Is now a good time to enter the market?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Watters International Realty #0567369


Dear Friends and Clients,

Have you heard the news about Zillow? The popular real estate website apparently bit off more than they could chew when they purchased homes using their algorithm. They attempted to sell those homes for a profit, but they wildly underestimated home price increases, and since their algorithm wasn’t accurate, they wound up losing millions of dollars. As a result, they’ve had to lay off a quarter of their employees and cancel their Zillow Offers program altogether. Yikes!

Now, Zillow is planning to sell approximately 18,000 of the homes it owns or has under contract. But don’t expect a ton of deals from Zillow once they begin to unload their inventory. House flipping isn’t as lucrative as it used to be; supply-chain and labor shortages make the process more costly and time-consuming. Likely, Zillow will sell these properties to corporate buyers or turn them into rental housing.

Beyond that, home prices are on the rise—not quite at the rapid pace we’ve seen over the last year, but they’re expected to increase nonetheless. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median price for single-family homes rose by 13% in September over the previous month.

Additionally, mortgage interest rates are increasing. Back in 2020, many buyers rushed to the market to buy homes or refinance, taking advantage of the record-low rates at or under 3%. But does that mean you shouldn’t buy a home in today’s market?

Ultimately, the decision to buy a home should be based on your needs, not market trends, so don’t let rising rates govern your choices. In the grand scheme of things, interest rates are still historically low. Granted, homes aren’t as affordable as they once were due to inventory shortages and increased competition among buyers.

So what does this mean for you? If you’re in the market to buy a home, now is a great time to act. There are usually fewer buyers active in the winter months, and the sellers who keep their homes on the market are typically very motivated to sell. By making a move now, you can still lock in a great rate and get ahead of our ever-growing home prices.

Click here to see all current Austin homes for sale right now.

If you have any questions about how the Zillow news will affect the market or need assistance buying a home, reach out to us at 512-829-8000 or reply to this email. We’d love to help you take advantage of the market and move on to the next phase of your life.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Chris Watters




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Comments (1)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your observations and your advice.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Dec 03, 2021 07:11 AM