Expected the Unexpected in 2020

Real Estate Predictions for 2020 Look Like 2019 All Over Again

As the saying goes, everything old is new again. Want some real estate predictions for the new year? Look no further than 2019 to see the real estate trends, which are expected to continue through 2020.

Housing Outlook Is Bright

According to Sam Khater, chief economist for Freddie Mac, traditional indicators such as housing starts, building permits and home sales demonstrate that the housing market in the United States “remains on solid ground.”

Mortgage Rates Remain Low

Freddie Mac’s fourth-quarter predictions estimate an average mortgage rate of 3.7 percent for 2019. While their research team anticipates a possible slight increase to 3.8 percent in 2020, rates will still be low enough to take the pressure off buyers scrambling to beat rate hikes.

Buyers aren’t the only ones who will benefit from low mortgage rates. This past October, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported a 134 percent year-over-year increase in their Refinance Index for the last week of the month. Look for low mortgage rates plus increased equity to cause a continued surge in refinancing.

Home Prices Are a “Mixed Bag”

Fluctuations in home prices are one of the most closely watched real estate trends. After increasing at an above-average pace for several years, putting home purchases out of reach for many buyers, prices were due for a slowdown.

In their October predictions, Freddie Mac anticipated a 2.8 percent increase in home values for 2020, down from 3.3 percent in 2019. But since this figure is a median for the nation as a whole, individual markets can vary greatly. Some cities are actually experiencing a current drop in home prices.

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2020 Real Estate Sales Projections

We Are Already Looking to 2020 – What Trends Are Expected in Real Estate Sales?

With real estate selling trends changing from year to year, don’t risk getting left behind. Staying up-to-date on upcoming trends for 2020 can give you an advantage for your home sales and leave your competition in the dust. Keep the following real estate trends in mind for the new year.

Leave Recession Worries Behind

You might have heard fears about an upcoming recession and how it could devastate the real estate industry. The good news is that industry experts aren’t seeing any signs that you should worry. In fact, the housing sector is still going strong. If anything, there might end up being a small dip in home sales or a plateau in home ownership levels, but these aren’t expected to have a major negative impact on real estate sales in 2020.

Set Your Sights on Suburbia

The suburbs are expected to be in high demand in the new year, especially among millennials with kids. With rising costs in urban areas that aren’t as affordable for more and more people, buyers are flocking to suburban communities that offer great schools and plenty of recreational and retail options. These areas are also becoming more diverse and walkable, giving younger buyers more incentive to look for a suburban home.

Go for the Golden Years Market

More and more seniors will be exploring their options for senior housing during retirement. The high numbers of this age group mean that there will be steady demand for senior housing options in the next several years. This includes options ranging from upscale city apartments to suburban homes for active seniors.

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Sealing the Deal on Real Estate Before the Year Ends

Tips for Real Estate Agents on Closing the Sale Even in November

Closing on home sales in late fall or winter might seem more difficult than closing during spring or summer. However, you might be surprised to find out that certain real estate trends could make it easier to close, even in November. Keep the following in mind to help you close on home sales throughout the holiday season.

Less Competition

Fewer homes are on the market during fall and winter, so there isn’t as much competition. In fact, the number of homes for sale from November to December falls by about 15 percent on average. With a more limited number of homes to choose from, buyers might be more likely to put a bid on a home that you’re selling.

Tax Breaks

Buyers who want to make sure they qualify for certain tax breaks on purchasing a home, such as real estate taxes or mortgage interest, will be eager to buy before the end of the year. These buyers will be busy looking for a home in fall and trying to close on it by December 31st at the latest.

If you’re showing homes to buyers during this time of year, let them know about the tax breaks they might be eligible for if they’re unaware of these.

Online Convenience

Even if the weather is cold, buyers can easily search for houses for sale in the comfort of their current home. Online listings with high-quality photos and videos offer a convenient way to market these homes during this time of year when buyers might not want to drive around the area looking at homes.

Make the most of the latest real estate trends, so you can close sales all fall and winter long. Contact Properties Online to find out more about our services for real estate professionals.

Tips on Using Drone Photography for Real Estate

Drone photography is no longer a tool for cutting-edge, tech-savvy real estate selling agents. Drone photography is now a must-have feature that today’s sellers and buyers have come to expect. It delivers a wealth of information, showcasing expansive property views, the layout of luxury properties, home condition, neighborhood amenities, and more. However, if you’re ready to join the bulk of agents putting drone photography to work, you may be in for a few surprises. Make your initial flight into drone photography easier with these tips.

Get Ready for Flight

Using drone photography for real estate selling involves more than a buy and fly drone purchase. The FAA governs the use of commercial drones, including strict rules and the need for professional remote pilot certification. Thus, your first step in employing the use of this powerful marketing tool will involve either drone pilot certification, or enlisting the help of a licensed and insured local drone photographer.

I’ve Got My Drone Footage, Now What?

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Put Drone Photography & Video Listings to Work for You

Share every listing, distributing footage via your website, social media, YouTube, Craigslist, and more. With the help of real estate listing videos, you can now quickly and easily showcase your listings, enjoying 1200% more shares than using text and photo imagery alone, according to recent research.

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Sell Your Home Fast!

Selling in October? Tips for Selling that Home Fast

After summer, fall is the second best time of the year to sell a home. A golden time of the year for real estate selling, people are happy and relaxed as temperatures cool, with nary a worry over holiday chores. Now is the time for your listing clients to strike when the iron is hot, before the holiday sales slump. How can you help them attract fall home buyers?

Fall Cleaning

Rake dead leaves and clear overgrown vegetation for a lawn that looks low-maintenance, neat and trim. Likewise, ensure clean windows indoors and out for a home that outsparkles and outshines the competition

Festive Curb Appeal

Grab a couple large containers of fall arrangements such as mums and marigolds for your sidewalk or porch to imbue instant autumn curb appeal

Home Comfort Health

Nothing can bring real estate selling to a screeching halt like a failed HVAC or fireplace inspection. Encourage your sellers to engage in fall maintenance tasks now to prevent a red face (and potential lost sale) later. Bonus: These tasks help the home both smell and look better to potential buyers.  

Fall Scents and Scenery

At show time, add fall colors to the home with fall accent pillows, throws, and table décor. Simmer hot apple cider or place a tray of pumpkin muffins on the stove, imparting an enticing scent to the home.

Lighting to ‘Fall Back’ On

Turn on every light in the house. Lighting is essential to brightening rooms in the fall season.

Fall Treats

Invite those who visit the home to sign a guest book and leave feedback, offering a treat for buyer time, such as individually wrapped chocolates or caramel apples.

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