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What Makes a Home Affordable

If you’ve been following the housing market over the last couple of years, you’re likely aware of the growing concern about home affordability.

But according to experts, the key factors that determine housing affordability are projected to improve this year.

The three measures used to establish home affordability are home prices, mortgage rates, and wages. Here’s a closer look at each one.

1. Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates shot up to over 7% last year, causing many buyers to put their plans on hold. But things are looking different today as rates are starting to come down.

According to Cape Cod Five’s Patti Lotane: “Conforming rates have dropped over the past couple of months. At the end of October we were seeing a 30 year fixed rate for a primary residence at 6.375%/APR 6.431.  Last week we were offering a rate at 5.625% /APR 5.679 for our 30 year fixed rate option.”  

If you’re waiting for rates to drop even further, as some potential buyers have told us, keep in mind that these current numbers are comparable to pre-pandemic figures that no one was claiming were too high. Those 3% rates were a once in a lifetime opportunities.

So, if 7% rates paused your homebuying plans last year, this could be the opportunity you need to get back in the game.

2. Home Prices

The second factor at play is price. Home prices have made headlines over the past few years because they skyrocketed during the pandemic. According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR: “After a big boom over the past two years, there will essentially be no change nationally…Half of the country may experience small price gains, while the other half may see slight price declines.”

Here on Cape, the median sales price for a single family home peaked in July 2022 at $710,751.00. In January it was $659, 500.00. By December prices were lower than when the year began. ($650,000.00)

3. Wages

The final component in the affordability equation is wages. The graph below uses data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to show how wages have increased over time:

The 3 Factors That Affect Home Affordability | MyKCM

Also, according to the Bureau, the average weekly wage for Barnstable County/Cape Cod is $1,129 or $58,708 per year. The national figure is $1,374.

Don’t forget, as Cape Cod Five’s Lotane notes, that the affordability of a monthly mortgage payment can also be influenced by down payment, credit score, and other monthly debts.

Bottom Line

While affordability hurdles are not completely going away this year, based on current trends and projections, 2023 should bring some relief to homebuyers who have faced growing challenges. According to Mike Fratantoni, Chief Economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA): “Rates are expected to move lower for the year, and home price growth is expected to cool, both of which will help affordability challenges.”

Buying a home is a scary proposition no matter the economic situation. There always seems to be as many reasons to purchase, as there are not to. (And well meaning relatives and friends telling you to keep renting or sleeping in your in-law’s basement one more year.)

Before making your decision it’s important to have the advice of respected realtors (like Mari Sennott Plus) and trusted lenders (like Cape Cod Five’s Lotane.)

If you have questions, let’s connect at 508-360-5664 or msennott@todayrealestate.com.

You may be closer to owning a home than you think.

Mari and Hank

Have Home Prices Levelled Off?

Whether you’re already a homeowner or you’re looking to become one, recent headlines about home prices may leave you with more questions than answers. News stories are talking about home prices falling, and that’s raising concerns about a repeat of what happened to prices in the crash in 2008.

One of the questions that’s on many minds, based on those headlines, is: how much will home prices decline? But what you may not realize is expert forecasters aren’t calling for a free fall in prices. In fact, if you look at the latest data, there’s a case to be made that the biggest portion of month-over-month price depreciation nationally may already be behind us – and even those numbers weren’t significant declines on the national level. Instead of how far will they drop, the question becomes: have home values levelled off?

Let’s take a look at the latest data from several reputable industry sources (see chart below):

Have Home Values Hit Bottom? | MyKCM

The chart above provides a look at the most recent reports from Case-Shiller, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Black Knight, and CoreLogic. It shows how, on a national scale, home values have changed month-over-month since January 2022. November and December numbers have yet to come out.

Let’s focus in on what the red numbers tell us. The red numbers are the change in home values over the last four months that have been published. And if we isolate the last four months, what the data shows is, in each case, home price depreciation peaked in August.

While that doesn’t guarantee home price depreciation has moderated, it confirms prices aren’t in a free fall, and it may be an early signal that the worst is already behind us.

According to the Cape Cod and Islands Association of Realtors, the median sales price for a single family home in January 2022 was $586, 500.00. In June it was $665,000.00 and by December, the median price was $650,000.00. This certainly suggests that, in general prices, have calmed down.

What does this mean?

If you’re a buyer who stepped out of the market mid-year because of prices, it’s probably time to get back in.

If you’re a potential seller, what are you waiting for?

Either option, let’s connect at 508-360-5664 or msennott@todayrealestate.com. We can provide you with up-to-date information about the housing market that will help you make the best decision for your individual situation.

Talk soon…

Mari and Hank

A Renter Again in 2023?

We can all agree that the costing of housing is high. If you’re renting, there’s a chance you’re paying more than what a mortgage payment would be, if you owned your own home.

And as has been said many times, your rent is actually your landlord’s mortgage payment.

As a renter, you face an important decision every year: renew your current lease, start a new one, or maybe buy a home. 2023 is no different. But before making the decision to rent again, it helps to understand the true costs of doing so.

In the past year, both current renters and new renters have seen their rent go up. According to realtor.com: Three out of four renters (74.2%) who have moved in the past 12 months reported seeing their rent increase. The strain from recent rent hikes isn’t exclusive to renters, who have recently moved. Nearly two-thirds of renters (63.2%), who have lived in their current rental between 12 and 24 months, and likely renewed their lease, have also reported increases in their rent.”

If you look at historical data, that shouldn’t come as surprise. That’s because, according to the Census, rents have been rising fairly consistently since 1988 (see graph below):

Avoid the Rental Trap in 2023 | MyKCM

So, if you’re considering renting as an option in 2023, it’s worth weighing whether this trend is likely to continue. The 2023 Housing Forecast from realtor.com expects rents will keep climbing (see graph below):

Avoid the Rental Trap in 2023 | MyKCM

This forecast projects that rents will increase by 6.3% in the year ahead (shown in green). When compared to the blue bars in the graph, it’s clear that the 2023 projection doesn’t call for an increase as drastic as the ones renters have seen over the past two years, but it’s still above the historical average for rent hikes between 2013-2019.

That means, if you’re planning to rent again this year and you’ve not yet renewed your lease, you may pay more when you do.

Homeownership Provides an Alternative to Rising Rents

These rising costs may make you consider what other alternatives you have. If you’re looking for more stability, it could be time to prioritize homeownership. One of the many benefits of owning your own home is that it provides a stable monthly cost that you can lock in for the duration of your loan. As Freddie Mac says: “Monthly rent payments may increase over time, but a fixed-rate mortgage will ensure that you’re paying the amount each month.”

Homeowners also enjoy the added benefit of home equity, which has grown substantially. In fact, the latest Homeowner Equity Insight report from CoreLogic shows the average homeowner gained $34,300 in equity over the last 12 months. As a renter, your rent payment only covers the cost of your dwelling. When you pay your mortgage on a house, you grow your wealth through the forced savings that is your home equity.

There are two stumbling blocks that those thinking about buying often mention to us: interest rates and down payments.

But the facts are these: current interests rates are at or near pre-pandemic levels and no one was suggesting back then that they were too high.

The days of needing 20% for a down-payment are also long gone. For first time home buyers, the amount can be as little as 6%!

Is it time for you to break the rental cycle? If it is, please connect with us at 508-360-5664 or msennott@todayrealestate.com. We can help you put together a plan to get you on the road to homeownership and financial stability. Thanks…


We’re not ones to brag, but our completed number of transactions for 2022 (29) made us the number one agents in the Sandwich office of Today Real Estate. According to the National Association of Realtors, the average realtor in the U.S. completes four transactions per year.

We’re grateful for the trust so many families placed in us last year and are excited about the opportunity to help many more the year ahead. Let us know how we can help.

Mari and Hank

Is 2023 Your Year?

As we prepare for the holidays, many of us are also thinking about the year that’s ending and making plans for the one ahead.

If 2022 was the year you made a change, congratulations! Whether upsizing, downsizing, or moving to that “someday” neighborhood, it no doubt wasn’t easy due to limited inventory, prices, and stress producing bidding wars. But, if the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that life goes on.

We certainly didn’t start 2022 with the goal of leaving our home of 28 years. But, as the year progressed we realized that we were the people who we frequently talked about. We had a house that had become too big; was getting increasingly expensive to maintain, and didn’t fit our lifestyle. It was time to downsize.

Making the long story short, we used the equity in our home to help finance the purchase our new — and smaller — one. We then marketed our old house putting us in the position of knowing where we were going, which is a common concern expressed by homeowners, who want to sell.

If you sat on the sidelines this year waiting for prices to drop (or go even higher), you should know that — as predicted — prices are stabilizing. According to the latest report from the Cape Cod and Islands Association of Realtors, the median sales price of a single family home last month is just 1.4% higher than November 2021.

BTW…The median sales price of a condominium for the same time period is up 32.3%!

Last month, sellers received 95.9% of original list price. YTD that figure is 100.5%. This is good news for buyers and maybe not so good for sellers, who were hoping to receive the same crazy price that their neighbor got earlier this year. Anecdotally, price reductions, which had been rare, are now on the rise.

A home priced right will still sell quickly. We just put two under contract. And equity will put homeowners in a favorable position to make their next move.

With family often together over these next few weeks, please don’t hesitate to contact us, if you discuss making a change. We’d be happy to provide the most current information available to help you make a decision. You reach us at 508-360-5664 or msennott@todayrealestate.com.

As the holidays approach, we can’t help but think of the clients/friends who we worked with in 2022 and the hundreds we’ve gotten to know over the last 22 years. We hope everyone enjoys this special time of year in the place that they now call “home.”

Best wishes,

Mari and Hank

What Can You Expected for Home Prices?

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home soon, you may have questions about what’s happening with prices right as the market cools. The simple answer is that the real experts don’t expect prices to come crashing down, but the level of home price moderation will depend on factors like supply and demand in each local market.

That means, moving forward, home price appreciation will continue to vary by location, with more significant changes happening in overheated areas. Here’s a quick snapshot of what the experts are saying:

Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.comsays: “The major question on the minds of homeowners and aspiring buyers alike is what will happen to home prices. . . Soaring prices were propelled by all-time low mortgage rates which are a thing of the past. As a result, home price growth is expected to continue slowing, dipping below its pre-pandemic average to 5.4% for 2023, as a whole.

According to Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American: “House price appreciation has slowed in all 50 markets we track, but the deceleration is generally more dramatic in areas that experienced the strongest peak appreciation rates.”

Taylor Marr, Deputy Chief Economist at Redfin, says: For those bearish folks eagerly awaiting the home price crash, you’ll have to keep waiting. As much as demand is pulling back supply, it is also reducing downward pressure on prices in the short run.”

On Cape Cod, the median sales price for a single family home is up 1.4% comparing this November to a year ago. Prices were up 12% comparing November 2021 to November 2020! Year to date median sales prices are still up almost 22%, but the trend is stabilizing.

What Does This Mean for You?

If you’ve been playing the “waiting game” for prices to continue to increase (sellers) or decrease (buyers), time may be running out.

Potential sellers should know that Open Houses aren’t the social events that they were and, in general, bidding wars are a thing of the past. The number of days a property stays on the market is increasing, too, as are price reductions as sellers try to get the price their neighbors or friends got six months ago.

Buyers, who are hoping for prices to drop, are losing out. Some have told us that they’re waiting for interest rates to drop. They have been ticking back and the difference between 5.25% and 5.50% may not be as significant as you think, when you remember your mortgage is for 30 years and refinancing is always an option. (We’re never going to see 3% again…)

If you don’t have a relationship with a reputable lender, we can recommend several whom we have worked with over the years. It’s important to have that pre-approval letter and know how changes in interest rates impact what you can afford.

If 2023 is going to be you year and you have questions about what’s happening with home prices, let’s connect at 508-360-5664 or msennott@todayrealestate.com so we can share with you the latest information on what’s happening.

Talk soon…

Mari and Hank

Mortgage Rates Will Come Down, It’s Just a Matter of Time

This past year, rising mortgage rates have slowed the red-hot housing market. Over the past nine months, we’ve seen fewer homes sold than the previous month as home price growth has slowed. This is due to the fact that the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage r has doubled this year, putting the breaks on escalating prices.

This was the goal of the Federal Reserve when it raised rates: to cool down the market.

This month, the average rate for financing a home briefly rose over 7% before coming back down into the 6% range. But we’re starting to see a hint of what mortgage interest rates could look like next year.

Inflation Is the Enemy of Long-Term Interest Rates

As long as inflation is high, we’ll see higher mortgage rates. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen indications that inflation may be cooling, giving us a glimpse into what may happen in the future. The mortgage market is eagerly awaiting positive news on inflation. As Ali Wolf, Chief Economist at Zondasays: “We are watching for any additional stability in the MBs market, signs of cooling inflation, and/or less aggressive Federal Reserve action to give us confidence that mortgage rates are past their peak.”

What Does This Mean for the Future of Mortgage Rates?

As we get through the inflation battle and start to see that coming down, we should expect mortgage rates to follow. We’ve seen nods of this over the past couple of weeks. As the Federal Reserve works to bring inflation down, mortgage rates will come down as well. Bill McBride from Calculated Risk says: “My current view is inflation will ease quicker than the Fed currently expects.”

Not every mortgage lender is the same. They offer different options and different rates. For example, local banks that have their own portfolios and don’t sell their mortgages to investors have different financing opportunities when compared to mortgage finance companies that do sell their mortgages. So, it’s important to shop around.

As a buyer, it’s a questionable strategy to sit on the sidelines waiting for your magic number when it comes to interest rates. We know for sure that the chances of seeing rates of 3% or less are almost non-existent. Consider meeting with your financial advisor or lender and determine what the impact of rates in the 4% to 6% rate range, can have on your personal financial situation. You could miss out on the home you really want while waiting for a rate that will never be available.

And remember: mortgages can be re-financed to lower rates.

If you don’t have a working relationship with a lender, we can recommend several who we work with on a regular basis. Please contact us at 508-360-5664 or msennott@todayrealestate.com. With inventory increasing every day, be in the position to make your move when you find your next home.


We were happy to host our Third Annual Thanksgiving Pie Party last Tuesday at JD’s Burgers and Sushi in Sandwich. More than 70 of our client-friends turned out to re-connect with people they met last year and make new acquaintances.

We donated the pies that were not taken to the Sandwich Food Pantry, which reminds us that tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. Please take a moment to support a charity or non-profit that is close to your heart. Thanks…

Mari and Hank

Top Questions About Selling Your Home During the Holidays

In our blog two weeks ago, we made the suggestion that you should consider selling your home before or during the holidays.

That led to several questions.

1. But, doesn’t it make more sense the wait?

Even though the supply of homes for sale has increased in 2022, inventory is still low overall. That means it’s still a sellers’ market. The graph below helps put the inventory growth into perspective. Using data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), it shows just how far off we are from flipping to a buyers’ market:

Top Questions About Selling Your Home This Winter | MyKCM

While buyers have regained some negotiation power as inventory has grown, you haven’t missed your window to sell. Your house could still stand out since inventory is low, especially if you list now while other sellers hold off until after the holiday rush and the start of the new year.

On Cape Cod, we have a 2.2 months inventory of homes which means that if nothing else would become available, it would take 2.2 months to exhaust the supply. A “normal” market is considered six months.

2. Are there buyers still out there?

If you’re thinking of selling your house but are hesitant because you’re worried buyer demand has disappeared in the face of higher mortgage rates, know that isn’t the case for everyone. While demand has eased this year, millennials are still looking for homes. As an article in Forbes explains:

At about 80 million strong, millennials currently make up the largest share of homebuyers (43%) in the U.S., according to a recent National Association of Realtors (NAR) report. Simply due to their numbers and eagerness to become homeowners, this cohort is quite literally shaping the next frontier of the homebuying process. Once known as the ‘rent generation,’ millennials have proven to be savvy buyers who are quite nimble in their quest to own real estate. In fact, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say they are the key to the overall health and stability of the current housing industry.”

While the millennial generation has been dubbed the renter generation, that namesake may not be appropriate anymore. Millennials, the largest generation, are actually a significant driving force for buyer demand in the housing market today. If you’re wondering if buyers are still out there, know that there are still people who are searching for a home to buy today. And your house may be exactly what they’re looking for.

3. If I sell, can I afford to buy my next home?

If current market conditions have you worried about how you’ll afford your next move, consider this: you may have more equity in your current home than you realize.

Homeowners have gained significant equity over the past few years and that equity can make a big difference in the affordability equation, especially with mortgage rates higher now than they were last year. According to Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American: “. . . homeowners, in aggregate, have historically high levels of home equity. For some of those equity-rich homeowners, that means moving and taking on a higher mortgage rate isn’t a huge deal.” 

For us, that meant that we were able this spring to use our equity to make a significant down payment on our new home, then market our old one. We didn’t have a home sale contingency in the offer to purchase our new home.

If you’re intrigued about the idea of selling your house before year’s end, let’s connect at 508-360-5664 or msennott@todayrealestate.com to review your options. Remember: your home never looks better (or is more marketable) than during the holidays.

Thursday is Thanksgiving and we would be remiss if we did not wish everyone a blessed and memorable day. We’ve all come to appreciate this holiday more because we lost the chance to celebrate it during the height of the pandemic. So we hope you enjoy the chance to spend time with family and friends.

Mari and Hank

Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t Like 2008

With another uptick in mortgage interest rates and all the media talk about a shift in the housing market, you might be thinking we’ve entered a housing bubble. But the good news is, that there’s concrete data to show why this is nothing like the last time.

There’s Still a Shortage of Homes on the Market Today, Not a Surplus

For historical context, there were too many homes for sale during the housing crisis (many of which were short sales and foreclosures), and that caused prices to fall dramatically. Supply has increased since the start of this year, but there’s still a shortage of inventory available overall, primarily due to almost 15 years of underbuilding.

The graph below uses data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to show how the months’ supply of homes available now compares to the crash. Today, unsold inventory sits at just a 3.2-months’ supply at the current sales pace, which is significantly lower than the last time. There just isn’t enough inventory on the market for home prices to come crashing down like they did last time, even though some overheated markets may experience slight declines.

3 Graphs Showing Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t Like 2008 | MyKCM

On Cape Cod, there is a little over a two month’s supply of homes. While this is certainly an increase over past months, it’s not would be considered a normal market. So, with demand still strong and inventory tight, prices will remain steady. Decreases will come on a house-by-house basis determined by the initial asking price, condition, competition, buyer interest, etc.

Mortgage Standards Were Much More Relaxed Back Then

During the lead-up to the housing crisis, it was much easier to get a home loan than it is today. Running up to 2006, banks were creating artificial demand by lowering lending standards and making it easy for just about anyone to qualify for a home loan or refinance their current home.

Back then, lending institutions took on much greater risk in both the person and the mortgage products offered. That led to mass defaults, foreclosures, and falling prices. (Mari recalls going to closings where buyers signed paperwork for three loans!)

Today, things are different, and purchasers face much higher standards from mortgage companies.

The graph below uses Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) data from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) to help tell this story. In that index, the higher the number, the easier it is to get a mortgage. The lower the number, the harder it is. In the latest report, the index fell by 5.4%, indicating standards are tightening.

3 Graphs Showing Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t Like 2008 | MyKCM

This graph also shows just how different things are today compared to the spike in credit availability leading up to the crash. Tighter lending standards over the past 14 years have helped prevent a scenario that would lead to a wave of foreclosures like the last time.

The Foreclosure Volume Is Nothing Like It Was During the Crash

Another difference is the number of homeowners that were facing foreclosure after the housing bubble burst. Foreclosure activity has been lower since the crash, largely because buyers today are more qualified and less likely to default on their loans. The graph below uses data from ATTOM Data Solutions to help paint the picture of how different things are this time:

3 Graphs Showing Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t Like 2008 | MyKCM

Not to mention, homeowners today have options they just didn’t have in the housing crisis when so many people owed more on their mortgages than their homes were worth. Today, many homeowners are equity rich. That equity comes, in large part, from the way home prices have appreciated over time. According to CoreLogic: “the total average equity per borrowers has now reached almost $300,000, the highest in the data series.”

Rick Sharga, Executive VP of Market Intelligence at ATTOM Dataexplains the impact this has: “very few of the properties entering the foreclosure process have reverted to the lender at the end of the foreclosure. We believe that this may be an indication that borrowers are leveraging their equity and selling their homes rather than risking the loss of their equity in a foreclosure auction.”

This shows that homeowners are in a completely different position this time. For those facing challenges today, many have the option to use their equity to sell their house and avoid the foreclosure process.

Bottom Line

So, if you’re concerned that the same decisions that led to the last housing crash are being made again, this information should help alleviate your fears. Concrete data and expert insights clearly show why this is nothing like the last time.

If you have questions and concerns, please let’s connect at 508-360-5664 or msennott@todayrealestate.com. We’re in touch with experts not only on Cape, but across the country. We’ll give you honest answers and help guide you to the best decisions for you and your family.

Please be careful tonight as trick or treaters will be out at the same time as many of us are coming home work. They’re not always easy to see, so please be careful, especially on dark streets.

Let’s make it a Happy Halloween.

Mari and Hank

What’s Next for Home Prices

As the housing market cools in response to the rise in mortgage rates, home price appreciation is slowing as well. If you’re following the headlines in the media, you’re probably seeing a wide range of opinions calling for everything from falling home prices to ongoing appreciation. 

But what’s true? What’s most likely to happen moving forward?

While opinions differ, the most likely outcome is we’ll fall somewhere in the middle of slight appreciation and slight depreciation. Here’s a look at the latest expert projections, so you have the best information available today.

What the Experts Are Saying About Home Prices Next Year

The graph below shows the most up-to-date forecasts from five experts in the housing industry. These are the experts that have most recently updated their projections based on current market trends:

What’s Ahead for Home Prices? | MyKCM

As the graph shows, the three blue bars represent experts calling for ongoing home price appreciation, just at a more moderate rate than recent years. The red bars on the graph are experts calling for home price depreciation.

While there isn’t a clear consensus, if you take the average (shown in green) of all five of these forecasts, the most likely outcome is, nationally, home price appreciation will be fairly flat next year.

What Does This Mean?

Basically, experts are divided on what’s ahead for 2023. Home prices will likely depreciate slightly in some markets and will continue to gain ground in others. It all depends on the conditions in your local market, like how overheated that market was in recent years, current inventory levels, buyer demand, and more.

Prices vary from market-to-market and parts of the country. We’re friendly with colleagues in our business from across the country and watch them market homes for $450,000.00, for example, that would fetch $650,00.00 or more here.

What’s not going to happen is a dramatic drop in prices that some buyers are waiting for. No reputable expert is predicting the “crash” that would allow that to occur.

The good news is home prices are expected to return to more normal levels of appreciation rather quickly. The latest forecast from Wells Fargo shows that, while they feel prices could drop slightly in 2023, they also think prices will recover and net positive in 2024. That forecast calls for 3.1% appreciation in 2024, which is a number much more in line with the long-term average of 4% annual appreciation.

And the Home Price Expectation Survey (HPES) from Pulsenomics, a poll of over one hundred industry experts, also calls for ongoing appreciation of roughly 2.6 to 4% from 2024-2026. This goes to show, even if prices decline slightly next year, it’s not expected to be a lasting trend.

As Jason Lewris, Co-Founder and Chief Data Officer for Parcl, says: “In the absence of trustworthy, up-to-date information, real estate decisions are increasingly driven by fear, uncertainty and doubt.”:

As “Prof Hank” explained in a recent video posted to our YouTube channel, the media is not your best source of information.

So, don’t let fear, uncertainty or misinformation change your plans. If you’re unsure about where prices are headed or how to make sense of what’s going on in today’s housing market, let’s connect.

Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel where we post up-to–date information for buyers and sellers that is pertinent to where we live. Or let’s chat at 508-360-5664 or msennott@todayrealerstate.com.

As we’ve mentioned before, we sold and bought earlier this year, so we had many of the same questions and concerns as homeowners as you might have. We’re happy to share with you what we learned as homeowners, as well as our perspective as real estate professionals.

Let’s talk soon…

Mari and Hank

Why Homeowners Are Selling Now

Some people believe there’s a group of homeowners who are reluctant to sell their houses because they don’t want to lose the historically low mortgage rate they have on their current residences. You may even have the same hesitation if you’re thinking about selling your house.

Data shows that as of this April, 51% of homeowners have a mortgage rate under 4%. And while it’s true mortgage rates are slightly higher than that right now, there are other non-financial factors to consider when it comes to making a move. Your mortgage rate is important, but you may have other things going on in your life that make a move essential, regardless of where rates are today.

As Jessica Lautz, Vice President of Demographics and Behavioral Insights at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), explains: “Home sellers have historically moved when something in their lives changed – a new baby, a marriage, a divorce, or a new job….”

So, if you’re thinking about selling your house, but hesitating, it may help to explore the other reasons homeowners are choosing to make a move. The 2022 Summer Sellers Survey by realtor.com asked recent home sellers why they decided to make their move. The visual below breaks down how they responded:

Top Reasons Homeowners Are Selling Their Houses Right Now | MyKCM

As the visual shows, an appetite for different features or the fact that their current home can no longer meet their needs topped the list for recent sellers. Additionally, remote work and whether or not they need a home office or are tied to a specific physical office location also factored in, as did the desire to live close to their loved ones.

If you, like the homeowners surveyed, find yourself wanting features, space, or amenities your current home just can’t provide, it may be time to consider marketing your house.

That’s what we did a few months ago. Our three bedroom, two bath Cape on a corner lot with a swing set in the backyard served us very well for 28 years. But, it had become too much space with too many stairs and a yard that was getting too big to take care of. (And the swing set was rarely used in a recent years!)

For us, the answer was downsizing to a ranch style condo in an over 55 community.

So, even if you’re concerned about mortgage rates, your lifestyle needs may be enough to motivate you to make a change.

If you’re interested in finding out what’s the best path for you, let’s connect at 508-360-5664 or msennott@todayrealestate.com. We can help you walk through your options, so you can make a confident decision based on what matters most to you and your loved ones.

Talk soon…

Mari and Hank