Tuesday, May 9, 2023 / by Kenneth Brands
If you’re a homeowner thinking about making a move, you may wonder if it’s still a good time to sell your house. Here’s the good news. Even with higher mortgage rates, buyer traffic is actually picking up speed.
Data from the latest ShowingTime Showing Index, which is a measure of buyers actively touring homes, helps paint the picture of how much buyer demand has increased in recent months (see graph below):
As the graph shows, the first two months of 2023 saw a noticeable increase in buyer traffic. That’s likely because the limited number of homes for sale kept shoppers looking for homes even during colder months.
To help tell the story of why the latest report is significant, let’s compare foot traffic this February with each February for the last six years (see graph below). It shows this was one of the best Februarys for buyer activity we’ve seen in recent memory.
In the last six years, we saw the most February buyer traffic in 2021 . ...
Friday, April 14, 2023 / by Kenneth Brands
Over the last year, the housing market has gone through a significant change. While it’s still a sellers’ market, homes that are priced right are selling, and they get the most attention from buyers right now. If you’re thinking of selling your house this spring, it’s important to lean on your expert real estate advisor when it comes to setting a list price. As Realtor.com explains:
“Move-in-ready homes with curb appeal and in desirable areas—and that are priced to sell—are especially likely to move quickly this spring.”
In today’s market, how you price your house will not only make a big difference to your bottom line, but to how quickly your house will sell.
Why Pricing Your House Right Matters
Your asking price sends a message to potential buyers, especially today. If it’s priced too low, you may leave money on the table or discourage buyers who may see a lower-than-expected price tag and wonder if that means som! ...
Monday, April 10, 2023 / by Kenneth Brands
The spring season appears to be warming up in housing as more and more buyers enter the market. And after rising mortgage rates sidelined so many buyers last year, that’s a good sign for sellers. Realtor.com has the latest:
“Spring is officially here, and like green shoots emerging from the bleak winter, new data suggests that more buyers are back in the market, although more subdued compared to a year ago.”
We know buyer activity is trending up because of mortgage purchase application data. According to Investopedia:
“A mortgage application is a document submitted to a lender when you apply for a mortgage to purchase real estate.”
That means the number of mortgage applications shows how many buyers are applying for mortgages. Put another way, an increase in mortgage applications means an increase in buyer demand – and as Joel Kan, VP and Deputy Chief Economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), explains, application activity sta. ...
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 / by Kenneth Brands
Selling or buying a home can be an exciting, yet daunting task. It’s important to have someone on your side, who knows the ins and outs of real estate, to make sure you are getting the best deal. That’s where Biggs Realty comes in. With a professional, licensed, real estate agent, you can rest assured that all transactions will be handled with the utmost care and expertise. Let’s discuss some of the benefits of enlisting their services.
The team at Biggs Realty has more than 25 years of experience in helping buyers and sellers navigate the process of selling and buying homes, so you know you're in good hands. From writing offers, to navigating inspections and appraisals, they have seen it all before which means they are better equipped to help you through each step of the process. Plus, their knowledge allows them to negotiate better deals and position their clients for an optimal outcome on each transaction!
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