Many sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? These are all valid questions. However, there are several reasons to sell your home sooner rather than later. Here are three of those reasons.
1. Demand is about to skyrocket
Most people realize that the housing market is hottest from April through June. The most serious buyers are well aware of this and, for that reason, come out in early spring in order to beat the heavy competition. We also have a pent-up demand as many buyers pushed off their home search this winter because of extreme weather. Sellers in markets where seasonal weather is never an issue must realize that buyers relocating to their region will increase dramatically this spring as these purchasers finally decide to escape the freezing temperatures of the winters in the north.
These buyers are ready, willing and able to buy…and are in the market right now!
2. There Is Less Competition - For Now
Housing supply always grows from the spring through the early summer. Also, there has been a growing desire for many homeowners to move as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. Homeowners have seen a return to positive equity as prices increased over the last eighteen months. Many of these homes will be coming to the market in the near future.
The choices buyers have will continue to increase over the next few months. Don’t wait until all the other potential sellers in your market put their homes up for sale.
3. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move-Up
If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by approximately 4% this year and 8% by the end of 2015. 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. You can also lock-in your 30 year housing expense with an interest rate at about 4.5% right now. Freddie Mac projects rates to be 5.1% by this time next year and 5.7% by the fourth quarter of 2015.
Moving up to a new home will be less expensive this spring than later this year or next year.
And when you are ready to sell your property, make sure your home is marketed online correctly. Contact me today for a free market analysis and let me show you the difference.
From the KCM Crew for buyers blog on March 24, 20014:
We have often suggested that potential home buyers consider rising interest rates when thinking about the true cost of a home. Remember, cost is not determined by price alone but by price and mortgage rate. The longer a buyer waits, the higher the mortgage payment will be if rates continue to increase (as is projected by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the National Association of Realtors and the Mortgage Bankers Association).
Money Magazine, in its latest issue, agreed with our analysis as they also warned their readership of the same ramification if they waited to buy a home.
Here is what they said:
"BE MINDFUL OF RATES. The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed loan is predicted to climb from the current 4.4% to 5.3% by the 2015 spring buying season, according to Freddie Mac. For a $250,000 loan, that means that a borrower who waits would pay $136 more per month and an additional $49,090 in interest over the life of the loan. Will you need a big loan? Better to act soon before rates tick up."
And the monthly increase Money mentioned did not take into consideration that prices are also projected to increase over the next year. Here is what the additional cost would be if prices rise by the 4.5% projected by the latest Home Price Expectation Survey and interest rates go to 5.3%.
Thanks again to KCM for the article above.
So far year to date (2014) the list price vs sale price in Apple Valley, MN for a 4 bedroom 2-3 bathroom home shows listing at $247,450 and selling at $237,000. So far this year we have only seen 79 listings, too few really to chart meaningfully, but taking a look at the bigger picture, it is rare to find a 4 bedroom home in Apple Valley for under $200,000 anymore.
Working with many first time home buyers looking at purchasing a property to grow into can be challenging. As interest rates increase and as property values increase this will become even more challenging.
If you are in the market for a home, you are not alone. There are many buyers actively searching for the right home for the right price. Your best bet when competing with other buyers is to be prepared. Get yourself pre-approved with a qualified lender or two. Reach out and talk with a REALTOR to learn about the home buying process. It is more than just looking and finding the right property. I look forward to helping my clients through the whole process and following up with them once they have moved into their new home. I'm happy to help each step of the way and after the sale too. Your best bet in this market is to talk to real estate professionals sooner rather than later.
Liz Lewis Sandwick grew up in Duluth, is married to her husband Robb, has three kids: Caroline (5) Cooper (3), and Max (1) and would love to help you find your next home!