Happy February Everyone!
Anyone else remember telling themselves back in the late 90’s early 2000’s, “I should’ve bought then!?” Well, here we go again, folks! The real estate market is rapidly shifting, and anyone with an eye on opportunity will want to read up on the state of our local progress. So, here’s an update for our area:
Our inventory shrank considerably over the past few months, and buyers were feeling the crunch with considerably less to choose from. Now, however, homeowners are seeing the unusual trend and jumping onto the bandwagon. Sellers are not waiting for spring! They’re realizing they better beat the competition, and are getting listed early in 2012.
Facts to back this up? Active listings dropped consistently from mid 2011 through December. January saw the first increase since last August: up from 2325 in December 2011 to 2849 in January 2012.
Helping this along, closed sales were up October through December 2011. Comparatively, we saw 355 homes closed in December 2011 (from 336 in 2010), and 205 homes closed in January 2012 (from 184 in 2011). For chart aficionados look here:
Maybe most importantly, the Fed just made a mega deal to help homeowners who are upside down in their mortgages in the next 12 months. This will begin to take away the “smoking deals” on foreclosures and short sales. Not only that, they’re aiming to compensate families who were forced out of their homes prematurely due to improper foreclosures. Read more about it here:
Summary, if you’re considering buying or selling:
Sellers (if you’re not upside down in your mortgage), it may be the right time to beat the competition. Consider getting your property listed sooner rather than later.
Buyers, it may be the right time to get your financing in place and find your new home. Beat the crunch, before interest rates go up and the banks get buried (again) in the Fed’s mandated refi’s and principal reductions.