Update: Current Mortgage Rates

May 13, 2014

When purchasing a home there are many factors to consider. One major factor, is mortgage rates. Mortgage rates are constantly in a state of ups and downs with weekly, if not daily changes. This is something to keep in mind and consider when you are thinking about purchasing a home and/or selling your current home.

In a recent Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey, mortgage rates, for the week of April 17th on a 30 – year fixed mortgage were at 4.27% compared to 4.34% the week prior – still up from 3.42% in 2013. For a 15 – year fixed mortgage, rates fell from 3.38% to 3.33% – still up from 2.64% in 2013.

Speaking with a mortgage lender prior to looking for a home is very important. They are able to give you all of the information needed to make an informed decision on the current interest rates and how they will effect your monthly mortgage payment. They are also available to answer any questions you have regarding the lending side of purchasing a home.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact the Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

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Chelsea Knutson and the Better Living Group

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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3 most frequently asked questions from buyers

April 28, 2014

There are many questions that buyers have when purchasing a home. All relate to the entire transaction from start to finish. As your local Real Estate Economists, we ensure all of our clients know what the process is to purchase a new home, every step of the way. We hear many of the same questions from buyers who are in the market to purchase a home and here are the answers to those frequently asked questions.
What is earnest money and where does it go? When writing an offer on a home you put down, what is called earnest money. This is to let the sellers know that you are earnest about purchasing the property. This earnest money is put into the Listing Brokers trust account within 2 business days of final acceptance and goes towards your loan at closing.
How do you (my Realtor) get paid? When working with a Licensed Realtor many clients ask how we get paid. There is typically a commission payout amount that the seller has previously agreed to pay to the listing agent, as well as the selling (buyers) agent. The buyer does not pay the commission.
Is this home worth the list price? Prior to writing an offer we do a Current Comparable Market Analysis to make sure the home you are looking to purchase is priced appropriately. There are many things that go in to this analysis. This will give us the correct price range at which the market suggests it is worth and will better prepare you for the price you choose to offer.
If you are thinking about purchasing a home and/or need to sell your home, contact us today. We go over current market trends and have fantastic lender referrals available, all who are ready and able to assist you. My team and I are licensed Realtors in MN, working in the Twin Cities and greater Metro Areas. We’re dedicated to providing the very best service to all of our clients – past, present and future.

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Chelsea Knutson and the Better Living Group

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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RE 2014 | Sellers No Longer In the Driver’s Seat

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The real estate market seems to always be in a state of ups and downs – you may even refer to it as a rollercoaster ride of supply and demand. In 2013, we saw a low inventory of homes on the market, making it tough to satisfy all the Buyers who were looking to purchase. In turn, this created multiple offer situations for many Buyers looking to snatch the home they love. This has been ideal for residential sales as its been awhile since they had the pleasure of requesting the ‘highest and best’ offer for the property.
Most recently, we’ve seen a slight turn in inventory. More properties are beginning to come on the market and list prices are rising along with them. This combination is forcing Buyers to become more money savvy, taking a closer look at the costs they will incur for the home they want to purchase. Of course the rise in home prices is great for those looking to sell their home, and typically puts a positive spin on the equity issue many have been experiencing.
With all this in mind, and knowing that interest rates are expected to rise in 2014, Sellers still have work to do in order to compete in this market. Many Buyers aren’t looking to purchase the ‘fixer upper’, and if you’re one of the few and brave that are, you’re certainly not looking to pay top dollar. What to do to get top dollar? Clean it, stage it and price it right – this means price it in accordance with the market, not in accordance with what you’d like to get out of it. Also, Buyers are expecting a well cared for and mostly updated interior with a groomed and maintained exterior, and they’re willing to walk away if the home’s condition and price don’t match up.
This is just the beginning of our New Year, if you have questions about how to get the most amount of money out of your home, or are in need of assistance when it comes to purchasing a new one – the Better Living Group is here for you. Let us know how we can help make your 2014, the best one yet!

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Chelsea Knutson and the Better Living Group

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Home Buyers | Credit Scores & Down Payment Requirements Ease

October 16, 2013

If you are thinking about purchasing a home and are concerned about getting a loan due to what you’ve heard about and/or previously experienced when it comes to getting approved for a loan, it’s time to take another look.

A recent study by Housingwire, says that lenders are starting to ease up on borrowers. Lenders are beginning to approve more loans for those who have credit scores under 700. This is great news for all homebuyers who have some debt or discrepancies that held up the approval process in the past. Whether it is higher student loans, credit cards or a past short sale or foreclosure, you may now have the opportunity to purchase your new home, depending on your current credit score. The fact that lenders are easing up on requirements will make it easier for homebuyers to come in and get a loan to purchase the home of their dreams.

The Housingwire study also stated that banks have started to lend larger amounts of money while requiring a lower down payment. The minimum down payment for a Conventional loan could be as low as 3 to 5% and FHA is 3.5%, which is a low down payment for those who have cash flow, however, want to keep some of their nest egg in the bank.

If you are thinking about purchasing a home and/or need to sell your home, contact me today. We will go over current market trends and set you up with some fantastic lenders who are ready and able to assist you. I am a licensed Realtor in MN, working in the Twin Cities and greater Metro Areas and am dedicated to providing the very best service to all of my clients – past, present and future.

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Chelsea Knutson

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

763-496-2903

the Better Living Group

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Showings: Homeowner Tips & Tricks

October 9, 2013

When selling your home, many Sellers ask how they should prepare when Buyers schedule a showing to walk through their house. Do I stage it? Do I put certain things away? There are many tips that we can give you when you are in the market to sell your home. In order to make the most amount of money in the most efficient amount of time, here are a couple of things to keep in mind.

First up, simplify. When your home is filled with all of your personal pictures and memories, it makes it harder for potential home buyers to walk through and picture themselves living out their future memories. Also, if there is just a few too many pieces of furniture to maneuver around, it will make it more difficult for the Buyers to see how large and useful the space will be for them. Clearing out and simplifying your house for sale will benefit both parties – as the Seller, you’ll be halfway done with packing before the sale, which will make your move less stressful and more enjoyable.

Second, the cleanest house always wins. Buyers will make an initial judgment about a home within the first few seconds of entering. Putting away your morning dishes, wiping down the main visible areas and vacuuming will benefit their initial reaction to entering your home. A clean and clutter free house is a great start to making the best out of selling your home.

If you are thinking about selling your home, or buying a home, give us a call. The market is hot, home prices are on the rise and interest rates are still historically low. We always want the best for our Buyers and Sellers and are readily available to help with all of your Real Estate goals and dreams.

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Chelsea Knutson

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

763-496-2903

the Better Living Group

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Open House Saturday 9/7 & Sunday 9/8 12-2pm

September 5, 2013
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4660 Square Feet

 


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Executive Home on cul-de-sac, expansive Master Suite, Sunroom, New hardware/carpeting & walk-out Lower Level with work-out room, built-in bar & performance stage - an Entertainer’s dream! Minutes to Rush Creek Golf Course & Elementary, Maple Grove Hospital, trails, parks and shopping.

 
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July 2013 Real Estate Trends

July 30, 2013

House prices are on the rise and it is a great time to sell! If you are thinking about selling your home… contact me today for some great information on the current market in your area and how I can be of service to you and best fit your Real Estate needs.

Chelsea Knutson
Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE
763-496-2903
the Better Living Group
Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Opportunity Knocks in Maple Grove |Two-Story Executive Home For Sale

July 20, 2013

I am thrilled to showcase this move-in ready, single family home in the heart of Maple Grove. There are many wonderful features to this property including a 4-seasons porch with a large, walk-out deck that will bring you peace and enjoyment whether sitting inside or out, reading a good book or grilling with family and friends.

This is a well built and well maintained property with many nearby amenities as well, located minutes from Rush Creek Golf Course, parks & walking trails, shopping and the Maple Grove Hospital.

This home is made for long-term living, with 4,660 finished sq ft it has plenty of room for family time in the main-level living areas and entertaining guests in the lower level living area – which includes a performance stage and wet bar. Situated on a large lot and cul-de-sac, this home offers top notch neighborhood enjoyment.

If you have any questions regarding this home listed in Maple Grove, or any other properties on the market, please feel free to contact me anytime. I am proudly licensed with Keller Williams Classic Realty NW and am a real estate professional who strives to give both buyers and sellers the best and most rewarding service possible.

Chelsea Knutson
Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE
763-496-2903
the Better Living Group
Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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