Out with the old, in with the new. Happy New Year! 2017, like every new year, offers opportunities for hope, success, change, growth and improvement. May it be your best year yet! The 2017 predictions for Baltimore Metro Area homes are based on the most recent trends in the housing industry.
A friend recently commented, "I'm excited for 2017. I put my decorations away for hopefully the last time in my current home. The next time I get them out, I'm hoping it will be in my new home." Are you or someone you know in a similar situation? What does 2017 hold for anyone who's thinking about moving? While there's no crystal ball to predict this new year, there are several 2017 predictions for Baltimore Metro Area homes.
Prices of Baltimore Metro Area homes have risen and are expected to continue rising modestly. Newly updated tax assessments are beginning to reflect the increase in home values. What does this mean?Anyone who is thinking about selling a Baltimore Metro Area home may likely benefit from increased prices. Anyone who is thinking about buying will continue to find a variety of Baltimore Metro Area homes for sale in a variety of price ranges.
Interest rates, which have risen, still remain low. Fortunately, a variety of loan programs are available which increase a person's ability to buy a Baltimore Metro Area home. FHA loans continue to require a low 3.5% downpayment. USDA loans, which are available in Northern Carroll County, require no downpayment whatsoever. USDA is a great loan for buyers who have good credit and steady employment, but lack the funds for a downpayment. The Maryland Mortgage Program provides downpayment and closing cost assistance to qualified buyers. Other types of loan and loan programs are available a well. To learn which option is best for you, ask your real estate agent for the names of some recommended lenders. Different lenders offer different options, finding the one that is best for you is essential to buying a Baltimore Metro Area home. Will there be additional rate increases? Perhaps. If you've been thinking about making a move, sooner may be more advantageous than later.
The number of Baltimore Metro Area homes for sale (inventory) is expected to remain low. This creates less competition for home sellers, and greater demand. Sellers enjoy the reduced competition. Fewer homes for sale increases the chances of selling quickly. Thinking about buying? Fewer homes for sale equals fewer homes from which to choose. However, establishing a relationship with a real estate agent in advance will get you over the hurdle. Your real estate agent will be able to inform you of new listings the day they become available for sale. Your real estate agent will also be able to share advanced knowledge of Baltimore Metro Area homes that are "coming soon". Acting quickly to get your dream home will help you get it before another buyer comes along.
Lenders of mortgages have been subject to strict standards, which have made home buying more difficult for some people. There is speculation the standards may be loosened by the new government administration. No one really knows what exact changes may take place. However, some relaxed changes could make buying easier for many people.
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