Benefits to Using a Licensed Realtor When Selling a Home

Selling a home can be a daunting task, especially for those who are not familiar with the real estate market. One of the best ways to ensure that the process goes smoothly and that the home sells for the best possible price is to use a licensed Realtor. Home prices have accelerated dramatically since the pandemic, so now is a good time to sell a home. Another factor pushing home prices higher is the low inventory of homes for sale. Mortgage rates today are also a lot higher than a year ago, current mortgage rates on 30-year loans are above 6.00 percent, last year 30-year rates were in the 3.00 range.

One of the main benefits of using a licensed Realtor when selling a home is their expertise in the real estate market. Realtors have a deep understanding of local market conditions, including current trends in home prices, the local economy, and what potential buyers are looking for in a home. They can use this knowledge to help you price your home competitively and to market it effectively to potential buyers.

Another benefit of using a Realtor is their ability to handle the legal and administrative aspects of the home-selling process. Realtors are familiar with the paperwork and regulations involved in selling a home and can help you navigate the process to ensure that everything is done correctly and on time. They can also help you with the negotiations, making sure that you get the best possible price for your home.

Licensed Realtor

The commission cost is a common concern when it comes to selling a home with a Realtor, but it is worth considering the value and benefits they bring to the table. Typically, Realtors charge a commission of 5-6% of the sale price of the home. While this may seem like a large expense, it is important to remember that a Realtor's commission is typically split between the seller's and the buyer's agents, and that a Realtor's expertise can often help you sell your home for a higher price than you would be able to on your own.

In addition, a Realtor can also help you with the mortgage process, which can be a complex and time-consuming task. They can connect you with lenders who can offer you the best mortgage rates, and help you navigate the paperwork and regulations involved in getting a mortgage.

In conclusion, selling a home can be a challenging task, but using a Realtor can make the process much smoother and more successful. The commission cost may be a concern, but the expertise, knowledge and guidance they provide can help you get the best possible price for your home, and take care of the legal and administrative aspects of the process. Furthermore, the assistance with the mortgage process is an added benefit to consider.

Demand for Homes Has Changed Due to Remote Work

Current economic conditions have led to an increase in the number of people looking to move to different areas, either due to remote working or due to a change in lifestyle preferences. This has led to a high demand for homes in certain areas and an increase in prices.

Furthermore, many people are looking for larger homes or homes with more outdoor space, as a result of the pandemic, which means that homes that fit this criteria are in high demand and can be sold quickly and at a higher price.

In summary, now is a good time to sell a home because of the current strength of the real estate market, high demand for homes in certain areas, and the increase in people looking for larger homes or homes with more outdoor space. However, it's worth noting that the real estate market is constantly changing, and it's important to consult a local Realtor to get a better understanding of the market conditions in your specific area.

Loan Term
Lender
APR / Rate
Payment
Fees and Points
 
PADDIO
NMLS #1907
5.865%
15-Year Fixed
5.625%
$3,295 /mo
$6,252
Includes 0.688 points for $2,752
Lender Fees: $3,500
PenFed Credit Union
NMLS #401822
6.312%
30-Year Fixed
6.125%
$2,431 /mo
$8,000
Includes 1.000 points for $4,000
Lender Fees: $4,000
PenFed Credit Union
NMLS #401822
6.379%
15-Year Fixed
6.125%
$3,403 /mo
$6,500
Includes 0.625 points for $2,500
Lender Fees: $4,000
PADDIO
NMLS #1907
6.878%
30-Year Fixed
6.750%
$2,595 /mo
$5,252
Includes 0.438 points for $1,752
Lender Fees: $3,500
Rate data provided by RateUpdate.com. Displayed by ICB, a division of Mortgage Research Center, NMLS #1907, Equal Housing Opportunity. Payments do not include taxes or insurance premiums. Actual payments will be greater with taxes and insurance included. Rate and product details.

Mortgage Rates December 8, 2023

Lender
Product
Rate
APR
Points
30-Year Fixed FHA
7.250%
9.002%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
8.375%
8.498%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
8.250%
8.411%
0.000
5/6M SOFR ARM
8.250%
8.361%
0.000
20-Year Fixed
8.150%
8.354%
0.000
1-Year ARM
6.750%
8.270%
0.000
5-Year Jumbo ARM
6.125%
8.217%
2.000
5Y/6M ARM
7.625%
8.178%
0.926
10-Year ARM
8.000%
8.174%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
8.000%
8.000%
0.000
5-Year ARM FHA
5.750%
7.995%
2.000
7Y/6M ARM
7.375%
7.983%
0.963
7-Year ARM
7.500%
7.959%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
7.875%
7.957%
0.250
10Y/6M ARM
7.500%
7.951%
0.864
20-Year Fixed
7.625%
7.929%
0.677
30-Year Jumbo Fixed
7.750%
7.911%
1.000
5/6 ARM
7.625%
7.884%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
7.750%
7.833%
0.000
5-Year ARM
6.250%
7.829%
2.000
30-Year Fixed Jumbo
7.750%
7.760%
0.000
20-Year Fixed
7.500%
7.747%
0.000
15-Year Fixed
7.500%
7.746%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
7.625%
7.740%
0.000
20-Year Fixed
7.500%
7.735%
1.000
5/1 ARM Jumbo
7.000%
7.705%
0.000
30-Year Fixed Jumbo
7.250%
7.700%
0.500
5/6 ARM
6.750%
7.700%
0.500
30-Year Fixed
7.500%
7.691%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
7.500%
7.682%
1.000
15-Year Fixed
7.500%
7.682%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
7.625%
7.669%
0.000
5/1 ARM
6.875%
7.668%
0.000
5/1 ARM
6.750%
7.643%
0.725
10/6 ARM
7.250%
7.640%
0.000
5/6 ARM Jumbo
6.750%
7.640%
0.500
7/6 ARM
7.000%
7.632%
0.000
15-Year Fixed
7.625%
7.625%
0.000
5/6 Month ARM
6.750%
7.623%
1.000
3-Year ARM
7.000%
7.605%
0.000
5-Year ARM
7.250%
7.600%
0.000
10-Year Fixed
7.250%
7.591%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
7.500%
7.577%
0.000
7/1 ARM
7.000%
7.577%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
7.500%
7.573%
0.000
7/1 ARM Jumbo
6.999%
7.570%
0.000
10/6 ARM
7.125%
7.560%
0.500
15-Year Fixed
7.375%
7.558%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
7.250%
7.554%
22.000
30-Year Fixed FHA
6.625%
7.525%
2.000
10-Year Fixed
7.125%
7.524%
1.000
30-Year Fixed
7.375%
7.524%
1.000
7/6 ARM
6.750%
7.520%
0.500
30-Year Fixed
7.500%
7.514%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
7.500%
7.512%
0.000
30 Year Fixed
7.250%
7.509%
0.939
15-Year Fixed
7.375%
7.505%
0.000
10/6 ARM Jumbo
7.125%
7.500%
0.500
30-Year Fixed
7.125%
7.489%
2.000
7/6 Month ARM
6.750%
7.484%
1.000
15-Year Fixed
7.250%
7.480%
0.000
7/6-Month ARM
6.500%
7.464%
1.000
30-Year Fixed
7.375%
7.462%
0.000
20-Year Fixed Jumbo
7.250%
7.462%
0.815
7/6 ARM Jumbo
6.750%
7.460%
0.500
15-Year Fixed
7.375%
7.444%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
3.375%
7.442%
0.000
30-Year Fixed FHA
6.625%
7.440%
1.000
30-Year Fixed
7.375%
7.424%
0.000
7/6 ARM
6.500%
7.419%
0.719
10/1 Jumbo ARM
6.875%
7.409%
0.840
30-Year Fixed Jumbo
7.250%
7.408%
1.000
30-Year Fixed Jumbo
7.250%
7.403%
0.640
30-Year Fixed
7.250%
7.393%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
7.250%
7.385%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
7.300%
7.381%
0.000
15-Year Fixed
7.350%
7.379%
0.000
5/1 ARM
6.125%
7.371%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
7.250%
7.361%
0.000
5/1 Jumbo ARM
6.750%
7.359%
0.690
7/1 Jumbo ARM
6.500%
7.359%
0.690
20-Year Fixed
7.250%
7.354%
0.000
20-Year Fixed
7.250%
7.343%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
7.125%
7.334%
1.000
30-year Fixed
7.250%
7.320%
0.500
7/6-Month ARM Jumbo
6.375%
7.317%
1.000
30-Year Fixed
7.125%
7.316%
0.000
30-Year Fixed Jumbo
7.250%
7.298%
0.000
10/6 ARM
6.625%
7.294%
0.949
15-Year Fixed Jumbo
7.125%
7.270%
0.500
20-Year Fixed Jumbo
7.125%
7.260%
0.500
30-Year Fixed FHA
6.375%
7.257%
2.000
5/1 ARM
5.500%
7.250%
0.000
15-Year Fixed
7.125%
7.246%
0.000
15-Year Fixed Jumbo
7.000%
7.246%
0.650
15-Year Fixed
7.125%
7.240%
0.500
15-Year Fixed
7.000%
7.215%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
6.875%
7.204%
1.000
10/6 Interest Only Jumbo ARM
6.375%
7.204%
1.000
15-Year Fixed FHA
6.125%
7.202%
2.000
30-Year Fixed
7.125%
7.197%
0.000
15-Year Fixed
7.000%
7.188%
0.625
30-Year Fixed
7.125%
7.188%
0.000
10-Year Fixed
6.875%
7.187%
0.000
7/1 ARM
7.000%
7.186%
0.000
20-Year Fixed
7.000%
7.181%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
7.000%
7.177%
1.000
15-Year Fixed
6.875%
7.173%
1.375
30-Year Fixed
6.875%
7.167%
1.875
10-Year Fixed
7.000%
7.160%
0.500
30-Year Fixed
7.000%
7.145%
0.000
20-Year Fixed
7.125%
7.141%
0.000
20-Year Fixed
7.000%
7.139%
0.000
15-Year Fixed
6.875%
7.098%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
7.000%
7.084%
0.375
30-Year Fixed
6.875%
7.084%
0.875
15-Year Fixed
6.750%
7.084%
1.000
30-Year Fixed
7.000%
7.070%
0.000
15-Year Fixed
6.990%
7.067%
0.000
20-Year Fixed
6.875%
7.063%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
6.750%
7.050%
1.000
15-Year Fixed
6.875%
7.048%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
6.875%
7.031%
0.704
15-Year Fixed
6.750%
7.029%
1.000
30-Year Fixed
6.875%
7.020%
1.000
15-Year Fixed
6.875%
7.013%
0.000
20-Year Fixed
6.750%
7.010%
1.000
30-Year Fixed FHA
6.250%
6.998%
2.000
15-Year Fixed
6.875%
6.997%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
6.750%
6.996%
2.000
30-Year Fixed
6.875%
6.988%
0.000
15-Year Fixed
6.750%
6.984%
1.000
5-Year ARM
6.750%
6.983%
0.000
30-Year Fixed Jumbo
6.875%
6.978%
1.000
15-Year Fixed
6.875%
6.976%
0.000
20-Year Fixed
6.875%
6.970%
0.500
15-Year Fixed
6.375%
6.961%
2.125
30-Year Fixed
6.740%
6.924%
0.000
15 Year Fixed Jumbo
6.750%
6.924%
1.000
30-Year Fixed VA
6.375%
6.921%
2.125
15-Year Fixed
6.750%
6.917%
0.000
20-Year Fixed
6.500%
6.890%
2.000
30-Year Fixed
6.750%
6.875%
0.390
15-Year Fixed
6.500%
6.873%
0.875
15-Year Fixed
6.375%
6.871%
2.000
15-Year Fixed
6.750%
6.865%
0.000
20-Year Fixed
6.750%
6.839%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
6.625%
6.825%
1.000
15-Year Fixed
6.750%
6.803%
0.000
15-Year Fixed
6.500%
6.795%
0.000
30-Year Fixed Jumbo
6.625%
6.795%
1.250
30 Year Jumbo Fixed
6.625%
6.781%
1.125
15-Year Fixed
6.750%
6.772%
0.000
30 Year Fixed Jumbo
6.625%
6.756%
1.000
30-Year Fixed
6.650%
6.750%
0.000
30-Year Fixed Jumbo
6.625%
6.744%
1.250
30-Year Fixed Jumbo
6.500%
6.722%
2.000
30-Year Fixed VA
6.375%
6.710%
1.000
15-Year Fixed
6.625%
6.699%
0.000
20-Year Fixed
6.500%
6.696%
0.670
30-Year Fixed
6.625%
6.670%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
6.250%
6.647%
1.000
15-Year Fixed
6.375%
6.641%
0.802
15 Year Fixed
6.250%
6.631%
0.802
15-Year Fixed
6.125%
6.617%
2.000
15-Year Fixed
6.500%
6.609%
0.000
30-Year Fixed FHA
5.625%
6.567%
1.125
20-Year Fixed
6.500%
6.559%
0.000
30-Year Fixed
6.375%
6.495%
0.250
30-Year Fixed Jumbo
6.375%
6.495%
0.250
15-Year Fixed
6.000%
6.480%
1.000
15-Year Fixed Jumbo
5.875%
6.473%
2.000
15-Year Fixed Jumbo
6.250%
6.448%
0.250
15-Year Fixed
6.250%
6.397%
1.000
15-Year Fixed
6.125%
6.381%
0.765
15-Year Fixed
6.000%
6.279%
1.000
3/5 Jumbo ARM
5.000%
6.247%
0.250
3/5 Conforming ARM
5.000%
6.237%
0.250
7/1 ARM
6.500%
6.218%
0.000
15-Year Fixed
6.000%
6.197%
0.250
5/5 ARM
5.250%
6.139%
0.250
5/5 Jumbo ARM
5.250%
6.139%
0.250
3/1 ARM
6.000%
5.892%
0.000

The mortgage rates presented are solely intended for informational use. Please consult the mentioned lenders for up-to-date mortgage rates. The actual mortgage rates and other loan conditions depend on the lender's approval and are not guaranteed.

 
Author: Brian McKay
January 27th, 2023