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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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What’s Predicted to Happen to Real Estate Sales in 2019?

The U.S. economy is going strong, with high consumer confidence and a booming housing market. Despite this seemingly rosy picture, however, investors, agents, and homebuyers are collectively concerned about the potential for real estate trends to take a turn for the worst. Let’s take a look at mitigating factors.

Excessively High Home Prices

Rising interest rates, rapidly rising home prices, and government policy turbulence lend some credence to crash concerns, especially for buyers in hot markets. How long can a $40,000 salary support a luxury car, lavish lifestyle, and monster mortgage? An economic downturn or sudden rise in unemployment could quickly fuel financial instability.

Rising Interest Rates

A recent Forbes report noted virtually all modern rate hikes have led to recession, financial or banking crises. If the Fed continues rolling-out rate increases, inflation will slow down sales, particularly in hot markets. Cost and availability of credit are fuel for bubble inflation, inviting less credit-worthy/inexperienced buyers into the game.

Rising rates are a negative indicator of future real estate trends. Financing will prove difficult, even though home prices aren’t as high as 2006/2007, mortgage rates are lower, there are fewer zero-down buyers, and there’s no ‘creative financing,’ for those burdened with debt.

Stock Market Volatility

Could stock market volatility factor into a housing crash? Despite a thriving housing market and rising home construction, 100 economic experts polled by Zillow believe a recession is on the horizon for 2020. If Americans are employed and wages rising, some believe this may not result in a bubble, but some aren’t convinced.

Trade War with China

Some see the end of free trade a foreboding sign. The tightly woven network of the world’s economies are interdependent. The current trend toward ‘trade protectionism’ could impact those markets, creating a backlash for the U.S. housing market where foreign economies invest.

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Shutting Down the Money - Chinese Real Estate Investments Dry Up

A Long Term Look – The Reality of Real Estate Sales 2018 and 2019

Though home prices have grown by 5% and new home sales are up 7.4%, real estate selling trends show existing home sales down slightly by 2.2%, leading many to worry. Is a downturn on the horizon? In the shadows of the 2008 housing market crash, how steep and how fast will it occur?

The Sky is NOT Falling

Despite higher mortgage rates and home prices, real estate selling statistics show home ownership rates inching higher, from a cyclical low of 63% in late 2015, to 64.4% in the second quarter of 2018. While the rental market remained neutral, 3 million new homeowners were added to the books. What’s more, aggregate owners’ equity is expected to grow $1.4 trillion this year, bringing net housing equity to over $15 trillion. At just $6 trillion in the depths of the market crash, today’s market actually paints an impressive picture.

The Bubble Won’t Burst

Today’s market is fundamentally different from that of 10 years ago:

– Lending standards are stringent, with those capable of securing a mortgage showcasing higher than normal credit scores.

– Defaults and foreclosures are at historic lows.

– Overbuilding, seen in the start of the bubble days, is a non-issue (in fact, quite the opposite).

So What’s Hindering Home Sales?

Limited housing inventory. We have gone from oversupply during the crash, to falling levels for 8 of the 10 past years. Homes are selling at a record pace. It would take only 4.3 months to exhaust total inventory. Demand is there, supply is not, creating the source of market headaches.

To meet market needs and boost affordability, new homes must be built, with starts expected to rise in 2019, though lumber tariffs, labor shortages, and locating space for new development will continue to temper growth.

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Real Estate Hot Spots... Are You In One?

Are You Selling in a Known Hot Spot for Real Estate?

Home sales prices are at an all-time record. Are real estate trends in your area pointing to a hot market?

Where Home Sellers are Seeing the Biggest Returns

1. Bridgeport, Connecticut

Fairfield County is seeing large gains in property values, with a 14% annualized return across the market. With a median list price of $789,100, returns are being realized from luxury communities such as Greenwich (median-$1.9-million), to less affluent Bridgeport (median-$199,000).

2. Detroit, Michigan

The Great Recession hit Detroit hard. In recent years, revitalization efforts have this market on the upswing, with younger buyers flocking to a market with a $260,000 median list price and realizing a 12% returns.

3. Seattle, Washington

Lucrative tech jobs in Seattle have resulted in fierce competition in this market, which has a median list price of $582,400 and returns of 12%.

4. San Jose, California

High-paid techies and venture capitalists in this market have it pushing a median list price of $1,240,300, and returns of 12%. Home to companies like Apple, even vacant lots in this market are going for $1-million+.

5. Palm Bay, Florida

In high-demand by Baby Boomer retirees and 45-minute drives to Orlando, Palm Bay is also attracting buyers looking for a lower price tag, with a $270,000 median versus Orlando’s $318,500.

6. Denver, Colorado

With a median price of $467,600, the Denver market is ‘growing’ alongside its cannabis-industry counterpart.

7. Providence, Rhode Island

Hot! 51% lower listing prices than Boston and median price of $350,000.

8. Boston, Massachusetts

A skintight market – median prices running $529,100.

9. Nashville, Tennessee

A surplus of jobs in this music hub are pushing the market higher, with a median price of $368,000 and 10% return.

10. Portland, Oregon

Buyers fleeing expensive markets like San Francisco and Seattle are flocking to this nearby market, with its median price of $477,500.

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Time to Get Listed for the Season

New Agent Tip: Jump Into Selling New Construction Homes – What to Know

Given the shortage of resale inventory in lower price brackets, new construction homes are luring consumers and inspiring a rise in building. This offers a great opportunity for helping buyers find the perfect home. However purchasing from a builder is a lot different than purchasing a resale home, and it’s essential for your clients to know the risks.

Real Estate Selling Tips for Avoiding New Construction Sales Pitfalls

– Make Sure Buyers Know Why They Need You

New construction sales teams represent the builder, with their interest at heart. With no agent representation, buyers are assuming a lot of risk. There’s no reduction in price/commission for purchasing without the aid of a buyer’s agent – builders don’t want home sales values to take a hit. Buyers won’t save any money, but lose access to a representative that will ensure key sales and build details don’t get overlooked or forgotten. Builders expect to pay buyer’s agent commissions, pocketing the difference when none exist.

– Expect to Negotiate

Builder’s reps will often give the idea sales prices are non-negotiable. While there’s not as much wiggle-room as resale homes, there is some leverage. For those that won’t budge, look to closing cost contributions or upgrades.

– Use Timing to Your Advantage

Knowing when to hold/fold can save your clients a ton: Builders aren’t emotionally attached. Big bargains can be leveraged if the builder has inventory that’s lingered on the market. Alternately, reserving a property before a second-phase addition begins can also mean big savings.

– Understand Upgrades

Get to know upgrades, ensuring buyers know which features of model homes are standard or an added cost.

– Educate Yourself . . .

. . . on architectural and site design, blueprint reading, construction methods, and materials so you can assist clients in making the best choice for their new home.

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