Friday, February 22, 2019 / by Jordan Waters
Whether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What is actually happening with mortgage rates? Are home values dropping or are they just rising at a slower pace? What impact will the economy have on the housing market?
If you are either a buyer or seller (or both), you need to know what it will mean to your family if you go ahead with the move. You need to understand three things:
1. What is happening in the housing market right now?
Consumers must get past those fear-mongering headlines and gain a deep understanding of what is truly happening. How strong is buyer demand right now? How much competition do listings have today compared to what they will have in the spring? People want to make an educated decision on what is probably their family’s greatest financial asset.
2. Why is it happening?
Understanding the individual pieces that impact the sale or purchase of real es ...
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 / by Jordan Waters
The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses.
In combination with higher rents, survey after survey has shown that non-homeowners (renters and those living rent-free with family or friends) believe they need to save upwards of 20% for their down payment!
According to the “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership” study commissioned in partnership between the Urban Institute, Down Payment Resource, and Freddie Mac, 39% of non-homeowners and 30% of those who already own a home believe they need more than a 20% down payment.
The percentage of those who are aware of low down payment programs (those under 5%) is surprisingly low at 12% for non-homeowners and 13% for homeowners.
In a recent Convergys Analytics report, they found that 49% of rent ...
Friday, January 4, 2019 / by Jordan Waters
What If I Wait a Year to Buy a Home?
National home prices have increased by 5.4% since this time last year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained near historic lows which has allowed many buyers to enter the market and lock in low rates.
As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As a buyer, however, you must not be concerned about price but instead about the ‘long-term cost’ of the home...Continue Reading
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Monday, July 23, 2018 / by Kevin Schumacher
Market Updates by County
The summer housing market is in full swing and there is an overstock of buyers in the Northern Colorado market. Compared to this time last year, Single-Family home prices have increased 8.9% in Larimer County bringing the average home price to $462,358. The average home price has increased by 7.9% in Weld County to $381,489. While average home prices have increased we are seeing a lower inventory of homes for sale in both counties compared to 2017.
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Similar to the Northern Colorado market, home inventory for buyers is the biggest hurdle Realtors® are facing. Earlier this year the average home price in Denver crossed the 1/2 a million mark. Home values are still on the rise with the average home price in Denver currently at $578,670, an 11.6% increase from 2017-2018.
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Monday, July 23, 2018 / by Kevin Schumacher
As the real estate market continues to move down the road to a complete recovery, we see home values and home sales increasing while distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) continue to fall to their lowest points in years. There is no doubt that the housing market will continue to strengthen throughout 2018.
However, there is one thing that may cause the industry to tap the brakes: a lack of housing inventory!
Here’s what a few industry experts have to say about the current inventory crisis:
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors
“Inventory coming onto the market during this year’s spring buying season…was not even close to being enough to satisfy demand, that is why home prices keep outpacing incomes and listings are going under contract in less than a month – and much faster – in many parts of the country.”
Sam Khater, Chief Economist for Freddie Mac
“While this spring’s sudden rise ...