Lisa Kenner, Realtor

Lisa Kenner, Realtor

Serving the Pikes Peak region with transparency and integrity. Lisa provides an individualized and memorable client experience. Lisa can assist sellers, buyers, and investors with existing homes or new construction homes.

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Two Reasons Why Waiting To Buy a Home Will Cost You 12/09/2021

Two Reasons Why Waiting To Buy a Home Will Cost You

To determine whether you should buy now or wait another year, you can ask yourself two simple questions. Let’s shed some light on the answers to both.

>>Where Will Home Prices Be a Year from Now?

Three major housing industry entities are projecting ongoing home price appreciation in 2022. Here are their forecasts:
Fannie Mae: 7.4%
Freddie Mac: 7%
Mortgage Bankers Association: 5.2%

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median price of a home today is $353,900. Using an average of the three price projections above (6.53%), a home that sold for $353,900 today would be valued at $377,010 at the end of next year. As a prospective buyer, you would therefore pay an additional $23,110 by waiting.

>>Where Will Mortgage Rates Be a Year from Now?

Today, Freddie Mac estimates the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate in the fourth quarter of this year will be 2.8%. However, most experts...
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Two Reasons Why Waiting To Buy a Home Will Cost You If you’re a homeowner who’s decided your current house no longer fits your needs, or a renter with a strong desire to become a homeowner, you may be hoping that waiting until next year could mean better market conditions to purchase a home.

Struggling To Find a Home To Buy? New Construction May Be an Option. 12/08/2021

Struggling To Find a Home To Buy? New Construction May Be an Option.

There’s no question that the financial benefits of selling a house are outstanding today. Now is truly a great time to list if you’re ready to make a change. But if you do sell your house right now, you may be wondering where you’ll go when you move.

With so few homes available to buy right now, you might be considering building a new home as one of your options. But maybe you’re not sure if that’s the way to go? Let’s compare the benefits of a newly built home versus moving into an existing one, and why working with a real estate agent throughout the process is mission-critical to your success, no matter what you decide.

>>The Pros of Newly Built Homes
First, let’s look at the benefits of purchasing a newly constructed home. With a brand-new home, you’ll be able to:

>Create your perfect home.
>Cash in on energy efficiency.
>Minimize the need for repairs.
>Have brand new everything.

>>The Pros of...
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Struggling To Find a Home To Buy? New Construction May Be an Option. There’s no question that the financial benefits of selling a house are outstanding today. Now is truly a great time to list if you’re ready to make a change. But if you do sell your house right now, you may be wondering where you’ll go when you move.

Why It Just Became Much Easier To Buy a Home 12/07/2021

Why It Just Became Much Easier To Buy a Home

Here are two obstacles some homebuyers are facing:
• The ability to save for a down payment
• The ability to qualify for a mortgage at the current lending standards
This past week, both of those challenges have been mitigated to some degree for many purchasers. The FHFA is raising their loan limit for prospective purchasers in 2022. The term used to describe the maximum loan amount they will entertain is the Conforming Loan Limit.

A Forbes article explains the benefits of a conforming loan and why they exist:
“Since lenders can’t sell non-conforming loans to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to free up their cash, they’re a bit riskier for the lender. This is especially true for jumbo loans, which aren’t backed by any government guarantees. If you default on a jumbo loan, it’s a huge blow to the lender.
Thus, lenders generally charge higher interest rates to compensate, and they can have even more...
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Why It Just Became Much Easier To Buy a Home Since the pandemic began, Americans have reevaluated the meaning of the word home. That’s led some renters to realize the many benefits of homeownership, including the feelings of security and stability and the financial benefits that come with rising home equity. At the same time, many current ho...

Win When You Sell (And When You Move) 12/06/2021

Win When You Sell (And When You Move)

If you’re trying to decide when to sell your house, there may not be a better time than this winter. Selling this season means you can take advantage of today’s strong sellers’ market when you make a move.

Win When You Sell

Right now, conditions are very favorable for current homeowners looking for a change. If you sell now, here’s what you can expect:

>>Your House Will Stand Out –If you sell your house now before more houses are listed, it will get more attention from serious buyers who are eager to find a home.
>>Your House Will Likely Get Multiple Offers –The latest from NAR shows sellers are getting an average of 3.6 offers in today’s market.
>>Your House Should Sell Quickly – According to the same report from NAR, homes are selling in an average of just 18 days.

Win When You Move

In addition to these great perks, you’ll also win big on your next move if you sell now. CoreLogic...
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Win When You Sell (And When You Move) If you’re trying to decide when to sell your house, there may not be a better time than this winter. Selling this season means you can take advantage of today’s strong sellers’ market when you make a move.

A Checklist for Selling Your House This Winter 12/03/2021

A Checklist for Selling Your House This Winter

If you’re planning to sell your house this winter, you’ll want it to look its best inside and out. Take the time and focus on tasks that make it inviting, show it’s cared for, and boost your curb appeal. DM me today so you can have an expert opinion on what to focus on, so it shows well and catches buyers’ eyes.
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A Checklist for Selling Your House This Winter Some Highlights If you’re planning to sell your house this winter, you’ll want it to look its best inside and out. Take the time and focus on tasks that make it inviting, show it’s cared for, and boost your curb appeal. Let’s connect so you have an expert opinion on what to focus on, so it s...

Tips for Single Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream a Reality 12/02/2021

Tips for Single Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream a Reality

If you’re living on your own and looking to buy a home, know that you can make your dream a reality with thoughtful planning and the right team of experts. If you fall into this category, here are three tips to help you achieve your homeownership goals.

>>Know Your Credit Score
When you buy a home on your own, you have to qualify for your loan based solely on your own finances and credit history. If you’re not sure if it’s strong enough or where to focus your energy to improve it, meet with a professional for expert advice on your individual situation.

>>Explore Down Payment Options
Next, look into down payment programs so you can get a feel for what you’ll need to save to buy a home. Rob Chrane of Down Payment Resource, explains, “Buyers should discuss their program options with their loan officer and real estate agent to make sure they choose the program best suited to their personal needs.”

>>Think...
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Tips for Single Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream a Reality If you’re living on your own and looking to buy a home, know that you can make your dream a reality with thoughtful planning and the right team of experts. Research from Freddie Mac shows 28% of all households (36.1 million) are sole-person, and that number is growing. Over the past 40 years, the ...

How To Think Strategically as a Buyer in Today’s Market 12/01/2021

How To Think Strategically as a Buyer in Today’s Market

The homebuying process requires strategy and planning. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your plan is as strong as possible when you begin your home search.

>>Pre-Approval: the Best Opening Play To Make as a Homebuyer
It’s important to have a great opening play when you’re buying a home. And the best move you can make when you begin your home search is getting pre-approved by a lender. As Freddie Mac puts it, “The pre-approval letter from your lender tells you the maximum amount you are qualified to borrow.”
And while determining how much you can afford at the start of your search is critical, the pre-approval letter also serves another important purpose. Freddie Mac also notes, “This pre-approval allows you to look for a home with greater confidence and demonstrates to the seller that you are a serious buyer.”
As a homebuyer, your pre-approval letter signals to the seller that...
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How To Think Strategically as a Buyer in Today’s Market The game of chess can provide incredible lessons to apply to all aspects of life, including the homebuying process. Chess requires you to plan and think about your strategy from the very beginning of the game.

Home Is Where the Heart Is More than Ever This Year 11/30/2021

Home Is Where the Heart Is More than Ever This Year

According to the 2021 State of the American Homeowner report by Unison, “Last year, staying home became a necessity and that caused many homeowners to have renewed gratitude for the roof over their head.”

As a nation, we continue to work through the challenges of a pandemic that’s pushed us all to new limits. Over the past year and a half, we’ve spent more time than ever at home: working, eating, schooling, exercising, and more. The world around us changed almost overnight, and our homes were redefined. Our needs shifted, and our shelters became a place that protected us on a whole new level. The same study from Unison notes:

>>91% of homeowners say they feel secure, stable, or successful owning a home
>>64% of American homeowners say living through a pandemic has made their home more important to them than ever
>>83% of homeowners say their home has kept them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

As...
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Home Is Where the Heart Is More than Ever This Year There’s no denying the financial benefits of homeownership, but what’s often overlooked are the feelings of gratitude, security, pride, and comfort we get from owning a home. This year, those emotions are stronger than ever. We’ve lived through a time that has truly changed our needs and who w...

Why Now Is a Great Time To Sell Your House 11/29/2021

Why Now Is a Great Time To Sell Your House

As we near the end of the year, more homeowners are realizing the benefits of today’s sellers’ market. Record-breaking home price appreciation, growing equity, low inventory, and competitive mortgage rates are motivating homeowners to make a move that addresses their changing lifestyles. In fact, recent data from realtor.com shows a larger share of homeowners are planning to list their houses this winter. So, that means more homes are about to hit the market, which will lead to more choices for buyers too.

According to George Ratiu, Manager of Economic Research at realtor.com: "The pandemic has delayed plans for many Americans, and homeowners looking to move on to the next stage of life are no exception. Recent survey data suggests the majority of prospective sellers are actively preparing to enter the market this winter."

If you’re thinking of waiting until the spring to sell your house, know that...
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Why Now Is a Great Time To Sell Your House As we near the end of the year, more homeowners are realizing the benefits of today’s sellers’ market. Record-breaking home price appreciation, growing equity, low inventory, and competitive mortgage rates are motivating homeowners to make a move that addresses their changing lifestyles.

Reasons To Hire a Real Estate Professional 11/26/2021

Reasons To Hire a Real Estate Professional

Whether you’re buying or selling, there are many perks that come from working with a real estate advisor. Real estate professionals are experts at navigating all aspects of the buying and selling process, including negotiating on your behalf. We can also explain today’s market and break down what it means for you. Don’t go at it alone. Let’s connect today so you have advice and an expert to count on each step of the way.
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Reasons To Hire a Real Estate Professional Some Highlights Whether you’re buying or selling, there are many perks that come from working with a real estate advisor. Real estate professionals are experts at navigating all aspects of the buying and selling process, including negotiating on your behalf. We can also explain today’s market an...

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Thank You for Your Support 11/25/2021

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How Smart Buyers Are Approaching Rising Mortgage Rates 11/24/2021

How Smart Buyers Are Approaching Rising Mortgage Rates

Last week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac inched up to 3.1%, and experts project rates will continue rising through 2022. If you’re thinking of buying a home, here are a few things to keep in mind so you can succeed even as mortgage rates rise.

>>Taking Time Off Can Be Costly
Mortgage rates play a significant role in your home search. As rates go up, your monthly mortgage payment increases if you’re buying a home, directly affecting how much you can afford. And even the smallest increase can have a large impact on your monthly payment. With mortgage rates on the rise, you’ve likely seen your purchasing power impacted already. Instead of waiting and hoping rates will fall, today’s rates should motivate you to purchase now before rates increase more.

>>Smart Buyers Can Succeed by Planning Ahead
You can use your newfound motivation to energize your search and plan your next steps...
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How Smart Buyers Are Approaching Rising Mortgage Rates Last week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac inched up to 3.1%, and experts project rates will continue rising through 2022:

Don't Believe Everything You Read: The Truth Many Headlines Overlook 11/23/2021

Don't Believe Everything You Read: The Truth Many Headlines Overlook

There are a lot of questions right now regarding the real estate market as we head into 2022. Here are two recent topics you may have seen in the news.

>>Foreclosures Are Spiking Today
There are a number of headlines circulating that call out the rising foreclosures in today’s real estate market. They emphasize that we’re seeing far more foreclosures this year compared to last. That seems rather daunting. Though it’s true foreclosures have been up over the 2020 numbers, there were virtually no foreclosures last year because of the forbearance plan. If we compare this September to September of 2019 (the last normal year), foreclosures were down 70% according to ATTOM.

>>Rising Mortgage Rates Will Slow the Housing Market
Another topic that’s generating frequent headlines is the rise in mortgage rates. Some people are expressing concern that rising rates will negatively impact the housing market...
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Don't Believe Everything You Read: The Truth Many Headlines Overlook There are a lot of questions right now regarding the real estate market as we head into 2022. The forbearance program is coming to an end and mortgage rates are beginning to rise.

4 Ways Homeowners Can Use Their Equity 11/22/2021

4 Ways Homeowners Can Use Their Equity

According to the latest Equity Insights Report from CoreLogic, homeowners gained an average of $51,500 in equity over the past year.
If you’re looking for the best ways to use your growing equity, here are four options:

1. Use Your Equity To Buy a Home That Fits Your Needs
If you’re finding you no longer have the space you need, it might be time to move into a larger home. Or, it’s possible you have too much space and would like something smaller. Consider using your equity to power a move into a home that fits your lifestyle.

2. Move to the Location of Your Dreams
If the size of your home isn’t a challenge but your current location is, it could be time to relocate to a new area. Perhaps the distance between you and your loved ones is greater than you’d like. Your home equity can fuel your move to the location where you really want to live.

3. Start a New Business
If you’re not ready to move...
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4 Ways Homeowners Can Use Their Equity Your equity is a powerful tool that can help you achieve your goals as a homeowner. And chances are, your equity grew substantially over the past year. According to the latest Equity Insights Report from CoreLogic, homeowners gained an average of $51,500 in equity over the past year.

Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before. 11/18/2021

Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before.

Some experts thought we’d return to the industry’s normal seasonality this winter with both the number of purchasers and houses available for sale falling off. However, data now shows that neither of those situations will likely occur.

The latest Showing Index from ShowingTime, which tracks the average number of monthly showings on available homes, indicates buyer activity was slightly lower than at the same time last year, but much higher than any of the three previous years. Buyer activity for newly constructed homes is also very strong. Ali Wolf, Chief Economist for Zonda, recently reported that Stuart Miller, the Executive Chairman of Lennar, one of the nation’s largest home builders, said this about demand: “There is still a great deal of demand at our sales centers with people lining up and not enough supply.”

Instead of waiting for the normal spring buying market, new research...
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Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before. Like most industries, residential real estate has a seasonality to it. For example, toy stores sell more toys in October, November, and December than they do in any other three-month span throughout the year. More cars are sold in the U.S. during the second quarter (April, May, and June) than in any...

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