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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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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Flooded? Our Tips for Selling a House with Water Damage Fast

Representing a homeowner with a water-damaged home in need of a bail-out? Help them navigate troubled waters with these real estate tips for selling a house with water damage fast.

Real Estate Tips for Selling a House with Water Damage

When it comes to selling a home with water damage, there are generally two options:

Minimize & Repair Underlying Damage.

When possible, repair is best to protect the value of the home. The first step to repair is minimizing damage and cleaning/removing affected items per the homeowner’s insurance company stipulations. Drying everything as fast as possible is key to preventing mold proliferation, which begins as soon as 48-hours after water damage.

Though drywall, particle board, and carpet are not salvageable, wood and plaster are if quickly dried. Carefully repairing any underlying damage is key, as signs of the after-effects of water damage scares off most buyers, who assume the worst scenario is lying behind water stains.

Always disclose repaired damages and hire a home inspector (or two) – not only to provide buyers peace-of-mind, but to ensure the highest price possible for the home and protect sellers from potential legal issues down the road. It will also put sellers in the driver’s seat when/if negotiating for further repairs.

Sell the Home Fast – As Is.

For those without insurance or the funds to make repairs, it’s possible to sell a water damaged home ‘as is.’ Removing all water-damaged material, leaving behind only structure that is salvageable, is more work. But it could allow potential buyers to truly see what’s under the surface of home repair needs, safeguarding the value of what remains.

Water damage is quite common in ‘as is’ properties. Some companies and even individual investors specialize in restoring water damage homes. Prepare buyers for a huge hit on home value, however.

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November May Just End Up Being Your Best Month

Could November be Your Best Real Estate Sales Month Ever?

Many homeowners avoid the holiday real estate selling season like the flu, believing it’s a bad time to sell. In today’s real estate tips, we’ll look into this shunned selling season, and why it no longer applies today…

Holiday Buyers are More Motivated During the Holiday Season

The main idea that spring and summer are the best time to list homes for sale involves real estate tips surrounding parents waiting for summer to move school-aged children. However, this idea is outdated.

Today, more than half of home buyers are single, and their decisions aren’t based on the school calendar. Those looking to buy are either dragging their feet in hopes of a better deal, facing the time constraints of finding a home due to a change in employment, and more. They’re now highly-motivated.

Cold weather, shorter days, and hectic schedules don’t apply. These buyers need a home!

Today’s Holiday Home Sales Go Faster & Closer to Asking Price

Because holiday buyers are motivated, they’re more likely to pay closer to listing price. Several studies show homes listed during the holiday season today are more likely to sell faster and closer to asking price, particularly in November during prime holiday sales time.

There’s Less Competition in the Holiday Season

Because most home sellers suffer misconceptions about holiday sales, they take their homes off the market, shrinking supply. This results in potential gains for those sellers that do list. Less competition means more buyers checking out the few desirable homes on the market.

There May Be Year-End Tax Break Opportunities

Those looking to lower their taxes may also snipe a home late in the year to deduct purchase costs like points, interest, property and capital gains taxes.

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