How do you pay for a new home? Are loans for new homes the same as they are for other homes? The new home experts at Build Collective of Coldwell Banker Realty have the answers for you! Watch and learn about the financing options when you build a new home and which one is best for you.
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If you are looking to build a new home on an infill lot in Cincinnati, you really need to understand everything that happens behind the scenes to bring an opportunity to market. In this fast paced buyers market, new home lots sell quickly. That’s why Build Collective of Coldwell Banker has a dedicated lot sourcing team to continually bring our clients the best lot opportunities possible.
Thought about building a home but don’t know where to start?, That’s why you need the new home experts at Build Collective to help you! Mike Hines breaks down the step by step process of building a home. Whether you’re wanting to build in Madeira, Montgomery, or any where in the Cincinnati area, we wanted to create this video to give you a starting point, reference, and resource to building your dream home!
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The Cincinnati Tax Abatement is CHANGING! Learn More Here
On September 2nd, City Council passed a motion to change the policy to the current Tax Abatement also known as the Community Reinvestment Areas. The tax abatement allows residents and businesses to have a portion of their property taxes abated based on the improved value of their investment into a specific property. Essentially, if you renovate or build a home in the City of Cincinnati, you have the opportunity to pay less in taxes if you follow certain criteria.
Quick disclosure as we get started, this blog post is not meant to give you a step by step guide how to have your taxes abated nor is it the end of your fact finding on changes. I am a real estate agent that focuses on New Construction in Cincinnati, but not an attorney, consultant or expert on the tax abatement policies. I say this to make sure you understand that expert guidance may still be needed if you are making investments or decisions to which the tax abatement may impact..
Anyways, back to the information…the original goal of the tax abatement and the CRA (Community Reinvestment Areas) is to remain intact. If you read through the City’s tax abatement information, you’ll see that the original goal of the CRA was to: 1) stimulate community revitalization, 2) retain City residents, 3) attract homeowners, and 4) reduce development costs of home-ownership and rental projects. To find out more, click here to review the City’s website on the current tax abatement.
Fast forward to today, City Council under Vice Mayor Smitherman has empowered “The Property Tax Working Group” at the end of 2018 was set up to investigate the effects of the CRA and see how they can improve upon it. These are the results of thousands of hours of review by that group and recommendations from a number of parties.
In regards to the suggested changes, which may soon become a reality, here’s what you need to know.
Four Families may be moving from the Commercial tax abatement requirements to residential, which is highly favorable for owners of multi-families.
Visibility – This is a term you might not know yet, but soon will. By increasing threshold widths, creating zero step entries, and adding “visitable paths”, you may be able to increase your abated value by $100,000. This can only be done at the planning stage, during design, and could save you around $2500/year. For more information on visibility, click here (https://docplayer.net/42823090-City-of-cincinnati-visitability-standards.html)
Tiered Approach Under Consideration – On the final policy change, you may see something along the lines of a tiered neighborhood approach. We’ve heard that they plan to continue to engage in an extensive study to review this option.
Grandfathering – USGBC and the HBA are talking through the provisions for grandfathering properties to the old Tax Abatement Rules that are in some phase of development. This is still TBD and being discussed, but will most likely be a part of the new ordinance.
TALK TO YOUR CONSULTANT – It’s more important than ever to talk to your consultant, especially Green Building Consulting, who has been at the forefront of these changes.
Disclosure: Since this information is changing on a daily basis, please consult the City of Cincinnati, a LEED Consultant and/or your builder before you act on any of this information. We can not guarantee any of this for accuracy as it’s based on our interpretation of the Property Tax Working Group and Home Builders Association information.
Cincinnati has been voted one of the best places to live in the United States, and while that may be not surprise to us lifelong residents, we want to make sure new visitors and transfers understand just how great our City is! Of course we love our sports teams, unique restaurants, and the wide array of things to do, but our personal favorite is the affordable housing market.
So, please take a quick look at all the reasons we love the Queen City and head on over to our PROPERTY SEARCH to browse our selection of homes currently on the market to purchase. You know you love Cincinnati as much as we do… is it time to set new roots in your favorite neighborhood?
The housing market is hot, and while that may be great news for those listing their homes, for buyers, the frustration is real. Week after week, house after house, they’ve grown accustomed to the phrase…”we’re now in multiple offers.” A great looking, well-cared-for and most importantly, well-priced house, is creating quite the frenzy for those out searching for their next home in this low inventory seller’s market.
When demand outweighs supply, there are a few things you can do to get ahead in this competitive market:
FIND A WELL QUALIFIED BUYER’S AGENT: Along with obtaining a strong financing pre-approval, this is the first step in getting closer to the home of your dreams. Ideally, you want an agent who has dealt with multiple offer situations before and knows several strategies to help you win. Overall, it can come down to what you’re willing to pay. As a buyer’s agent, I would never encourage a client to overpay for a home, but I can offer advice to help get you to the “right” price.
MAKE A STRONG INITIAL OFFER: Yes, we’re starting with the $$$. In most cases, this is what it comes down to. Sellers usually want the best possible price they can get for their home. Still, it doesn’t mean the highest offer will always be the winning offer. Along with the purchase price written in the contract, you can also consider asking your agent to include an escalation. This is an addendum to the contract stating that you will pay a set amount over the highest written offer up to the limit you set.
HAVE YOUR AGENT ASK ABOUT THE SELLER’S NEEDS: Is there an occupancy time that would work best for them? Do they need a quick close? Ultimately, the offer that best fits the needs of the seller is the offer that will win.
CONSIDER WAIVING CONTINGENCIES OR KEEP TIME FRAMES SHORT: While I can’t recommend skipping an inspection, some buyers are waiving the inspection as a contingency and accepting the house “as is.” The same goes for the appraisal. There is a concern when a house sells far over listing price that might not appraise. In a multiple offer situation, the buyer could offer to pay the difference between the appraisal value and the purchase price should the appraisal come in lower.If you don’t want to waive the contingencies all together, it can be a good idea to keep the inspection and settlement period as short as reasonably possible
DON’T ASK FOR EXTRAS: A multiple offer situation is not the time to throw in a lot of extras like closing costs, a home warranty or appliances or furniture. It’s best to keep the contract as clean as possible.
GET A PLUG FROM YOUR LENDER: Have your mortgage person CALL the agent to tell them how well qualified you are. Even if they just leave a message it can help.
GIVE IT YOUR BEST EFFORT: As mentioned before, having a strong pre-approval to back your offer can help the seller feel much more confident in your ability to purchase their home. You can also add to the amount of earnest money you would normally offer to show a strong interest and commitment to following through with your offer. If possible, consider a cash offer. While cash isn’t always king, it does make for a very compelling offer and a streamlined purchase process that can be hard to top.
STAY CALM: It can be easier said than done, but the best advice I can give to my clients is to present the strongest offer they can to help get the house they want at a reasonable price that falls within their budget. While it can be difficult to remaIN unemotional about these decisions, you have to keep it in perspective. Offering more than you’re comfortable with paying or forgoing important contingencies can lead to regret down the road.
Build Collective is Here to Help Home Buyers Every Step of the Process