30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Decline for 4th Consecutive Week

Rhonda Buckner with Buckner Homes Realty
3200 SE 20 Ave. Ocala, Florida 34471
352-266-2637
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Read more great news posted on Zillow today!
Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace at 3.31 percent, down from 3.34 percent at this same time last week.

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate remained relatively flat for the majority of the week, hovering between 3.34 and 3.32 percent before dropping to the current rate this morning.

“Amid continued economic uncertainty both domestically and abroad, mortgage rates held steady near this year’s lows,” said Erin Lantz, director of Zillow Mortgage Marketplace. “We expect mortgage rates will remain close to these levels during another relatively quiet week for economic events and data.”

Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate this morning was 2.53 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.22 percent.

What are the rates right now? Check Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for up-to-the-minute mortgage ratesfor your state.

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*The weekly rate chart illustrates the average 30-year fixed interest rate in six-hour intervals.

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GOOD NEWS FOR OCALA’S REAL ESTATE MARKET

Rhonda Buckner with Buckner Homes Realty
3200 SE 20 Ave. Ocala, Florida 34471
352-266-2637
www.BucknerHomes.com
According to Trulia’s latest predictions Ocala seems to be rebounding

The average price per square foot for Ocala FL was $65, an increase of 12.1% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in Ocala FL for Jan 13 to Mar 13 was $86,000 based on 713 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price increased 13.8%, or $10,400, and the number of home sales decreased 15%. There are currently 2,687 resale and new homes in Ocala on Trulia, including 1 open house, as well as 3,243 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price for homes for sale in Ocala FL was $271,165 for the week ending Apr 10, which represents an increase of 0.9%, or $2,374, compared to the prior week.

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OCALA CONDO CLOSE TO HOSPITALS

Rhonda Buckner with Buckner Homes Realty
3200 SE 20 Ave. Ocala, Florida 34471
352-266-2637
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3031 Se 5 Ter, OCALA, FL 34471

CONDO CLOSE TO HOSPITALS

2 bedroom 1 bath condo located in SE Ocala. This condo has a large living area, open kitchen, large bedrooms, open patio for grilling. Close to shopping and transit system. $45,000

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Thinking of Buying or Selling Your Ocala Home? | Buying & Selling in the Housing Market’s ‘New Normal’

Rhonda Buckner with Buckner Homes Realty
3200 SE 20 Ave. Ocala, Florida 34471
352-266-2637
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Great information written by Jill Simmons. Check it out!!

Home-shopping season is just getting underway, and many people who’ve sat on the sidelines in recent years are finally ready to enter a market that might be quite different from what they’re expecting. Here are a few tips to help buyers and sellers get the best results in the competitive market.

Tips for buyers

1. Choose the right real estate agent. Times have changed. Due to inventory shortagesacross the country (down nearly 17 percent from last year) the tables have turned, and buyers are no longer in control like they were a few years ago. Not only is it hard to find a good home for sale, once you do, expect to be competing with lots of other buyers. Choosing the right agent is more crucial than ever in this type of environment. You need to find someone who is skilled at negotiations and knows how to handle competitive offer situations.

Tip: Read online reviews of agents, focusing on reviews of their negotiation skills. Then interview at least three agents and ask how they handle competitive bids, what you can expect in your area/price range and what your strategy will be.

2. Get creative. Search for homes that aren’t on the market but might actually be for sale — if the right offer came along. You’ve heard of agents soliciting homeowners asking if they’d be willing to sell? Zillow has a feature that enables homeowners to post a dream price for their home — without actually putting it on the market. Buyers can search for homes that are “listed” this way, and contact the homeowner directly to start a dialogue. Make Me Move® listings are the fastest growing listings on Zillow right now, due in no small part to lack of inventory. Who knows, your future home may not even be listed on the market.

3. Make yourself as attractive to sellers as possible. Come to the table pre-approved for amortgage and be able to put down 20 percent or more. Be prepared to close quickly — 30 days if possible as opposed to 60. Consider waiving certain contingencies. Write a heart-tugging letter as to what this home means to you — it works! Consider an escalation clause.

Tips for sellers

1. Price it right. Bidding wars are the new reality but only for homes that are priced right from the get go. Overpriced homes won’t attract buyer attention and therefore will miss all the action. Get lots of buyers interested in your home with the right price, and they’ll bid up from there.

Tip: Unsure of how to price your home? Try putting a Make Me Move price on Zillow first. It’s a low-effort way to test the market. You can gauge whether you get any interest from buyers, who are contacting homeowners with MMM listings in increasing numbers. You just may end up with a willing buyer, while avoiding the hassle of putting your home on the market, as well as the seller’s costs.

2. Your listing needs to be where the buyers are. Mobile is where it’s at. More and more buyers are using their mobile devices to shop for homes. Zillow says 60 percent of its weekend traffic comes from a mobile device. So make sure your home shows up on mobile real estate apps — and that it shows well. That means your listing should have lots of photos taken with a high-resolution camera.

3. Prioritize your home improvements. First, take care of any basic maintenance issues such as a leaky faucet or creaky door — small things that signal to buyers that the home hasn’t been property maintained and bigger issues could lurk ahead. Then before buyers walk through your door make sure your house is decluttered and sparkling clean! After doing these two things, you can make other basic improvements such as painting walls neutral colors, updating fixtures or installing a new appliance or two.

Tip: Don’t spend a lot of money on renovations just for selling purposes. Everyone has a different style, and while you may design your dream kitchen, buyers probably have other needs/wants in mind. Updates are fine; major, expensive overhauls are usually not worth it.

Give Rhonda a call to help you find that perfect home and to discuss the options that buyers have. As always you can search for homes in Florida at www.BucknerHomes.com . I am always here to help you.

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GREAT OCALA LEASE PURCHASE

Rhonda Buckner with Buckner Homes Realty

3200 SE 20 Ave. Ocala, Florida 34471
352-266-2637
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LEASE PURCHASE

Awesome home in very quiet location. Real hardwood floors and ceramic tile throughout living area, open eat-in kitchen, split bedroom floor plan, and completely fenced back yard. Call for details on rent to own. $165,000


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5 Ways to Find Your Home During an Inventory Shortage

Rhonda Buckner with Buckner Homes Realty
3200 SE 20 Ave. Ocala, Florida 34471
352-266-2637
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Ocala’ Market is very hot again!! Read this great article from professrbarron.com

The news is out. Real estate is back. Home buyers are in the game again, but they’re facing a huge inventory shortage in most markets. Some buyers make three of four offers on homes, only to keep losing out to other buyers.

In this tight market, buyers and real estate agents need to think outside the box. You may need to go after homes that aren’t listed for sale. Here are five ways to do that.

1. Look for ‘expired’ and ‘withdrawn’ listings

A good agent will scour the MLS for homes that were listed in the recent past but never sold. Many homes failed to sell because they were seen as overpriced at the time. Does their last list price seem like a valid price today? Chances are, the owner doesn’t realize how much the market has picked up and might still be open to selling the home. Have your agent contact the owner with a letter expressing your interest in purchasing the property. Show the owner you’re serious, and you’ll likely get a response.

2. Search for Make Me Move® prices

Do you feel like cattle being herded through a busy open house with dozens of other buyers? Scouring the Zillow app while on the Sunday open house circuit? You might want to filter listings by searching for homes with a Make Me Move price in the neighborhoods where you want to own.

Owners who have set a Make Me Move price have gone out of their way to indicate a price that would make them sell. Some would-be sellers are unrealistic in their pricing. But others may have listed their property months or years ago, and their price may in fact be doable. Reach out to them with an offer. It often works.

3. Check rental listings

Why would a buyer go after rental listings? Here’s why: The owner may have lived in the home at some point but had to move for a job transfer, divorce or life change. At that time, their home could have beenunderwater or the market simply wouldn’t support the asking price. Instead of listing it with an agent, they just decided to rent it and “ride it out” for a couple of years. Their current tenant might have given notice and, without knowledge of the changing market, the owner simply wants to rent it again. Go see the home. If you like it, find out if the owner would be open to selling. Make it easy, and they may be on board.

4. Don’t ignore overpriced listings

The No. 1 complaint among real estate agents everywhere is working with a seller who’s unrealistic about their home’s price, especially in this tight market. But as a buyer, you might use it to your advantage.

After six weeks or less in some markets, an overpriced home loses its luster. The seller doesn’t clean as often. Weeds grow in front. And it just may not show as well. The fading curb appeal, along with an unrealistic price, will keep buyers away.

How is this good for the buyer? Many sellers won’t list their home at a lower price but will sell it at a lower price. Go in with an offer before the first price reduction, if possible. Once they do drop the price, other buyers will take notice again, and you may have competition.

5. Off-market or pocket listings

Some homeowners want to sell but don’t want to or can’t list. Maybe they simply don’t want the hassle of keeping a clean home and dealing with showings. Or perhaps they’re just very private. Especially in the luxury market, some owners just don’t want to publicly list their homes.

In many markets, real estate agents regularly network with each other about potential deals. Some areas have dedicated websites for agents to share off-market properties, also known as “pocket” listings. Also, brokerage firms generally release upcoming listings to their agents a few weeks before they hit the MLS. Work with a well-connected agent and make sure you’re privy to these potential opportunities.

Think outside the box

Most active buyers spend months looking for a home the traditional way. Until prices rise enough to bring more sellers and inventory into the market, these buyers will likely keep facing tight housing inventory. That’s why it’s important to make sure your agent is trying every way possible to uncover opportunities for you. Be open to using non-traditional methods to beat the competition and take advantage of low interest rates and favorable pricing.

Give Rhonda a call to help you find that perfect home and to discuss the options that buyers have. As always you can search for homes in Florida at www.BucknerHomes.com . I am always here to help you.

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Ocala Investor’s |What’s the Best Way to Earn Wealth in Real Estate?

Rhonda Buckner with Buckner Homes Realty
3200 SE 20 Ave. Ocala, Florida 34471
352-266-2637
www.BucknerHomes.com
Ocala is a great market for the real estate investor, Here is some great words of the wise as written by Profressorbarron.com

The prospect of buying inexpensive properties, making cosmetic improvements and flipping those homes back onto the market for a hefty profit causes many people to ponder becomingreal estate investors.

And while a fraction of those who take this approach are successful, most of them have worked for other people to learn the business, have extensive experience in real estate and contracting and/or have the resources to support themselves — and cover some losses — so they can focus on flipping homes full time for a few years to get started.

For everyone else, the best way to make money in real estate is to focus on the long haul: Buy cash-flow positive properties, do due diligence before buying and keep tenants for a long time.

Learning as you go

Buying rental properties for long-term hold is likely to be a successful way to earn money in real estate. But it isn’t easy; in fact it’s a lot of hard work. Most rental property owners have horror stories of lessons learned from losing money and the hassles they’ve experienced on rental properties. But they learn as time goes on, and they start to earn consistent income. And once they do, they laugh about the past and most of them would swear they’d do the same thing over again.

Wise investing

If you make smart real estate purchase decisions and buy decent properties that are cash-flow positive, put money into improving those properties, select good tenants and work hard to keep those tenants, then you can earn a nice retirement “pension” plan.

Beware that buying decent properties is no easy task: The education is formidable, and you will feel some pain over time as mistakes you make come to light. But it can be a great long-term wealth building tool if you’re patient and stick with it.

For most people, building real estate wealth simply takes time.

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Great Buy in Ocala Windstream Subdivision $104,500

Rhonda Buckner
Buckner Homes Realty
3200 SE 20 th AVE
OCALA, FL 34471
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Windstream Subdivision $104,500
Very well kept home on a cul de sac. Features include a split bedroom floor plan, volume ceilings, a formal dining room, a beautiful eat in kitchen, a wood burning fireplace,Large Master bedroom & ceramic tile in the bathrooms, screened in porch. Will not last long!

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Ocala Market 2013| What is Really Selling

Ocala’s Real Estate
The truth about what has happened in our market

After taking some time to go through the numbers, I was able to get a clear picture of what we have recently experienced in our Real Estate market. The news media seems to be all over the board on this. One day we were riding on top of the economic wave the next we are rolling in the sand trying to dig our way out. This can be quite frustrating for us in the Real Estate business. We are left to try and convince those that want to buy homes or the people who want to list, that these are awesome times in Marion County Florida. With interest rates at 3.5% to 3.7%, and I’ve even had buyers getting as lows as 2.8%, there has never been a better time to buy a home. I am of the opinion that once these rates are gone we may never see them ever again. Now that the smoke has settled let’s take a look at the facts. In 2011, 301 homes sold monthly with average sales price of $102,353 with 164 days on the market and the average price per square foot was $53.00. That doesn’t sound like a bad year to me, hang on it gets better. In 2012 we had an average of 307 home sell per month with an average sales price of $103,567 and the average days on the market of 148 at an average price per square foot of $58.00. This means that we had steady increase across the board. The best news is that we are up substantially from 2009 where homes were stagnating at an average 160 days on the market. So far in 2013 we are holding steady with the average price per square foot at $63.00 and increasing monthly. It appears that Marion County has bounced off of the bottom and we are on the rise.
We are not completely out of the woods yet. There seems to be no end in sight for the foreclosures. Unfortunately our job market hasn’t been able to keep up with the Real Estate growth, and we still have those sellers who are having to short sale their homes. If you are upside down in your mortgage and you cannot afford the payments, then this is still a great avenue to take. A short sale will release you of the deficiency balance and a mortgage that you can no longer afford. If you have not missed a payment on your primary residence and would like to stay in your home then there is help. The U.S. Government has devised a program known as HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program). In short they can refinance your existing mortgage at a lower interest rate. To sum this all up, whether you’re buying or selling, all indications point toward this. “Now is the perfect time to buy or sell a home”.
If you or someone you know has any questions concerning our Real Estate market just give me a call, I’ll make the time to talk. I am praying that you and yours have the most prosperous year ever. Thanks again for your loyalty, Rhonda. Give me a call 352-266-2637

12160 ne 135 st, FT MC COY, FL 32134

Rhonda Buckner with Buckner Homes Realty
3200 SE 20 Ave. Ocala, Florida 34471
352-266-2637
www.BucknerHomes.com
Bucknerhomes@gmail.com

12160 ne 135 st, FT MC COY, FL 32134
Real Estate for Sale, ListingId: 22578697, Ft Mc Coy, FL  32134

4 BEDROOM ON 10 ACRES
Coming soon. You must see this property. Very large home on 10 acres, privacy at it best. Kitchen has island and stainless appliances double oven, granite counter tops, Large family room and living room, split bedroom, covered porch in back. Call for appointment

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