The Topic Questions for the Video Podcast of “Real Estate with Mr. G” at 7 pm this Sunday, December 3rd (Special Time Along with Lighting of the Studio Christmas Tree)
Are the Top 3 Housing Market Questions on Your Mind?
On the December 2nd video podcast of Real Estate with Mr. G, we will discuss “Are the Top 3 Housing Market Questions on Your Mind?
Topics include: What’s Next for Mortgage Rates? Where are Home Prices Headed? Is a Recession around corner? And Much, Much More!
This will be an episode not to be missed, especially if you want to buy or sell in 2024!
When You Sell, Your House Is a Gift That Keeps on Giving
If a move is on your mind this holiday season, remember selling now makes both your move and someone else’s possible. Let’s connect today and start the process of selling your house.
#Homesellers #HolidayHomeselling #SellersMarket #HolidayHom
Going My Way. Today
In 1944, the film “Going My Way” premiered. It was about a younger priest, Father O’Malley, who may replace an old, stodgy, set-in-his-ways, but loveable parish priest, Father Fitzgibbon. Father O’Malley felt religion should not go the “Sturm and Drang” route, but lead with love, happiness and understanding.
So do I.
Topic Question for “Real Estate with Mr. G” Video Podcast 11-18-23.
The Latest 2024 Housing Market Forecast
On the 11/18/23 Video Podcast of “Real Estate with Mr. G” we
will discuss – The Latest 2024 Housing Market Forecast. Topics include:
Mortgage Rates, Home Prices and Homes sales for 2024. Get fully prepared for the New Year with this
#Homeprices #Homeprices2024 #MortgageRates2024
#HousingInventory2024 #RealEstatewithMrG ned
Home Price Seasonality Is Coming Back
Want to know what’s really happening with home prices? Prices are still growing, just at a more normal pace for the market. Want more information on home prices in our area? Let’s connect.
#HomePrices #Homeprices2023 #HousingInventory #Homesales #RealEstatewit
Life is a journey filled with unexpected twists and turns, like the excitement of welcoming a new addition, retiring and starting a new adventure, or the bittersweet feeling of an empty nest. If something like this is changing in your own life, you may be considering buying or selling a house. That’s because through all these life-altering events, there is one common thread—the need to move.
Reasons People Still Need To Move Today
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) there have been a lot of this type of milestone or life change over the last two years (see graph below):
As Claire Trapasso, Executive News Editor at Realtor.com, says:
“Because high mortgage rates, elevated home prices, and stubbornly low inventory make today’s housing market particularly challenging, many of today’s buyers are motivated by life changes, such as growing families, supporting elderly parents or grown children, or accommodating professional needs. . .”
Lean On a Real Estate Professional for Help
Whether you’re beginning your search for a home or preparing to sell your current house, you don’t have to go it alone. With their expertise, a real estate agent is an invaluable partner who can help you smoothly transition through these big moments in your life. Here are just a few examples.
When Buying a Home
If you’re welcoming a new addition and want more space, the need for a new home may be a top priority. While higher home prices and mortgage rates are creating challenges for buyers, you may have to find a way to meet your changing needs, even with today’s mortgage rates.
A skilled real estate agent can help. Their expertise and knowledge of the local housing market can save you a considerable amount of time and stress. An agent will take the time to understand your specific needs, budget, and preferences, allowing them to narrow down your search and present you with suitable options.
When Selling a House
If you’re retiring or going through a separation or divorce, your main focus may be to make the most out of your investment when selling your house, so you can find one that works better for you moving forward.
This is another place where a real estate agent’s expertise truly shines. They can accurately assess your home’s market value, suggest improvements to enhance its appeal, and craft a strategic marketing plan. Their negotiation skills are a big asset when it comes to making sure you get a fair price for your house, allowing you to move on to the next chapter of your life with confidence and peace of mind.
No matter your situation, lean on a trusted professional for help as you buy or sell a home.
If recent life-changing events have you wanting or needing to move, let’s connect.
If you’re weighing your options to decide whether it makes more sense to rent or buy a home today, here’s one key data point that could help you feel more confident in making your decision. Every three years, the Federal Reserve Board releases the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF). That report covers the difference in net worth for both homeowners and renters. Spoiler alert: the gap between the two is significant.
The average homeowner’s net worth is almost 40X greater than a renter’s. And here’s the data to prove it (see graph below):
The Big Reason Homeowner Net Worth Is So High
In the previous version of that report, the net worth of the average homeowner was roughly $255,000 and that of the average renter was $6,300. But in the release that just came out this year, the gap widened as homeowner net worth climbed dramatically. As the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) report says:
“. . . the 2019-2022 growth in median net worth was the largest three-year increase over the history of the modern SCF, more than double the next-largest one on record.”
One of the biggest reasons homeowner net worth skyrocketed is home equity.
Over the last few years, known as the ‘unicorn’ years for housing, home prices went through the roof. That’s because there weren’t enough homes for sale, and there was a big influx of buyers rushing to buy them and take advantage of the then record-low mortgage rates. That imbalance of supply and demand pushed prices higher and higher. As a result, most homeowners who had a home during that time saw their equity grow a lot.
If you’re still in the middle of making your decision on whether to rent or buy, you may wonder if you missed the boat on the big net worth boost. But here’s what you need to realize. As a recent article in The Ascent explains:
“Whether your net worth increased in recent years or not, there are steps you can take to boost that number in the coming years. . . buying a home can be a great way to grow your net worth, since home values have a tendency to rise over time.”
Historically, home prices climb over time. Even now that mortgage rates are closer to 7-8%, prices are still rising in many areas of the country because supply is still low compared to demand. That’s why expert forecasts for the next few years call for ongoing appreciation – just at a pace that’s more typical for the housing market.
While it likely won’t be the record ramp-up that happened over the last few years, people who buy now should continue to grow equity in the years ahead. That means, if you’re ready and able to buy a home today, you’ll be making an investment that’ll help build your net worth in the long run.
As Jessica Lautz, Deputy Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), says:
“. . . when deciding to rent vs buy, one must calculate the total cost of homeownership (maintenance, utilities, commuting, etc.) and the total financial benefit. Based on new Fed data . . . the median net worth of homeowners was $396,200 vs renters at $10,400. There is no question about the wealth gains that homeownership provides.”
If you’re on the fence about whether to rent or buy a home, remember that homeownership can give your net worth a big boost over time. If you want to learn more about this or the many other benefits of owning a home, let’s connect.