Spring is Here! It's Time to Sell in Central Oregon!
Many sellers are still uncertain about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? These are all effective questions. However, there are several reasons to sell
l your home sooner rather than later. Here are three of these biggest reasons.
1. Demand is about to skyrocket Most people realize that the housing market is hottest from April through June. The most serious buyers are well aware of this and, for that reason, come out in early spring in order to beat the heavy competition that begins in spring. We also have a pent-up demand as many buyers pushed off their home search this winter because of extreme weather and are now ready to begin looking again. Sellers in markets where seasonal weather is never an issue must realize that buyers relocating to their region will increase radically this spring as these purchasers finally decide to escape the freezing temperatures of the winters in the north. These buyers are ready, willing and able to buy…and are in the market right now, ready to jump on anything that comes their way!
2. There Is Less Competition - For Now Housing supply always grows from the spring through the early summer. Also, there has been a growing desire for many homeowners to move as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. Homeowners have seen a return to positive equity as prices increased over the last eighteen months. Many of these homes will be coming to the market in the near future. The choices buyers have will continue to increase over the next few months. Don’t wait until all the other potential sellers in your market put their homes up for sale, get ahead of the competition.
3. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move-Up If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by approximately 4% this year and 8% by the end of 2015. If you are moving to a higher priced home, it will wind-up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait. You can also lock-in your 30 year housing expense with an interest rate at about 4.5% right now. Freddie Mac projects rates to be 5.1% by this time next year and 5.7% by the fourth quarter of 2015.
Moving up to a new home will be less expensive this spring than later this year or next year. The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by ‘supply and demand’. If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the supply of homes for sale is still below the normal 6 month level of inventory. That means less competition.
However, a recent study revealed that 71% of current homeowners are considering selling their home this year. Putting your home on the market now instead of waiting for this increased competition to come to the market might make a lot of sense. Buyers currently in the market are motivated purchasers. They want to buy now. With limited inventory available in most markets, a seller will be in a great position to negotiate their best possible price.