Many of our clients are calling us early this year, as they are getting the “itch” to get moving on moving (did you get that?). Good move! As we start a new year and look at some of the changes in our market, I have been encouraging our clients to start planning now, so we can make sure they are educated and that they have a plan in place for that moment when they finally realize-It IS Time! So, what is going on in the market and how does it affect you?
As you have likely noticed, interest rates have crept up slightly from last year, and are hovering around that 5% mark. This is still being regulated by the Fed slightly, and we really should be up closer to around 6%. Will 6% happen this year? No one can say for certain, yet I would say that if you know your move is inevitable, we should get together and start planning sooner than later, as a 1% rate hike can certainly affect affordability in every price range (unless you have cash, of course!).
What about inventory?
Well, as we look at our stats that wrapped up 2018, we notice a few things. First off, our months supply is still a lowly 2.1 months of inventory overall. This is down 8.7% from the previous year. Remember, a balanced market is around 6 months of inventory, so it is still a great time for sellers.
Never fear, buyers! We are seeing more inventory, in most of our price ranges and areas, coming onto the market this winter. We should see more houses for you to choose from, if you are looking to make a move. Homes for sale is slightly down overall, yet in some of our mid to higher price ranges (think $300,000 and up), we have seen a 10.5% increase in listings. Good news, as this market shifts into 2019.
Overall, we are noticing a slight shift in the market, yet the outlook for 2019 is a positive one for those with a move on their radar. Every area within the Twin Cities is slightly different where these trends are concerned, so if you would like a more in depth look at YOUR area, we would love to share it with you. Give a call, shoot us a text or an email and we would be happy to spend some time with you discovering the best strategy around your plans this year!