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.
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.
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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