Real Estate Market News: Learn Why Now Is The Time To List Your Home For Sale
Each year, most homeowners wait until the spring to sell their houses because they believe that they can get a better deal during the normal spring buyer’s market. However, recently released data suggests that a seller’s best deal may be available right now. The concept of ‘supply & demand’ reveals that the best price for an item will be realized when the supply of that item is low and the demand for that item is high. Let’s see how this applies to the current residential real estate market.
It is no secret that the supply of homes for sale has been far below the number needed for over a year. A normal market requires six months of housing inventory to meet the demand. The latest report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that there is currently only a 4.2-month supply.
Supply is currently very low!! Now is a great time to find out what your home is worth!
A report that was just released tells us that demand is very strong. The most recent Foot Traffic Report (which sheds light on the number of buyers out looking at homes) disclosed that there are more buyers right now than at any other time in the last twelve months. This includes more buyers looking at homes right now than at any time during last year’s spring market.
Demand is currently very high!!
Waiting until the spring to list your house for sale made sense in the past. This year is different. The best deal is probably available right now.
The latest edition of CoreLogic’s Home Price Index shows that nationally, home prices have appreciated 6.7% over the last year and 0.9% month-over-month. The release of the report included this headline,
“National Home Prices Now 50% Above March 2011 Bottom”
The real estate market has come a long way since 2011, which is great news for homeowners!
Nearly 79% of homeowners with a mortgage in the US now have significant equity in their homes (defined as over 20%), according to the latest Equity Report. The challenge is that not every homeowner knows how much their home’s value has appreciated.
Homeowners in Denver, CO lead the way with 8.7% appreciation over the last year, while owners in Washington and Utah have experienced a 3% increase in values since the start of this year!
Nationally, CoreLogic forecasts that home values will increase another 5.0% by this time next year.
Bill Banfield, VP of Capital Markets at Quicken Loans, recently explained the importance of knowing the conditions in your area,
“With home values constantly changing, and the rates of change varying across the country, this is one more way to show how important it is for homeowners to stay aware of their local housing market.”
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Study: FSBOs Don’t Save Real Estate Commission
One of the main reasons why For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) don’t use a real estate agent is because they believe they will save the commission an agent charges for getting their house on the market and selling it. A new study by Collateral Analytics, however, reveals that FSBOs don’t actually save anything, and in some cases may be costing themselves more, by not listing with an agent.
In the study, they analyzed home sales in a variety of markets in 2016 and the first half of 2017. The data showed that:
“FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices than comparable home sales, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.” (emphasis added)
Why would FSBOs net less money than if they used an agent?
The study makes several suggestions:
- “There could be systematic bias on the buyer side as well. FSBO sales might attract more strategic buyers than MLS sales, particularly buyers who rationalize lower-priced bids on with the logic that the seller is “saving” a traditional commission. Such buyers might specifically search for and target sellers who are not getting representational assistance from agents.” In other words, ‘bargain lookers’ might shop FSBOs more often.
- “Experienced agents are experts at ‘staging’ homes for sale” which could bring more money for the home.
- “Properties listed with a broker that is a member of the local MLS will be listed online with all other participating broker websites, marketing the home to a much larger buyer population. And those MLS properties generally offer compensation to agents who represent buyers, incentivizing them to show and sell the property and again potentially enlarging the buyer pool.” If more buyers see a home, the greater the chances are that there could be a bidding war for the property.
Three conclusions from the study:
- FSBOs achieve prices significantly lower than those from similar properties sold by Realtors using the MLS.
- The differential in selling prices for FSBOs when compared to MLS sales of similar properties is about 5.5%.
- The sales in 2017 suggest the average price was near 6% lower for FSBO sales of similar properties.
If you are thinking of selling, FSBOing may end up costing you money instead of saving you money.
Closing costs are fees charged by the lender at the closing of a real estate transaction. Closing costs typically add up to thousands of dollars. The good news is that, each year, Bankrate conducts a survey of closing costs in all the states. See what the average fees are for your state.
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While many people save for and anticipate the costs associated with buying a home, not everyone realizes that selling a house also comes with its share of fees.
In some cases, these fees can account for 10 percent of the sale of the home. While many of these charges are negotiable and can fluctuate depending on the current real estate market, sellers should plan on paying at least some of these expenses.
Understanding the cost to sell a house can help prevent sticker shock when it comes time to close the sale.
The real estate commission is often the largest fee that a seller has to pay. In many cases, these commissions can total 5 percent to 6 percent of the sale cost. This means that a house that sells for $250,000 could end up costing an additional $15,000 in commission fees.
The commission fee is split between the seller’s agent and the buyer’s agent. Many homeowners are attempting to skip these high fees altogether by going the sell-it-yourself route, but if you take this approach be prepared to assume the Realtor’s responsibilities.
These can include negotiations, hiring a contract lawyer and taking care of the transfer of title.
If you’re thinking about selling your home, chances are there are a few repairs that can boost the appeal of your home and even raise its value. If you’ve been putting off painting a bedroom, repairing a staircase or fixing a leaky faucet, now’s the time to make those changes. If you’re paying for repairs or upgrades with a credit card, be sure you’re getting cash back or rewards.
You may spend several hundred dollars on cosmetic fixes on your home, but if the buyer’s home inspection reveals any major problems, you might be responsible for paying to fix them as well.
Major repairs could be a financial setback, so it’s important to be prepared for them before you choose to sell, especially if you anticipate a problem with your home passing inspection.
Buyers like to have a clear picture of what the home will look like with their items in it. If your home is currently vacant or your possessions are outdated, you may want to hire a professional stager who can arrange furniture and accessories.
A 2015 National Association of Realtors study revealed that the median cost for staging was $675.
If you plan to move out before you sell your home, you’ll want to continue to pay for your heat and electricity. A home without heat and lighting can be very difficult to show to buyers. Your current utility bills can give you an idea how much this will cost.
The proceeds of your home will be used to pay off your mortgage, but it is likely that the number on your mortgage statement might be a little less than what you owe.
You’ll likely have to add prorated interest you’ve accrued to the total balance. Additionally, your lender may penalize you for paying early if you have a prepayment penalty associated with your mortgage.
Closing costs and additional fees
While the closing cost to sell a house is typically the responsibility of the buyer, don’t be surprised if you are asked to foot the bill, especially if you are trying to sell your home in a buyer’s market (one which has an influx of homes for sale).
Some of these costs may include HOA (or homeowners association) fees, property taxes, attorney fees, transfer taxes and title insurance. You also may be asked to pay an escrow fee, a brokerage fee and a courier fee. Altogether, closing costs can range from 2 percent to 4 percent of the selling price.
Many of the above fees are negotiable, and it is unlikely that a seller will be responsible for all of these. Still, it helps to be prepared. Knowing how much it will cost to sell a house can help you avoid disappointment when the time comes to put it on the market.