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Here are three good reasons to get your home on the market now.

More Listings Coming To Market

Last year, nationally, the number of homes available for sale in January was 1,860,000. That number spiked to 2,280,000 by May. Enrolling children in school is one primary reason people want to purchase and move during those months.  School is starting SOON.

Buyers Renting After the “Bubble” Making a Comeback

According to TransUnion’s latest study, 1.5 million homeowners who were negatively impacted by the housing crisis could re-enter the housing market in the next three years.

During the mortgage bubble in 2006, nationally, 43% of credit-active consumers in the U.S., had a mortgage, more than 8% of these consumers were impacted, and 5 Million consumers will be eligible for a mortgage in the next four years.

Here are the numbers of consumers who will meet mortgage guidelines over the next four years:

2016  300,000
2017  500,000
2018  400,000
2019  300,000

Interest rates slated to rise.

According to NAR, mortgage rates continue to fall, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage now averaging well below 4 percent.

“The yield on the 10-year Treasury stabilized around 2 percent this week, and the 30-year mortgage rate dipped 2 basis points to 3.79 percent,” stated Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The recent market turmoil has given the Fed pause.” As was universally expected, the Fed stood pat this week but kept its options open for a rate increase in March. . . .A hesitant Fed, sub-4-percent mortgage rates, at least for a little while longer, and strong housing fundamentals should generate a three percent increase in home sales this year.

With interest rates below 4%, buyers may be getting off the fence to act now to purchase a new home. However, interest rates are slated to rise during 2016 as follows:
1Q 4.10%
2Q 4.25%
3Q 4.45%
4Q 4.63%

With the exception of Fannie Mae, the experts agree that interest rates will increase by three-quarters of a percentage point. Even a small increase in interest rates affects buying power.

If you were thinking about selling, now would be the time to contact a professional for a market analysis of your home and to look at options for purchasing a new one. Take advantage of these historically low interest rates, increasing home prices and rebound buyers coming back into the marketplace and LIST NOW.