Exceeding Expectations – One Home at a Time.

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Meet Alexa

Alexa has the uncanny ability to deliver exactly what her clients want even when they are unable to precisely articulate their desires.

Her keen intuition combined with her encyclopedic knowledge of available homes, allows Alexa to find the ideal home for buyers.

Whether buying or selling, Alexa believes the client always comes first. She gives each client personalized attention and focus to expertly match buyers and sellers with the best solution that meets their needs and is within their financial comfort zone.

“I believe in treating my clients like family.” says Alexa. “I give each client the same honesty, respect, and support I would for my own family.”

Alexa is also well known for being quite assertive and an effective negotiator when it comes to meeting customers expectations.

Friendly Personality
Extraordinary Intuition
Sincere Empathy
Caring Questions
Creative Solutions
Personalized Approach
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OUR ZILLOW REVIEWS

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  • Zillow 5 Star Review  Alexa was amazing! She made wonderful recommendations to us for the staging of our home in order for us to get the best offer possible, and to insure that our home would sell quickly. We did everything she recommended and had multiple offers within 48 hours of going on the market. She vetted all...

    ptower17
    September 10, 2020

    Zillow 5 Star Review  Working with Alexa and Deb was a blessing for us while selling our home! Alexa and Deb are an amazing team who are knowledgeable, professional, and committed. They will truly work diligently for their clients, and I would recommend them to everyone!

    jcajhobbs
    August 6, 2020

    Zillow 5 Star Review  Alexa and Deb did a wonderful job every step of the way in the marketing and sale of our house. Both were knowledgeable, very professional and responsive to any questions which arose. I highly recommend using them for your real estate needs.

    user42209
    April 10, 2020
  • Zillow 5 Star Review  Alexa works so hard for you whether you are buying or selling. She made finding and getting into our dream home a welcomed reality. The process was fun and so easy. Communication is key during such an important step as a new homeowner and she made everything move along smoothly, keeping us...

    hannahmay4213
    April 9, 2019

    Zillow 5 Star Review  Alexa is extremely professional, upfront and honest. She has a wealth of knowledge and contacts that helped us find our dream home. It was such a pleasure working with her and her team. Anytime we had a question or needed something she got back to us right away. She continues to check in with us,...

    kellyadiogo
    January 29, 2019

    Zillow 5 Star Review  Perfection… that is the word that best describes our experience with Alexa Silva. From the time we first spoke with her about our intentions to upgrade to a home more suited to our desires and needs, she made us feel at ease. She took the reins and quickly moved forward, which created a momentum...

    rlewisamt
    January 6, 2019
  • Zillow 4 Star Review  She was Very Helpful in knowing the housing market. Always able to answer questions in an expeditious way. I never felt rushed to make a decision, she always had my best interest in mind.

    zuser20161122183348966
    January 2, 2019

    Zillow 5 Star Review  Alexa Silva has been the most efficient and caring person I have ever dealt with in business. I would recommend her to anyone who has a home to sell. I will never forget how smooth and rewarding this experience has been.

    loisdemarest
    March 14, 2018

    Zillow 5 Star Review  I purchased several homes with Alexa and she does a fantastic job. Start to finish great communication. Always there to help. She has a great team. I would recommend her to anyone looking to buy/sell in Palm City

    trashzar
    March 14, 2018
  • Zillow 5 Star Review  Alexa has helped me Sell and Purchase Homes on 2 different occasions in the last 3 Years. There is not a harder working, more Professional Realtor in the Industry. She truly has her finger on the pulse of the “Market” and offers multiple options to fit ones needs. She exceeded expectations at every...

    nealestate3
    February 8, 2018

    Zillow 5 Star Review  In all my years as a home buyer and seller, I have never experienced such professionalism and customs from a realtor such as Alexis! Her knowledge and experience are an absolute must for anyone dealing in real estate. From the time of showing interest to the close of a home, Alexis is the person...

    Schnzrs6
    January 16, 2018

    Zillow 5 Star Review  My husband and I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to use Alexa as our realtor. We first contracted with her to sell our home in Evergreen and are currently using her services again to sell one house and purchase another one in Pipers Landing. She is very honest with us and...

    jfyfe80750
    October 25, 2017
  • Zillow 5 Star Review  A pleasure to work with, Alexa Silva has proven herself to be the most professional, thorough, competent, knowledgeable and detail oriented realtor there is. We highly recommend Alexa for the sale of your existing home or purchase of a new one! She assisted us with both recently, and we couldn't be...

    SusanMcGlynn
    October 25, 2017

    Zillow 5 Star Review  Alexa was extremely professional and showed she truly cared about not only us buying the right house for our family but letting us know she was there anytime to answer any questions or concerns that might come up. She went above and beyond to make this a enjoyable and stressless experience as...

    SherylButterworthTully
    August 16, 2017

    Zillow 5 Star Review  After visiting the home we purchased several times my wife and I decided we didn't need an additional Realtor to represent us and we had confidence in Alexa that she could be fair to both buyer and seller.

    we never had a reason to question her qualifications or integrity because everything she...

    lewisw9
    August 16, 2017
  • Zillow 5 Star Review  Alexa listed our home and found a buyer within just a couple of days! Her professionalism and sales expertise is superb! I would absolutely recommend her if you're thinking of selling your home!

    mbrook4
    June 27, 2017

    Zillow 5 Star Review  Being absent owners, we were blessed to find Alexa who attended to every detail including those that were not really her responsibility. Thank you for going above and beyond for us. Ed and Gail Sallee

    edrsallee
    February 1, 2017

    Zillow 5 Star Review  Tremendous knowledge - powerful negotiator aggressive and through follow up - understands how to get deals done! I highly recommend Alexa for anyone looking to purchase a home in the Palm City area!

    AnthonyJConklin
    January 31, 2017

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With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now?

Housing inventory is at an all-time low.

Housing inventory is at an all-time low. Realtor.com just reported that there are 39% fewer homes for sale today than there were last year. At the same time, buyer demand remains strong. In a recent newsletter, research analyst Ivy Zelman explained:

“Although the headwind of severe supply constraints in most markets has contributed to slight moderation in seasonally-adjusted and year-over-year new pending contract growth for two consecutive months (albeit still growing strongly), the underlying strength of buyer demand, particularly for this time of year, remains apparent.”

Whenever there’s a shortage in the supply of an item that’s in high demand, the price of that item increases. That’s exactly what’s happening in the real estate market right now. As a result, home values are surging.

This is great news if you’re planning to sell your house. On the other hand, as either a first-time or repeat buyer, this may instead seem like troubling news. Purchasers, however, should realize that the price of a house is not as important as the monthly cost. Here’s how it breaks down.

There are several factors that influence the cost of a home. Two of the major ones are:

  1. The price of the home
  2. The mortgage rate at which a buyer can borrow the funds necessary to purchase the home

How do these factors impact affordability?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) produces a Housing Affordability Index which takes these factors into account and determines an overall affordability score for housing. According to NAR, the index:

“…measures whether or not a typical family earns enough income to qualify for a mortgage loan on a typical home at the national and regional levels based on the most recent price and income data.”

Their methodology states:

“To interpret the indices, a value of 100 means that a family with the median income has exactly enough income to qualify for a mortgage on a median-priced home. An index above 100 signifies that family earning the median income has more than enough income to qualify for a mortgage loan on a median-priced home, assuming a 20 percent down payment.”

So, the higher the index, the more affordable it is to purchase a home. Here’s a graph of the index going back to 1990:With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now? | Simplifying The MarketThe blue bar represents today’s affordability. We can see that homes are more affordable now than they were from:

  • 1990 to 2008
  • 2017 to 2018

Buying a home today is just a little less affordable than it was last year, but still very affordable compared to historical housing market trends.

Note: During the housing crash from 2009 to 2015, distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) dominated the market. Those properties were sold at large discounts not seen before in the housing market.

Why are homes still affordable today?

The number one factor impacting today’s homebuying affordability is record-low mortgage rates. There’s no doubt that prices are on the rise. However, mortgage rates have fallen dramatically. Last week, Freddie Mac announced that the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 2.72%. Last year at this time, the average rate was 3.68%.

If you’re considering purchasing your first home or moving up to the one you’ve always hoped for, it’s important to understand how affordability plays into the overall cost of your home. With that in mind, buying while mortgage rates are as low as they are now may save you quite a bit of money over the life of your home loan.

Bottom Line

At this point, home purchase affordability is still in a historically good place. However, we need to watch price increases going forward. As Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, noted in a recent post:

“Faster nominal house price appreciation can erode, or even eliminate, the boost in affordability from lower mortgage rates, especially if household income growth doesn’t keep up.”

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Knowledge Is Power on the Path to Homeownership

Knowledge Is Power on the Path to Homeownership | Simplifying The Market

Homeownership is on the goal list for many young adults, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to get there. From understanding the homebuying process to pre-approval and down payment assistance options, uncertainty along the way can ultimately hold some buyers back.

Today, there are over 75 million Millennials and 67 million Gen Z’ers in the U.S., making up a significant number of both current and soon-to-be homebuyers. According to a recent Fannie Mae survey of more than 2,000 of these individuals:

“88% said they are confident they will achieve homeownership someday.”

In addition, the survey also reveals that for younger generations, the motivation to own a home may be more emotional than financial compared to previous generations:

  • <50% say they want to use their home as an asset
  • 78% believe it’s the best way to live the way they want, without restrictions
  • 80% believe homeownership is the best way to make it on their own

Whether homeownership goals come from the heart or are driven by financial aspirations (or maybe both), the obstacles standing in the way don’t have to bring these dreams to a screeching halt. The same survey also reveals two key roadblocks for potential buyers. Thankfully, they’re both easily overcome with the power of knowledge and trusted advisors leading the way. Here’s a look at these two challenges potential homebuyers face today:

1. 73% of future homebuyers are unaware of low-down-payment mortgage options

For those who want to purchase a home, low-down-payment options are instrumental to affording one sooner rather than later, especially given the amount of debt many younger adults have accumulated. Fannie Mae also notes:

“Among the challenges they face is an unprecedented amount of debt, along with a lack of understanding of the mortgage process and their own purchasing power. Debt, in particular, creates many obstacles such as a limited ability to save and the fear of taking on more debt.”

Today, there are more than 2,340 down payment assistance programs available nationwide to help relieve this pressure. Understanding what’s out there and the options available may help many buyers become homeowners faster than they thought possible. In a year like this, with record-low mortgage rates making their mark in the history books, being able to take advantage of the opportunity buyers have right now is essential to long-term affordability.

2. 64% of buyers expect lenders and other real estate professionals to educate them about the mortgage process

While many people love to do a quick search online to find instant answers to their questions, it isn’t the only way younger generations want to consume information or build their knowledge base. As the survey mentions, having trusted professionals help them learn what it takes to achieve their dreams is definitely on their wish list too.

Bottom Line

If you’re aiming for homeownership someday, it may be in closer reach than you think. Let’s connect so you can learn about the process and get the guidance you need to make it happen.

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5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer

5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer | Simplifying The Market

Today’s real estate market has high buyer interest and low housing inventory. With so many buyers competing for a limited number of homes, it’s more important than ever to know the ins and outs of making a confident and competitive offer. Here are five keys to success for this important stage in the homebuying process.

1. Listen to Your Real Estate Agent

A recent article from Freddie Mac offers guidance on making an offer on a home in today’s market. Right off the bat, it points out how emotional this can be for buyers and why trusted professionals can help you stay focused on the most important things:

“Remember to let your homebuying team guide you on your journey, not your emotions. Their support and expertise will keep you from compromising on your must-haves and future financial stability.”

Your real estate professional should be your primary source for answers to the questions you have when you’re ready to make an offer.

2. Understand Your Finances

Having a complete understanding of your budget and how much house you can afford is essential. The best way to know this is to reach out to your lender to get pre-approved for a loan early in the homebuying process. Only 44% of today’s prospective homebuyers are planning to apply for pre-approval, so be sure to take this step so you stand out from the crowd. It shows sellers you’re a serious, qualified buyer and can give you a competitive edge if you enter a bidding war.

3. Be Ready to Move Quickly

According to the Realtors Confidence Index, published monthly by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average property being sold today is receiving more than three offers and is only on the market for a few weeks. These are both results of today’s competitive market, showing how important it is to stay agile and vigilant in your search. As soon as you find the right home for your needs, be prepared to work with your agent to submit an offer as quickly as possible.

4. Make a Fair Offer

It’s only natural to want the best deal you can get on a home. However, Freddie Mac also warns that submitting an offer that’s too low can lead sellers to doubt how serious you are as a buyer. Don’t submit an offer that will be tossed out as soon as it’s received. The expertise your agent brings to this part of the process will help you stay competitive:

“Your agent will work with you to make an informed offer based on the market value of the home, the condition of the home and recent home sale prices in the area.”

5. Be a Flexible Negotiator

After submitting an offer, the seller may accept it, reject it, or counter it with their own changes. In a competitive market, it’s important to stay nimble throughout the negotiation process. Your position can be strengthened with an offer that includes flexible move-in dates, a higher price, or minimal contingencies (conditions you set that the seller must meet for the purchase to be finalized). There are, however, certain contingencies you don’t want to forego. Freddie Mac explains:

Resist the temptation to waive the inspection contingency, especially in a hot market or if the home is being sold ‘as-is’, which means the seller won’t pay for repairs. Without an inspection contingency, you could be stuck with a contract on a house you can’t afford to fix.”

Bottom Line

Today’s competitive market makes it more important than ever to make a strong offer on a home, and a trusted expert can help you rise to the top along the way.

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