HYDE REPORT 2024

May 2024 Vol. 5

The Hyde Report features up to the minute real estate news & trends along with articles designed to help improve your real estate IQ. 

This month my feature videos are: “How to qualify for a mortgage” and “Refresh, Renew, Recharge: The Ultimate Guide to Deep Cleaning Your Home”. These segments are designed not just to inform but to enrich your homeowner experience.

My highlight article for this edition is: “Rental Investments: Short-Term vs. Long-Term” Gain insights into the future of real estate and make informed decisions for your investment journey. 

I have also included my monthly greeting video, where I delve into the origin of the name and share fascinating facts about May, along with the plethora of holidays and observances it brings.

Additionally, I have included some links to my exclusive posts celebrating Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Memorial Day. My vision is to ensure you’re not just informed but also engaged in the vibrant tapestry of real estate & community.

As always thank you for joining m on this journey. I look forward to embarking on this month’s exploration of real estate together!

Real Estate News

"Unforeseen Storm: State Farm Policy Cancellations Shake Affluent L.A. Neighborhoods"

In the picturesque enclaves of Los Angeles’ coveted Westside, where sprawling estates and luxury living define the landscape, a storm of uncertainty brews. State Farm’s recent decision to cancel thousands of home insurance policies has sent shockwaves through affluent neighborhoods like Bel-Air and Pacific Palisades, casting a shadow of financial insecurity over residents accustomed to comfort and stability.

Amidst rising inflation and regulatory turbulence, State Farm’s move to terminate policies has illuminated the vulnerability of homeowners, particularly those residing in wildfire-prone regions.

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 With over 72,000 policies slated for cancellation statewide, including a staggering 30,000 home insurance policies, the repercussions are palpable. In areas such as Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, where opulent residences adorn the hillsides, the prospect of non-renewal looms ominously, affecting over 60% of policyholders.

The abruptness of this upheaval has not gone unnoticed. Thelma Waxman, esteemed president of the Brentwood Homeowners Association, echoes the collective unease gripping the community, emphasizing the pressing need to secure alternative coverage. Yet, the reality remains stark—limited insurers willing to underwrite policies in California exacerbate the predicament, leaving affected homeowners grappling with a daunting quest for protection.

Amid the turmoil, State Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin emerges as a beacon of hope, recognizing the gravity of the crisis and advocating for regulatory reforms to incentivize insurers to resume operations in the Golden State. Proposed measures seek to address concerns surrounding coverage adequacy and affordability, all while alleviating the strain on the FAIR Plan, which serves as a vital lifeline for those struggling to procure conventional insurance.

In a display of commitment to the well-being of Californians, State Farm vows to collaborate with state officials in navigating this turbulent terrain, cognizant of the far-reaching implications for homeowners and the insurance market at large. As stakeholders unite in pursuit of solutions, the paramount objective remains clear: safeguarding homeowners and preserving access to indispensable insurance coverage amidst the ever-evolving landscape of challenges.

Source: Los Angeles Times

"Inflation's Grip: Mortgage Rate Hopes Fade as Economy Holds Firm"

Amidst the backdrop of a resilient U.S. economy and stubborn inflationary pressures, hopes for a decline in mortgage rates are fading. March witnessed a notable uptick in inflationary metrics, signaling a reluctance from the Federal Reserve to enact rate cuts in the near term. Economic indicators paint a picture of a potential delay in rate adjustments until the following year, underscoring the challenges ahead for prospective homebuyers.

The intricate dance between mortgage rates and investor sentiment towards 10-year Treasury bonds remains pivotal, with inflationary trends exerting a significant gravitational pull. Despite anticipations for multiple rate reductions by the Fed, forecasts now suggest a more conservative outlook, with projections narrowing down to possibly just one cut in 2024.

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This recalibration of expectations comes at a time when loan applications have waned, echoing the affordability hurdles faced by those eager to step into homeownership.

The recent downturn in loan applications serves as a stark reminder of the affordability conundrum gripping the housing market, compounded by a persistent shortage of available homes. While select regions have witnessed a modest uptick in housing inventory, the overarching narrative remains one of scarcity in many markets. Against this backdrop, the trajectory of mortgage rates finds itself intricately entwined with the delicate balance of economic forces, inflationary dynamics, and the Federal Reserve’s nuanced approach to monetary policy.

As prospective buyers navigate this landscape of uncertainty, the allure of lower mortgage rates hinges upon a multifaceted interplay of economic indicators and the Fed’s strategic maneuvers in the months ahead. Amidst fluctuating market conditions and evolving consumer sentiment, the quest for affordable homeownership stands as both a challenge and a beacon of aspiration in the housing landscape of tomorrow.

Source: Bankrate

US Economic Growth Slows In The First Quarter: 

The U.S. economy continued to grow in the first three months of the year but at a pace slower than expected. The first quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased from the previous quarter by an annualized rate of 1.6%, a sharp decline from Q4 2023’s 3.4%, and was the weakest pace of growth since Q2 2022. A sharp pullback in exports, a decrease in inventory investment in the private sector, and a slowdown in government spending all contributed to the softening in growth in economic activity. Consumer spending, while still gaining at a healthy pace, also slowed to 2.5% in Q1 2024 from 3.3% in the prior quarter. Despite the slowdown in economic growth, inflation in Q1 2024 remained stubbornly high. The Personal Consumption expenditure (PCE) Deflator – a key inflation gauge preferred by the Federal Reserve – increased 3.4% in Q1 2024, the biggest gain in a year. The pick-up in inflation indicated by the latest GDP report likely reaffirms the Fed’s decision to hold the rate-cut movement for a little longer.

Source: California Association of Realtors

How To Qualify For A Mortgage

Qualifying for a mortgage may seem like a complex process, but with the right knowledge and guidance, it becomes a manageable and rewarding journey. Let’s explore the key steps that can pave the way for you to secure the home of your dreams:

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"Refresh, Renew, Recharge: The Ultimate Guide to Deep Cleaning Your Home"

Today, we’re diving into a topic that goes beyond mere scrubbing and dusting—it’s about revitalizing your space and in a way, your spirit. There’s a certain spiritual aspect to cleaning and decluttering; it’s like a metaphor for clearing the path in your life, making room for all the good to flow in. I’ve always believed that a cluttered home can lead to a cluttered mind. So, with the turn of the season, it’s time to tackle that age-old chore: spring cleaning.

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"May: A Month of Renewal, Celebrations and Everyday Heroes"

They say April showers bring May flowers, and with the generous rainfall we’ve experienced this year, it’s no wonder we’ll be greeted with an abundance of blooms. But beyond the blossoms, the month of May heralds a tapestry of festivities and moments worth celebrating.

Rental Investments: Short-Term vs. Long-Term

If you’re exploring the idea of investing in rental properties, understanding the difference between short-term and long-term rentals is a key starting point. Both paths offer unique opportunities and challenges depending on your investment goals and lifestyle. Let’s start with some essential steps to consider before starting your investment journey. 

Initial Steps for Future Investors:

1-Financial Assessment – Evaluate your financial health. This includes evaluating your current assets, liabilities, and cash flow. Ensure you have the financial buffer to manage initial costs and unforeseen expenses.

2-Market Research – Familiarize yourself with both the broader market trends and the specifics of your local area. Understanding demand, average rental rates, and occupancy trends is crucial.

3-Legal and Tax Implications – Research the legal and tax aspects of owning a rental property. Consider consulting a real estate attorney or tax advisor to understand landlord-tenant laws and tax obligations.

4-Investment Goals and Risk Tolerance – Clearly define your investment goals. Are you looking for quick returns or a long-term income stream? Assess your risk tolerance and how much time you’re willing to dedicate to managing your property.

Short-Term Rentals: Dynamic and Potentially Lucrative

Short-term rentals, facilitated by platforms like Airbnb and VRBO, cater to travelers and those seeking temporary lodging. This option is particularly appealing if you’re interested in a more active role in property management and seeking potentially higher returns. 

Pros:

•Higher Income Potential: These rentals can yield higher returns, particularly during tourist seasons or local events.

•Market Adaptability: You have the flexibility to adjust prices in response to demand fluctuations.

Cons:

•Intensive Management: This option demands more hands-on involvement, from managing bookings to ensuring the property is guest-ready.

•Regulatory Considerations: Stay informed about local regulations affecting short-term rentals, as they can significantly impact your operation.

Key Considerations:

1-Location is Key: Properties in tourist-friendly locations or near major attractions tend to have higher occupancy rates.

2-Stay Informed: Keep abreast of local laws and community guidelines to ensure compliance.

3-Create an Experience: Offering a unique or tailored guest experience can enhance reviews and repeat bookings.

Long-Term Rentals: Steady and Less Hands-On 

If you prefer a more hands-off approach and value consistency, long-term rentals could be a better fit. These typically involve leases of six months or more and offer a more predictable, steady income stream. 

Pros:

•Predictable Income: The stability of regular rent payments makes financial planning easier.

•Reduced Turnover: Longer lease terms mean less frequent tenant changes and associated costs.

Cons:

•Limited Rent Flexibility: Your ability to adjust rent is generally constrained by the lease terms.

•Long-Term Tenant Relations: Managing tenant relationships over an extended period requires careful tenant selection and communication skills.

Key Considerations:

1-Tenant Screening is Crucial: Implementing a thorough tenant screening process can help ensure reliable and responsible occupants.

2-Understand the Market: Familiarize yourself with local rental rates and tenant laws to optimize your investment.

3-Property Maintenance: Plan for ongoing maintenance and occasional repairs to keep your property attractive and functional.

If you’re exploring the idea of rental property investment, weigh your personal goals, time commitment, and market conditions against these two paths. Remember, successful real estate investing is about strategy, understanding your market, and aligning choices with your investment goals. 

As always, I’m a resource to you as you consider real estate investment opportunities. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you want to learn more about your options.

The Hyde Report May 2024

I wish to extend my sincerest gratitude to each and every one of you for taking the time to explore the May 2024 Hyde Report!

Your support and engagement mean’s the world to me. 

Remember, whether you’re a seasoned investor or a first-time homebuyer, your real estate aspirations are within reach.

And finally I would like to leave you with my inspirational quote of the month,

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible!'” — Audrey Hepburn

May your ventures be prosperous, your homes be filled with joy, and your dreams be ever within reach.

Warm regards, 🌟
Lamont Hyde

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DEEP CLEANING GUIDE

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HOW TO QUALIFY FOR A MORTGAGE

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