The housing market in West Texas is at a turning point, and if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, it may leave you wondering if it’s still a good time to buy a home. To help answer those questions, let’s turn to the experts for projections on what the 2nd half of the year holds for residential real estate.
Where Mortgage Rates are Expected to Go Depends on Inflation
While one of the biggest questions on all buyers’ minds is where will mortgage rates go in the months ahead. What housing market experts know for sure is that the record-low mortgage rates during the pandemic were an outlier, not the norm. This year, rates have climbed over 2% due to the Federal Reserve’s response to rising inflation. If inflation continues to rise, it’s likely that mortgage rates will respond. Whether you’re buying your first home or selling your current house, today’s mortgage rate is an important factor to consider. When rates rise, they impact affordability and your purchasing power. That’s why it’s crucial to work with a team of professionals, so you have expert advice to help you make an informed decision about your best move.
The Supply of West Texas Homes for Sale is Projected to Rise
This year the number of homes for sale has grown. That’s partly due to more homeowner’s listing their houses, but also because higher mortgage rates have helped ease the intensity of buyer demand. Moderating buyer demand slows down the pace of home sales, which in turn helps inventory rise. Experts say that growth will continue. Recently, realtor.com updated their 2022 inventory forecast. In the latest release, they increased their projections for inventory gains, going from a 0.3% increase at the beginning of the year to a 15.0% jump by the end of 2022. More homes to choose from is great news if you’re craving more options for your home search – just know that there isn’t a sudden surplus of inventory on the horizon. Housing supply is still low, so you’ll need to partner with an agent to stay on top of what’s available in your market and move fast when you find the one. It’s not going to be easy to find a home, but it certainly won’t be as difficult as it has been over the past 2 years.
West Texas Home Price Forecasts Show Ongoing Appreciation
Due to the imbalance between the number of homes for sale and the number of buyers looking to make a purchase, the pandemic led to record-breaking increases in home prices. According to CoreLogic, homes appreciated by 15% in 2021, and they’ve continued to rise this year. Housing supply is increasing today, because there are still more buyers than there are homes for sale, and that’s maintaining the upward pressure on home prices. Experts aren’t calling for prices to decline, rather they’re forecasting they’ll continue to climb. On average, homes are projected to appreciate by about 8.5% in 2022. For current homeowners looking to sell, know your home’s value isn’t projected to fall, but waiting to make your purchase does mean your next home could cost more as home prices continue to appreciate. So, if you’re thinking about buying your first home or you’re ready to make a move, it makes sense to do so now before prices climb higher. Once you buy a home, that price appreciation will help grow the value of your investment. Whether you’re a homebuyer or seller, you need to know what’s happening in the housing market, so you can make the most informed decision possible. Connect with a real estate advisor to discuss your goals and what lies ahead, so you can determine the best plan for your move.
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