Months of Inventory


Months of Inventory

 One of the critical numbers that REALTORS® keep a close eye on is the ‘months of inventory.’ Basically months of inventory indicates the number of months it would take to sell all of the inventory currently on the market.

Generally speaking, if there are six or more months of inventory, it is considered a buyers’ market; three to six months of inventory is a neutral market; and three months or less is considered a sellers’ market.

As of the end of March, 2018, the United States had 2.1 months of inventory which indicates it is a sellers’ market.

Maryland is also a sellers’ market with 2.9 months of inventory.

This information is critically important for both buyers and sellers for opposite reasons, but once again affirms the importance of having a REALTOR® who understands the market and how best to promote your best interests.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, talk to a real estate professional – talk to a REALTOR® who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to text or call me at 301-712-8808 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

Roland

 

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PMI Insurance Deductions – Now You See It, Now You Don’t, Now You See It!


PMI Insurance Deductions – Now You See It, Now You Don’t, Now You See It!

 PMI insurance is one of the most hated aspects of the real estate industry – at least in my honest opinion.  Basically, if you do not put at least 20% down on the purchase of your home, you will be required to pay PMI insurance.  The payment will be factored into your monthly payments.  What makes the PMI payments almost tolerable is that the PMI insurance that you pay is – was – and is again, tax deductible.

Let me throw in a comment about the world of real estate.  Yes, we hear a lot of complaining about the PMI insurance, or the origination fee if you are doing a VA mortgage.  But the truth of the matter is that the mortgage / real estate industry in the United States is the envy of the world.  In many countries homebuyers  would love to be able to buy a home with only 20% down.

The PMI fee was made palatable by having the fee deductible on your Federal taxes – until last year.  At the end of 2017, Congress passed a budget bill that eliminated the Federal deductions for PMI insurance for 2017.  Because it was the end of the year, tax professionals were scrambling to amend documents to change the deductions.  Then, in the first of February, Congress passed a bill that retroactively reinstated the deductions for PMI insurance for 2017.  That’s a good thing, unless of course, you finished your 2017 taxes about the time the new bill passed into law.

Don’t fret – you can file an amendment to your taxes and  enjoy the benefit of deducting PMI insurance once again.

Of course, if you have any questions of your tax liability, talk to a tax professional who can give you the information you need.  Don’t listen to a thing I say about taxes – only real estate!

If you are thinking of buying or selling real estate, talk to a real estate professional – talk to a REALTOR® – who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to text or call me at 301-712-8808 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

Roland