Friday, October 9, 2020 / by Alison Bognuda
Every day in the U.S., roughly 10,000 people turn 65. Prior to the health crisis that swept the nation in 2020, most people had to wait until they retired to make a move to the beach, the golf course, or the senior living community they were looking to settle into for their later years in life. This year, however, the game changed.
Many of today’s workers who are nearing the end of their professional careers, but maybe aren’t quite ready to retire, have a new choice to make: should I move before I retire? If the sand and sun are calling your name and you have the opportunity to work remotely for the foreseeable future, now may be a great time to purchase that beach bungalow you’ve always dreamed of or the single-story home in the sprawling countryside that might be a little further out of town. Whether it’s a second home or a future retirement home, spending the next few years in a place that truly makes you smile every; ...
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 / by Alison Bognuda
Last week, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported their Housing Market Index (HMI) hit an all-time high in the 35-year history of the series with a score of 83. The index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sale expectations for the next six months, as well as the traffic of prospective buyers of new homes.
As the following chart shows, confidence dropped dramatically when stay-in-place orders were originally mandated earlier this year. Since then, it has soared back.
Looking at the three-month moving averages for HMI scores, confidence increased in every region of the country:
The Northeast increased 11 points to 76
The Midwest jumped 9 points to 72
The South rose 8 points to 79
The West increased 7 points to 85
Confidence Is Validated by the Numbers
This confidence is definitely warranted. According to a recent NAHB report, single-family housing starts increased 4.1% to a 1.02 million annual ...
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 / by Alison Bognuda
This past week we've seen a slight dip in Sold properties in comparison to the previous week, however the increase in Pending home sales balances things out. In addition, we've also seen 'Under Contract' homes tick up. New Listings hitting the market are hovering within single digit changes week over week. Inventory continues to remain incredibly low. There's no denying we are in a Seller's Market.
This Seller's Market is unique though. Buyer's are taking advantage of the all-time-low mortgage interest rates available. In today's market, it's not about the price, it's about the payment. Even though sellers are benefiting from minimal days on market, multiple offers and above asking price offers,
buyers can afford more home than ever before.
Summer home buying season continues to show resilience against the usual fall slowdown as prices continue to hit new highs and homes sell faster than ever before. Buyers are clearly scooping up ...
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 / by Alison Bognuda
Housing inventory is at an all-time low. There are 39% fewer homes for sale today than at this time last year, and buyer demand continues to set records. Zillow recently reported:
“Newly pending sales are up 25.5% compared to the same week last year, the highest year-over-year increase in the weekly Zillow database.”
Whenever there is a shortage in supply of an item that’s in high demand, the price of that item increases. That’s exactly what’s happening in the real estate market right now. CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that values have increased by 5.5% over the last year.
This is great news if you’re planning to sell your house; on the other hand, as either a first-time or repeat buyer, this may instead seem like troubling news. However, purchasers should realize that the price of a house is not as important as the cost. Let’s break it down.
There are seve; ...
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 / by Alison Bognuda
Mid Year Market Update
2020 has most certainly been one for the books!
Covid-19, Protests, Riots, Kobe Bryant, No Olympics, Distance Learning,
Social Distancing, Murder Hornets, Locusts, SpaceX, Australia Burning,
Royals Leaving Royalty, Zoom, and let's not forget, Tiger King.
We've made it past the half-way marker!
Although this year has brought many challenges, these defining moments
have been shaping our economy in a very surprising way.
With many businesses forced to shut down, unemployment rates
sky-rocketed in the initial phase of sheltering at home.
Many were worried they wouldn't be able to pay their mortgages
and would need to rely on a forbearance program.
We have made a surprising rebound, and the Real Estate industry
is leading the pack! For the first time since March of this year,
Home Sales have actually surpassed pre-Covid numbers week over week since May. Here's a look at the past weeks numbers for San Luis Obispo County, informational stats from CAR's J ...