Wednesday, August 14, 2019 / by Michelle Ramos
You may be one of the many Americans thinking about selling your house to move closer to your work, move up to your dream house, or move into a bigger place for your growing family. Whatever your reason for selling, getting the best price is always a welcome bonus. Let's find out if now is a good time to sell your house.
In today’s housing market, it’s actually a great time to shift your thoughts toward selling your house and moving up into the home of your dreams. Here’s why:
Inventory is on the rise, but there’s still an overall shortage of houses for sale (less than a 6-month supply found in a more normal market), so homes are going under contract quickly.
In fact, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Realtors® Confidence Index Survey reports that right now homes are only staying on the market for an average of 27 days. That’s less than one month, an even more accelerated pace from the 36-day trend we saw last spring.
The sam ...
Thursday, August 8, 2019 / by Michelle Ramos
If you're one of the many homeowners who took advantage of buying a home or moving up to their dream home early this year, then the short answer is a simple "Yes". But do not fret, if you haven't made that big leap yet. With the figures, we're about to show you, it's not too late for you to do something about it. Many of the questions currently surrounding the real estate industry focus on home prices and where they are heading. The most recent Home Price Expectation Survey (HPES) helps target these projected answers.
Here are the results from the Q2 2019 Survey:
Home values will appreciate by 4.1% in 2019
The average annual appreciation will be 3.2% over the next 5 years
The cumulative appreciation will be 16.8% by 2023
Even experts representing the most “bearish” quartile of the survey project a cumulative appreciation of over 6.7% by 2023
What does this mean for you?
A substantial portion of family wealth comes from home equity. As the value of a fam ...
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 / by Michelle Ramos
Home is not just a place to live, it offers so much more to the owner and his family. Whatever reason you may have for thinking of buying a home, here are three more good ones to make that decision now.
Many people focus solely on price when talking about home affordability. Since home prices have appreciated throughout the past year, they assume homes are less affordable. However, affordability is determined by three components:
Mortgage Interest Rate
Prices are up, but so are wages – and interest rates have recently dropped dramatically (see #2 below). As a result, the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) latest Affordability Index report revealed that homes are MORE affordable throughout the country today than they were a year ago.
“All four regions saw an increase in affordability from a year ago. The South had the biggest gain in affordability of 6.9%, followed by the West with a gain of 6.0%. The Midwest ...
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 / by Michelle Ramos
Are you fed up with the consistent rise in rent? Have you ever thought of buying a home instead of paying someone else's mortgage? What's holding back could simply be your hesitation as you may be pleasantly surprised by what's needed to purchase a home.
According to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report, 74% of renters plan on buying within the next 5 years, and 38% are planning to buy within the next 2 years. When those same renters were asked why they disliked renting, 52% said rising rental costs were their top reason.
The results of the survey can be seen here:
It’s no wonder rising rental costs came in as the top answer. The median asking rent price has risen steadily over the last 30 years, as you can see below.
There is a long-standing rule that a household should not spend more than 28% of its income on housing expenses. With nearly half of renters (48%) surveyed already spending more than that, and with their rents likely to rise again ...
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 / by Michelle Ramos
Time flies indeed and we're now half-way through the year. Here to keep you up to speed with what's happening in the housing market today. Skies are looking clear from the horizon and the grass has never been greener for home sellers and buyers. Here's why...
Home prices are appreciating at a more normal rate: Home prices have been appreciating for about ten years now. Experts at the Home Price Expectation Survey, Mortgage Bankers Association, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae are forecasting continued growth throughout the next year, although it should be leveling-off to normal appreciation (3.6%), as we move into 2020.
Interest rates are low: Over the past 30 years, the average mortgage rate in the United States has been 8.27%, and rates even peaked as high as 18% in the 1980s. Today, at 3.81%, the rate is considerably lower than the historical 30-year average. Although experts predict it may climb into the low 4% range in the near future, that’s still remarkably lower than our ...