What are the projections for housing prices according to the experts? What’s going to happen? This seems to be the question of the hour, we get asked constantly. I’ve been in the industry for over 25 years and sold thousands of homes, and I don’t think there has ever been a time of so much uncertainty, so I can see how it can be scary. So what is going to happen, well, obviously, I don’t have a crystal ball, but let’s look at what the real estate experts and advisors across the nation are forecasting. Only two of the major organizations are saying that we will decline. Seven of the nine are projecting house prices to go up ranging from about 2.3% (two point three percent) to 4.4% percent. We believe that the lack of inventory has a significant impact on the projections going up. Right now we can’t bring homes to market as fast as people are buying them. Locally we are seeing prices increase substantially in certain areas and the demand from buyers is substantial. This is also happening nationally, let’s look at a quote from Move.com “Summer home buying season is off to a roaring start. As buyers flooded into the market, Realtor.com monthly traffic hit an all-time high of 86 (eighty-six) Million unique users in June 2020, breaking May’s record of 85 million unique users.”
I personally feel that the low interest rates have a lot to do with buyer demand. The record-low mortgage rates have converted some prospective buyers into active buyers. Many times as economic downturn causes interest rates to go down, but as we see the economy recover we should assume that rates will go up. Remember, as interest rates go down, a buyer’s buying power goes up, meaning they are able to afford and qualify for more and their payment does not go up. Also, if you look at the amount of home purchase applications that were taken out from buyers, according to the MBA, Mortgage Bankers Association, we see that we have 11 (eleven) straight weeks of year over year increases in application for a loan to purchase a home from buyers.
So according to experts and analysts across the country, the projections are positive. For more information or to just chat about what may or may not be best for you, we look forward to hearing from you here at Anne Curry Homes. And as always, make it a great home selling and buying day.