Following common practice of holding back from selling until Spring may be a cliche. But truth be told, it's a wise and conservative choice that has proven beneficial to the housing market. Nevertheless, with the number of sellers popping up from all directions. Holding off now is not the best thing to do.
Let's dive a little deeper into some of the recent reports that have been released and what they mean for the spring buying season!
1. National Association of Realtor's Existing Home Sales Report
Sales of existing homes were down for the third consecutive month in January. Some of this can be explained by the natural seasonality that the real estate market experiences every year, and some can be explained even further by a lack of homes available for sale on the market.
For the last eight months, the inventory of homes for sale has been higher when compared to the same month the year before. The challenge in the market is the mismatch of the type of home that is available for sale. First-time homebuyers looking for a starter home are often competing with other buyers to stand out, often outbidding each other.
Lawrence Yun, NAR's Chief Economist, agrees that the market is still experiencing an inventory shortage.
"In particular, the lower end of the market is experiencing a greater shortage, and more home construction is needed."
The median home price for homes sold in January was $247,500. This is up 2.8% from January 2018 and marks the 83rd consecutive month of year-over-year gains. The 2.8% growth in home prices represents the smallest year-over-year change since February 2012 but is a welcome change for buyers who had feared being priced out of the market.
Days on the Market
Properties that sold in January were on the market for an average of 49 days with 38% of homes on the market for less than a month.
Yun is positive about how today's market conditions will help buyers this spring,
"Existing home sales in January were weak compared to historical norms; however, they are likely to have reached a cyclical low. Moderating home prices combined with gains in household income will boost housing affordability, bringing more buyers to the market in the coming months."
2. NAR's Pending Home Sales Report
The national Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) rose 4.6% to 103.2 in January from 98.7 in December. An index score of 100 is considered normal. All four major regions of the country experienced gains in January, with the largest increase coming in the South.
"The PHSI is a leading indicator for the housing sector, based on pending sales of existing homes. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing."
Increases in the PHSI often predict increases in the level of home sales in the coming months, which is great news for the housing market leading in to spring! Yun had this to say,
"Homebuyers are now returning and taking advantage of lower interest rates, while a boost in inventory is also providing more choices for consumers."
The housing market in 2019 will require homeowners to list their house at the right price to attract buyers. If interest rates continue to stay low while wages increase, and more inventory comes to market, 2019 could be one of the best years for home sales in recent history.
Although setting an attractive price on your home definitely boosts its sellability, it's not the only way to go. Here are other ways to put up a great show to leave a solid impression to your potential buyers and give them the WOW factor they all subconsciously crave for.
Here are a few ideas for how to do this in this era of technology.
1) Facebook Live Virtual Open House
This can also work as a 'preview' before an official Open House. Let your agent walk potential buyers through your home using a webcam or cell phone, highlighting the unique features of your house and taking questions. This can be of great benefit, especially for those out-of-state buyers looking to relocate to your area.
2) Youtube Live Virtual Open House
YouTube is forecasted to have 187.8 million video users in 2019 in the United States alone! One of those users might be the buyer you're looking for! Like Facebook Live, allowing your agent to have a virtual open house will make it available, especially for all those first-time homebuyers house hunting on their phones! This allows access to your home from the comfort of their own. Broadcasting at peak time (during lunch between 12 and 2 P.M.) also prevents buyers from having to leave work.
What if you do not want to show your house online?
3) Have a Garage Sale at The Same Time
This serves two purposes. First, you can start getting rid of some of the clutter inside your home. This will help it to show better and make packing a little easier. Second, people will come to a garage sale. Whether it's the neighbors or bargain-hunters, each garage sale attendee is a potential "salesperson for your home". They could be looking for themselves or talking to someone else in the market. The more people who are aware that your house is for sale, the better.
4) Go With Off-Peak Times
Why not host an Open House during the week when people are on their way home? This works especially well if the home is convenient for commuters. Add a little wine & cheese as a transition to going home for dinner! Or, why not have an Open House at 9:00 in the morning? After parents drop their kids at school, they can stop by your Open House for coffee & cake. Promote the Open House in community chats. Maybe one of the neighbors has a family member that wants to move to the area.
With new inventory coming to market, you need your house to stand out from the crowd! Contact a local real estate professional to see what alternatives will work best in your area.
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 is local. Each state appreciates at different levels. The majority of the country saw at least a 2.0% gain in home values, while some residents in North Dakota and Louisiana may have felt prices slow slightly.
This effect will be short lived. In the same report, CoreLogic forecasts that every state in the Union will experience at least 2.0% appreciation, with the majority of the country gaining at least 4.0%! The prediction for the country comes in at 4.6%. For a median-priced home, that translates to over $14,000 in additional equity next year! (The map below shows the forecast by state.)
So, how does this help you list your home for the best price?
Armed with the knowledge of how much experts believe your house will appreciate this year, you will be able to set an appropriate price for your listing from the start. If homes like yours are appreciating at 4.0%, you won't want to list your home for more than that amount!
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is pricing their homes too high and reducing the price later when they do not get any offers. This can lead buyers to believe that there may be something wrong with the home, when in fact the price was just too high for the market.
Pricing your home right from the start is one of the most challenging parts of selling your home. Once you decide to list your house, look for a local agent who can show you where prices are headed in your area.
If you're thinking of selling your house this year, now is the best time to do it. The saying "the early bird catches the worm" may sound cliche, but it's on point with the law of supply and demand. A lot of sellers hold off until spring, and it's a great opportunity for others to take advantage of less competition to have the prospective buyers all to themselves.
The other listings that come out in the spring will represent increased competition to any seller. Do a greater number of homes actually come to the market during this season in comparison to the rest of the year? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently revealed the months during which most people listed their homes for sale in 2018. This graphic shows the results:
The three months in the second quarter of the year (represented in red) are consistently the most popular months for sellers to list their homes on the market. Last year, the number of homes available for sale in January was 1,520,000.
That number spiked to 1,870,000 by May!
What does this mean to you?
With the national job situation improving and mortgage interest rates projected to rise later in the year, buyers are not waiting until the spring; they are out looking for homes right now.
If you are looking to sell this year, waiting until the spring to list your home means you will have the greatest competition amongst buyers. Beat the rush of housing inventory that will enter the market and list your home today!
One of the things that add up to the stress of selling a house is cleaning up. Believe it or not, most people spend days to weeks on end trying to tidy up their home in preparation for selling. Well, we have good news for all you prospective sellers. The KonMari Method is here to save the day.
Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, has gained popularity with her new Netflix series. She gives some great tips for sorting through years of accumulated possessions that we all collect in our homes.
"The KonMari Method encourages tidying by category - not by location - beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service - then let them go."
When you subjectively look at all of your belongings, you can sort through the ones that mean the most to you. Not only will you increase space for more joy-bringing items in your new home, but you will also have a much easier time packing remaining belongings!
"Remember, tidying up isn't about getting rid of stuff. It is about creating an environment that sparks joy and improves your quality of life."
When selling your house, first impressions matter! Before you or your agent schedule a photographer to take photos for your listing, make sure to tour your home with fresh eyes. Look for any imperfections that a buyer might notice.
When you sort through your more sentimental items, consider packing them away to ensure that you know where they all are. That way, they are safe during open houses and showing appointments. This will also cut down on the amount of packing you need to do right before you move!
Whether you are selling your house to move up to a larger one, downsizing, or moving in with family, only bring the items that truly spark joy for you. This will not only help cut down on the items you move, but also ensures that you're off to a great start in your new home!
The value of a certain property plays a vital role in pricing during the selling process. It is essential to know your home's current value to reinforce and be able to competitively set a price for it. Here is a list of factors that affect a home's value.
"Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing to a record-setting $8.3 trillion in 2017."
The average homeowner gained $16,200 in home equity between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018 according to the latest release of CoreLogic's Home Equity Report.
Since 2011 home values have increased significantly throughout the country, with prices rising by 5.1% in 2018 alone. When surveyed, homeowners revealed the top four reasons why they felt their homes had increased in value.
2019 will be a good year for the homeowners that still want to take advantage of their home equity! CoreLogic forecasts that home prices will increase by 4.8% by the end of the year.
If you are a homeowner who would like to find out your current home value, contact a local real estate professional who can help you to discover the hidden opportunities in your home!
Historically, most people wait until spring to enter the market either to sell or buy. In recent years, however, there has been quite a number of Americans observed to be active in the market and has been successful with their endeavors. Taking advantage of less competition is indeed a wise approach.
The supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every spring, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). As an example, here is what happened to housing inventory at the beginning of 2018:
Putting your home on the market now, rather than waiting for increased competition in the spring, might make a lot of sense.
Buyers in the market during the winter are truly motivated purchasers and they want to buy now. With limited inventory currently available in most markets, sellers are in a great position to negotiate.
Buying brand new things is always a delight, but recent surveys show that when it comes to buying homes, not all people prefer brand new units. This is good news to all homeowners who are thinking of moving out or upgrading.
According to a recent survey by Zillow, of the 38% of total buyers that added new construction to their list, only 11% ultimately purchased a newly constructed home!
They added that 71% of these buyers are repeat buyers who are financially secure, with 45% using the money from the sale of their previous homes to make a purchase.
Below are some reasons why buyers are interested in purchasing a new build:
Buyers could not find new construction in the desired neighborhood, and some felt that new construction is not established (e.g., landscaping, community, neighbors).
Buyers face the end of a lease or sale of their previous property and could not wait for a house to be built.
Some buyers felt that new construction base prices were deceiving. Adding upgrades and HOA fees no longer made the home fit in their price range.
For some buyers, new construction homes are too "cookie cutter," and models are limited. Others feel that the charm and uniqueness of an existing house trumps one that's never been lived in.
Not all buyers are looking for a newly built house! There are many buyers looking for "the charm and uniqueness" of an existing home. If you are considering selling your house, don't wait! Contact a local real estate professional today that can help you feature the charming details of your house to future buyers.
Unlike last year when sellers can aggressively put a price on their houses and still come up successful in selling, this year will be slightly challenging. More inventory means more option for the buyers and they almost always certainly look at the price first.
As we have explained before, pricing your home at or slightly below market value actually increases the number of buyers who will see your home in their search!
Over the last six months, more inventory has come to market while the months' supply of inventory available has dropped. This means that the demand for homes to buy is still very strong throughout the country!
Homeowners who make the mistake of overpricing their homes will eventually have to drop the price. This leaves buyers wondering if the price drop was caused by something wrong with the homes when in reality nothing was wrong, the price was just too high!
If you are thinking about listing your home for sale this year, make sure you have a real estate professional on your side to help you properly price your home from the start!
When it comes to selling, one of the biggest thing we have to consider is competition as strict competition almost always ensures sellers get less than their intended price. Here's a graph on the number of listing by month.
In a recent interview discussing the housing market, First American's Chief Economist Mark Fleming put it simply:
"The biggest challenge is really the availability of supply."
When we look at available inventory numbers released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), we see that the actual number of homes for sale has decreased in each of the last five months.
What does this mean to you as a seller?
The best time to sell is when there is less competition. That guarantees you a better price and fewer hassles in the transaction.
If you are thinking of selling your house this year, the best time to put it on the market might be right now. Check with a local agent to see whether that is true in your neighborhood.
If you're planning on selling your house this year and want to get the best out of your selling experience. We recommend you follow these two simple tips to avoid unnecessary sales costs.
1. Price it a LITTLE LOW
This may seem counterintuitive, but let's look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their homes a little OVER market value will leave them with room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house (see chart below).
Instead of the seller trying to 'win' the negotiation with one buyer, they should price it so that demand for the home is maximized. By doing this, the seller will not be fighting with a buyer over the price but will instead have multiple buyers fighting with each other over the house.
HGTV gives this advice:
"First impressions are everything when selling your home. Studies have shown that the first two weeks on the market are the most crucial to your success. During these initial days, your home will be exposed to all active buyers.
If your price is perceived as too high, you will quickly lose this initial audience and find yourself relying only on the trickle of new buyers entering the market each day. Markets are dynamic, and your price has an expiration date. You have one chance to grab attention. Make sure your pricing helps you stand out on the shelf - in a positive way."
2. Use a Real Estate Professional
This, too, may seem counterintuitive. The seller may believe that he or she will make more money without having to pay a real estate commission, but studies have shown that homes typically sell for more money when handled by a real estate professional.
Research by the National Association of Realtors in their 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers revealed that,
"the median selling price for all FSBO homes was $200,000 last year. However, homes that were sold with the assistance of an agent had a median selling price of $264,900 - nearly $65,000 more for the typical home sale."
Price your house at or slightly below the current market value and hire a professional. This will guarantee that you maximize the money you get for your house.
There are a lot of things that could go wrong when selling a house. Things that would often leave sellers with unsold houses along with wasted time money and effort. Today let's talk about some of the things that FSBO comes along with.
Here are the top five reasons:
1. Exposure to Prospective Buyers
According to NAR's 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 95% of buyers searched online for a home last year. That is in comparison to only 13% of buyers looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an Internet strategy to promote the sale of your home, do you?
2. Results Come from the Internet
Where did buyers find the homes they actually purchased?
3. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With
Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale by Owner:
4. FSBOing Has Become More And More Difficult
The paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as industry disclosures and regulations have become mandatory. This is one of the reasons that the percentage of people FSBOing has dropped from 19% to 7% over the last 20+ years.
5. You Net More Money When Using an Agent
Many homeowners believe that they can save on the real estate commission by selling on their own, but they don't realize that the main reason buyers look at FSBOs is because they also believe that they can save on the real estate agent's commission. The seller and buyer can't both save the commission.
A study by Collateral Analytics revealed that FSBOs don't actually save anything, and in some cases may be costing themselves more, by not listing with an agent. One of the main reasons for the price difference at the time of sale is that,
"Properties listed with a broker that is a member of the local MLS will be listed online with all other participating broker websites, marketing the home to a much larger buyer population. And those MLS properties generally offer compensation to agents who represent buyers, incentivizing them to show and sell the property and again potentially enlarging the buyer pool."
If more buyers see a home, the greater the chances are that there could be a bidding war for the property. The study showed that the difference in price between comparable homes of size and location is currently at an average of 6% this year.
Why would you choose to list on your own and manage the entire transaction when you can hire an agent and not have to pay anything more?
Before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, sit with a real estate professional in your marketplace and see what they have to offer.
If you're a seller who has experienced an expired listing contract. If you're wondering why others sellers are able to sell their houses successfully and you're being left out. Or thinking of selling your home and don't want to end up like the ones mentioned above, then you definitely have to read this.
Below are the 5 most common reasons why a listing contract will expire:
1. The Price
Sometimes when the market is hot, homeowners attempt to set their listing price higher. Their hope is that a motivated buyer will be willing to pay any price for a house in their desired neighborhood! Sellers must remember, though, that in today's market a house must be sold twice; first to the buyer and then to their bank.
A buyer can agree to pay the homeowner's asking price, but after the bank conducts their appraisal, the price might need to be adjusted. The bank will only give the buyer a mortgage for the value of determined in the appraisal.
Sellers must also keep in mind that today's homebuyers are well-educated. Before they look to buy a house, they have already seen many houses online. They've done their research on the neighborhoods they are interested in, including information on the school districts in the area.
They will know if your house seems overpriced and will not waste their time considering it. This is why it's so important to make sure that your home is priced right from day one on the market!
2. The Condition of the House
In many areas, builders are taking advantage of the lack of inventory of homes for sale by building new houses. These newly constructed homes create competition for existing homes in the market. For this reason, many homeowners are making renovations and updates to their homes to compete with the new construction in their marketplace.
Most agents recommend that homeowners declutter their houses before putting them on the market. Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in the home instead of focusing on the current homeowner's decor.
It's important to take care of the small problems like dripping faucets and torn screens, while also remembering to remove any posters hanging in your teenager's bedroom. Making sure your home is in perfect condition will make buyers fall in love with it and will ultimately help you get the right price for your house!
3. Seller's Motivation
Why did the seller put their house on the market in the first place? Is the seller's motivation still the same as it was when they first listed?
If homeowners are really motivated to sell, they will make sure their houses are both priced right and in good condition. The seller's motivation will push them to consider all offers and help them make the right decision for their family's future.
4. Marketing Plan
Having a marketing plan is important! According to NAR's 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 95% of buyers searched online for a home last year. The days of looking for a newspaper ad or yard sign in your preferred neighborhood are over.
If you want to sell your home, you need a real estate professional who understands your local market and knows how to promote your home online. Something as simple as using pictures taken by a professional photographer can make a huge impact in advertising your home!
5. Lack of Communication with Your Agent
Keeping an open line of communication with your agent is crucial in getting your home sold with the least amount of hassles, in the right amount of time, and for the right price! From the beginning, establish a continuous line of communication with your agent, and make sure you review your agreement often to see if any changes need to be made. For example, adjusting the selling price!
There are houses selling every single day because they are listed at the right price, have the right marketing plan, and are staged for the sale. If for some reason your home didn't sell and you're still motivated to get it sold, contact a local real estate professional who can help you figure out the reason your house isn't selling!
Some may see it as counter-intuitive to list their homes up for sale in the market this winter. The season actually holds some advantages, these are 5 great reasons to sell.
1. Demand Is Strong
The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase... and are in the market right now! More often than not, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy a home.
Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.
2. There Is Less Competition Now
Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housing market. This means that, in the majority of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in the market. This is good news for homeowners who have gained equity as their home values have increased. However, additional inventory could be coming to the market soon.
Historically, the average number of years a homeowner stayed in their home was six but has hovered between nine and ten years since 2011. There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move, as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. As home values continue to appreciate, more and more homeowners will be given the freedom to move.
The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don't wait until this other inventory comes to market before you decide to sell.
3. The Process Will Be Quicker
Today's competitive environment has forced buyers to do all they can to stand out from the crowd, including getting pre-approved for their mortgage financing. This makes the entire selling process much faster and much simpler as buyers know exactly what they can afford before home shopping. According to Ellie Mae's latest Origination Insights Report, the time to close a loan has dropped to 46 days.
4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move Up
If your next move will be into a premium or luxury home, now is the time to move up! The inventory of homes for sale at these higher price ranges has forced these markets into a buyer's market. This means that if you are planning on selling a starter or trade-up home, your home will sell quickly, AND you'll be able to find a premium home to call your own!
Prices are projected to appreciate by 4.8% over the next year according to CoreLogic. If you are moving to a higher-priced home, it will wind up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait.
5. It's Time to Move on With Your Life
Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?
Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.
Being the first always have more benefits than consequences. If season after season, people put up their house on sale during spring because the demand increases during that time, wouldn't it be great if you can get ahead of the pack by putting your house on the list as early as today so buyers can see yours before they have visibility on your competition?
The #1 Reason to List Your Home in the Winter Months is Less Competition!
Housing supply traditionally shrinks at this time of year, so the choices buyers have will be limited. The chart below was created using the months' supply of listings from the National Association of Realtors.
As you can see, the 'sweet spot' to list your home for the most exposure naturally occurs in the late fall and winter months (November - February).
Temperatures aren't the only thing that heats up in the spring - so do listings!
In 2017, listings increased by nearly half a million houses from December to June. Don't wait for these listings to come to market before you decide to list your house.
Added Bonus: Only Serious Buyers Are Out in the Winter
At this time of year, only those purchasers who are serious about buying a home will be in the marketplace. You and your family will not be bothered and inconvenienced by mere 'lookers.' The lookers are at the mall or online doing their holiday shopping.
If you have been debating whether or not to sell your home and are curious about market conditions in your area, talk with a local real estate professional who can help you decide the best time to list your house for sale.
Although it is a common knowledge that putting your home for sale during the holiday season would prove profitable, there are still few people who are hesitant and could not find a good reason to sell. How about we give you seven (7).
6. The desire to own a home doesn't stop when the holidays come. Buyers who were unable to find their dream homes during the busy spring and summer months are still searching!
7. The supply of listings increases substantially after the holidays. Also, in many parts of the country, new construction will continue to surge and reach new heights which will lessen the demand for your house in 2019.
Waiting until after the holidays to sell your home probably doesn't make sense.
Contrary to the majority's beliefs, homes sold in the third quarter of 2018 has been marked as one of the highest average price gains for years. This is great news for homeowners who are yet to take advantage of the home price appreciation. Let us take a closer look.
According to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, home sellers who sold their homes in the third quarter of 2018 benefited from rising home prices and netted an average of $61,232.
This is the highest average price gain since the second quarter of 2007 and represents a 32% return on the original purchase prices.
After the Great Recession, many homeowners were left in negative equity situations but home price appreciation in the recovery period since then has given homeowners something to smile about.
The results from ATTOM fall right in line with data from the latest edition of the National Association of Realtors' (NAR) Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Below is a chart that was created using NAR's data to show the percentage of equity that homeowners earned at the time of sale based on when they purchased their homes.
Even though those who purchased at the peak of the market netted less than those who bought before and after the peak, the good news is that there was a double-digit profit to be had! Many homeowners believe that they are still underwater which has led many of them to not even consider selling their houses.
If you are curious about how much equity you'd earn if you sold your home, contact a local real estate professional for an equity review. They can help you determine the demand for your home in today's market and help you develop a plan!
Many homeowners fear that home price increase will make it difficult for them to afford or at the very least find a home, they want to buy. Thus, they renovate. However, is it more cost effective to renovate than sell your existing home to purchase a new one? Let us look at what homeowners have to say.
According to Home Advisor, homeowners spent an average of $6,649 on home improvements over the last 12 months. If that number seems high, it also includes homeowners who recently bought fixer-uppers.
A new study from Zillow asked the question,
"Given a choice between spending a fixed amount of money on a down payment for a new home or fixing up their current home, what would you do?"
Seventy-six percent of those surveyed said that they would rather renovate their current homes than move. The results are broken down by generation below.
More and more studies are coming out about the intention that many Americans have to 'age in place' (or retire in the area in which they live). Among retirees, 91% would prefer to renovate than spend their available funds on a down payment on a new home.
If their current house fits their needs as far as space and accessibility are concerned, then a renovation could make sense. But if renovations will end up changing the identity of the home and impacting resale value, then the renovations may end up costing them more in the long run.
With home prices increasing steadily for the last 6.5 years, homeowners have naturally gained equity that they may not even be aware of. Listing your house for sale in this low-competition environment could net you more money than your renovations otherwise would.
If you are one of the many homeowners who is thinking about remodeling instead of selling, sit down with a local real estate professional who can help you make the right decision for you based on the demand for your house in today's market.
If you are thinking of selling your home to take advantage of home price rise due to limited supply in your area, keep in mind that you are not the first to come up with this great idea. Despite the limited competition, jumping the gun can prove to be a handful if you did not do your research. Here is a list of things to expect before you enter the market.
The percentage of sellers who have hired real estate agents to sell their homes has increased steadily over the last 20 years. Meet with a professional in your local market to see the difference that he or she can make in easing the selling process for you.
We all know how competitive the real estate market has become due to the recent mortgage interest rate increase and scarcity of inventory. You don't want to jump into the market unprepared and waste time an effort, so we came up with a guide for your buying experience to be as smooth and pleasant as possible.
Below are 4 steps provided by Freddie Mac to help buyers make offers, along with some additional information for your consideration:
1. Determine Your Price
"You've found the perfect home and you're ready to buy. Now what? Your real estate agent will be by your side, helping you determine an offer price that is fair."
Based on your agent's experience and key considerations (like similar homes recently sold in the same neighborhood or the condition of the house and what you can afford), your agent will help you to determine the offer that you are going to present.
Getting pre-approved will not only show home-sellers that you are serious about buying, but it will also allow you to make your offer with confidence because you'll know that you have already been approved for a mortgage in that amount.
2. Submit an Offer
"Once you've determined your price, your agent will draw up an offer, or purchase agreement, to submit to the seller's real estate agent. This offer will include the purchase price and terms and conditions of the purchase."
Talk with your agent to find out if there are any ways in which you can make your offer stand out in this competitive market! A licensed real estate agent who is active in the neighborhoods you are considering will be instrumental in helping you put in a solid offer.
3. Negotiate the Offer
"Oftentimes, the seller will counter the offer, typically asking for a higher purchase price or to adjust the closing date. In these cases, the seller's agent will submit a counteroffer to your agent, detailing their desired changes, at this time, you can either accept the offer or decide if you want to counter.
Each time changes are made through a counteroffer, you or the seller have the option to accept, reject or counter it again. The contract is considered final when both parties sign the written offer."
If your offer is approved, Freddie Mac urges you to "always get an independent home inspection, so you know the true condition of the home." If the inspector uncovers undisclosed problems or issues, you can discuss any repairs that may need to be made with the seller or even cancel the contract altogether.
4. Act Fast
The inventory of homes listed for sale has remained well below the 6-month supply that is needed for a 'normal' market. Buyer demand has continued to outpace the supply of homes for sale, causing buyers to compete with each other for their dream homes.
Make sure that as soon as you decide that you want to make an offer, you work with your agent to present it as quickly as possible.
Whether you're buying your first home or your fifth, having a local professional on your side who is an expert in his or her market is your best bet in making sure the process goes smoothly. Happy house hunting!
Any process can prove tricky to someone new. Let alone, the complicated procedure of selling homes, to agents helping out the ordeal could be less difficult. Good thing we have this tips to make your life easier.
Memorize the Market
When a market turns and sudden transition occurs, study your potential market response with the sudden changes. As a listing agent and local market expert, mastery of the signs of a shift and having the means to communicate the new reality to your sellers is a must. Our job is to help our potential sellers understand the turns. We should sent out extensive communiques to our existing sellers and also tweaked our listing presentation to encompass the new reality.
Understand the Motivation
Seller motivation is primary. The genuine willingness to do whatever is necessary to sell is very essential. On the other hand, if they are not highly motivated and is after for "testing the market", refer them your competitor across town. Once the listing expires, circle back around.
Know the Numbers
Statistics in average days on the market, sold price, price-per-square-foot, and percentage of current active properties with recent price reduction are vital in helping sellers understand the current market and effectively position their home to sell. In addition to these numbers, using Clarus Market Metrics is highly recommended for these charts and graphs help sellers see the current metrics at a glance.
Effective home selling is all about three P's - preparation, pricing and promotion. These 3 P's are interconnected and must complete the process of listing. Different pricing techniques are essential in different approach:
1) maximum price for an increasing market
2) for downward market - seller's better understanding that prepared homes are the ones that sell while the rest remain active is implied.
Nail the Pricing
Pricing is the most important among the three P's. Such as in a declining market, buyers preferred the best prepared property at the lowest possible price. Effective pricing strategies are very essential as Wisdom states, "price ahead of the market" - if a market has turned downward, educate your sellers to price their listings below the last sales.
Promote the Home
Promotion is the key. Effective promotion includes anything that will keep prospective buyers engaged with the listing on their phone. Thoughtful preparation, use of social media thru targeted ads on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter and innovated technologies such as virtual reality (VR), drone footage, 3D tours and video, professional pictures and beautiful staging. Persuaded through follow up email campaigns and other means to cover all the promotional bases.
Respond to the Leads Quickly
Ensure to have a systematic response systems in place to capture leads and let your sellers know that their property must be available for showing when a prospective buyer wants to come through. All inquiries and concerns should be addressed accordingly by the respective person in charge who is well equipped with knowledge and skills. For further enhancement, a comprehensive disclosure system and report package is available and is user friendly.
Know your Options
Innovation is progress. Trying new measures or practices to excel and help the sellers when the market was down could possible boost them to gain more including credits toward closing costs, bonuses to buyer agents, interest rate buy-downs, termite report clearance and the like.
Master the Scripts
Continuous coaching, training and scripts practices will definitely improve and develop the professional skills and mastery of the agents in their field of work.
Take Listings You Can Sell
Compete effectively in our market by knowing not just the market numbers but yours as well. Significant and efficient advertising budget must be applied for each listing. Mastery of the fundamentals with effective cash flow and client management are substantial and very useful to succeed when the market turns or declines.
Within the property market, there is much written about when the best time to buy and sell is. Just like trading other investments you can try to play the market to your advantage and this certainly applies with investment buyers, but when it comes to selling a home, it is often more about the right time for you rather than trying to judge the wider market.
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors, recently commented:
"Contract signings inched backward once again last month, as declines in the South and West weighed down on overall activity."
Yun goes on to say:
"The reason sales are falling off last year's pace is that multiple years of inadequate supply in markets with strong job growth have finally driven up home prices to a point where an increasing number of prospective buyers are unable to afford it."
In this type of market, a seller may hold a major negotiating advantage when it comes to price and other aspects of the real estate transaction, including the inspection, appraisal and financing contingencies.
As a potential seller, you are in the driver's seat right now. It might be time to hit the gas.
If you're ready to sell your home but just waiting for the right time, then you're in luck my friend. There's a saying that goes, "strike while the iron is hot" and right now, the iron is ablaze. You should put your property up in the market while it's filled with able, willing and eager buyers.
Between 1987 and 1999, which is often referred to as the 'Pre-Bubble Period,' home prices grew at an average of 3.6% according to the Home Price Expectation Survey.
The chart below shows the forecasted year-over-year prices for 2018 (predictions made in 2017). According to their predictions, the average appreciation over the course of 2018 should be 4.8%, which is still greater than the 'normal' appreciation of 3.6%.
If we layer in the actual price appreciation that has occurred this year, we can see that over the course of 2018, home prices have appreciated by an average of 6.9% and have outpaced projections all year!
What does this mean?
The tale of today's real estate market is one of low inventory, high demand, and rising prices. The forces at work can be simply explained with the theory of supply and demand. That being said, if a large supply of inventory were to come to the market, prices may start to appreciate closer to the forecasted rate which would STILL be greater than the historic norm!
If you are a homeowner whose house no longer meets your needs, now may be a great time to list your home and capitalize on the equity you have gained over the last year to make a significant down payment on your next home!
Timing is everything, selling homes included. In case your thinking of selling your home in the future. This fall is the best time for you, here are five great reasons why you should sell this season.
1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase...and are in the market right now! In fact, more often than not, multiple buyers end up competing with each other to buy the same homes.
Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.
2. There Is Less Competition Now Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed for a normal housing market. This means that, in the majority of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in the market. This is good news for homeowners who have gained equity as their home values have increased. However, additional inventory could be coming to the market soon!
Historically, a homeowner stayed in his or her home for an average of six years, but that number has hovered between nine and ten years since 2011. Many homeowners have a pent-up desire to move as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. As home values continue to appreciate, more and more homeowners will be given the freedom to move.
The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don't wait until this other inventory comes to market before you decide to sell.
3. The Process Will Be QuickerToday's competitive environment has forced buyers to do all that they can to stand out from the crowd, including getting pre-approved for their mortgage financing. This makes the entire selling process much faster and much simpler as buyers know exactly what they can afford before home shopping. According to Ellie Mae's latest Origination Insights Report, the average time it took to close a loan was 44 days.
4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move UpIf your next move will be into a premium or luxury home, now is the time to move up! The abundance of inventory available in these higher price ranges has created a buyer's market for anybody looking to purchase these homes. This means that if you are planning on selling a starter or trade-up home, your home will sell quickly AND you'll be able to find a premium home to call your own!
According to CoreLogic, prices are projected to appreciate by 5.1% over the next year. If you are moving to a higher-priced home, it will wind up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait.
5. It's Time to Move on With Your Life Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you feel you should?
Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.
Whether it's because of proximity to work or business or simply because your family has grown. You will come to think at some point that your home cannot keep up with your needs anymore.
It may seem hard to imagine that the first home you purchased (which made your dreams come true) might not be the home that will allow you to achieve the rest of your dreams. The good news is that it's okay to admit that your home no longer fits your needs!
According to CoreLogic's latest Home Price Index, prices in the starter home market have appreciated faster than any other category over the last year, at 9.4%. At the same time, inventory in this category has dropped 14.2%.
These two stats are directly related to one another. As inventory has decreased and demand has increased, prices have been driven up.
This is great news if you own a starter home and are looking to move up to a larger home as the equity in your home has risen as prices have gone up. Even better is the fact that there is a large pool of buyers out there searching for your starter home to help them achieve their American Dream!
If you have outgrown your starter home, contact a local real estate professional who can explain the market conditions in your area and help you find your next home!