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      Why Waiting to Buy a Boston Home May Not Make Sense

      Why Waiting To Buy Might Not Make Sense | Keeping Current Matters

      Why Waiting To Buy Might Not Make Sense | Keeping Current Matters


      Whether you are a first time or a move-up buyer, there are two factors that will impact the amount of house you can afford in your price range: home prices & mortgage rates.

      Let’s look at what the experts are predicting over the next twelve months for these two areas:


      Over 100 economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists were recently polled as a part of the Home Price Expectation Survey. They were asked to project where home prices are headed. The average value appreciation projected over the next twelve-month period is approximately 4.4%.


      In the latest Economic & Housing Market Outlook from Freddie Mac, they predict that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate will be 4.7% by this time next year. As of last week, the Freddie Mac rate was 3.69%.

      What does this mean to you?

      If you are a first-time buyer currently looking at a home priced at $250,000, this is what it could cost you on a monthly basis if you wait until next year to buy:

      Cost Of Waiting Spring 250K | Keeping Current Matters

      If you are a move-up buyer currently looking at a home priced at $500,000, this is what it could cost you on a monthly basis if you wait a year to buy:

      Cost Of Waiting Spring 500K | Keeping Current Matters

      Bottom Line

      With both home prices & interest rates projected to increase, waiting to buy could put a serious dent in your family’s wealth.


      Boston Housing Inventory Slowly Disappearing

      Impact of Inventory on Home Prices | Keeping Current Matters

      The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, and the market demand. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Existing Home Sales Report this week.

      Inventory Levels & Demand

      Amidst reporting on the fact that sales of existing homes rose 1.2% from January, and outpaced year-over-year figures for the fifth consecutive month, was the news that total unsold housing inventory is at 4.6-month supply.

      This is down 0.5% from last February and remains below the 6 months that is needed for a historically normal market.

      Consumer confidence is at the highest level in over a decade. Pair that with interest rates still under 4%, new programs available for down payments as low as 3%, and you have an attractive market for buyers.

      Buyer demand for housing remains twice as high as this time last year.

      Prices Rising

      February marked the 36th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains as the median price of existing homes sold rose to $202,600 (up 7.5% from 2014).

      So What Does This Mean?

      The chart below shows the impact that inventory levels have on home prices.

      Impact of Inventory on Home Prices | Keeping Current Matters

      NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun gave some insight into the correlation:

      "Insufficient supply appears to be hampering prospective buyers in several areas of the country and is hiking prices. Stronger price growth is a boon for homeowners looking to build additional equity, but it continues to be an obstacle for current buyers looking to close before (interest) rates rise."

      Bottom Line

      If you are debating putting your home on the market this year, now may be the time. The amount of buyers ready and willing to make a purchase is at the highest level in years. Contact us to get the process started. 617-536-8000.


      Nearly Half of All Americans Feel They Will Move in the Future

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      A recent Demand Institute report revealed “nearly half of all American households plan to move at some point in the future.”

      Seventy-five percent of those surveyed in the report cited one or more ‘location-related reasons’ for their eagerness to move. Here are the top 5 reasons:

      1. Safer Neighborhood – 30%
      2. Closer to Family – 27%
      3. Change of Climate – 26%
      4. Closer to Work – 25%
      5. For a New Job – 23%

      While the majority of Americans (74%) will move within their home state, for the 26% planning to call a new state home, it is important to know that prices in each state are appreciating at different rates and waiting to buy or sell your home could cost you more in the long run.

      The map below was created using the FHFA’s latest Home Price Index and shows year-over-year price gains in each state.

      Year-Over-Year Price Gains | Keeping Current Matters

      Bottom Line

      If your plan for 2015 includes relocating to a new state, meet with a local real estate professional in that area who can help you find the best fit for you and your family’s needs. Contact us today!

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