One of the better, if not the best value, inside the Beltway. 8101 Connecticut Ave Condo real estate sales were relatively slow compared to other years. Owners no doubt, like a lot of other sellers, took a wait-and-see approach. How long could the disruption caused by Covid really be? However, for owners that decided to forge ahead and sell their properties, it proved lucrative. So far in 2021, average days on market is 2, down from 7 in 2020. Grossing 104.14% of the list price, up from 98.32% in 2020.
Great way to start the new year. I am currently having conversations with owners who no longer can or want to wait it out. Looks and feels like there will be more inventory at 8101 this year. What is for sale right now? Please call, text or email me for more information.
The year 2020 will certainly be one to remember, with new realities and norms that changed the way we live. This year’s real estate market is certainly no exception to that shift, with historic highlights continuing to break records and challenge what many thought possible in the housing market. Here’s a look at four key areas that are fundamentally defining the market this year.
Housing Market Recovery
The economy was intentionally put on pause this spring in response to the COVID-19 health crisis. Many aspects of the common real estate transaction were placed on hold at the same time. Thankfully, technology and innovation helped the industry power forward, and business gradually ramped back up as shelter-in-place orders were lifted.
The result? Total transformation of the market from rock-bottom lows to exceptional highs. Today, the housing recovery is being called truly remarkable by many experts and is far exceeding expectations. From pending home sales to purchase applications, buyers are back in business and homes are selling – fast.
According to the Housing Market Recovery Index by realtor.com, the market has surpassed pre-pandemic levels, and has regained the strength we remember from February of this year (See graph below):
Record-Breaking Mortgage Rates
Historically low mortgage rates are another 2020 game-changer. Today’s low rate is one of the big motivating factors bringing buyers back into the market. The average rate reached an all-time low on multiple occasions this year, and it continues to hover in record-low territory.
When rates are this low, buyers have a huge opportunity to get more for their money when purchasing a home, something many are eager to find while continuing to spend more time than expected at home this year, and likely beyond.
Continued Home Price Appreciation
One of the key drivers of home price appreciation this year is historically low inventory. Inventory was low going into the pandemic, and it is still sitting well below the level needed for a normal market. Although sellers are slowly making their way back into the game, buyers are scooping up homes faster than they’re coming up for sale.
This is a classic supply and demand scenario, forcing home prices to rise. Selling something when there is a higher demand for what is available naturally bumps up the price. If you’re ready to sell your house today, this may be the optimal time to make your move. As Bill Banfield, EVP of Capital Markets at Quicken Loans, notes:
“The pandemic has not stopped the consistent home price growth we have witnessed in recent years.”
Even as home prices continue to rise, affordability is working in favor of today’s homebuyers. According to many experts, rates this low are off-setting rising home prices, which increases buyer purchasing power – an opportunity not to be missed, especially if your family’s needs have changed. If you now need space for a home office, gym, virtual classroom, and more, it may be time to reconsider your current house.
“Those shopping for a home can afford 10 percent more home than they could have one year ago while keeping their monthly payment unchanged. This translates into nearly $32,000 more buying power.”
With mortgage rates hitting historic lows, home prices appreciating, affordability rising, and the market recovering like no other, 2020 has been quite a year for real estate – perhaps one we’ve never seen before and may never see again. Let’s connect today if you’re ready to take advantage of this year’s record-breaking opportunities.
Have you noticed that as soon as a property goes on the market, it seems that within days they’re under contract? All indicators point to a strong summer real estate market.
New pending sales up 25.5% ( Zillow June Report)
New listings taken up 19.3% month -over -month ( Zillow June Report)
Demand for housing is out pacing supply = competitive market for buyers, excellent time to be a seller ( DC Metro area months supply is 1.4)
Our area is above average when it comes to exposure to low risk jobs by market. Meaning, there are more DC metro area residents who remain working in sectors including federal, state and local government, information technology, military and utilities.
#LMRE Most Current Under Contract or Sold Properties
Homesnap found that American homeowners will spend an average of 25.1% of their monthly income on their housing while renters will spend 37.9%
Despite high home prices, putting off a purchase to wait for a better deal may not be the best idea after all. Long-term, owning is more affordable than renting almost anywhere in the country, according to a new report released by home search platform Homesnap.
Looking at factors like the average monthly wages, monthly rents, monthly rental insurance payments and median home values, Homesnap has found that owning is more affordable than renting in 94.39 percent of cities in the United States.
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Bedrooms: 1 | Full Bath: 2 | Plus: Den/Study or 2nd bdrm | Sq. Feet: 1539
Rarely available, 8101s largest 1bdr, 2ba plus den. @ 1539 sqft. Sun drenched, beautifully updated and meticulously maintained. Comes with 2 garaged parking spaces and 2xtra storage spaces. Laundry in unit. Conveniently located, close to DC border, Bethesda, 495, public transportation and shops. | #LaurelsListing
Market Watch: Currently In 20815 and 20814
There are 12 units, active or coming soon between 1500-2000 sqft
The current real estate environment poses a great opportunity for sellers and buyers. Timing couldn’t be better for both.
Demand for housing is high
Supply/Inventory is low, below what experts consider balanced
Interest rates are historically low
In this market sellers earn top value for their home and buyers experience greater buying power and increased affordability.
The Mid Atlantic Region to include DC, VA, MD, parts of WV, PA and DE housing Months of Supply is 2, well below the 4 to 6 months which is generally considered a balanced market.
The impact your interest rate has on your monthly mortgage payment is significant. An increase of just $20 dollars in your monthly payment can add up to $240 per year or $7,200 over the life of your loan. Maybe it’s time to lock in now while rates are still low.
How can you take advantage of this market? Don’t wait and see, connect with a RE professional and make a plan.
Buyers sometimes can potentially sabotage a home purchase? Some factors to be aware of…: – You can read the full article here
Having unrealistic expectations – Balancing market realities with the price point that they can afford is important.
Hesitating – There is often a short window to pull the trigger when buyers come across “the one,” especially if it has just hit the market.
Making low-ball offers -Buyers risk alienating the seller, leaving the door open for other offers and, perhaps, losing out on what they want.
Being inflexible – The ability to adapt and function from a position of give-and-take is a must.
My clients illustrate success when one is realistic, stays within budget, is ready and willing to act quickly, then can make an offer based on market conditions and information shared about the seller’s priorities. Such clients were able to close on exactly what they were searching for without compromise. ….and $50,000 below asking price.
By providing market knowledge and experience that lets clients break down the process step by step, we make their experience a positive and exciting one. A metric for Laurel Murphy Real Estate to gauge whether we are achieving our goal is the percent of business we do from referrals or repeat business.
In our first full year we serviced 50% sellers and 50% buyers with 85% from referrals or repeat clients. Helping family and friends of past clients is a responsibility we appreciate and take seriously. Going into 2020 we have every intention to increase our numbers, one referral at a time.