Thursday, April 15, 2021 / by Megan Woissol
Where Have All the Houses Gone?
In today’s housing market, it seems harder than ever to find a home to buy. Before the health crisis hit us a year ago, there was already a shortage of homes for sale. When many homeowners delayed their plans to sell at the same time that more buyers aimed to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates and purchase a home, housing inventory dropped even further. Experts consider this to be the biggest challenge facing an otherwise hot market while buyers continue to compete for homes. As Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, explains:
“With buyers active in the market and seller participation lagging, homes are selling quickly and the total number available for sale at any point in time continues to drop lower. In January as a whole, the number of for sale homes dropped below 600,000.”
Every month, realtor.com releases new data showing the year-over-y ...
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 / by Megan Woissol
Over the past year, we’ve had plenty of opportunities to reflect on what we consider most important in our lives. The place we call home is one of the biggest things many of us are reevaluating. George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com, shares:
“The very nature of the pandemic, through the health implications, social distancing, and need to isolate, has really brought a central focus on the importance of home for most Americans…In a sense, it has elevated real estate markets as a centerpiece of our lives.”
For some, this has spurred an interest in making a move to a home that better suits our changing needs. In a recent study on today’s homebuyer preferences, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) states:
“When asked more specifically how the pandemic may have impacted their preference for home size…21% or about 1 out of every 5 buyers, do want a larger home n ...
Monday, April 12, 2021 / by Megan Woissol
How a Change in Mortgage Rate Impacts Your Home Buying Budget
Mortgage rates are on the rise this year, but they’re still incredibly low compared to the historic average. However, anytime there’s a change in the mortgage rate, it affects what you can afford to borrow when you’re buying a home. As Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac, shares:
“Since January, mortgage rates have increased half a percentage point from historic lows and home prices have risen, leaving potential homebuyers with less purchasing power.” (See graph below):
When buying a home, it’s important to determine a monthly budget so you can plan for and understand what you can afford. However, when you need to stick to your budget, even a small increase in the mortgage rate can make a big difference.
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), today, the median existing-home price is $313,00 ...
Thursday, April 8, 2021 / by Megan Woissol
What It Means To Be in a Seller's Market
If you’ve given even a casual thought to selling your house in the near future, this is the time to really think seriously about making a move. Here’s why this season is the ultimate sellers’ market and the optimal time to make sure your house is available for buyers who are looking for homes to purchase.
The latest Existing Home Sales Report from The National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows the inventory of houses for sale is still astonishingly low, sitting at just a 2-month supply at the current sales pace.
Historically, a 6-month supply is necessary for a ‘normal’ or ‘neutral’ market in which there are enough homes available for active buyers (See graph below):When the supply of houses for sale is as low as it is right now, it’s much harder for buyers to find homes to purchase. As a result, competition among purchasers ri ...
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 / by Megan Woissol
5 Things to Do Right Now if You Want to Sell Your House in Colorado Springs
Last updated on April 2, 2021
We will explore five things to do right now if you want to sell your house in Colorado Springs.
Do the Math
Run the numbers. If you want to sell your house in Colorado Springs, understanding the numbers gives you the freedom to make informed choices and feel confident that you have made the best decision about one of the most significant financial transactions of your lifetime. Listing your home at the right price plays a significant role in how long the property will linger on the Colorado Springs market.
As an investor, professional hybrid agent investors will explain how their cash offer was reached and just how quickly you will be closing, often in a matter of a few days or weeks. If time is not on your side, don’t forget to calculate the savings you’ll realize by avoiding months on the Colorado Springs market.
If you want to sell yo ...