September 4, 2019 rummy

It appears that the balance between housing supply and demand continues to elude us. We’re no stranger to its ever so active fluctuations and we know very well the benefits and repercussions it brings. Let’s take a closer look at the housing market’s current state and find out about the opportunities that come with it. The number of new housing permits issued prior to the great recession increased for 15 years until 2005 (from 1.12 million in 1990 to a pre-recession peak of 2.16 million in 2005). According to Apartment List, “From 1990 to 2005, the number of single-family permits…

August 20, 2019 rummy

There’s a good side in everything, rising home prices included. Today we’re listing down not one, not two, but three benefits of growing equity in your home. Read more to find out. 1. Move-Up Opportunity With the rise in prices, homeowners naturally experience an increase in home equity. According to the Homeowner Equity Insights from CoreLogic, “In the first quarter of 2019, the average homeowner gained approximately $6,400 in equity during the past year.” This increase in profit means if homeowners decide to sell, they’ll be able to put their equity to work for them as they make plans to…

August 15, 2019 rummy

No matter what part of the world you’re from or what business or deal you’re into, a great return on investment is something truly hard to pass on. Here’s a couple of insights from industry experts about the real estate market’s current standing on supply and demand. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at National Association of Realtors “Imbalance persists for mid-to-lower priced homes with solid demand and insufficient supply, which is consequently pushing up home prices.” Mark Fleming, Chief Economist of First American “Market conditions are ripe for increasing home sales with one glaring exception. The supply of homes for sale…

July 30, 2019 rummy

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…

June 25, 2019 rummy

Let us update you with what’s currently happening in the real estate market. We have a list of three significant influencers that directly impacts our seller’s market as we know it. 1. Interest Rates One of the most important things to consider when buying a home is the interest rate you will be charged to borrow the money. In our recent post we posed the question, “Are Low Interest Rates Here To Stay?” The latest information from Freddie Mac makes it appear they are. We are currently at a 21-month low in interest rates. 2. Building Materials Talk of tariffs…

June 5, 2019 rummy

Recent studies show a new trend in the buyers market. There is a slow build-up of demand for multigenerational homes. This good news for homeowners thinking of selling their home this season. The average life expectancy in the U.S. is 78 years old! As a result, 41% of Americans in the market are searching for a home that can accommodate a multigenerational family. The graph below shows the number of people by generation that purchased a multigenerational home because they will either be taking care of an aging parent or they just want to spend time together. Of those buyers,…

May 30, 2019 rummy

As the real estate market cruise its way to full recovery, we can’t help but call out a bump on the road which may very well be an opportunity to all potential sellers out there. Buyer demand naturally increases during the summer months, but supply has not kept up. Here are the thoughts of a few industry experts on the subject: Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at National Association of Realtors “Further increases in inventory are highly desirable to keep home prices in check, the sustained steady gains in home sales can occur when home price appreciation grows at roughly the…

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…