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.

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OUR ZILLOW REVIEWS

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  • 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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2020 Homebuying Checklist

2020 Homebuying Checklist | Simplifying The Market

2020 Homebuying Checklist | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • If you’re thinking of buying a home, plan ahead and stay on the right track, starting with pre-approval.
  • Being proactive about the homebuying process will help set you up for success in each step.
  • Make sure to work with a trusted real estate professional along the way, to help guide you through the homebuying steps specific to your area.
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The #1 Reason It Is Difficult to Find Your Dream Home

The #1 Reason It Is Difficult to Find Your Dream Home | Simplifying The Market

The headlines in real estate today all revolve around one major point: there is a shortage of homes available for sale. Price appreciation is accelerating again because there is a shortage of homes available for sale. First-time buyers are taking longer to purchase a home because there is a shortage of homes available for sale in the lower price points. Boomers are staying in their current homes longer because there is a shortage of homes available for sale to which they would move. In certain markets, affordability is becoming more challenging because there is a shortage of homes available for sale.

What’s the major reason for this lack of housing inventory?

The issue was examined in a recent article by the National Home Builders Association (NAHB). In the article, Robert Dietz, Chief Economist for NAHB, explained:

“Home building in the 2010s was a story of the Long Recovery. After the Great Recession, the number of home builders declined significantly, and housing production was unable to meet buyer demand…Years of population and household formation growth, combined with relatively reduced levels of home building, have left the market with a critical supply shortage.”

Here are the single-family home construction starts by decade for the last six decades:The #1 Reason It Is Difficult to Find Your Dream Home | Simplifying The MarketObviously, there’s a current shortage of homes for sale because not enough houses were built over the last ten years. To add to the challenge, the U.S. population expanded by more than 20 million people during the 2010s.

Below is a graph showing the number of starts per every million in population. The last decade shows that starts per population were less than half the average of the previous five decades.The #1 Reason It Is Difficult to Find Your Dream Home | Simplifying The Market

There’s good news coming!

The NAHB article explains that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

How confident home builders are in the housing market is a great indicator of how much building is about to get started. The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair,” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average,” or “low to very low.” Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as “good” than “poor.”

Here are the HMI readings going back to 2008:The #1 Reason It Is Difficult to Find Your Dream Home | Simplifying The MarketThe 2019 confidence reading of 76 was the highest since 1999. The January 2020 index came in one point lower at 75. These readings indicate we should see an increase in new residential construction in 2020. Just last week, NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde stated:

“Low interest rates and a healthy labor market combined with a need for additional inventory are setting the stage for further home building gains in 2020.”

The increase in housing starts has already begun. According to the January report from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, single‐family housing starts were up 11.2% and attained the highest level in thirteen years.

Bottom Line

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seller thinking of moving up or down, 2020 could be your year with more new construction homes coming to market.

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How Buyers Can Win By Downsizing in 2020

How Buyers Can Win By Downsizing in 2020 | Simplifying The Market

Home values have been increasing for 93 consecutive months, according to the National Association of Realtors. If you’re a homeowner, particularly one looking to downsize your living space, that’s great news, as you’ve likely built significant equity in your home.

Here’s some more good news: mortgage rates are expected to remain low throughout 2020 at an average of 3.8% for a 30-year fixed-rate loan.

The combination of leveraging your growing equity and capitalizing on low rates could make a big difference in your housing plans this year.

How to Use Your Home Equity

For move-up buyers, the typical pattern for building financial stability and wealth through homeownership works this way: you buy a house and gain equity over several years of mortgage payments and price appreciation. You then take that equity from the sale of your house to make a down payment on your next home and repeat the process.

For homeowners ready to downsize, home equity can work in a slightly different way. What you choose to do depends in part upon your goals.

According to HousingWire.com, for some, the desire to downsize may be related to retirement plans or children aging out of the home. Others may be choosing to live in a smaller home to save money or simplify their lifestyle in a space that’s easier to clean and declutter. The reasons can vary greatly and by generation.

Those who choose to put their equity toward a new home have the opportunity to make a substantial down payment or maybe even to buy their next home in cash. This is incredibly valuable if your goal is to have a minimal mortgage payment or none at all.

A local real estate professional can help you evaluate your equity and how to use it wisely. If you’re planning to downsize, keep in mind that home prices are anticipated to continue rising in 2020, which could influence your choices.

The Impact of Low Mortgage Rates

Low mortgage rates can offset price hikes, so locking in while rates are low will be key. For many downsizing homeowners, a loan with a shorter term is ideal, so the balance can be reduced more quickly.

Interest rates on 10, 15, and 20-year loans are lower than the rates on a 30-year fixed-rate loan. If you’re downsizing your housing costs, you may prefer a shorter-term loan to pay off your home faster. This way, you can save thousands in interest payments over time.

Bottom Line

If you’re planning a transition into a smaller home, the twin trends of low mortgage rates and rising home equity can kickstart or boost your plans, especially if you’re anticipating retirement soon or just want to live in a smaller home that’s easier to maintain. Let’s get together today to explore your options.

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