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Fall 2019 May Be a Better Time for Listings and Sale Than the Projections for 2020

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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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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Each Property Should Be Shown in its Best Light!

Looking Ahead: What’s in Store for Real Estate Sales in 2019?

As 2018 comes to a close, what real estate trends are on the horizon? While no one can predict precisely what the future holds, 2019 is likely to reflect the following issues in the housing market:

New Home Construction on the Rise

There’s a rise in building permits nationwide, up 8.4% over April 2017 levels, offering hope for a much-needed influx of new single-family homes. However, with long lag times until completion 2019 will likely continue to suffer supply shortages.

Rising Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates, which hovered below 4% back in 2017, have risen substantially. Their steady upward climb has continued for months, from 4.52% for the average 30-year mortgage back in July of this year to around 4.75% today.

Moving forward, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) predicts rates hitting around 4.9% by the close of the year, with rates continuing to inch upward in 2019. Economists at Freddie Mac concur. Despite rising rates, however, the economy is strong and employment is high, thus real estate sales are not expected to take a hit.

Continually Rising Home Prices

Given short supply and increased demand, home prices in most U.S. cities are expected to continue to climb in 2019. How high will they go? Zillow estimates the median home price rose 8.1% over the past year, and anticipates a 6.5% increase over the 12-month period from July 2018 to July 2019. Tighter markets, such as those in California, Oregon, and Washington, are likely to see the greatest gains.

Despite This, It’s Still a Seller’s Market

Despite all of the above, 2019 is expected to remain a seller’s market. The inventory shortages seen in most markets through 2017-18 are likely to continue, driving the trend and putting upward pressure on prices.

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Tips for Putting Together Great Marketing Photos

How to Get Those Home Photos That Sell a Property Fast

If you’re a fan of reality TV and those fix-it-and-flip-it shows, you’ve probably noticed that in addition to the show’s host(s), there’s typically one constant: The photographer. And there’s good reason for this. Those skilled in real estate selling know photography can make or break a potential buyer’s attraction to the property, limiting showings and potential offers.

First Impressions are Everything

While it may not be easy to figure out what makes a good photo, identifying bad ones is pretty easy. So how can the average agent ensure better shots? Consider:

What do you want the viewer to see?

Draw the viewer’s eye to what you want them to remember: A stunning fireplace; industrial appliances; a massive pool… When taking shots, focus on this feature, omitting surrounding unnecessary and distracting objects.

Have you lost the bigger picture?

While ‘zooming in’ on key features, be careful not to literally lose the bigger picture. In focusing on those industrial kitchen appliances, did you fail to reveal the kitchen size and layout? Wider shots help buyers make sense of what they’re seeing. Figure out what angle works best, and take lots of photos, zooming in/out.

Are photos too dark?

Brighter is better. That being said, lean toward natural light over light fixtures, allowing a space’s charm to shine through. Clear days are ideal. If lighting washes out shots in rooms with large windows, consider timing: Maybe a morning/afternoon shot or cloudier day could improve the outcome.

Did you skip prep work?

Eradicate clutter, ugly stains, magnet-covered fridges and unmade beds pre-session. Tidy = clean and low-maintenance in the buyer’s eye.

Are your photos tech-poor?

Skip the smartphone for a high-def digital camera – or hire a pro.

Real estate selling can be a tricky business – but photography doesn’t have to be. Get the tips and tricks you need to ensure success with the help of Properties Online today.

What to Know About the Luxury Real Estate Market in These Uncertain Times

Tips to Help Your Buyers Dress Their Home for Fall Selling

Just because the weather cools down, doesn’t mean real estate selling will. The fall market has typically always been a hot buying season, with shoppers continuing to peruse post-back-to-school and pre-holiday season listings. How can you make the most of fall sales?

Eight Tips for Attracting Fall Home Buyers:

1. Clear Overgrown Summer Vegetation.

Wild bushes, runaway summer vines, fading flowers and foliage, and leaf buildup should be cleared away from the home, ensuring a clear path to the entrance and making the property appear low maintenance.

2. Add a Touch of Autumn Curb Appeal.

With mums, marigolds, pumpkins and gourds along the sidewalk and stairs.

3. Add a Touch of the Outdoors, Indoors.

After rooms have been decluttered and depersonalized, bring them by to life with the energy of autumn: Red, orange, and gold throw pillows; Autumn-inspired quilts and throws; Pine cone and nut table centerpieces; Orange candles; Bold autumn accent pieces in groups of 3 or 5.

4. Make Windows Sparkle.

Clear interior window smudges, then head outdoors, removing windows screens, bug and plant debris and cleaning the entire window area.

5. Maintain, then Light the Fireplace.

Have the chimney professionally maintained and key safety items attended. Then clean and decorate the fireplace surround and mantle with fall flare, lighting it when buyers come for a showing.

6. Think with Your Stomach.

Fill a bowl with crisp apples, then set out fresh pumpkin muffins or simmering apple cider.

7. Lighten Things Up.

With cooler weather, days are shortening, and this can darken rooms. Combat this by turning on every light in the house for showings (including closets).

8. Leave Treats.

As a parting treat, encourage prospective buyers to leave comments, leaving a bowl of snack size candy bars in return.

Fall real estate selling doesn’t have to be scary. Treat yourself to the latest real estate selling tricks from Properties Online today.