March 15, 2019 rummy

With the volume of sellers who held back from selling the entire winter, we can expect the inventory to climb up as more and more sellers join in and balance out the demand. Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest. Traditionally, they would have been right. Buyer demand has seasonality to it. Usually, this falls off in the winter months, especially in areas of the country impacted by arctic conditions. That hasn’t happened this year. Demand for housing has remained strong as mortgage rates have remained near historic lows. Even with an increase in…

March 8, 2019 rummy

We are definitely headed to a balanced market this year. As things start to unfold, we are beginning to realize that last year’s worries are nothing more than speculations. Price hikes are starting to soften as more inventory is introduced, this is good news to sellers and buyers alike. The previous housing market was fueled by an artificial demand created by mortgage standards that were far too lenient. When this demand was shut off, a flood of inventory came to market. This included heavily discounted distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales). Today’s market is totally different. Mortgage standards are tighter…

March 7, 2019 rummy

As the rates continue on its slow and steady descent, it is now in its lowest by far in the last 12 months. This is good news to prospective buyers looking to buy their first house or existing homeowners planning to move up to their dream home. According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven’t been seen since February 2018! Last week’s survey results reported an interest rate of 4.35%. This is a welcome change from the near 5% rates seen…

March 5, 2019 rummy

With the traumatic devastation caused by the last housing bubble, it’s understandable why a lot of Americans can be a little paranoid when it comes to market fluctuations. We tend to worry about heading into another housing crash whenever we see changes in the market. Good news is, we no longer have to go through all that unnecessary stress for here are three indicators to let us know how the market then and now are different from each other. Home Prices Mortgage Standards Foreclosure Rates HOME PRICES A decade ago, home prices depreciated dramatically, losing about 29% of their value…

March 1, 2019 rummy

There have been reports that a lot of sellers are holding off from listing their homes in the market due to a forecasted decrease of buyers this year. They speculate that potential buyers were scared off by the rising interest rates and home prices. This may be true in some areas, however, this same reason opens an opportunity to dedicated sellers to take advantage of the number of buyers who are still out there looking to buy their dream homes. NerdWallet’s 2018 Home Buyer Report revealed that: “Approximately one-third (32%) of Americans plan to purchase a home in the next…

February 27, 2019 rummy

With the home prices cooling down, a lot of Americans are worried that we may be heading off for another housing crash. With the current ratio of demand and supply, we have nothing to worry about. On the contrary, this is something we should thankful for as home price hikes are expected to move on a much normal pace. This ‘seller’s market’ has driven home prices to new heights. Home price appreciation averaged over 65 across the country. However, home price growth has recently started to cool down. The latest report from CoreLogic shows that home prices have only risen…

February 21, 2019 rummy

Pricing your home right is one of the most challenging part of the sales process, too low may mean a loss on your end, on the other hand, you can be at risk of having a stale listing if you price it too high. If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home prices increased by 4.7% over the course of 2018. The map below shows the results of the latest index by state. Real estate…

January 17, 2019 rummy

It’s safe to assume that the mortgage interest rate is on a downward path. But nothing is ever certain when it comes to the real estate industry as there are just too many driving factors that move the scale with its own individual weight. That’s why we constantly rely on expert analysis and forecast to have an educated guide for our decision-making process. After the first week of 2019, rates have continued their downward trend. As Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist Sam Khater notes, this is great news for homebuyers. He states, “Mortgage rates declined to start the new year with…

January 2, 2019 rummy

In our previous posts, we have shown why we believe we are far from another housing crash in 2019. Here’s a few more reasons to put your mind at ease. 1. There are fewer foreclosures now than there were in 2006 A major challenge in 2006 was the number of foreclosures. There will always be foreclosures, but they spiked by over 100% prior to the crash. Foreclosures sold at a discount and, in many cases, lowered the values of adjacent homes. We are ending 2018 with foreclosures at historic pre-crash numbers -much fewer foreclosures than we ended 2006 with. 2….

December 28, 2018 rummy

If you’re planning on selling your house, there is no better time than now. This fact is known to many, therefore, it’s only wise to think that the market will be competitive and make the necessary preparations. Here’s what you need to know to be on top. One of the big reasons why inventory has remained so low for so long is that an entire generation of home buyers is finally buying! The millennial generation (ages 19-35) has been the driving force behind bidding wars in many areas of the country as they ditch their renter lifestyles and put down…