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May 4, 2021

4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell Now

4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell Now | MyKCM

The housing market keeps sailing along. The only headwind that could take it off course is the lack of inventory for sale. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that there were 410,000 fewer single-family homes for sale this March than in March of 2020. The key to continued success in the residential housing market is for more listings to come on the market. However, many homeowners are concerned that selling their homes could be challenging for several reasons.

Recently, Homes.com released the findings of a survey that identified these concerns, as well as what it will take for homeowners to feel comfortable selling their houses. Here are the four major homeowner concerns and a quick explanation of what’s actually happening in the housing market today.

1. Homeowners don’t know if they’ll be able to secure their next home before selling.

In negotiations, leverage is the power that one side may have to influence the other side while moving closer to their negotiating position. A party’s leverage is based on the ability to award benefits or eliminate costs on the other side.

In today’s market, buyers have compelling reasons to purchase a home now:

  • To own a home of their own
  • To buy before prices continue to appreciate
  • To secure a mortgage at a historically low rate, while they last

These buyer needs give the seller tremendous leverage. Most already realize this leverage enables the homeowner to sell at a good price. However, this leverage may also be used to negotiate time to find their next home. The homeowner could sell their home to the buyer at today’s price, which will enable the purchaser to take advantage of current mortgage rates. In return, the buyer might lease the house back to the seller for a pre-determined length of time while the seller finds a new home or has one built.

This gives the buyer what they want while also giving the seller what they need. It’s a true win-win negotiation.

2. Homeowners don’t know if their current home will sell for the asking price or top market price.

This is the perfect time to maximize profits while selling a house. NAR just released a study showing that bidding wars are at an all-time high. The study reveals that when comparing the first quarter of last year to the first quarter of this year, the number of offers on homes for sale doubled from an average of 2.4 to 4.8 offers.

Whenever there’s a bidding war, the price of the item for sale escalates. Bloomberg recently reported:

“For the first time ever, the average U.S. home is selling for above its list price.”

If a seller is looking for a top-dollar sale, there’s no better time to sell than right now.

3. Homeowners don’t know if they will get an offer without their home requiring work or updates.

Again, leverage is the greatest strength a seller has in this market. Due to the lack of homes for sale, many buyers are more willing to take on home improvement projects themselves in order to get the home they’re after.

A recent post on whether or not to renovate before selling notes:

“It may be wise to let future homeowners remodel the bathroom or the kitchen to make design decisions that are best for their specific taste and lifestyle. As a seller, your dollars and time might be better spent working on small cosmetic updates, like refreshing some paint and power washing the exterior. Instead of over-investing in your home with upgrades that the buyers may change anyway, work with a real estate professional to determine the key projects that will maximize your listing, without overdoing it.”

If a seller is worried about doing work or updates on their home, they must realize that today’s historically low inventory likely renders these projects less critical to the sale of the house.

4. Homeowners don’t know if they can have a quick closing process.

When speed is important, there are two points sellers should look at:

  • The time it takes to find a buyer for the home
  • The time it takes to close the transaction

In the latest Existing Home Sales Report, NAR explains:

“Properties typically remained on the market for 18 days in March, down from 20 days in February and from 29 days in March 2020. Eighty-three percent of the homes sold in March 2021 were on the market for less than a month.”

Eighteen days is fast, and it’s a new record. Here are the days the average house is on the market in each state:4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell Now | MyKCMRegarding the time it will take to close the transaction, all-cash sales accounted for 23% of all home purchase transactions in March. All-cash sales can usually be closed in thirty days.

If a mortgage is necessary, the most recent Origination Insight Report from Ellie Mae shows:

“Time to close all loans decreased in March. The average time to close a purchase fell to 51 days, down from 53 the month prior.”

If you’re looking for a quick closing process, there’s never been a market in which the two-step process (finding a buyer and closing the deal) has taken less time.

Bottom Line

Selling your house can be daunting, especially in a fast-paced market. However, the fact that we’re in such a strong sellers’ market clearly eliminates many common concerns. Let’s connect today so you can learn more about the opportunities for homeowners who are ready to sell.

April 27, 2021

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Posted in Birmingham Market
April 22, 2021

Americans Favor Homeownership as an Investment

Given the option, most Americans would prefer to invest in homeownership than in stocks. Let's connect today if you're ready to enjoy the financial benefits of homeownership.

Posted in Investing
April 20, 2021

How to Increase Your Net Worth

82,338 Great Reasons to Buy a Home Today | MyKCM

The financial benefits of buying a home as compared to renting one are always up for debate. However, one element of the equation is often ignored – the ability to build wealth as a homeowner.

Most experts are calling for home prices to continue appreciating over the next several years. The most recent Home Price Expectation Survey, a survey of over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment and market strategists, expects home appreciation to increase as follows:

  • 2021: 6%
  • 2022: 4.5%
  • 2023: 4%
  • 2024: 3.6%
  • 2025: 3.5%

Using their annual projections, the graph below shows the equity build-up a purchaser could earn, using a $350,000 home as an example:82,338 Great Reasons to Buy a Home Today | MyKCMA homeowner could increase their net worth by over $80,000 in five years. That’s an average of $16,000 annually. That number should be in any equation determining the financial benefits of owning a home compared to renting.

Bottom Line

Homeowners are going to make a substantial amount of money in home equity over the next five years. If you’re ready to buy a home, let’s connect so you can enjoy this great benefit as well.



The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Marshall Malone does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Marshall Malone will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein
Posted in Investing
April 16, 2021

Tax Refund and Homeownership Goals

If you're ready to buy your first home, your tax refund and stimulus savings may cover more of a down payment than you realize. Let's connect to discuss how these key savings could add up big for your homebuying goals this year.

April 16, 2021

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Home Is Where the Heart Is [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights

  • There’s no doubt about it: homeowners love their homes, and that feeling has become even more important over the past year.
  • The vast majority of homeowners say they’re emotionally attached to their home and that it has kept them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Owning a home provides a sense of safety, security, and accomplishment. Let’s connect to move your homeownership goals forward today.

 

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Marshall Malone does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Marshall Malone. will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.
Posted in Birmingham Market
April 14, 2021

Top 4 Reasons to Own a Home

Owning a home can have an incredible impact on your quality of life. Let's connect if you're ready to make your dream of homeownership a reality.

 

April 14, 2021

A Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks

93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks

93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks | MyKCM

A recent Survey of Consumer Finances study released by the Federal Reserve reveals the net worth of homeowners is forty times greater than that of renters. If you’re wondering if homeownership is a good investment, the study clearly answers that question, and the answer is yes.

Do Americans believe a home is a better investment than stocks?

In a post on the Liberty Street Economics blog, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York notes that 93.3% of Americans believe buying a home is definitely or probably a better investment than buying stocks.

Here’s how the results break down:93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks | MyKCMThe survey also shows a wide range of reasons why Americans feel that way (respondents were able to pick more than one answer):93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks | MyKCM

Bottom Line

The data show how strongly Americans believe in homeownership as an investment. That belief is warranted. The Liberty Street Economics blog put it best by saying:

“Housing represents the largest asset owned by most households and is a major means of wealth accumulation, particularly for the middle class.”

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Marshall Malone does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Marshall Malone will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

April 13, 2021

Which Market in Birmingham Sold Faster

North Shelby / Hoover in the 35244 zip code was the fastest closing market in Birmingham, with an average of 14 days on the market.  If measured in terms of median days, the answer would change to Altadena and Bluff Park, where homes went under contract in 2 days.  

All of Birmingham is selling fast, because there is so little inventory.  While this is a national problem caused by factors going back to the 2007 housing crisis, new construction starts are increasing in such a way that new inventory could be keeping up with the demand in the next few years.  This will take time to even out, meaning that this sellers market will be around for a while.

Keep an eye out for my articles in the following papers in March:

April 9, 2021

Trussville is Hot

711 homes sold in Trussville in 2020, which is 33 more houses than in 2019. These went for a median price of $300,000, up from $293,000 in 2019, and were generally under contract faster than 2019 in an average of 31 days. Almost all of these homes were at or over list price, meaning that competition was fierce. Expect a higher volume of homes in 2020 as the pandemic gets under control, and the economy continues to boom in a town that is seriously fixed on growth and redevelopment.   Inventory is tight, and most homes will have multiple offers prior to being placed under contract.

According to their mayor, "In addition to the downtown redevelopment, the City of Trussville has engaged in two major infrastructure projects that will allow citizens to bypass US Highway 11, which runs through the middle of the city and is often the source of traffic woes. Drivers will have options to avoid the main congested areas, thanks to a Loop Road Project that is being planned to come from the north side of Trussville into downtown. Two roads will be built within the next two years that will hopefully alleviate some of the traffic congestion in the core area."

Housing Data from MLS