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If you’re like most people, you’ve been hearing a lot about the new tax bill from both sides of the aisle. Predictions are all over the board as far as what it means to the average American. Viewpoints range from an Armageddon-like implosion of the entire financial system to the invention of the wheel which will transform society. As with most predictions, the truth probably lies somewhere in between.
Here’s my take on what the new tax bill means to homeowners and the real estate they own. It’s important to understand that this bill doesn’t affect your 2017 tax return. It will go into effect starting next year and expire on December 31, 2025.
Here are the new tax tables to compare what is in place now versus what we will be coming up next year:
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The new law provides generally lower tax rates for all individual tax filers. While this does not mean that every American will pay lower taxes, under these changes, many will.
Virtually all homeowners will benefit by having lower tax rates contrary to what many political pundits would have you believe. All you have to do is look at the charts. Continue reading
The familiar sight of the sun rising over the horizon on a frigid morning and its beams reflecting off of the frosty blades of grass tells us that winter is just around the corner, and with it, another year will be in the books for Lancaster County real estate. As we start preparing for the holidays, let’s take a look at the numbers.
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The average sales price shot up over ten percent from last year’s number. This is a function of supply and demand as inventory levels are at some of the lowest levels in a long time which is causing the price of homes to increase. Homeowners’ equity, which plummeted during the Great Recession, has risen and surpassed the 2006 peak which is a welcome development. Continue reading
As we wave goodbye to the 3/4 mark in 2017, the beautiful fall foliage is rapidly appearing all around us. There have been lots of interesting developments on the real estate front this past year. The market that has shown a steady recovery from the Great Recession which has been good for Central Pennsylvania. Let’s take a look at the numbers to see what they reveal.
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The average sales price year over year shows prices are up 4% to just over $206K. This relatively modest appreciation rate is good news for sellers who are slowly recovering the lost equity from the economic downturn. This number should also send a message to potential buyers who are on the fence about purchasing. Waiting to buy equals higher prices and interest rates that are potentially on the rise (more on this later). Continue reading
Real estate settlements in Pennsylvania have always been an emotional event for buyers and sellers. It’s a time for beginning a new chapter in a buyer’s life or the closing of a book for the seller. In most cases it is a relatively joyous event when a property transfers to a new owner.
But one of the pain points of a real estate settlement is the actual event itself. Between trying to coordinate everyone’s schedules (i.e. buyer, seller, buyer’s agent, seller’s agent, title company, attorney, mortgage lender, babysitter for the kids, travel to the location, navigating traffic, etc.) to signing a pile of paperwork, it’s not as fun-filled as you might have imagined.
But all of this is about to change . . . and in a big way! eClosings are coming to a real estate settlement near you. Continue reading
Thirty years ago, when I was starting my real estate career, I met Bill Ross and his wife Hope and had the privilege of helping them sell their home in Lancaster County. Since that time, Bill has become a managing partner of Ross Insurance Agency and spurred its growth to one of the premier, independent insurance agencies in Lancaster County.
Over the past month, we have witnessed the devastating damage caused by floodwaters in the state of Texas. Many of the images we have seen are of quaint residential neighborhoods that were destroyed by the torrential rain dumped on this area by Hurricane Harvey. What is even more astounding is that most of these flooded areas are not in a flood zone as defined by the government. Homeowners are left wondering, “Could this happen to me?”
Bill recently wrote an article that appeared on the Lancaster County Association of REALTORS® blog, “Closing Comments”, that I thought was both interesting and informative. Hope it provides you with valuable insight and helps you determine whether private flood insurance is something you should consider. Continue reading