MORE ARE PLANNING TO BUY IN 2021

EDIT: FNMA is estimating that each month fewer than 1 million homes become available for purchase, and there are more than 1.5 Million prospective home buyers each month, They estimate, based on demand trends, to keep up with demand, builders will need to construct 1.6 Million homes/month, to keep up with lack of inventory. This further corroborates the Forbes predictions.

With much of 2020 made a mess by the COVID-19 pandemic, there were a few bright spots, noticeably, the spike in real estate price. After a brief period of decline occasioned by the onset of the COVID-19, low mortgage rates and relocations made possible by remote work resulted in an increased demand for residential properties. This surge in demand meant an increased valuation of properties, creating more wealth for homeowners.

2021 has shown signs of continuing with the upward trend, with experts predicting another strong year for the housing market. According to Forbes, it’s expected that home prices will increase no less than 13.4% and up to 25%. This increase in the value of properties is expected to be driven by: 

  • Increased demand from buyers who delayed purchasing because of the pandemic.
  • Condo owners are seeking to escape multifamily buildings for single-family houses to reduce exposure to the virus.
  • Allowed to work from home indefinitely
  • Pent up demand due to Covid restrictions
  • Work from home lifestyle changes 
  • Migration from suburbs to rural
  • An all-time low-interest rate
  • Low inventory

CAN WE EXPECT MORE HOMES TO GET LISTED?

Each month, the gap between the number of homes sold and the number of new listings widens, so more often than not, the odds favor home sellers. According to data from experts, unless more homeowners decide to list their homes for sale, available housing inventory is expected to remain low. 

For example, compared to 2019, 2020 witnessed a 0.22% increase in the number of homes listed, with total sales increasing by as much as 19.29%.

Therefore though it sounds like the obvious thing to say, now is the best time to get your home listed for sale. 

RATES WILL RULE THE MARKET STILL 

Whether sales price is more important than the interest rate depends on your perspective, but in 2021, interest rates will prove to be more important. In mid-2019, the interest rate for properties hovered around 4.5%, but in 2021, it’s expected to fall to 2.5%.

While you can’t always predict fluctuations in the market, you can observe them and learn patterns. As a rule of thumb, when interest rates go down, sales prices move up to compensate. This has stayed true over the years, although there have been a few exceptions. An example of how interest rates influence the price of properties can be seen in the scenario below: 

Say you’re comparing a home in Phoenix worth $250,000 and purchased at a fixed interest rate of 4.5% purchased in 2019 with a house purchased at $250,000 with a 2.5% interest rate. Mortgage for both houses is spread over 30 years paid monthly. 

See how they compare: 

Mid 2019 Range: 4.5 % on a 30 year fixed, $250,000 loan

  • Monthly payment: $1,266
  • Total Interest Paid: $206,017
  • Total Paid: $456,017

Current Range: 2.5% on a 30 year fixed, $250,000 loan

  • Monthly payment: $924
  • Total Interest Paid: $82,657
  • Total Paid: $332,657

$123,360 4.5% savings by the rate in the example above.

If we decide to take it one step further and increase the loan amount to $300,000 and $370,000, respectively, we get: 

Home purchased in 2019 for $300,000 with $50,000 down payment and 4.5% rate

  • Monthly payment: $1,266

Current Value $370K with 50K down and 2.5% rate

  • Monthly payment: $1,264
  • Total Interest Paid: $135,179
  • Total Paid: $455,179

IS THE HOUSING MARKET GOING TO CRASH IN 2021?

It’s unlikely that the housing market will crash within the next three years at least. Remember, experts predict that home prices will increase by 13.4% and up to 25%. With new buyers continuing to enter the market and not enough homes for sale to meet demand, home sales and prices are expected to go up still. 

On the other hand, if the number of houses for sale becomes crazy high, and the number of buyers willing to buy them suddenly plummet, home prices would fall, and then we can begin to fear a crash.

THE BOTTOM LINE

With so much uncertainty affecting the economy, the job market, and our daily lives, it can feel incredibly difficult to plan for the future. However, with expert forecasts and market patterns, you can expect an incredible seller’s market in 2021, making it a great time to list your home, especially if you reside in the suburbs. 

We can also expect a decrease in rented units, which might incentivize landlords to offer lower prices and better deals. Therefore, take advantage of these opportunities to shop for affordable office spaces or housing closer to the city. 

Lastly, although 2020 was tumultuous and 2021 may seem daunting, it’s important to keep in mind that the housing market is leading our economy toward recovery, and we shouldn’t expect an oncoming market crash. The housing market is known for being difficult to predict; therefore, you must have an expert in your corner. To connect with agents that can weather real estate storms, you can try our services at Coastal Pacific Lending.