June 2017 Fort Worth Housing Report

According to the Greater Fort Worth Assocaition of REALTORS, Fort Worth home sales raised 7.5 percent to 1,308 homes in June 2017. The median price for Fort Worth homes increased 10.8 percent year-over-year to $210,900 in June 2017.

Fort Worth’s monthly housing inventory was 2.3 months in June 2017, 0.4 months more than the year prior. The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University cites that 6.5 months of inventory represents a market in which supply and demand for homes is balanced.

Homes spent an average of 61 days on the market in June 2017, six days less than June 2016. Additionally, active listings increased 21 percent to 2,291 listings during the same time frame.

June 2017 Statistics At-A-Glance

  •          1,308 – Homes sold in June 2017, 7.5 percent more than June 2016.
  •          $210,900 – Median price in June 2017, 10.8 percent more than June 2016.
  •          2.3 – Monthly housing inventory in June 2017, 0.4 months more than June 2016.
  •          61 – Average number of days homes spent on the market in June 2017, six days less than June 2016.
  •          2,291 – Active home listings on the market in June 2017, 21 percent more than June 2016.June_2017_FW_Housing_Report

National Safety Month

Key in front door. Safety at home is more than a good lock on the doors and windows. June is National Safety Month and a great time to review your household’s safety plans. We encounter countless hazards in our daily lives at work and home. Often many of these dangers present themselves during mundane of tasks when we let our guard down (or our minds wander) which means they are mostly preventable. The National Safety Council has put together several articles about safety at work, home, and on the road to help you identify risks and how to take the proper precautions.

Find out how you can take steps to prevent the risks of poisoning, fire, falls, and more at home.

May 2017 Fort Worth Housing Report.

The Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors released the May 2017 Fort Worth Housing Report this week. Fort Worth home sales raised 5.6 percent to 1,174 homes in May 2017. The median price for Fort Worth homes increased 12.8 percent year-over-year to $211,000 in May 2017.

Fort Worth’s monthly housing inventory was 2.0 months in May 2017, 0.2 months less than the year prior. The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University cites that 6.5 months of inventory represents a market in which supply and demand for homes are balanced.

Homes spent an average of 59 days on the market in May 2017, five days less than January 2016. Additionally, active listings increased 12 percent to 1,994 listings during the same time frame.

 May 2017 Statistics At-A-Glance

  • 1,174 – Homes sold in May 2017, 5.6 percent more than May 2016.
  • $211,000 – Median price in May 2017, 12.8 percent more than May 2016.
  • 2.0 – Monthly housing inventory in May 2017, 0.2 months less than May 2016.
  • 59 – Average number of days homes spent on the market in May 2017, five days less than May 2016.
  • 1,994 – Active home listings on the market in May 2017, 12 percent more than May 2016.
May 2017 Fort Worth Housing Report Infographic
May 2017 Fort Worth Housing Report

2016 Must-Knows for Real Estate Investors

Red Team’s Year in Review

What a year! I hope that you found 2015 and all its new developments to be as exciting and rewarding as we did.

Among the changes this past year is the implementation of what is called the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, which has literally changed the way we’ve done business over the last several decades.

The ball started rolling back in 2011, when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau began working on making the loan process more transparent than it had been leading up to the foreclosure crisis.

As of October 3, 2015, the two “Know Before You Owe” forms have replaced the four disclosure forms you’re probably accustomed to: the Good Faith Estimate and the initial Truth-in-Lending disclosure (provided when you applied for a loan), and the HUD-1 Settlement Statement and the final Truth-in-Lending form (issued just before closing).

By introducing forms that are expected to be less confusing, they hope to make sure consumers understand at every step along the way, the terms of their loans and the fees that they are paying. The following new forms will be used in every mortgage transaction:

The Loan Estimate form includes the interest rate, the fees for both lender and third-party services such as appraisals and title insurance, estimated closing costs and whether the borrower has the right to shop for services like title insurance. It also lists any prepayment penalties or future expected changes in interest rates. Lenders will be required to provide this form within three days of a loan application.

The Closing Disclosure includes the final figures for closing costs, prepaid taxes and insurance, payments, fees and mortgage terms, plus what costs are being paid by buyer and seller—and for the first time, how much is paid to each real estate company involved in the transaction.

Although it should make understanding what fees are being charged and what amount of money is needed at closing much easier, the new variables are going to create some problematic confusion as well.

We’ve already witnessed many delays of the closing process, especially with Investors who were working with Real Estate Brokers who are not yet familiar with the new rules and forms. And it’s also creating fundamental challenges for the Lending industry as well…

Rather than waiting until the day of the closing to see the final figures, Borrowers now receive the Closing Disclosure three days in advance. If the type of loan changes, a prepayment penalty is added, or the rate changes more than one-eighth of a percent, another waiting period of three business days is required again—after the redrafted documents have been sent out and received by the buyer.

Another big change is that you’ll be seeing the closing documents drawn up by lenders, rather than by closing agents. While the law doesn’t require the lender to draw up the documents, it now holds the lender accountable for any errors.

The National Association of Realtors has advised its members to add 15 days to contracts.

The good news is that these forms have built in many protections for borrowers. But for Investors who are not paying cash, it can make the time to close from contract execution take somewhere around 45 days. With zero tolerance for error throughout most of the disclosures, it’s vital you’re working with both Real Estate Brokers and Lenders that understand the multiple new systems that have been introduced with these forms.

For those of you looking to navigate through this new process both smoothly and effectively, we invite you to connect with us at Red Team Real Estate. We work for our owners, making your investment in your rental property create as much value as possible!

Winning. Clients.

Red Team Real Estate and Property Management
Red Team Real Estate and Property Management was started in 2012 to focus on being the provider of quality service that has never been seen before in property management. Our approach is to serve our owners by providing professional, knowledgeable service with maximum value.

Red Team News: Are you thinking about purchasing a rental property?

Are you a current property owner who wants to ensure you’re getting the best return on your investment?

Red Team Real Estate is proud to announce that our very own Michael Mayes is publishing his first book, The 7 Rules of Selecting a Property Manager. Set to debut in 2016, this book goes far beyond simply selecting a property manager. Inside you will find a wealth of information, tips and secrets that all current and would-be investors should know. Ready for more? Here’s a sneak peek of one of the topics Michael will cover:

Real Estate Agent vs. Property Manager

Did you know that in Texas (and many other states) you must be a licensed real estate agent in order to be a property manager? While this law makes sense and has its benefits, there are some big downfalls that can arise from it as well.

Are you aware that something as small as a missing peep-hole could end up costing you up to $500 in rental code violations? Most of these “sign in the yard” type agents don’t really have the time or motivation to stay on top of the latest laws, or even the most basic ones for that matter.

There’s just no way that a part-time agent can manage and protect your investment as it should be, and most likely, they won’t be readily accessible or available when a crisis does occur. More times than not, the part-time “manager” usually views the property owner as a short-term revenue stream, not a long-term partner, which ends up costing investors more than they bargained for.

Owning real estate is a business and should be treated as such. Just because someone agrees to collect the renter’s check, does not ensure they are looking out for you best interest…

The 7 Rules of Selecting a Property Manager, coming soon in 2016!

Winning. Clients.

Red Team Real Estate and Property Management
Red Team Real Estate and Property Management was started in 2012 to focus on being the provider of quality service that has never been seen before in property management. Our approach is to serve our owners by providing professional, knowledgeable service with maximum value.

3 Simple Rules for a Profitable Purchase

Avoiding the “Money Pit” when Buying Rental Properties

In the 1986 hit movie, The Money Pit, Tom Hanks and Shelley Long buy a country estate outside the city at a bargain price. It soon becomes apparent why…as the doors fall off their hinges, staircases come tumbling down and a bathtub falls through the floor. While the film is full of humor, I know many investors who can relate all-too-well with the comedic couple, but it’s no laughing matter.  
Save yourself the horrors of a money pit by following these 3 Simple Rules before investing in rental properties
Put Your Business Goggles On
After all, these homes aren’t for you so don’t judge them based on your personal preferences. Any property you buy has to make sense from a business perspective. Look for sensible, reasonably priced homes that would be appealing to your “dream” tenant.
Know Your Numbers

An error in analysis, whether it’s paying too much for a home or not budgeting for the ongoing costs of the property has caused many investors to see their asset become a liability. Know what you can afford and educate yourself on the costs associated with this type of investment. Just covering your loan isn’t going to cut it. It is not uncommon for a property to be vacant for several days before it is leased. Meanwhile the investor has to pay the mortgage, the taxes, the insurance, the cost of advertising and homeowner or condo association dues.
Always Over Budget

There is more to consider than your loan, property taxes and insurance. Make sure to budget for routine maintenance and other unforeseen expenses. After you’ve done your research, plan to add a little more money and time you think it will take. If you can still make money after these considerations, you probably have a great investment at hand.
Before I close, I’d like to share the GOLDEN RULE of real estate investing – education. Educate yourself before you put your family’s financial security on the line. Read books, sign up for information centered newsletters and look for local resources, where you’ll find speakers who cover everything from buying foreclosures to screening tenants. 
Educating for REAL Greatness,
Red Team Real Estate and Property Management

Red Team Real Estate and Property Management was started in 2012 to focus on being the provider of quality service that has never been seen before in property management. Our approach is to serve our owners by providing professional, knowledgeable service with maximum value.