Christmas decor ideas

Wreaths are most often suspended from over-the-door wreath hangers or stick-on hooks, but we love how much more festive a big red bow looks. This simple swap brings color and life to your front door—just be sure to use a thick, sturdy ribbon to support your holiday door décor.

Holiday Decor #14: Update Your Plain Ornaments

simple Christmas decor

If you’re looking for a way to update last year’s plain Christmas ornaments, a handful of paint markers will do the trick. Draw patterns on each orb using plant, dove, and star motifs or customize them with your name or initials. Finally, swap the metal hook for silk ribbon in various colors.

Holiday Decor #15: Swap Ornaments for Flowers

simple Christmas decor

When it comes to Christmas décor, there’s no reason you can’t think outside the glass ornament box. Gather items from around your home to make a tree feel truly yours. We love the look of this pastel-colored tree that utilizes faux flowers to bring a springy feel to winter.

Holiday Decor #16: Make Paper Flags Out Of Christmas Music

simple Christmas decor

One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is the echo of cheerful Christmas music in the background. Incorporate your favorite songs into your décor via a flag banner cut from sheet music. Cut the flag shapes out of old music books (or at-home printed versions), and string them together with a strand of twine.

Holiday Decor #17: DIY a Chalkboard Advent Calendar

simple Christmas decor

If you currently have a chalkboard hanging in your home, you have the potential to create a beautiful rustic advent calendar. Decorate it with fresh greenery, twinkle lights, and ribbon for a truly festive feel.

The housing marketing: less affordable or unaffordable? It’s impossible to research the subject of buying a home without coming across a headline declaring that the fall in home affordability is a crisis. However, when we add context to the most recent affordability statistics, we soon realize that, though homes are less affordable than they have been over the last few years, they are more affordable than they historically have been.

Black Knight, a premier provider of data and analytics for the mortgage industry, just released their latest Monthly Mortgage Monitor which includes a new analysis of the affordability situation. Here’s what the report reveals:

“The monthly payment required to purchase the average priced home with a 20% down 30-year fixed rate mortgage increased by nearly 20% (+$210) over the first nine months of 2021, . . . It now requires 21.6% of the median household income to make the monthly mortgage payment on the average home purchase, the least affordable housing has been since 30-year rates rose to nearly 5% back in late 2018.”

Basically, the report shows that homes are less affordable today than at any other time in the last three years. However, in a previous report earlier this year, Black Knight calculated that the percentage of the median household income to make the monthly mortgage payment on the average home purchase over the last 25 years was 23.6% (see graph below):

Today’s payment-to-income ratio is more affordable than the average over the last 25 years. Given that context, we can see that American households still have the same ability to be homeowners as their parents did 20 years ago.

This confirms the recent analysis of ATTOM Data resources where Todd Teta, Chief Product and Technology Officer, explains:

“The typical median-priced home around the U.S. remains affordable to workers earning an average wage, despite prices that keep going through the roof. Super-low interests and rising pay continue to be the main reasons why.”

Bottom Line

It’s true that it’s less affordable to buy a home today than it has been the last few years. However, it’s more affordable to buy today than the average over the last 25 years. In other words, homes are less affordable, but they’re not unaffordable. That’s an important distinction.

The Big Question: When to Sell ?

If you’re trying to decide when to sell your house, there may not be a better time to list than right now. The ultimate sellers’ market we’re in today won’t last forever. If you’re thinking of making a move, here are four reasons to put your house up for sale sooner rather than later.

1. Your House Will Likely Sell Quickly

According to the Realtors Confidence Index released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), homes continue to sell quickly – on average, they’re selling in just 17 days. As a seller, that’s great news for you.

Average days on market is a strong indicator of buyer demand. And if homes are selling quickly, buyers have to be more decisive and act fast to submit their offer before other buyers swoop in.

2. Buyers Are Willing To Compete for Your House

In addition to selling quickly, homes are receiving multiple offers. That same survey shows sellers are seeing an average of 4.5 offers, and they’re competitive ones. The graph below shows how the average number of offers right now compares to previous years:

average number of offers received per home sold - when to sell your home

Buyers today know bidding wars are a likely outcome, and they’re coming prepared with their best offer in hand. Receiving several offers on your house means you can select the one that makes the most sense for your situation and financial well-being.

3. When Supply Is Low, Your House Is in the Spotlight

One of the most significant challenges for motivated buyers is the current inventory of homes for sale. Though it’s improving, it remains at near-record lows. The chart below shows how today’s low inventory stacks up against recent years. The lighter the blue is in the chart, the lower the housing supply.

months of inventory of homes for sale chart.

If you’re looking to take advantage of buyer demand and get the most attention for your house, selling now before more listings come to the market might be your best option.

4. If You’re Thinking of Moving Up, Now May Be the Time

If your current home no longer meets your needs, it may be the perfect time to make a move. Today, homeowners are gaining a significant amount of wealth through growing equity. You can leverage that equity, plus current low mortgage rates, to power your move now. But these near-historic low rates won’t last forever.

Experts forecast interest rates will rise. In their forecast, Freddie Mac says:

“While we forecast rates to increase gradually later in the year, we don’t expect to see a rapid increase. At the end of the year, we forecast 30-year rates will be around 3.4%, rising to 3.8% by the fourth quarter of 2022.”

When rates rise, even modestly, it’ll impact your monthly payment and by extension your purchasing power.

Bottom Line

In conclusion – don’t delay. The combination of housing supply challenges, low mortgage rates, and extremely motivated buyers gives sellers a unique opportunity this season. If you’re thinking about making a move, let’s chat about why it makes sense to list your house now.

making your best offer in today's real estate market

5 Buyer Tips For Making The Best Offer

In today’s sellers’ market, standing out as a buyer is critical – and that means making your best offer. Multi-offer scenarios and bidding wars are the norm due to the low supply of houses for sale and high buyer demand. If you’re buying this fall, you’ll want every advantage, especially when you’ve found the home of your dreams.

Below are five things to keep in mind when it’s time to make an offer.

1. Know Your Budget

Knowing your budget and what you can afford is critical to your success as a homebuyer. The best way to understand your numbers is to work with a lender so you can get pre-approved for a loan. As Freddie Mac puts it:

“This pre-approval allows you to look for a home with greater confidence and demonstrates to the seller that you are a serious buyer.

Showing sellers you’re serious can give you a competitive edge. It enables you to act quickly when you’ve found your perfect home.

2. Be Prepared To Move Fast

Speed and the pace of sales are contributing factors to today’s competitive housing market. According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average home is on the market for just 17 days. As the report notes:

“Eighty-nine percent of homes sold in July 2021 were on the market for less than a month.”

When homes are selling fast, staying on top of the market and moving quickly are key. After you’ve worked with your agent to find the home that suits your needs, they’ll help you put together and submit your best offer as soon as possible.

3. A Real Estate Professional Can Lead You to Victory

No matter what the housing market looks like, rely on a trusted real estate advisor. As Freddie Mac says:

“The success of your homebuying journey largely depends on the company you keep. . . . be sure to select experienced, trusted professionals who will help you make informed decisions and avoid any pitfalls.

Agents are experts in the local real estate market and they have insight into what’s worked for other buyers in your area and what sellers may be looking for in an offer. So it may seem simple, but catering to what a seller may need can help your offer stand out.

4. Craft a Strong, Fair Offer

Previously, offering at or near the asking price was enough to make your offer appealing to sellers. In today’s market, that’s often not the case. According to the latest Realtors Confidence Index from NAR, 50% of offers are above the list price.

Naturally, in such a competitive market, emotions and prices can run high. Having an agent to help craft a strong, fair offer is critical in these situations. Your agent can help you understand:

5. Understand the Seller’s Needs, but Resist Waiving Certain Contingencies

As a result, when crafting an offer you’ll want to keep both your best interest and the interest of the seller in mind. A trusted real estate advisor can help with which levers to pull, including contract contingencies (conditions set that the seller must meet for the purchase to be finalized). Of course, there are certain contingencies you don’t want to give up, like the home inspection.

Freddie Mac explains:

“Resist the temptation to waive the inspection contingency, especially in a hot market or if the home is being sold ‘as-is’, which means the seller won’t pay for repairs. Without an inspection contingency, you could be stuck with a contract on a house you can’t afford to fix.”

Bottom Line

In conclusion, today’s competitive housing market makes it more important than ever to make a strong offer on a home. Let’s connect to make sure your offer rises to the top.

Advertised Asking Price

In today’s hot real estate market, buyers should be prepared to offer over the asking price to be competitive. In a typical housing market, buyers try to determine how much less than the asking price they can offer. Today’s real estate market is competitive – which means you statistically have to offer near advertised asking or sometimes over to get the home. From there, the buyer and seller typically negotiate and agree on a revised price somewhere in the middle.

Things Are Different Today

Today’s housing market is anything but normal. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), homes today are:

Homes selling quickly and receiving multiple offers highlights how competitive the housing market is right now. This is due to the low supply of homes for sale. Low supply and high demand mean homes often sell for more than the asking price. In some cases, they sell for a lot more. Selma Hepp, Deputy Chief Economist at CoreLogicexplains how these stats can impact buyers:

“The imbalance between robust demand and dismal availability of for-sale homes has led to a continual bidding over asking prices, which reached record levels in recent months. Now, almost 6 in 10 homes listed are selling over the asking price.”

s&p corelogic home price year over year

You May Need To Rethink How You Look at a Home’s Asking Price

What does that mean for you? If you’ve found your dream home, you need to be realistic about today’s housing market and how that impacts the offer you’ll make. Offering below or even at a home’s asking price may not cut it. In today’s market, the highest bidder often wins the home, much like at an auction.

Currently, the asking price is often the floor of the negotiation rather than the ceiling. Therefore, ff you really love a home, it may ultimately sell for more than the sellers are asking. That’s important to keep in mind as you work with your agent to craft an offer.

Understand An Appraisal Gap Can Happen

Because of today’s home price appreciation and the auction-like atmosphere in the selling process, appraisal gaps – the gap between the price of your contract and the appraisal for the house – are more frequent.

According to data from CoreLogic:

“Beginning in January 2020, nationally, 7% of purchase transactions had a contract price above the appraisal, but by May 2021, the frequency had increased to 19% of purchase transactions.”

If this happens, your lender won’t loan you more than the home’s appraised value, and the seller may ask you to make up the difference out of pocket. Therefore, buyers in today’s market need to be prepared for this possibility. Know your budget, know what you can afford, and work with a trusted advisor who can offer expert advice along the way.

Bottom Line

Bidding wars and today’s auction-like atmosphere mean buyers need to rethink how they look at the asking price of a home. Let’s connect so you have a trusted real estate professional who can advise you on the current market and help determine what the market value is on your dream home.

Home prices are appreciating at near-historic rates, and that’s creating some challenges when it comes to home appraisals – now there is an official appraisal gap concern. It’s economy 101 – when supply is low and demand is high, prices naturally rise. That’s what’s happening in today’s housing market.

In recent months, it’s become increasingly common for an appraisal to come in below the contract price on the house – aka the appraisal gap. Shawn Telford, Chief Appraiser for CoreLogic, explains it like this:

Recently, we observed buyers paying prices above listing price and higher than the market data available to appraisers can support. This difference is known as ‘ the appraisal gap . . . .’”

Why does an appraisal gap happen?

Basically, with the heightened buyer demand, purchasers are often willing to pay over asking to secure the home of their dreams. If you’ve ever toured a house you’ve fallen in love with, you understand. Once you start to picture yourself and your furniture in the rooms, you want to do everything you can to land the property, including putting in a high offer to try to beat out other would-be buyers.

When the appraiser comes in, they look at things a bit more objectively. Their job is to assess the inherent value of the home, so they’re going to study the facts. Dustin Harris, Appraiser Coach, drives this point home:

It’s important for everyone to understand that the appraiser’s job in the end is to remain that unbiased third party, to truly tell the client what that home is worth in the current market, regardless of what decisions have been made on the price side of things.”

In simple terms, while homebuyers may be willing to pay more, appraisers are there to assess the market value of the home. Their goal is to make sure the lender isn’t loaning more money than the home is worth. It’s objective, rather than emotional.

In a highly competitive market like today’s, having a discrepancy between the two numbers isn’t unusual. Here’s a look at the increasing rate of appraisal gaps, according to data from  CoreLogic (see graph below):

appraisal gap chart explained

What does this mean for you?

Ultimately, knowledge is power. The best thing you can do is understand appraisal gaps may impact your transaction if you’re buying or selling. If you do encounter an appraisal below your contract price, know that in today’s sellers’ market, the most common approach is for the seller to ask the buyer to make up the difference in price. Buyers, be prepared to bring extra money to the table if you really want the home.

Above all else, lean on your real estate agent. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, your trusted advisor is your ally if you come up against an appraisal gap. We’ll help you understand your options and handle any additional negotiations that need to happen.

Bottom Line

In today’s real estate market, it’s important to stay informed on the latest trends. Let’s connect so you have an ally to help you navigate an appraisal gap to get the best possible outcome.

When you hear the phrase home appreciation, what does it mean to you? Through context clues alone, chances are you know it has to do with rising home prices. And as a seller, you know rising home prices are good news for your potential sale. But let’s look past the dollar signs and dive deeper into the home appreciation concept. To truly understand home price appreciation, you need to know how it works and why it matters to you.

Investopedia defines home appreciation like this:

Appreciation, in general terms, is an increase in the value of an asset over time. The increase can occur for a number of reasons, including increased demand or weakening supply, or as a result of changes in inflation or interest rates. This is the opposite of depreciation, which is a decrease in value over time.”

When we consider this definition and how it applies to real estate, a few words stick out: supply and demand. In today’s real estate market, we’re experiencing high buyer demand and very few sellers listing their homes for sale (see maps below):

home price appreciation - buyer and seller traffic index

No matter the industry, anytime there’s more demand than supply, prices naturally rise. It happens because buyers are willing to pay more to secure the scarce product or service they’re looking for. That’s exactly what’s happening in today’s real estate market. Buyers are competing with one another to purchase a home, leading to bidding wars that drive prices up. For sellers, the rising prices mean that opportunity is knocking.

According to Quicken Loans, the national average home price appreciation rate is between 3-5% in a typical year. Today, home prices are appreciating well beyond the norm thanks to high demand. Here are the latest expert projections on the rate of home price appreciation for this year (see chart below):

2021 Home price forecasts

Compared to the normal pace of 3-5% appreciation per year, the current average forecast of nearly 11.5% is significant.

For sellers, this means that with the current rise in prices, your house may be worth more than you realize. That price appreciation helps give your equity a boost. Equity is the difference between what you owe on the home and its market value based on factors like price appreciation. It works like this (see chart below):

home value equity chart

You can use your built-up equity to power a move into your dream home, or you can put it toward life-changing goals like funding an education or opening a business.

But don’t wait. While price appreciation is strong now, those same experts say it’ll start to appreciate at a more normalized pace next year. If you list your house sooner rather than later, you’ll be in a better position to capitalize on the higher-than-average home price appreciation we’re seeing today.

Bottom Line

If you’re thinking of selling your house, there really is no time like the present. Contact us, your local Los Angeles real estate professionals to get an expert market analysis of your home and its potential.

If you’re interested in buying your first home in Los Angeles, but aren’t sure where to begin, here are a few key points about homeownership you should understand.

1. Down Payments and their myths

Saving for a down payment is sometimes viewed as one of the biggest obstacles for homebuyers, but that doesn’t have to be the case. As Freddie Mac says:

The most damaging down payment myth—since it stops the homebuying process before it can start—is the belief that 20% is necessary.”

According to the most recent Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median down payment for homes purchased between July 2019 and June 2020 was only 12%. That number is even lower when we control for age – for buyers in the 22 to 30 age range, the median down payment was only 6%.

2. Home Much Can You Really Afford

As an article recently published by NAR points out:

Millennials underestimated how much home they can afford right now, how much interest they would pay over a 30-year mortgage, and how much home values appreciate, on average, over 10 years…”

Knowing how much home you can afford when starting the buying process is critical and could be the game-changer. Need help with that? We got you!

3. Interest Rates and The Economy

Finally, mortgage rates will start to rise along with home prices appreciating. Therefore, delaying buying a home now could cost you much more later. Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac, says:

As the economy progresses and inflation remains elevated, we expect that rates will continually rise in the second half of the year.”

Most experts expect interest rates to rise in the months ahead, and even the smallest increase in rates can decrease your purchasing power. If you’ve been on the fence about buying a home, there’s no time like the present. 

4. Types of Loans + Your Credit Rating

Finally, you will need to determine what type of loan you will qualify for based on several factors:

Working with a suitable loan officer is a great place to start in determining these variables. Different loan types have different requirements, so working with someone seasoned is key. We would love to put you in touch with the right people if you are considering a non-conventional loan (FHA, VA or other).

Ready To Buy Your First Home?

If you feel overwhelmed by the prospect of starting your home search, you’re not alone. At Aspire Los Angeles, we believe everyone should have the proper resources in preparing for home ownership.

Connect with us to learn more about the process, what you’ll need to start your search, and what to expect in terms of payments, loan options, and how we can guide you to home ownership.

General office administration including managing office supplies and vendors,  greeting clients and agents, office scheduling, event planning, managing office expenses, and other clerical responsibilities to support the team.
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At Aspire Los Angeles, we aim high, build meaningful relationships, and don’t stop until you achieve whatever you can imagine.
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Support Team Leader/ Broker with event planning, growth processes, accountability for the team, calendar management, and other clerical needs as needed

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