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Tips for Making 2019 Your Best Real Estate Sales Year Ever

How can you make the most of the upcoming real estate selling year? Tumultuous market conditions, from a shrinking inventory and stalled new construction to rising interest rates, can make the idea of planning ahead seem like a fruitless endeavor. Rest assured, however, it is possible to navigate the complicated waters of today’s market with the right tips.

Strive to Stay Open-Minded

Rather than relying on a single forecast or opinion on the future of the market, look to a variety of sources, drawing your own conclusions on future trends. This will also help you deliver expert advice to clients concerned about potential speed bumps ahead.

Get Out There

Local and national industry functions can be a valuable source of market information, predictions, and projections for the coming year, offering reliable answers to your (and your customers’) real estate selling questions and concerns.

Stay in Contact

With mortgage and banking contacts to stay abreast of expected changes in the coming year, such as alterations to the mortgage application/approval process that could slow down closing procedures.

Ask (and Answer) Questions

Survey clients by mail/email on their plans to buy/sell. This keeps you in touch with potential customers and gives them the opportunity to address their own market concerns.

Stay on Top of Tech

If your smartphone, tablet, or computer is outdated, now is the time to upgrade. Technology is expected to play a pivotal role in real estate sales in the coming year(s).

Network

Review your list of partners for easy referral in client transactions, including home inspectors, appraisers, home warranty service providers, lenders, stagers, movers, and pest control pros. Having this list at your fingertips can greatly help speed the sales process.

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Time to Get Listed for the Season

Tips for Encouraging Sellers to List Their Homes in Spring 2019

With real estate trends pointing to a slower sales pace in 2019, how can you entice sellers on the sidelines to make their way into the housing market?

2019 Might be Slower, but Trends in 2020 & 2021 Are Unknown

Put simply, it is better to sell on the tail-end of a record-year, rather than wait for upcoming years which may be nowhere close. Barring a major event, market changes typically happen slowly over time. Though interest rates are slowly rising, slowing sales, no crisis looms. Currently, home prices and demand are both holding steady.

Sooner is Better

In a recent survey of real estate experts and economists by Zillow, about half expect a recession to effect real estate trends in 2020, while 14% expect it in 2021. One-quarter expect the recession to sneak up sometime this year, making selling sooner as wise move for those who know they’re not staying in their house for the long-haul.

New Buyers Still Need Homes

Though the sales pace is slower, new buyers still need homes in a market with limited options. Millennials, the biggest segment of the market, are moving out and up, keeping the real estate realm active and enticing for sellers.

Interest Rates Are Still Low

Despite increases last year, interest rates are still at historic lows. In November, a 30-year fixed-rate was just 4.87% based on data from Freddie Mac. This is a far from those around 7% in the 90s, and even farther from the gut-wrenching historical, 18+% highs of the 80s. Though rates tend to mirror the Fed’s rate activity, they don’t follow that exact pattern, also reflecting the current market, the property purchased, and the buyers’ credit.

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Time to Get Listed for the Season

Forbes Article Writer Predicts No Housing Recession in 2019

Stressing out over recent real estate selling trends pointing to a housing recession on the horizon? Not everyone is on board with that assessment, including Forbes article contributor Lawrence Yun. Despite existing home sales falling 2%, falling nearly every month of 2018, and a 12% decline in housing starts (typically an indicator of a recession), Yun does not see the possibility of a downturn on the horizon.

A Difference of Opinion

Yun sees incorrect conclusions being drawn from these statistics. He notes that rather than a demand shortage, as seen at the depths of the 2008 housing recession in which an oversupply of 12 months of inventory was on the market, today it’s quite the opposite.

Real estate selling trends showcase a shortage of inventory. It would take just 4.3 months to exhaust current supplies, as compared to a balanced market of 6-7-months of inventory. Homes continue to be pocketed at a swift pace, spending very little time on the market (about 26-days in June).

Bidding wars are still alive and well. Demand is there. Supply is not. ‘A problem much better to have,’ denotes Yun, who believes muted growth points to neither a price decline nor a looming foreclosure crisis.

Making Sense of Muted Growth

So what does he believe 2018’s muted growth points to? The affordability crisis. As a lack of inventory drives prices up, especially in hot markets, buyers are increasingly being priced out of home ownership. Until more homes are built to meet entry-level housing needs, prices will continue to climb.

The 1.3 million housing starts projected in 2019 will be insufficient to moderate prices and support sales. Skilled labor shortages, tariffs, crippling impact fees, and laborious permitting processes don’t help. Yun sees this as a far cry from the overbuilding and overzealous lending practices pre-bubble.

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Technology Disrupters Coming to Real Estate in 2019

Technology Disrupters Coming to Real Estate in 2019

Tariffs. Government shutdowns. Stock market shenanigans. 2019 marks a period of uncertainty, with a variety of disruptors affecting not only real estate trends, but national and global affairs. However, the greatest disruptor is predicted to be Technology!

What Technology will Impact the Real Estate World in 2019?

Despite the overall economic slowdown expected, these emerging trends in tech could provide new opportunity for a market in flux:

New Platforms for Home Sales

iBuying, offering purchase of homes sight unseen based on a proprietary valuation model, is among the real estate trends luring sellers (and buyers) to off-the-beaten-path venues. Digitally-driven platforms such as Open Listings, Door, Rex, and Opendoor are luring buyers and sellers alike with flat-rate commissions, sight-unseen cash offers, and a more digital listing/shopping experience.

Continual Rise of AI

We’re not talking robots giving home tours. We’re talking artificial intelligence that can perform sophisticated data analysis capable of predicting market trends. The latest AI-powered platforms can aggregate once isolated data, constantly updating to arm agents and consumers with with all the information they need. This can help buyers/sellers negotiate the best deal and agents to immediately jump on sales leads.

Virtual Reality

As property videos increase in popularity, VR will soon be on the horizon.

Blockchain

Redefining real estate transactions, blockchain technology is facilitating major transactions (like real estate) without intermediaries (banks, credit card companies). With ‘tokenization,’ blockchain is opening the door to new opportunities for sellers, granting multiple investors the ability to buy just a portion of a property (and resell it).

Smart contracts via Propy and other services are allowing for purchasing transactions with no human interaction, which streamlines the process. In the future, it is hoped to pave the way for a smoother road, reducing fees, closing times, property title issues, and fraud.

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Zillow Predictions for 2019 - Affordable Housing or Not. What's Next?

Zillow Predictions for 2019 – Affordable Housing or Not. What’s Next?

Will your real estate selling income take a hit in the near future? Top economic and housing experts foretell of a dip in housing prices by 2020. Now sellers may join the throngs of buyers under pressure in the current market, rushing to unload their homes while the market is hot.

How Soon Might the Effects of a Downturn be Felt?

Surveyed by Zillow and research firm Pulsenomics, 100 real estate experts and economists had previously predicted a recession in late 2019. Now, however, roughly half have predicted the onset within the first quarter of 2020. This parallels predictions by economists in a Wall Street Journal survey, noting the current market expansion, which began in 2009, is ‘long in the tooth by historical standards’ and cannot hold.

Should You Ramp Up Real Estate Selling Efforts?

Though the housing market played a major role in the last recession, experts generally agree it won’t play a central role in the next. Much remains unknown about the recession’s precise path, however, though there are some known factors expected to play a role:

Housing affordability.

A critical issue in nearly every market nationwide.

Monetary policy.

If the Fed raises short-term rates too quickly, slower growth is a logical result.

Trade policy.

The impact of tariffs continues to impact the national/global economy.

Stock market correction.

2018 volatility foreshadows a crisis/correction.

Impacts on the Real Estate Market

With widespread job losses, and with long-term unemployment in particular, the housing market will soften regardless. The extent of the economy’s spillover into the housing market will depend largely on the length and severity of the next recession. Some regions of the country will feel the impact more than others, particularly high-value markets such as NYC, Seattle, Miami, L.A., San Francisco, and San Diego.

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