Today’s real estate market is more volatile than ever before. You need an experienced agent to help navigate you to your next home!
Have you ever been shopping on a website where you were looking at something that was on sale? You were interested in it but there wasn’t a sense of urgency and maybe, you had a lot going on and didn’t get back to it for a few days. When you did go back to the website, the price on the item had returned to its regular price.
How did you feel? Did you go ahead and purchase it for the current price? How did that make you feel knowing that you would have saved money and had the product by now if you had acted more decisively?
In 2021, homes across the United States went up 19.1% on average. There were some markets where the prices soared by 30 to 40%. Fortunately, last year the mortgage rates did remain relatively stable but that isn’t the situation this year, in 2022.
At the end of 2021, economists from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac felt that prices would go up around 7% for 2022. The Mortgage Bankers Association and the Home Price Expectation Survey predicted more like 5% and Zelman Research and the National Association of REALTORS® forecast closer to 3%.
While the number of sales did decline at the end of February 2022 to 7.2% month-over-month and 2.4% year-over-year, that could be explained as a lack of houses for sale. In the same month, inventory was 1.7 months which is down from 2 months in February 2021. The median sales price had a year-over-year increase of 15.0% to $357,300.
The Fed had their first of what may be four or five interest rate hikes this year to try and get control of the inflation rate. We have already seen mortgage rates at the 4.5% price and that is for borrowers with the best credit. Those with less than sterling credit can expect to pay more.
It is anyone’s guess at where rates will end a year from now, but many experts think this decade of low rates is over and we’ll not likely see them again.
There is a pent-up demand for houses to buy and an urgency to buy before the rates get higher. If a buyer waits a year to purchase a home but the price goes up by 5% and the interest rate goes up by 1%, it will have a dramatic effect on the payment. If the appreciation is closer to a 10% increase, the negative impact of waiting is exacerbated.
|5% price increase
|10% price increase
|Current Rate vs Possible 1.00% increase
|Additional Cost for 7 years
|Additional Cost for 30 years
The equity in a person’s home contributes greatly to their overall net worth and wealth position. The effect is very apparent in contrast to renters compared to homeowners whose net worth is 1/40th of the homeowner’s $300,000 or $8,000 for the renters.
As people stairstep their way into larger homes to not only meet their increasing demands but also to enjoy the amenities of a nicer home, the equity will continue to grow based on two dynamics: appreciation and equity-build up. The renters do not benefit from either of these.
To run your own comparison, using your own numbers and what you believe will happen in the marketplace, go to Cost of Waiting to Buy. If you haven’t developed a plan to purchase in today’s market whether it be your first home or a move-up, you need facts and a trusted team of professionals to work for you.
McKee Smith, REALTOR®, has been selling and buying homes in Dallas and Fort Worth for many years. He knows and understands the intricacies of the DFW housing market. He works out of his home in Coppell, Texas. He is a Senior Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) and new home construction buyer representation certified. Remember – McKee has the keys to selling your home!