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Teardowns May Affect Your Business

Why the Next Property You Market May Have Fallen Victim to the Wrecking Ball

Could the next property you sell be worth more without the home or commercial building that’s on it? In some areas, real estate trends are pointing to a rising number of teardowns, especially in locations where uber-thin inventory levels are causing home prices to soar. Big cities and hot markets such as coastal and other scenic fare are taking a big hit.

Whack!
Zoning often allows for an apartment or small condo complex on land where a small, single family home, school, or commercial property once stood, making the land beneath some tiny buildings worth far more than the structure on top of it. A flip in traditional market logic where the lot accounts for a mere 10% of overall property value.

Crash!
Teardowns are especially attractive for builders and developers due to the glut of environmental hurdles and zoning issues associated with acquiring land. And the industry is increasingly taking notice of such real estate trends, with teardowns on the rise to account for 10% of all new home construction starts in 2016. That’s an increase of 7.7% from the previous year.

Bang!
Popular in the late 90s and early 2000s before the financial crisis, teardowns are increasingly becoming common in the western U.S., where housing costs are highest. Some 33,400 structures in the west took a hit in 2016, followed by 23,800 in southern regions, 12,300 in the Midwest, and 9,800 in the Northeast.

Boom!
Some of the homes taking the hit aren’t even in bad shape. In fact, buyers are dropping a pretty penny on small and seemingly insignificant homes – just to get the land and rezone it for a multifamily project, such as condos or apartments so they can boost value via added versatility.

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Commercial Real Estate Trends That Are "Outside the Box"

Commercial Real Estate Trends That Are “Outside the Box”

Will Politics Throw a Wrench in Commercial Real Estate Works?
Political and global economic uncertainties could significantly affect commercial real estate over the coming year. What will come to pass? Only time will tell…

2017 Headlines to Watch
Be on the lookout – politics may toss the industry a big curve ball in the following arenas:

Lender Regulation
CMBS lenders are gearing up the “skin-in-the-game regulations” that are part-and-parcel of the Dodd-Frank Act. Requiring CMBS lenders to hold on to 5% of new deals or assign the risk to a B-piece buyer. These efforts to reduce risk could lead to a changed commercial-lending landscape, lowering revenue for everyone from property owners to deal sponsors and loan distributors.

Strategies are expected to change as a result of risk-retention rules. However President Trump, who called the Dodd-Frank Act a “disaster” and “disgrace,” noted he “will be working to dismantle it.” Though unlikely to be repealed, it’s could be significantly reduced under the administration.

Rising Interest Rates
Deregulation and other economic stimuli, including a larger deficit, are expected to continue to fuel rising interest rates. An indicator of a stronger economy and typically associated with a strong real estate market, rising rates could prove a double-edged sword. However, they’ll constrain property deals, making commercial real estate less affordable and inviting more cautious borrowing and lending.

Foreign Investment
Administration-induced trade reductions and continued friction between the U.S. and other world powers are expected to continue to muddy waters. Chinese investment in U.S. commercial real estate may be on the downswing according to reports from the financial press in late November of last year. While the E.U.’s BREXIT deal may (or may not) raise the appeal of American real estate investments.

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Rising Mortgage Rates Fail to Dampen the Buyer's Market

Rising Mortgage Rates Fail to Dampen the Buyer’s Market

2016 was a stellar year for buyers, witnessing mortgage rates below 3.75% all summer on the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. With the steadily rising interest rates of today’s real estate financing trends, currently at around 4.5% and climbing for the typical FHA loan, you’d think there would be some sort of sales slowdown – but that couldn’t be further from the case.

Flying High
Home sales are moving on up – flying in the face of rising interest rates. This may slow increases in housing prices, but it’s still expected to remain a seller’s market across most of the United States for 2017. And because interest rates still remain historically low overall (despite multiple raises by the fed), 2017 remains a great time to purchase a home – and buyers are scrambling to take advantage.

Heating Up
Having more potential buyers than sellers means it will continue to be a seller’s market across the country. Nationally, inventory was less than 4 1/2 months toward the end of last year, with the country experiencing a shortage that hasn’t been like this in 20 years. At present, in the hottest markets such as Denver, well priced homes are receiving multiple offers – and selling fast.

No End in Sight
New home building may later offer some minor relief, but that remains to be seen. Especially hard hit continues to be the lower-priced homes, first-time buyer segments, as well as retirees. Because so many owners owe much more on their homes than they’re worth, inventory remains in back-stock. Some homes that did make it to the market experienced financing issues as the appraisals came in well below sales prices.

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Top Summer 2017 Real Estate Selling and Listing Trends

What’s hot in real estate trends? Sales! With no segment hotter than the ever-dwindling starter home market. Moving at a furious pace, the 2017 spring buying season has shaped up to be uber-competitive, and the breakneck pace is the fastest seen in decades according to economic research at Realtor.com.

A Record-High Number of Buyers
With a record-high number of buyers pounding the pavement, homes are flying off the shelves. Median days on the market for homes on Realtor.com have dropped to the lowest levels since the end of the recession. One-of-three homes is selling in under 30 days nationally – 5 days faster than last year and 2 days faster than last month.

Overall, May sales maintained momentum, with homes moving 8% faster than last year. With prices reaching double-digit growth, buyers are running out of options.

A Record-Low Number of (Affordable) Homes
Can everyone say ‘supply and demand’? Residential real estate prices soared to new heights in May with for-sale inventory experiencing extremely limited growth according to Realtor.com data. And it doesn’t appear there’s an end to the inventory shortage in sight.

Nationwide median home prices broke $250,000 for the first time earlier in the spring, now reaching $275,000 – a whopping 10% higher than one year ago. This lack of affordable housing will remain a critical issue for millennials and other first-time home buyers, as well as retirees looking to downsize to urban dwellings and starter-sized homes.

What About the Spring Inventory Increase?
Real estate trends point to late spring showing a total inventory increase, with 560,000 new listings hitting the market in May. However, inventory still remains substantially lower than one year ago. That which is not priced beyond the reach of the average buyer is quickly being snatched up.

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Brace Yourself for Higher Home Loan Interest Rates in 2017

Historically low interest rates have finally begun to rise in recent months, and they are expected to continue this climb. How will this affect your real estate selling endeavors in 2017?

Steady incline
Housing and economy experts concur rates are not likely to go back down. Uber-low rates are in the rear view, with 30-year fixed-rates expected to stay in the 4-5% range by year’s end. A rise to 4.5% is expected, with the worst-case scenario knocking at the door of 5%. This is expected to reduce home sales over the course of the year by about 200,000 homes.

Buyer blowback
As rates climb, buyers may feel pressure to act. At a certain point, their home ownership dream will be stretched to the breaking point, but we aren’t there yet. At today’s rental rates, mortgage rates would have to be in the 7-10% range to equate rental costs.

Cooling “hot” markets
In expensive markets (LA, NYC, Miami) interest rates will push out buyers already struggling to afford homes, even with historically low rates.

Rate lock
Real estate selling may also be stymied, as sellers will effectively be “rate locked” into homes with no incentive to move, slowing the existing-home market and leaving homeowners to renovate existing spaces over higher interest rate new home loans.

Extenuating circumstances
Also playing a role: Income levels, which could stave off a decline so long as stronger economic development continues. The Fed raising short-term rates is also up in the air, as Trump’s inauguration, political appointments, and policy changes take their toll. The Fed raising rates won’t necessarily translate into higher mortgages for buyers – but it will add pressure, especially if they start raising rates aggressively and into early next year. Expect volatility in the next few months as the new President settles in.

How will the economic and political climate effect real estate selling in 2017? Properties Online has the forecast for success.