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Monday, January 15, 2024   /   by Richard Eimers

LOWER RATES REVIVING REAL ESTATE MARKET

In recent years, soaring mortgage rates have chilled the enthusiasm of homebuyers and deterred potential sellers from entering the market due to the prospect of higher loan costs.
This prolonged period of cautious waiting has led to a notable slowdown in the real estate sector. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), estimates a substantial 18% decrease in existing home sales last year, following a 17% decline in 2022.
As financing costs gradually decrease, there's optimism for a resurgence in sales volume. Selma Hepp, Chief Economist at CoreLogic, anticipates a boost in home sales activity in 2024 compared to 2023. The decline in mortgage rates is expected to motivate more sellers to trade their existing homes, alleviating the market's inventory shortage and stimulating increased transactions.
Evidence suggests that homebuyers' patience is waning, even with higher borrowing costs. A recent Bank of America survey indicates a significant drop froms ...

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Monday, January 15, 2024   /   by Richard Eimers

ANTICIPATED MORTGAGE RATE DECLINE IN 2024: A POSITIVE OUTLOOK

In a promising development for 2024, the burden of high mortgage rates impacting the real estate market may be on the verge of easing.

During its December meeting, the Federal Reserve hinted at a positive shift, signaling an expected cut in its overnight rate in 2024. Analysts are optimistic, predicting a synchronized decline in mortgage rates [^5^].

Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, Sam Khater, foresees a gradual improvement in the housing market in the coming year. With inflation decelerating and expectations of the Federal Reserve lowering the federal funds target rate, a thawing of the housing market is likely [^9^].

Already, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate has seen a decrease from its October peak of around 8%. Forecasts from Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and Realtor.com align, projecting a trend towards lower rates in 2024, potentially ending the year closer to 6% [^7^].

However, it’s not an unmitigated positive; the era of 3% mortgages ...

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Monday, January 15, 2024   /   by Richard Eimers

NAVIGATING THE REAL ESTATE LANDSCAPE IN 2024

In the past year, a significant portion of home buyers and sellers observed from the sidelines, witnessing a decline in home sales momentum. This downturn, initiated by the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes in 2022, coupled with soaring borrowing costs and record-breaking home prices, marked the most substantial real estate market deceleration since the 2008 recession [^2^].

The surge in home prices has priced out a generation of potential buyers, delaying their dreams of homeownership. Simultaneously, current homeowners, reluctant to relinquish their advantageous pandemic-era mortgage rates, have opted to wait, leading to a noticeable drop in property listings [^4^].

Hope is on the horizon, though. In December, the Federal Reserve signaled a halt to interest rate hikes and hinted at a potential 0.75% rate cut in the coming year. Although mortgage rates don't mirror the federal funds rate precisely, they often move in sync, suggesting the possibility of more affordable home l ...

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Monday, January 15, 2024   /   by Richard Eimers

GOOD NEWS FOR HOMEBUYERS: MORE OPTIONS AND QUICK SALES

During the holiday season, while we heard the festive jingles, another sound was resonating - the joyous clinking of keys for newly bought homes. The latest report from Realtor.com® reveals that in December, home shoppers had a whopping 33,251 more real estate listings compared to the same month last year. This marks the second consecutive month of increased homes for sale after a 17-month period of dwindling inventory.

The positive trend includes a 4.9% annual increase in overall inventory, with a significant 9.1% surge in new listings. These fresh options provide a welcome boost to the housing market.

The increase in listings can be attributed to falling mortgage rates. After 17 weeks above 7%, rates dropped below 7% in mid-December, reaching a low of 6.61% on Dec. 28. Lower rates encourage homeowners to explore the market, breaking the trend of staying put due to existing low mortgage rates.

Despite the encouraging numbers, active inventory is still 36% below levels see ...

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023   /   by Richard Eimers

Study: It’s the ‘Best Week of the Year’ to Buy a Home

Your buyers likely will see the most housing options, least competition and lowest prices of the year this week, according to new realtor.com® research.

Home buyers may want to be in the market this week: It’s the time of year with the most favorable conditions for purchasing a property, a new study shows.
Historically, the week of Oct. 1–7 brings the strongest balance of market conditions, with greater home listings, less buyer competition and lower prices compared to other times of the year, according to realtor.com®’s “Best Time to Buy Report(link is external).” That’s welcome news for buyers, who have been facing severe inventory and affordability constraints.
However, there remain plenty of market headwinds, such as mortgage rates at a 23-year high. The monthly payment to finance a median-priced home is still more than 20% higher than last year, even with home prices moderating in some markets, says realtor.com® Chief Economist ...

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