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2019 Housing Market Outlook

Although it’s impossible to predict the future, current trends and statistics create a picture of the market’s health. Read on for where the market is now,  three things to watch for in 2019 and the market outlook.

The National Market as we begin 2019

Home prices are up 4.6 percent and the average home value is $264,800.1   Sales may be down, but prices will continue to rise. This is good news for sellers, but may keep buyers on the sidelines in high-price markets.

Home sales are down 1.5 percent from a year ago.Experts say that many buyers are priced out of the market or they’re waiting until more homes within their price range are available.

Homes are selling fast. Homes are on the market for an average of only 29 days, with 52 percent of homes on the market for less than a month.Some experts indicate the 2019 market time will be longer as the inventory increases taking up to 6 months to sell.

Inventory is tight. People are staying in their homes longer and housing starts are at an all-time low.However, housing permits are up 8.4 percent over last year, which means more inventory to come.3

Competition is high. First-time buyers made up 31 percent of home purchasers.For those in the market to buy, get preapproved for a mortgage to stay competitive. If you need a lender, we can refer you to a great one in our network.

Competition is high. First-time buyers made up 31 percent of home purchasers.For those in the market to buy, get preapproved for a mortgage to stay competitive. If you need a lender, we can refer you to a great one in our network.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH FOR IN 2019

1.  INTEREST RATES:Experts predict the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates two times in 2019.However, increases are expected to be gradual.

2. INFLATION: Inflation is expected to increase slightly in 2019, due in part to a strengthening labor market and tariffs.

3. STRENGTH OF ECONOMY: The economy continues to grow and strengthen, a trend that is expected to endure in 2019.

Will we see a Market Correction?5

Recently, you may have seen news headlines predicting the next recession. The economy has been growing since 2009, the longest stretch in U.S. history.Since the economy is cyclical, it’s only natural to wonder when the economy will begin to retract.

Causes of a downturn. Recessions are often caused by unforeseen events or circumstances that shock the market. Sixty-two percent of experts say an overheating economy will lead to the Fed tightening it’s belt.5  Others say a financial meltdown may be caused by an asset bubble, fiscal crisis or international trade disruptions.5

Reasons to be optimistic. Housing isn’t likely to play a large role in the next recession.Although affordability remains a concern in many areas of the country, experts say that housing is unlikely to cause another recession.5

Take headlines with a grain of salt. Experts predicted recessions in 2011 and 2016, and neither transpired. It is important to remember that growth doesn’t last, so a downturn would be considered natural. Over the next year, economists predict the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will continue to grow and unemployment rates will fall further. The risk of recession in the next year is only about 15 percent, and the changes to the tax code effective this year are expected to drive business investment spending.

Sources:

  1. National Association of REALTORS
  2. CNN Money
  3. National Association of Home Builders
  4. HousingWire
  5. Wall Street Journal

Benefits of Recuded Debt

Benefits of Reduced Debt

If you’ve set a goal to pay down your debt this year, you’re not alone. Strategically reducing or paying off debt benefits your finances tremendously, but can positively impact other areas of your life as well.

Reduce stress.

According to a recent study, more than 85% of Americans intermittently feel stressed by their finances and 30% feel stressed constanly.*  By making a commitment to pay off your debt, you’re also making a commitment to your overall health and well-being by minimizing a large cause of your stress.

Improve your credit score.

Although credit cards and lines of credit may help establish your score, maintaining low balances positively impacts it overall. Additionally, if you plan to finance large purchases, such as a car or home, keeping your outstanding balances low may classify you as a lower credit risk and qualify you for reduced rates.

Easily pay an unexpected bill.

If your debts are low, you’ll be able to save more in an emergency fund to handle financial surprises, such as an unexpected home repair bill.

Increase your disposable income.

Many Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck; their hard-earned money is already earmarked to pay off debts and bills before it’s even deposited in a bank account. However, the less debt you are in, the more disposable income you will have available to enjoy now or save for later.

Boost your retirement income.

If you want to maintain your lifestyle long after retirement, the time to save is now. Unfortunately, one of the biggest impediments to building a retirement nest egg is existing debt. The good news is, when you pay down or pay off your debt, you can choose to contribute additional funds to existing retirement accounts for enjoyment of your golden years.

Model good financial habits for others.

If you want others to cultivate good financial habits, be the example they can follow. People, especially children, mimic the behaviors they see. Explain how to cultivate good financial habits and why it is important to do so. Additionally, provide reasons why it is best to avoid unnecessary debt.

Become more generous. 

The less debt we have, the more generous we may feel with our money. Whether it’s tithing more, donating to a local school or sports programs or giving money to a cause dear to us, we may feel like we can give more.

 

Harness the benefits of compound interest

Whether you’re paying down debt or are debt-free, transfer a percentage of your earnings each paycheck to an interest-bearing account. The intent is to make a portion of your earnings work for you.

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it…he who doesn’t…pays it.”                                                                                                              -Albert Einstein

 

 

3 Ways to earn extra money

Looking for ways to earn more money? Whether you want to pay down debt, build emergency savings or invest, consider these options.

  1. Get side hustle. Do you have a hobby or skill that could net more money on the side? Whether it’s photography, web design or crafting, consider sharing your skills to earn extra cash.
  2. If you have extra room in your home or an in-law apartment, consider renting it through Airbnb. Be sure to check the regulations in your area to ensure you’re in compliance with municipal codes or homeowner’s association rules.
  3. Clear the clutter. Sort through your stuff and set aside items that you don’t use, are in good condition and others would enjoy. Consider selling them online, at a consignment shop or in a garage sale.

 

Sources: *CNBC, March 20, 2018; Buffini & Company

Waiting to Buy a Home?

Waiting to Buy a Home?

You May Miss out on Low Interest Rates

In December, the Federal Reserve raised the key interest rate by a quarter-point to range of 0.25% to 0.5%, the first rate increase in nearly a decade. While some experts expect the Fed to raise rates gradually this year, some economists expect rates to increase three or four more times this year.Increases are anticipated to amount to a quarter-point each time, and when they do occur are subject to impact mortgage rates.2 What’s a homebuyer to do?

NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY!

While a quarter-point increase in interest  rates doesn’t seem like much, it could mean the difference of hundreds of dollars a month in your mortgage payment. This will depend on the price of your home, your interest rate, how much you are borrowing and the size of your down payment. This is money you could use to renovate, go on vacation or save for retirement.

 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO NOW?

  • Get pre-qualified for a mortgage if you haven’t done so already. Getting pre-qualified means you can spring into action when you find the home you want to buy. We work with great lenders in our area. If you’re looking for a lender you can trust, let us know and we’ll be happy to connect you with someone from our network.
  • Narrow down your search criteria. What neighborhoods do you have your eye on? Do you want three or four bedrroms? Do you want a big yard or no yard at all? The list goes on and on. While buying a home is a process of selection, the more you know what you want, the better prepared you are to make the right decision.
  • Get hunting. If you’ve been passively house hunting online, now is the time to ramp up your search. Let us know what you are looking for and we’ll work with you to find a great home that meets your criteria.

 

 

 

Sources:
Buffini & Company
1. CNN Money, December 16, 2015
2. The Guardian,  January  6, 2016
3. Bankrate Mortgage Payment Calculator

It’s Tax Time!

Take the stress out of tax time this year

 

Albert Einstein once said, “The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.” Luckily, tax preparers and DIY tax software take much of the mystery out of the process. Whether you prepare your taxes yourself or send them to a professional, it’s still important to collect and sort your information, including any changes in status or economics that occurred during the year.

The information below is intended to prepare you for tax time. Page one provides a list of financial details you may need to gather ahead of time to make the process easier, as well as some tips to help you get your refund faster. Page two outlines steps to take to help you protect your identity from thieves who wish to gain access to your information.

Tax season doesn’t have to be stressful. With a bit of preparation, the process becomes a breeze.

 

** Source: Buffini & Company

What’s in Store for the Housing Market in 2018?

What will the year hold for the real estate market? Will the market favor buyers or sellers? Will home prices continue to rise?

While it’s impossible to predict the future, experts rely on current market trends to forecast what may happen this year, if present trends continue. This information outlines several predictions experts have made about the national housing market in 2018, as well as a few predictions about mortgages. How do these trends stack up to trends we’ve seen in our local housing market? If you are thinking of buying or selling, or you just want more information about our local market, give us a call!

 

*Source – Buffini & Company

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Start 2017 Off Right… List Your House for Sale

As we are about to bring in the New Year, families across the country will be deciding if this is the year that they will sell their current house and move into their dream home. Many will decide that it is smarter to wait until the spring “buyer’s market” to list their house. In the past, that might have made sense. However, this winter is not like recent years.

The recent jump in mortgage rates has forced buyers off the fence and into the market, resulting in incredibly strong demand RIGHT NOW!! At the same time, inventory levels of homes for sale have dropped dramatically as compared to this time last year.

Here is a chart showing the decrease in inventory levels by category:

Start 2017 Off Right… List Your House for Sale | Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

Demand for your home is very strong right now while your competition (other homes for sale) is at a historically low level. If you are thinking of selling in 2017, now may be the time.

*Source: Keeping Current Matters, Inc., 2017 Start 2017 Off Right… List Your House for Sale

High Demand for Home Sales, 5 Reasons You Should Sell Now

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5 Reasons to Sell This Fall

School is back in session, the holidays are right around the corner, you might not think that now is the best time to sell your house. But with inventory below historic numbers and demand still strong, you could be missing out on a great opportunity for your family.

Here are five reasons why you should consider selling your house this fall: 

1. Demand Is Strong

The latest Realtors’ Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase… and are in the market right now!

Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

2. There Is Less Competition Now

According to NAR’s latest Existing Home Sales Report, the supply of homes for sale is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housing market at 4.7-months.

This means, in most areas, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in that market. This is good news for home prices. However, additional inventory is about to come to market.

There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move, as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. Homeowners are now seeing a return to positive equity as real estate values have increased over the last two years. Many of these homes will be coming to the market this fall.

Also, as builders regain confidence in the market, new construction of single-family homes is projected to continue to increase over the next two years, reaching historic levels by 2017. Last month’s new home sales numbers show that many buyers who have not been able to find their dream home within the existing inventory have turned to new construction to fulfill their needs.

The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don’t wait until all this other inventory of homes comes to market before you sell.

3. The Process Will Be Quicker

Fannie Mae announced that they anticipate an acceleration in home sales that will surpass 2007’s pace. As the market heats up, banks will be inundated with loan inquiries causing closing-time lines to lengthen. Selling now will make the process quicker & simpler. 

4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move Up

If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by 5.3% over the next year, according to CoreLogic. If you are moving to a higher-priced home, it will wind up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait.

According to Freddie Mac’s latest report, you can also lock-in your 30-year housing expense with an interest rate around 3.46% right now. Interest rates are projected to increase moderately over the next 12 months. Even a small increase in rate will have a big impact on your housing cost.

5. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

That is what is truly important.

If you want a current market value for your property, call or email us today. 

*Source: Keeping Current Matters, Inc., 2016 5 Reasons to Sell this Fall

Florida’s Number One Real Estate Brokerage

June 6th, 2016

We just received word from EWM Realty International CEO Ron Shuffield: “Thanks to our positive and productive interaction among those within our industry, EWM has been chosen for the second year in a row by one hundred of our local competitors and industry leaders as the #1 real estate brokerage firm in Miami-Dade County.  Individual interviews were conducted from March 16 – May 5, 2016 to survey many segments of our overall market. The results were published in today’s Business Monday section of The Miami Herald.”  

This link will take you to the full survey, as well as the announcement of EWM’s #1 recognition.  

http://www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/article81966692.ece/binary/Read%20the%20full%20real%20estate%20study

When asked the question, “If you were selling your own home, and you couldn’t use your own company, who is the brokerage that you would hire?”, EWM was the #1 company chosen by the interviewees.  Being chosen #1 by those within your industry is probably the greatest honor that any company can receive.


 We are always ready to assist you with all of your real estate needs.
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