What's the Market Like?

"I'll keep my low rate, thanks" Pt 2

Previously, in Part 1, I mentioned the idea of hanging onto your current low rate and using it to your benefit by turning your home into a rental. You can read that article HERE

As I was working on getting the thoughts out of my head, I came across an article on Fortune.com talking about this same concept.

Let’s dig in. Rent is always going up, but has increased considerably over the past few years. At the time when you locked in your low interest rate, most rents were a decent amount higher than a mortgage would have been. I’m willing to bet todays rents would cover your mortgage plus quite a bit extra…giving you a nice chunk of cash every month.

Don’t want to be a landlord? Hire a manager...

April 2023 Market Report for Charlottesville & Albemarle

The housing market remains strong and the scales are still tipped in the sellers favor. Homes are typically receiving multiple offers for the most popular locations and typically above asking price. Those that do not have the traditional living layout and amenties as expected today, are not priced accurately, or the value is not easily estimated, are the ones sitting longer on the market or requiring a price adjustment. 

Some buyers are still strippin contingencies (home inspection, etc.) from their offers in an effort to be competitive. 

Whether or not it's necessary on the particular home/s that interest you, you still need to let the asking price be a guide, not an anchor, and be prepared to offer over asking price. There seem to be a good amount of options coming onto the market, so understand the most important...

"I'll keep my low rate, thanks" Pt 1

I’ve had countless conversations with homeowners that would love to move, but can’t stomach leaving behind their low interest rate of 3% and below. Mostly those who are doing so, need to because of a relocation, or have another life event/situation that requires it, or their financial situation allows for a higher price tag and the motivation is there to make it happen.

I would encourage home owners in this situation to rent the current home as a way to continue taking advantage of that low rate. This will most likely allow you to earn a nice flow of cash every month after all debt and expenses are paid. It could even offset the additional cost of the higher rate. I’ll get into this more in Pt 2. 


March 2023 Market Report

New listings really shot up this month compared to last. 125 of these were new builds, or proposed to be built this year compared to 51 last month.

70% of the homes listed are now under contract/sold, which paints a clear picture that the market is still very strong. Especially seeing that sales prices are $5000 above list price.

Looking at the bar chart of sales prices it could appear that home values in 2023 are declining below 2022 levels. The data, however, only represents what homes are being listed on the market. It does not take into account the level of finishes, the size, location, etc….all of which strongly influence the price. Working with buyers that have been looking since 2022, I can tell you (& they would agree), prices/values do not feel lower at all.

Be prepared to compete...

January Market Report

There were a lot of homes listed this month compared to Dec (77% increase). The majority of that increase is actually condos and townhomes. Homes overall are sitting longer on the market, theres fewer sales, and fewer buyers. The market has absolutely slowed down. This time last year we had 157 homes active on the market. Today we have 260. Of those 260 though, only 133 are detached homes. This is only an increase of 3 homes compared to January 2022. The condo and townhome inventory jumped from 14 to 77!

Unfortunately, buyers still feel like they can’t find the home they want. Partially because there’s more new construction homes making up the added inventory, and those neighborhoods are just not for everyone…partially just their location. Another part is there just simply aren’t a lot of nice homes available...

Is now a good time to buy?

When asking "Is now a bad/good time to buy a home?", I always urge you to follow that sentence with, "given my situation?"

Compared to....Renting? Absolutely; Downsizing? Given the interest rates and if you're locked into a low rate, probably only if you intend to buy the downsized home with all cash, or a lot of it; Relocating? Back to the comparison on renting...Yes. Unless you want to live in an area for a while before buying. I get that. Upgrading? If your dream home comes along, then why not. I'm assuming with an upgrade you intend to be there a long time, in which case you don't need to be concerned about the short-term market fluctuations. Similar to the stock market. Staying for less than 3 years? You should likely wait until we understand...

August 2022 Market Report

Homes coming onto the market have both dropped significantly from last month, though it's normal for this time of year. We did have 1 more home listed this August than August of 2021. That's a big deal. It's a big deal, because we haven't seen that stat line in quite a while. Also 48% of homes listed in August were still on the market as of Sept 1. This tells us that homes are sitting a bit longer on the market. 

Another interesting stat that stands out, is that the median sales price was only $2000 over asking. The smallest number we have seen a very long time. 

This data shows us that more of the same is continuing...
Buyers are being more selective. The frenzy is over, though, there's still plenty of people out there shopping and ready to buy.