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Some Highlights

  • Comparing housing market metrics from one year to another can be challenging in a normal housing market – and the last few years have been anything but normal. In a way, they were ‘unicorn’ years.
  • Expect unsettling housing market headlines this year, mostly due to unfair comparisons with the ‘unicorn’ years.
  • Let’s connect so I can share the data that puts those headlines in the proper perspective.

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This Real Estate Market Is the Strongest of Our Lifetime




When you look at the numbers today, the one thing that stands out is the strength of this housing market. We can see this is one of the most foundationally strong housing markets of our lifetime – if not the strongest housing market of our lifetime. Here are two fundamentals that prove this point. 

1. The Current Mortgage Rate on Existing Mortgages

First, let’s look at the current rate on existing mortgages. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as of the fourth quarter of last year, over 80% of existing mortgages have a rate below 5%. That’s significant. And, to take that one step further, over 50% of mortgages have a rate below 4% (see graph below):

Now,…

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Oops! Home Prices Didn’t Crash After All During the fourth quarter of last year, many housing experts predicted home prices were going to crash this year. Here are a few of those forecasts: Jeremy Siegel, Russell E. Palmer Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School of Business:

“I expect housing prices fall 10% to 15%, and the housing prices are accelerating on the downside.” Mark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moody’s Analytics: "Buckle in. Assuming rates remain near their current 6.5% and the economy skirts recession, then national house prices will fall almost 10% peak-to-trough.Most of those declines will happen sooner rather than later. And house prices will fall 20% if there is a typical recession.”

Goldman Sachs: “Housing is already…

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Ever wonder when the right time to buy home is: The answer is almost certainly - right now! Of course, you have to make sure you can afford it and can qualify. But I have mortgage lenders to help with that process. But before you do that, don't take my word for it. Here is some pass statistics to help you understand where we are and why now is a great time to buy.

-The last decline in homes or the bottom of the market, was March, 2012. At the time, there were 2.4MM home Nationwide in for sale.
-After the bottom, there was 8% appreciation in the value of the homes.

Current Situation:

-You want to buy right before the bottom - because timing of the bottom is near impossible. And if you buy on the way up, you have lost some gains.
-There are on 980K…

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Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage rates for home purchases have fallen across all key terms since last Friday.

  • 30-year fixed mortgage rates: 5.875%, down from 6.125%, -0.250
  • 20-year fixed mortgage rates: 5.500%, down from 5.875%, -0.375
  • 15-year fixed mortgage rates: 5.250%, down from 5.490%, -0.240
  • 10-year fixed mortgage rates: 5.250%, down from 5.875%, -0.625

What this means: Mortgage rates for home purchases fell significantly for all key terms over the weekend, with 30-year rates diving below the 6% mark. Borrowers may want to lock in a 30-year rate today, ahead of likely rate fluctuations. But homebuyers who want to take advantage of interest savings may want to consider 20-year rates, which are more than a quarter…

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 It is looking like the housing market is getting back to normal.

Scripps News reports existing home sales have been trending downward for about a year straight. That data usually points to the market starting to bottom out, but experts say this may just be the market getting back to how it was before the pandemic.

According to Re/Max, at the end of last month, Nashville is leading in the number of listings popping up nationwide. The city also saw about 45% more homes listed compared to last year.

Experts are saying across-the-board sales may pick up again in May, according to Scripps News. Usually, there are more houses and people buying in the spring.

Also, without knowing what next year looks like and with big things going…

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A report from the NAR found that the median down payment on a house in 2022 was a lot less than 20%.

The cost of purchasing a home is steep, but it may not be quite as expensive as many people think.

A report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found the median down payment amount in 2022 was 13% of the home's purchase price. Younger homebuyers put down even less — 8% among younger millennials (age 23-31) and 10% among older millennials (32-41). While this still represents a major financial commitment, these types of down payments are far less than the 20% that nearly half of Americans who have never owned a home believe is necessary (according to a survey from LendingTree).

Below, CNBC Select looks at when making a smaller…

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What does selling your home have in common with online dating? Probably a whole lot more than you think.

Two-thirds of home buyers said they searched for more than three months before going under contract on a home, according to a new survey by the National Association of Home Builders. Buyers also complain that homes are getting too pricey. Forty-two percent of respondents said that the homes they wanted were too expensive for their budgets, which further delayed their search. Twenty-seven percent said that the increase in interest rates over the past 12 months had severely affected their home search parameters.

For Valentines: How Home Shopping Can Feel Like Dating

Are your home shoppers desperately trying to find “the one?” Finding the perfect…

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A strange topic for a blog post I know, but for the past month I have felt like I have been living in the Twilight Zone dealing with ever increasingly aggressive rabbits….

Blame the unusual weather patterns, pesticides, or sheer malicious intent; any and all reasons end with one undeniable fact: The rabbits  are out of control and they are Hell-bent on taking one of us with them when they go…

On any given morning, just as the night gives way to the light of day you can see them waiting in the bushes just off the side of local neighborhood roads. Carefully you head down the street, eyes peeled, the radio playing lightly in the background….. And “BOOM!”

Another rabbit shoots out into the road, darting directly under your tires trying to end its…

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A new survey finds Americans are woefully misinformed about the nation’s mercurial housing market, even as millions of them prepare to buy homes.  

Twenty-eight million Americans plan to purchase a home in 2023, according to a survey released Tuesday by NerdWallet, the personal finance company. On average, they hope to spend $269,200. 

But that figure falls more than $100,000 short of the median home price, which was $388,100 in December, according to the real estate brokerage Redfin. Home prices crossed the $269,000 threshold sometime in 2013, Federal Reserve statistics show. 

If prospective homebuyers sound oddly optimistic about prices, that may be because they are pessimistic about the state of the housing market. Two-thirds of Americans…

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