Real Estate website Zillow just released results of a survey taken by first time homebuyers that revealed some shocking results of how knowledgeable they are about the house buying process. Now all you Realtors watching this, you may want to give your clients some home buying tips that can teach them what to know before buying a house. 47% believed that the home became theirs once everyone signed the purchase contract. and 42% believe that home values are guaranteed to appreciate by about 7% each year, when in reality, in a normal market it’s typically 2-5% each year, and we all know, we are NOT in a normal market right now. 41% of all new homebuyers believe they need to pay for private mortgage insurance, regardless of how much of a downpayment they’re making, when in reality, that’s typically true if you’re putting less than 20% down. And finally 37% of first time homebuyers believe buying homeowner’s insurance is optional. I’m here to tell you it’s not. That’s why every realtor, mortgage broker and insurance agent needs to take time to make sure our clients are aware of what to know when buying a home. If you want to take Zillow’s Buyer IQ test for free, you can click on this link. Buyer IQ test.
The richest man in India, who also is the 9th richest man in the world, had a 27 story, one billion dollar home built in Mumbai for him and 3 members of his family. The house of Mukesh Ambani is complete with 3 helipads and 6 floors of parking, but he’s afraid to move into it because it fails to conform to the architectual principles of vastu shastra (trying saying that 5 times fast), and he believes that moving in will bring bad luck to him and his family. Seriously dude? You’re the ninth richest man in the world, how much more good luck do you need? Superstition aside, he’s got every right to be afraid to occupy the house: it’s a billion-dollar eye-sore in the midst of a country and a city where most of the people are desperately poor. I say, Squatters, pack your bags and enjoy your new home.
The economy picked up during the third quarter as the gross domestic product came in with the largest increase in a year. While this is good news for stocks, it could have an affect on interest rates as money moves out of bonds and into stocks. So take advantage of these still low rates if you’re thinking about buying or refinancing your home. If you liked this video, please leave me a comment below, and click the subscribe button and share it with a friend. Remember to set your clocks back this weekend! I’ll see you next time.