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Home Buying Tips For Millennials

According to research, only 36% of homeowners are under the age of 35; this may be a direct result of student loans, no credit history, lack of commitment, and the desire to live in large cities where real estate is costly. There are some valuable resources available to overcome the obstacles preventing millennials from buying a home: Experts suggest going to small local banks, local mortgage companies and credit unions to increase chances of being approved for a loan. It is also worth exploring first-time home buyer programs. More here

Housing Inventory Increases

According to Zillow’s Real Estate Markets report, home sales inventory continued to grow during the month of October. The data suggests that higher-priced home sales inventory has experienced a larger increase than lower and mid-level priced homes. Experts expect that inventory in the lower and mid-level price range will grow in the coming years. Stan Humphries, Zillow’s Chief Economist said, “we expect more demand to come from the lower end of the market in coming years as millennials overtake Generation X as the largest home-buying demographic. As this happens, builders will be forced to build for these more entry-level buyers, and inventory at the bottom tier should improve.” More here

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

The holidays are right around the corner, and many people are preparing to decorate their homes, some elaborately so. While this can be fun for the whole family, it’s important to keep everyone safe. A few precautionary measures to take this holiday season are: Make sure your tree is not close to fireplaces or any other devices that create heat. When using artificial snow be sure to keep your distance, as the spray, if inhaled, can be bothersome to your lungs. Test all lights and make sure they work efficiently and safely. Also, when possible you should reduce the use of extension cords to avoid electrical danger. More here

Mortgage Application Activity Picks Up

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey, mortgage applications rose 4.9%, on a seasonally adjusted basis, from the previous week. The jump in mortgage applications this week ended the three-week decline in application activity. Additionally, the FHA share of mortgage applications also rose .3% from the previous week, and the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index jumped 12% reaching the highest level seen in approximately four months. More here

Frozen Pipe Prevention And Thawing Tips

Dealing with frozen pipes can be an unpleasant and expensive job. You can reduce the chances of your pipes freezing by taking some precautionary measures before extreme temperatures hit. Here are a few tips to help you avoid potential catastrophe: Insulate any exterior wall pipes; open cabinet doors to allow heat from your home to reach sink pipes; trickle water from faucets- moving water is less likely to freeze. When traveling away from home, do not set your thermostat any lower than 55 degrees. If your pipes do freeze, you should open the faucet letting water pass through, even if only a trickle- this will help the pipes to warm faster. More here

Housing Market Continues Steady Trajectory

Recent reports confirm the housing market remains headed in a positive direction. Lindsey Piegza, the chief economist at Sterne Agree said, “both from an investment standpoint and on a relative basis compared to the rental market, consumers continue to endeavor toward home-ownership. Improving demand for housing is additionally fueling a modest improvement in supply.” Piegza also suggests that the speed of recovery will depend on factors such as unemployment rates, hiring rates, and population growth. More here

Boomer Housing Myths Debunked

Many Baby Boomers are indeed downsizing, but according to recent data, 46% plan to upsize. Not as many Boomers plan to relocate either, as analysts frequently report; 63% intend to stay in their current homes. Of those planning to relocate, 51% have no plans to move to a retirement community in a sunny locale; 67% will stay within their home State, with 51% planning to stay within 30 miles of their current address. Additionally, many of the survey participants plan on making large upgrades to their current homes. More here

Mortgage Applications Increase

Applications for new home purchases jumped approximately 8% according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Builder Application Survey for October. Conventional loans made up 68.2% of all loan applications; FHA loans made up 16.2%, RHS/USDA loans made up 1.5% and VA loans made up 14.2%. The MBA’s chief economist, Mike Fratantoni said, “applications for new home purchases picked up in October, particularly for higher-priced homes. The continued improvement in the job market and still low mortgage rates are supporting the upper levels of the purchase market while the tight credit environment continues to constrain sales at the entry level.” Additionally, the average loan amount on new homes rose nearly $2,000 from September to October 2014. More here

Sought After Enhancements For High-End Homes

Many high-end homeowners are insisting on a new set of amenities to improve their quality of life. A few of the more popular extravagances are: A subterranean garage; a garage that moves your car to its desired location below ground automatically, at the touch of a button. Also, dining areas located within wine cellars are gaining in popularity. In addition, indoor sport and activity rooms continue to be sought after, along with elaborate air-purification systems. More here

Cleaning Out Home Gutters

While cleaning out gutters is a dreaded task for many homeowners, it must be addressed in order to keep potential structural disasters at bay. Blocked gutters can cause damage to the trim and siding of your home, interior walls, and can even cause leakage in your basement. Listed here are a few tips that may help you when cleaning out your gutters: By rule of thumb, you should clean out your gutters once in the fall, and once each spring. More maintenance may be required, depending on the number of trees in close proximity to your home. You will need a ladder in most cases, and you should use gloves. Remove all debris, and then flush the gutters out with a hose to remove anything that may be left over. If you find any leaks or damaged spots, you can quickly caulk them with gutter sealant. You may want to consider investing in gutter guards, which will make upkeep easier. More here

About Ricky:

Ricky Khamis was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Ricky served four years with the 82nd Airborne Division (Paratrooper Creed), stationed at Fort Bragg North Carolina. During his tenure with Alpha Company 3-505th PIR he earned Soldier of the Month out of 15,000 Soldiers in all Infantry Divisions. Earned highest peace time award and several other awards including the Army Commendation Medal, and several Army Achievement Medals. He valiantly served as an Airborne Infantry Soldier carrying an M249 S.A.W with a total of 48 Jumps during his time with the 82nd. He decided to return to his home state, start a family and a career in the business world. Ricky began his career in the mortgage industry in 1999. He is married with 5 children: DeShawn his wife, Jalen 15, Aryana 13, Austin 13, Drake 8 and Kaden 5.

Ricky quickly moved up the ranks and opened his own branch office under Great Southwest Mortgage. Because of his business savvy and true desire to help people he earned a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist designation. This proved instrumental to his success, at a time when some loan officers in the industry were approving loans with less discretion, Ricky was ensuring that his clientele were truly prepared for their new debt.

Ricky has ranked among the top 10% of his loan officer peers throughout his career due to the unyielding desire to help families own a home, and successfully manage that obligation to build long term stability and wealth. He has managed and coached dozens of loan officers and support staff and continued to produce at the highest levels, earning a spot as Platinum Producer, an honor reserved for only a few in his previous company.

In addition to his CMPS designation, which requires 40 hours of continuing education each year to stay in tune with the changes in federal and state law, taxation and financial planning, he is also Arizona's only Instructor for"The Value of Being Seen" which educates Arizona Real Estate Agents the true power of first page of Google Marketing.

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Ricky Khamis
Branch Manager | Corporate
AZ|CA Licensed Senior Loan Officer
NMLS# 173141
CADOC 173141
LO-0911814
BK0013635
Amerifirst Financial, Inc.
Company NMLS# 145368
1550 E. McKellips Road, Suite 117
Mesa, AZ 85203
Direct 480-344-1900
Cell Phone: 602-758-7425
Fax: 480-907-1451

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