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5/1 ARM Offers Best of Price and Stability

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

With rising interest rates, this is a great time to take a fresh look at adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) for your purchase and refinance. These are not the exotic ARMs involved in the subprime meltdown – they are traditional, 5/1 ARMs with unbelievable rates that are in the threes today! That’s more than a point lower than 30-year fixed rates. A 5-year ARM is a loan with a fixed rate for the first five years that has a rate that changes once each year for the remaining life of the loan.  Because the interest rate can change after the first five years, the monthly payment may also change. A 5/1 ARM combines the best features of adjustable and fixed rate products. It delivers a very low interest rate and therefore, a lower monthly payment typical of ARMs. But the five-year rate lock gives homeowners the stability and predictability of fixed payments that will not increase in the near future. For the right borrower, a 5/1 ARM can be an excellent choice. If you are a client either: Planning to move in the next 5 years – the rate will never adjust if they sell the home in that time period, or anticipate a salary increase– an ARM may allow you to enjoy lower monthly payments or a larger home while your pay is ramping up. Choosing a 5/1 ARM could save you money on your monthly mortgage payment.  For example, let’s say you are purchasing a $200,000 house and putting down 20%.  After borrowing $160,000 at a 7% interest rate, your monthly payment on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is $1,064.48 each month.  A 5/1 ARM can get you into the same house but with lower initial monthly payments.  With a 5-year ARM you may be able to start out with a 6.25% interest rate, therefore making your monthly payments only $985.15 for the first 5 years of the loan.  However, after the 5-year fixed period, the interest rate can change based on the index.  Because of this, it is essential that you be sure you can still afford the monthly payments if interest rates go up.  Most 5/1 ARM’s will have a lifetime payment cap that limits how much the interest rate on your loan can rise. Weigh your options carefully when deciding on the mortgage product that is best for you.  If you want to take advantages of the lower initial interest rates associated with an ARM, but want to have some of the security of a fixed-rate loan, a 5/1 ARM may be the option for you. If you have any questions about the 5/1 ARM or any other mortgage products please contact 1862 Mortgage.  We have a full staff of loan officers in all of our Ruhl&Ruhl offices that would be happy to help you make the best decision. And as always keep checking RuhlHomes.com for the most up to date information on the housing market.  Some information and statistics provided by: The Mortgage Fortune

Foreclosures Decreasing: Exploring the Short Sale Option

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

RealtyTrac released its U. S. Foreclosure Market Report for November 2010, which shows foreclosure filings were reported on 262,339 U. S. properties in November, a 21 percent decrease from the previous month and a 14 percent decrease from November 2009. One in every 492 U. S. housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month. Both the 21 percent month-over-month decrease and 14 percent year-over-year decrease in foreclosure activity were the highest drops recorded since RealtyTrac began publishing the U. S. Foreclosure Report in January 2005. Despite a 20 percent monthly decrease in foreclosure activity, Nevada posted the nation's highest state foreclosure rate for the 47th straight month. One in every 99 Nevada housing units received a foreclosure filing in November — nearly five times the national average. Thanks in part to sharp monthly drops in foreclosure activity in Arizona, Florida, California and Michigan, Utah's foreclosure rate leapfrogged to second highest among the states in November after being sixth highest the previous month. One in every 221 Utah housing units received a foreclosure notice during the month — more than twice the national average. With one in every 233 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in November, California posted the nation's third highest foreclosure rate despite a nearly 14 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from the previous month and a 22 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from November 2009. Other states with foreclosure rates ranking among the top 10 in November were Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Idaho, Illinois and Colorado. Reno-Sparks, Nev., also posted a foreclosure rate in the top 10, at No. 8 with one in every 150 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in November. While our region does not have the nearly the foreclosure problem that Florida, Nevada, Arizona and California are experiencing, we do have a substantial number of sellers who are struggling with delinquent mortgages and a growing number of foreclosure properties are coming onto the market. At Ruhl&Ruhl, for example we have around 1,352 properties listed for sale.  Of these, 71 are foreclosures, or 5.25% of our inventory.  In addition, Ruhl&Ruhl is managing 88 properties that are in the foreclosure process but not yet listed for sale. So including those, foreclosures would account for 11.8% of our inventory.  Further, we have 45 foreclosure properties currently pended, i.e. under contract to sell, but not yet closed.   So foreclosures are defiantly negatively impacting our prices and will do so increasingly, unless we can educate sellers to opt for short sales instead. Sellers who are delinquent on their mortgage and anticipate that they may need to sell their property for less than the mortgage amount should contact their mortgage lender as soon as possible to see if they can structure a “short sale” instead of going into foreclosure.  It is far less costly than the foreclosure process, does less damage to the homeowner’s credit, and can be accomplished faster.  The sooner sellers address this with their lender and Realtor, the better the options for the sellers.  And short sales don’t sell as nearly at discounted prices as foreclosures, and therefore don’t hurt the neighborhood property values as much. Keep checking RuhlHomes.com for the most up to date information on the real estate market! Statistics and Information Provided By: Real Trends

Millennium Did Not Crash the Housing Market, What a Great Decade!

Friday, December 17, 2010

With all the teeth-gnashing over the real estate bubble, the bust and the mortgage mess, you can be forgiven for failing to notice this little tidbit: Housing had a superb decade. In fact, the value of a square foot of housing in the U.S. is up 58% from its January 2000 level, according to data from New York housing analytics firm Radar Logic on the 25 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. That represents an average annual gain of 4.3% in the value of one square foot of housing. While the average gain was impressive, some cities did exceedingly well while others languished. New York came out best of all, with home values rising 6.2% a year, thanks in large part to the explosion in Wall Street wealth. Homes in New York now cost 91% more per square foot than they did in 2000. Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., weren't far behind, rising 85% and 72%, respectively. Who lagged behind? The usual suspect, Detroit, was the big loser, shedding an average of 3.3% a year during the decade. Houses in and around the Motor City cost 33% less per square foot than they did in January 2000. Las Vegas’ hammering has left houses there 11% cheaper. Cleveland came in third worst, down 9% for the decade.  Keep checking RuhlHomes.com for the most up to date information on the Quad Cities real estate market!

Real Estate a Great Investment in Our Region

Monday, December 13, 2010

Home prices continue to be stable in our markets in eastern Iowa, while the rest of the nation experiences declines.

Nationally home prices have fallen 8.36% in the last five years, but all of our markets’ prices are up: 9.25% in Dubuque; 7.22% in the Quad Cities; 5.68% in Cedar Rapids; and 5.43% in Iowa City. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, of the 299 MSA’s (Metropolitan Statistical Areas) ranked by home price appreciation, all of our markets ranked in the top third in the nation – Quad Cities at 29th; Cedar Rapids at 72nd; Dubuque at 80th; and Iowa City at 95th. Our local markets continue to provide much more stable home prices, showcasing our real estate strength compared to the rest of the country. Real estate continues to be a great investment in our region – based on the appreciation in our markets over the past five years. A family-owned company since 1862, Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS annually sells nearly 3,800 homes in eastern Iowa, western Illinois and southwestern Wisconsin.  Caroline Ruhl is the President and owner of Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS, and is the fourth generation of the Ruhl family to lead the residential brokerage and home services company.  Headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, the company has 250 sales associates and 50 employees based in sales offices located in Bellevue, Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Coralville, Davenport, DeWitt, Dubuque, Maquoketa, and Muscatine, in Iowa, and in Moline, Illinois.  In addition to residential sales, Ruhl&Ruhl offers services in relocation, new home sales, farm sales, senior services, real estate investment, property management and mortgage services through 1862 Mortgage.  For more information on Ruhl&Ruhl, visit their website at www.RuhlHomes.com .

Myths: The Earth Is Flat and Newspapers Sell Houses

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

It is amazing how masses of people can believe something that is absolutely untrue. I mean, at one time the vast majority of people believed the world to be flat. Today, we want to debunk another commonly held belief - that newspapers sell houses. Somehow this notion gained believability even though the facts consistently prove it NOT to be true. We should know what methods prospective purchasers use to find the home of their dreams when we are selling homes. This enables us to develop the best marketing strategy to attract a buyer. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has just released the 2010 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, which is recognized by most as the best compilation of data on today's buyers and sellers because of the enormous amount of data available. It might interest everyone to know that less than 2% looked in newspapers, magazines or home buying guides when starting the search process. What do most buyers do? Buyers today want to explore their options online (combined 47%) or check with Real Estate Professionals (combined 27%). You might be ready to argue that the use of internet is a new phenomenon over the past year or so. However, the report looks back over the last nine years. Though it is true that the percentage of those using the internet has dramatically increased (from 8% to 37%), it might interest you that even back in 2001 only 9% of buyers found their home through print media (again, this is now 2%). The buyer is attracted to the type of sites that have the greatest number of listings. These sites are normally generated by the real estate industry. As a seller you should make sure your home is on as many of these sites as possible-that will give you the best chance of attracting a buyer. Ruhl&Ruhl listings are shared on RuhlHomes.com, REALTOR.com, FrontDoor.com, Trulia.com and some of our markets share their listings on their Multiple Listing Service search websites as well. Print media never was a great way to market a house for sale and its effectiveness is diminishing each year. Meet with a local Ruhl&Ruhl REALTOR and put together an internet marketing strategy worthy of your home. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS collects data from all of the local markets through the use of client surveys. Contact a Ruhl&Ruhl agent today to have this data shared with you. Bottom Line, if you want to develop a great marketing strategy to give your house maximum exposure, forget newspapers and look toward the internet. Courtesy of: KCM


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      3. Revision of FHA Mortgage Policies
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      5. Catch a Buyers’ Eye – Top Rated Exterior Improvement Projects
      6. 2013 QCBR Spring Parade of Homes
      7. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Ranked Iowa’s Largest Privately Owned Real Estate Company
      8. The TRUTH about How Real Estate Agents Get Paid
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      2. Quad Cities at Lowest Housing Inventory since 2001
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      1. Home Prices Steady in our Markets
      2. The Best Industry to work in? Real Estate!
      3. From Residential Investments to Real Estate Wealth
      4. New Home Sales Rebound in 2012
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      1. Ruhl&Ruhl Stays Hot Leading the Real Estate Market Again!
      2. Davenport NOW Tax Incentive Extended
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      4. Despite Old Man Winter, Cedar Rapids Real Estate Market Warming
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      2. Is It Time to Invest in a Rental Property?
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      1. Iowa Farmland Increased 18.5% in Value
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      1. 5 Reasons to Sell Now
      2. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Participates in 2012 Fall Parade of Homes
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      1. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Participates in the Student Hunger Corporate Challenge
      2. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Participates in the United Way Day of Caring
      3. Why wait? Davenport Real Estate NOW!
      4. Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors Celebrates Success for First Half of 2012
      5. Is There a 3.8% Sales Tax on Homes in the Health Bill?
    6. JUL (4)
      1. Quad Cities Housing Market Recovery Charging Ahead
      2. Loan Officer Receives Community Grant
      3. Should You Wait to Sell??
      4. Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors Moves into New, High-Tech Office
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      2. Proper Planning for Your Mortgage Application
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      2. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Ranked Iowa’s Largest Privately Owned Real Estate Company
      3. What It Means To Be an ‘EXPERT’ in Real Estate
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      5. FHA Mortgage Insurance Changes Coming April 9th
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      1. Ruhl&Ruhl Hosts 2 FREE Career Seminars
      2. Buying a Home? The COST Is More Important Than the PRICE
      3. House Sales in the U.S.
      4. Home Prices Continue to be Strong in our Markets
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      1. 1862 Mortgage Offers Home Affordable Refinance Program
      2. Is It Time for Young Families to Buy a Home?
      3. Where Are Rents Headed?
      4. New Construction Inventory Falling
      5. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Celebrates Sales Growth in 2011
    12. JAN (4)
      1. Iowa housing market stable
      2. America’s Top 10 States For Business in 2011
      3. Funds Available for Military Homebuyers in Illinois
      4. Comparing Real Estate To Other Investments
  8. 2011 (79)
    1. DEC (4)
      1. One in Five Baby Boomers Gifting or Loaning Money to Children or Grandchildren to Help Buy Homes
      2. “As A Home Seller, Why Should You Care About Involving A LENDER In The Home Selling Equation?”
      3. The Need for a True Real Estate Professional
      4. Home Prices Strong in our Markets
    2. NOV (6)
      1. How Much Should You Put Down?
      2. Is There a 3.8% Tax on Homes in the Health Bill?
      3. Americans Still Believe in the Value of Homeownership
      4. Is the Real Estate Market a Good Return on Investment?
      5. What If I Don’t Currently Qualify For a New Mortgage?
      6. Top 10 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers
    3. OCT (7)
      1. Was it Worth Waiting?
      2. $3,500 in Down Payment Assistance is now available for Qualified Iowa Home Buyers
      3. Ruhl&Ruhl Supports the Dubuque Museum of Art
      4. New Manager Joins Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS in
      5. New Manager Joins Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS in Moline Office
      6. Short Sale vs. Foreclosure: A Short Sale Always Wins
      7. Ruhl&Ruhl Named for Having One of the Most Colorful Trees in the QC
    4. SEP (6)
      1. America’s Top 10 States For Business in 2011
      2. Home Sales: Investors Are About to Return
      3. Cleaning Up the Negative Media on Housing
      4. Ruhl&Ruhl Participates in 2011 Fall Parade of Homes
      5. Increasing Demand Increases Value of Farmland
      6. Short Sales: Has Their Time Finally Arrived?
    5. AUG (6)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl Selected as a Prudential Preferred Broker
      2. Home Prices Stable in Our Markets
      3. Ruhl&Ruhl Expands to Offer Consulting, Asset Management & Multi-Family Brokerage
      4. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Announces New Burlington Office
      5. It’s Time to Buy (or Refinance)
      6. More Disclosures on the Way to “Help” the Consumer
    6. JUL (5)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl Congratulates Rock Island Arsenal for Best Overall Chapter Award
      2. Why Do People Actually Buy a Home?
      3. 5 Real Estate Headlines You’ll See in the Next Six Months
      4. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTOR Assists with the Sale of Cedar Rapids Church
      5. Top 5 Real Estate Headlines in the 1st Half of 2011
    7. JUN (9)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Sponsors THE Quad City Marathon
      2. A Window of Opportunity for House Sellers
      3. Will Falling Values Lead to More Strategic Defaults?
      4. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS to Host FREE Career Seminar
      5. Fixed-rate Mortgages Fall to 6-Month Lows
      6. Mortgage Insurance Cancellation: The Myths and Realities
      7. How To Make An Offer that Will Be Accepted
      8. Should You Rent or Buy in this Market?
      9. Why You Need a True Professional to Sell Your Home
    8. MAY (7)
      1. Appraisals: Why You Must Now Sell Your House Twice
      2. Is a Short Sale or a Foreclosure My Best Option?
      3. 5 Reasons You Should Consider Selling Now
      4. Even the Naysayers Are Saying To Buy Now!
      5. Almost 14,000 Houses Sold Yesterday
      6. A Bull Market in Rental Housing
      7. RUHL&RUHL REALTORS Sales Professionals Earn Affinity Specialist From Cartus Broker Services
    9. APR (9)
      1. 11 Cities Where Homes Sell the Fastest – Iowa City, IA Made the List!
      2. Foreclosures: Bringing Clarity to the Confusion
      3. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Sponsor of Schmooza Palooza
      4. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Ranked Iowa’s Largest Privately Owned Real Estate Company
      5. NEWSFLASH: There Is NO Inventory!!!
      6. Fannie Mae Announces 3.5% Buyer Assistance on REO Properties
      7. Real Estate and Financing Are PERSONAL
      8. 2011 Spring Parade of Homes
      9. What is a QR code? And what does it do?
    10. MAR (10)
      1. Real Estate: GOLDen Opportunity of This Decade
      2. Iowa Farmland Increased 25.4% in Value
      3. Distressed Sales: State by State
      4. Military Homebuyer Tax Credits Still Available!
      5. 10 Reasons People Decide to Buy a Home
      6. If Prices Are Falling, Why Are the Rich Buying?
      7. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Partners with Nelson Brothers Insurance
      8. 7 Tips for Short Sale Success
      9. For Buyers: The Financial Opportunity of a Lifetime?
      10. If Your Goal Is to Buy Low, Buy Now!
    11. FEB (5)
      1. First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Repayment
      2. Selling Your House? 5 Reasons To Do It NOW!
      3. Does It Make Sense To Buy a Home?
      4. Where Are Housing Prices Headed?
      5. Trending Up in 2011
    12. JAN (5)
      1. Housing Market in Q-C ‘bubbling’
      2. Experts on Real Estate
      3. Rental Prices Jump 11.6 Percent in 2010
      4. 3 Questions You Must Answer Before Buying a Home
      5. Do Neighborhood Watch Groups Cut Crime and Insurance Costs?
  9. 2010 (38)
    1. DEC (6)
      1. 5/1 ARM Offers Best of Price and Stability
      2. Foreclosures Decreasing: Exploring the Short Sale Option
      3. Millennium Did Not Crash the Housing Market, What a Great Decade!
      4. Real Estate a Great Investment in Our Region
      5. Myths: The Earth Is Flat and Newspapers Sell Houses
      6. 5 Holiday Hosting Disasters and How to Avoid Them
    2. NOV (5)
      1. Buying a Home Now Is a No-Brainer
      2. Robson Homes Now Building at Prairie Heights in Davenport
      3. Scott County New Home Sales Grow in 2010
      4. Protect Our Property Values: Short Sales Better Than Foreclosures
      5. Should You Move or Improve?
    3. OCT (3)
      1. Best Time to Buy? Bottom of a Recession!
      2. Why wait? Davenport NOW!
      3. DIY Home Energy Audit in 6 Easy Steps
    4. SEP (6)
      1. Home Prices Up in Our Markets
      2. Best Chance to Sell Your Home the First 5 Days on the Market
      3. Understanding Real Estate Representation
      4. How to Assess the Real Cost of a Fixer-Upper
      5. Pending Home Sales on the Rise
      6. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Participates in Student Hunger Drive
    5. AUG (2)
      1. Health Care Bill Includes New “Real Estate Transfer Tax”
      2. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Announces New Cedar Rapids Office
    6. JUL (2)
      1. Mike Wendt Assumes Role as Ruhl&Ruhl General Sales Manager
      2. Tax Credit Deadline Extended
    7. JUN (2)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Critiqued by Peers
      2. Head Shave for Hospice
    8. MAY (2)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl to Host Military Financing Seminar
      2. Post-Tax Credit Buyers May Save Money
    9. APR (3)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl Outsells Mel Foster Company
      2. A Strong Start to the New Year - Scott & Rock Island Counties New Construction Report
      3. North Liberty Dominates Iowa City Area New Construction
    10. MAR (2)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl Receives Five Star Circle of Excellence Award at Cartus Broker Network International Conference
      2. Q-C's new homes market shows signs of growth
    11. FEB (2)
      1. New Manager Joins Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS in Maquoketa and DeWitt
      2. Sales Growth in 2009
    12. JAN (3)
      1. Fifth Generation Joins Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS
      2. Q-C home sales show strength
      3. New Construction Markets Stabilizing
  10. 2009 (35)
    1. DEC (3)
      1. New Construction Coming Back to Life
      2. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Wins Primacy Relocation Recognition
      3. Homebuyer Tax Credit FAQ
    2. NOV (4)
      1. How to score an offer
      2. Obama Signs Extended Tax Credit into Law
      3. Congress Passes Homebuyer Tax Credit
      4. Choosing an Agent
    3. OCT (7)
      1. Region’s 3rd Quarter Housing Market
      2. The New Construction Market
      3. TOP TEN REASONS TO BUY A NEW HOME NOW!
      4. Thinking of a Career in Real Estate? Think Ruhl&Ruhl!
      5. Mobile Applications link buyers, agents
      6. Everything You Need To Know About the First Time Home Buyer $8,000 Tax Credit
      7. September Brings a Continued Real Estate Upswing in our Markets
    4. SEP (6)
      1. Finding or Selling Your Home while using Social Media
      2. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Celebrates Grand Opening of New Muscatine Office
      3. MobileRuhl
      4. 1862 Mortgage
      5. Plan your own Open House Tour!
      6. RuhlHomes.com: Totally New Website with New look, Improved Function
    5. JUL (1)
      1. Mobile Ruhl: Search Listings on Your Cell Phone
    6. JUN (3)
      1. Federal tax credit continues to draw new home buyers
      2. Davenport, IA Passes Tax-Rebate Program: Davenport NOW
      3. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Announces New Office in Muscatine
    7. MAY (3)
      1. Q-C housing sales rebound
      2. Quad City Home Sales Bright Spot in Country
      3. RuhlHomes.com Website Visits, April 2008 to April 2009
    8. APR (5)
      1. Iowa Finance Authority: Military Service Member Homeownership Assistance
      2. REOHome Program from Iowa Finance Authority
      3. The Real Estate Market Is Back!
      4. Ruhl&Ruhl 100th Largest Broker in Country
      5. Ruhl&Ruhl agents had the best week since July 2007!
    9. MAR (2)
      1. 2009 - First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit - FAQ's
      2. 1862 Mortgage - Finding a loan officer thats right for you.
    10. JAN (1)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl Celebrates Market Share Gains
  11. 2008 (2)
    1. DEC (2)
      1. Builders Respond to Changing Market
      2. 1862 Mortgage


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