Viral videos are almost always rags-to-riches type stories, and Anthony's story is too. He was one of Fiverr's top rated sellers for his 10 Second Songs that he would produce for (starting at) $5. He is a master at turning a simple jingle into quality music and voice. So I hired him to do the intro for our Seattle Home Buyer Seminar promotional video. It's a good thing I hired him when I did. Because about a month ago he created a video showing 20 different styles to sing a Katy Perry song, “Dark Horse” – and it went viral on YouTube. Not just sorta popular, I mean VIRAL! He currently has over 6 MILLION views and 197 THOUSAND subscribers, all within about a month period. It's made him famous overnight. He's been interviewed and published on The Rolling Stone's website, offered to tour with Boyz II Men, asked to be on “America's Got Talent” TV show, featured in the Entertainment section of the Huffington Post,and the list goes on-and-on. I knew when I first saw his work that my videos would get a much wider audience if I could have him in them. And sure enough they have. I've been able to re-use his intro jingles for all our Seattle Home Buyer Seminars. Here's the one for our upcoming Seattle Home Buyer Seminar in July:
Housing Chartbook: February 2014
Several Mortgage Professionals with Wells Fargo have sent me this report over the last couple of days. It's a very thoughtful analysis of the near-term housing outlook based on historical data and near-term predictions using a number of factors. They look at GDP, energy and material costs, demographics and changing family makeups, multifamily and single family homes, both in rentals and ownership. These economist come from all over (NAR, Case-Shiller, Corelogic, NAHB, US Dept of Commerce, and Wells Fargo) to put their heads together to help get a picture of where we are and where we are going. This is detailed thoughtful stuff!
The short news is that these predictions and models are showing that things will be slowing down for a bit. But we shouldn't see massive increases in interest rates either. These are very macro-economic national predictions and may not be reflective of our local real estate market here in Seattle. But it is helpful information all the same. There are tons of charts for those of you who like this sort of thing. I've put a PDF link to the report so you can download it.
Both Zillow and Trulia offer some great tools for consumers. And they are mostly accessible without needing to register and get on a mailing list that clutters up your inbox. The one I like the most from Trulia is their Local Info Heat Maps. These maps help someone get a visual and geographical representation of the numbers. This can be extremely helpful to those not intimately familiar with the neighborhood names. You have several points of data at your disposal and Home sales prices and rental prices are two of them.
Zillow has a great feature that can give you historical values or “Zestimations” (based on their own algorithms) . These can be quite handy when looking for trends or comparing between areas. Just go to their “Local Info area” and drill down to the cities you want to see and compare. And then you can refine it further by neighborhood. Remember, these are mostly median numbers and sometimes they are off a good bit. Your REALTOR can get you more accurate evaluations based on your specific criteria. But for just side-by-side comparisons this can be a great tool to gauge where a market has been, and where it is going, in general terms. There are lots of other variables and data points to play and make charts with as. If you are a statistics person you will love this stuff. Let me know if you need deeper or more specific information!
Are you thinking about buying a home for the first time? Do you want to learn more about the home buying process?
Rhonda Porter from Mortgage Master Service and I will be teaching a free Home Buyers Class on Saturday, February 1st 2014 at the Green Lake Library. First-time home buyers are such a pleasure to work with because of their enthusiasm and desire to better their lives through home ownership. I am honored to assist in that process anyway I can.
This class is sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Committee. Class participants are eligible for the programs offered through the WSHFC, like Home Advantage. In fact, in order to qualify for the WSHFC down payment assistance programs, a home buyer education is required.
WSHFC requires that the class is at least five hours, so we will be starting at 11:00 am and trying our best to end at 4:00 pm.
When: February 1st, 2014
Starting promptly at 11:00AM, ending at 4:00PM
Where: Green Lake Library
7364 East Green Lake Dr. N.
Seattle, WA 98115
(Pizza lunch and snacks included. However, please bring a sack lunch if you have dietary issues.)
Although the class if free, space is limited. All parties who will be on the loan for a WSHFC program must attend an approved class. You do not need to be a first time home buyer to attend the class or to qualify for the Home Advantage Program, which offers down payment assistance up to four percent at zero interest with deferred payments for 30 years.
To sign up, call 253-234-2228 or Home Buyer Seminar.
Please feel free to share this information with anyone you know who is considering buying a home.
Homeowner Tip: Time to start thinking about how you are going to end your tax year with regard to home deductions. Some purchases and repairs need to be finished by end of year, and others just need to be started. Think about those energy-saving systems like furnaces and solar systems. Puget Sound Energy has a whole list of appliances that qualify for rebates, at least till the end of the year. Check into the state or federal tax credits and timelines – some may disappear at the end of the year as well.