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Donna Cox
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty
Nyack, NY 10960
845-641-8613
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I HIGHLY recommend Donna Cox! She really took the time to well inform me of what is going on in the market. She has more than covered all the bases in highlighting all the most important features of our home and property for the listing (Love the aerial photos!) and has been very attentive every step of the way to keep things moving. Donna is articulate, professional and a pleasure to work with. N.P. – W. Nyack
My experience working with Donna Cox was exceptional! This was my first time selling a property and she made the entire process feel seamless and easy. Donna knows the real estate market inside and out and advised me each step of the way - from staging decisions and pricing to offers and contract language. Donna was always friendly and approachable, I felt like I could text her with questions anytime, and I did. And she was also always the consummate professional. Her goal was to get my property sold. It was a pleasure working with Donna. I would recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell. C.R.-M., Nyack
I can’t imagine working with a better agent - EVER. I know you do what's right for your clients and in these times of craziness it's nice to feel so comfortable working with you. I know you're our agent but we really feel like you looked out for us like a friend. I only hope we're friends after all the dust settles because you're a good person and such people are few and far between. (E. & S. W. - West Nyack)
Best. Greatest. Knowledge above all. Pleasant. Interested. Caring. Professional. Never met a lady like Donna Cox. Donna kept us updated all the time. She was lovely to work with and really was concerned about us and selling our home. She marketed our home professionally and kept our needs as her priority. I have sold many properties but have never met a real estate agent like Donna. I wish I had more homes to sell because I will miss working with her. As a disclosure we have no family relationship with Donna, we just love her. Hire her. (B. & N. K. – Montebello, NY)
If you are serious about selling your home then Donna Cox is the right real estate agent. As a relocating executive, I needed very quick and predictable results. We were in contract within two weeks in an extremely difficult market for sellers. Donna Cox has a strong marketing background and leverages her core knowledge, skills and current market dynamics when marketing homes to sell. My wife (who was a real estate agent for 15 years and has extremely high standards) and I agree that Donna Cox stands far, far above other agents we interviewed. We would highly recommend her to anyone who is serious about buying or selling a home. R.S. - Stony Point
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“Short of a war or stock market crash…”

“Short of a war or stock market crash…” | Simplifying The Market

This month, Arch Mortgage Insurance released their spring Housing and Mortgage Market Review. The report explained that an increase in mortgage rates and/or home prices would impact monthly payments this way:

  • A 5% increase in home prices increases payments by roughly 5%
  • A 1% rise in interest rates increases payments by roughly 13% or 14%

That begs the question…

What if both rates and prices increase as predicted?

The report revealed:

“If interest rates and home prices rise by year-end in the ballpark of what most analysts are forecasting, monthly mortgage payments on a new home purchase could increase another 10–15%. That would make 2018 one of the worst full-year deteriorations in affordability for the past 25 years.”

The percent increase in mortgage payments would negatively impact affordability. But, how would affordability then compare to historic norms?

Per the report:

“For the U.S. overall, even if affordability were to deteriorate as forecasted, affordability would still be reasonable by historic norms. That is because the percentage of pre-tax income needed to buy a typical home in 2019 would still be similar to the historical average during 1987–2004. Thus, nationally at least, even with higher rates and home prices, affordability will just revert to historical norms.”

What about home prices?

A decrease in affordability will cause some concern about home values. Won’t an increase in mortgage payments negatively impact the housing market? The report addressed this question:

“Even recent interest rate increases and higher taxes on some upper-income earners didn’t slow the market, as many had feared…Short of a war or stock market crash, housing markets could continue to surprise on the upside over the next few years.”

To this point, Arch Mortgage Insurance also revealed their Risk Index which estimates the probability of home prices being lower in two years. The index is based on factors such as regional unemployment rates, affordability, net migration, housing starts and the percentage of delinquent mortgages.

Below is a map depicting their projections (the darker the blue, the lower the probability of a price decrease):

“Short of a war or stock market crash…” | Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

If interest rates and prices continue to rise as projected, the monthly mortgage payment on a home purchased a year from now will be dramatically more expensive than it would be today.

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New Study Shows ‘Best States for Millennials’

New Study Shows ‘Best States for Millennials’ | Simplifying The Market

A new study by WalletHub used “30 key metrics, ranging from share of millennials to millennial unemployment rate to millennial voter-turnout rate” to find out which states are the ‘Best States for Millennials.’

The Top 5 Best States for Millennials are:

  1. Washington, D.C. (also ranks highest in percentage of millennials already living there!)
  2. North Dakota (lowest unemployment rate)
  3. Minnesota (highest millennial homeownership rate)
  4. Massachusetts (highest percentage of millennials with health insurance coverage)
  5. Iowa (ranked #1 in lowest housing cost for millennials)

Below is a map with the rankings for each of the 50 states:

New Study Shows ‘Best States for Millennials’ | Simplifying The Market

We recently reported on a study that set out to find out “How Much You Need to Make to Buy a Home in Your State,” which may have left you wondering what the average salaries are in each of the five states listed above.

According to WalletHub’s research, the top 5 states with the Highest Average Millennial Salaries are:

  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. New York
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Washington
  5. California

Every day, more and more millennials are aging into the ‘Responsibility Zone,’ the time in their lives when their responsibilities start to dictate their behaviors. For many, this includes buying a home. The top 5 states with the Highest Millennial Homeownership Rate are:

  1. Minnesota
  2. West Virginia
  3. Indiana
  4. Utah
  5. Delaware

Bottom Line

If owning a home is next on your list, let’s get together to answer any questions you may have and set you on the path to homeownership!

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Thinking of Selling Your Home? Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner | Simplifying The Market

With home prices on the rise and buyer demand strong, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their homes on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professional.

Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation and, in most cases, the seller is not. Sellers must realize that their ability to negotiate will determine whether or not they get the best deal for themselves and their families.

Here is a list of some of the people with whom the seller must be prepared to negotiate if they decide to FSBO:

  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
  • The termite company if there are challenges
  • The buyer’s lender if the structure of the mortgage requires the sellers’ participation
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value
  • The title company if there are challenges with certificates of occupancy (CO) or other permits
  • The town or municipality if you need to get the CO permits mentioned above
  • The buyer’s buyer in case there are challenges with the house your buyer is selling
  • Your bank in the case of a short sale

Bottom Line

The percentage of sellers who have hired real estate agents to sell their homes has increased steadily over the last 20 years. Let’s get together and discuss all we can do to make the process easier for you.

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Donna Cox | 845-641-8613 (Cell) | Contact Me
46 South Broadway - Nyack, NY 10960

845-358-7171 (Office)
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