Sellers likely to get multiple offers this season, and more

** Sell a Home **
Sellers: You’ll Likely Get Multiple Strong Offers This Season
Sellers: You’ll Likely Get Multiple Strong Offers This Season | Simplifying The Market

Are you thinking about selling your house right now, but you’re not sure you’ll have the time to do so as the holidays draw near? If so, consider this: even as the holiday season approaches, there are plenty of buyers out there, and they really want your house. Here’s why selling this winter is a win for you.

Today’s buyers are still dealing with a limited number of homes for sale. Thanks to continued low inventory, those buyers are competing with one another for their dream home. And when that happens, if your house is one of the few on the market, it will rise to the top of the pool – and it will be worth it.

According to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average seller received 3.7 offers on their house in September. For a view into what’s happening at the state level, take a look at the map below:
Nationwide, the average seller today is getting nearly four offers. That number is significant because it means you’ll likely have multiple offers to pick from if you sell your house this season. To put things into perspective, no matter where your state falls, remember that you really only need one good offer to close the deal.

Any offer you receive will likely be from a highly motivated buyer who’s doing everything they can to beat the competition. The stakes for buyers are high. They’ve been looking for a house and they want to lock in their dream home before prices and mortgage rates rise further next year. Chances are, they’ll get creative with the terms of their offer, which could include waiving contingencies and offering over the asking price – both of which are great news for you.

If you’re on the fence about when to sell, remember your house is a hot commodity this season. As other sellers take a break for the holidays with plans to re-list their homes in the new year, you can put your house in front of motivated buyers by making your move today. That means your house will be the center of attention, and likely the center of a bidding war too.

Selling now gives you even more opportunity to win big as buyers compete for your house in today’s market. Reach out to explore your home selling choices.



** Buy a Home **
Home is Where the Heart is Now More Than Ever This Year
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There’s no denying the financial benefits of homeownership, but what’s often overlooked are the feelings of gratitude, security, pride, and comfort we get from owning a home. This year, those emotions are stronger than ever. We’ve lived through a time that has truly changed our needs and who we are, and as a result, homeownership has a whole new meaning for many of us.

According to the 2021 State of the American Homeowner report by Unison:

     “Last year, staying home became a necessity and that caused many homeowners to have renewed gratitude for the roof over their head.”

As a nation, we continue to work through the challenges of a pandemic that’s pushed us all to new limits. Over the past year and a half, we’ve spent more time than ever at home: working, eating, schooling, exercising, and more. The world around us changed almost overnight, and our homes were redefined. Our needs shifted, and our shelters became a place that protected us on a whole new level. The same study from Unison notes:

  • 91% of homeowners say they feel secure, stable, or successful owning a home
  • 64% of American homeowners say living through a pandemic has made their home more important to them than ever
  • 83% of homeowners say their home has kept them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

It’s no surprise this study also reveals that homeowners are now more emotionally attached to their homes as well:

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As we’ve learned throughout this health crisis, homeownership can provide the safety and security we crave in a time of uncertainty. That sense of connection and emotional stability genuinely reaches beyond just the financial aspect of owning a home.

As JD Esajian, President of CT Homes, LLC, says:
     “Aside from the financial factors, there are several social benefits of homeownership and stable housing to consider. It has long been thought that buying a home contributes to a sense of accomplishment. Still, most individuals fail to realize that homeownership can benefit your mental health and the community around you.”

Whether you’re thinking of buying your first home, moving up to your dream home, or downsizing to something that better fits your changing lifestyle, take a moment to reflect on what Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, notes:
     “Buying a home is not just a financial decision. It’s also a lifestyle decision.”

If you’re considering buying a home, it’s not entirely about the dollars and cents. Don’t forget to weigh the non-financial benefits that may truly change your life when you need them most. Contact me to start your searching for the home that meets you and your family’s needs.



** Finance a Home **
OFFICIAL FHFA & FHA 2022 Loan Limits

CONFORMING
One Unit        $647,200
Two Units.     $828,700
Three Units   $1,001,650
Four Units     $1,244,850

HIGH-COST AREAS
One Unit        $970,800
Two Units.     $1,243,050
Three Units   $1,502,475
Four Units     $1,867,275

With the increase in loan limits, it’s the perfect time to pre-qualify for a home loan under conventional guidelines for that new home purchase or to refinance an existing mortgage. Contact me to research your financing opportunities and to begin your loan pre-qualification.



** Bottom Line **
There are opportunities to sell, buy, or refinance a home today. When you rely on a trusted professional for information and allow me to be your guide, you can make the best decisions for you and your family. If you or anyone you know is thinking about selling, buying, or financing a home, call me to start the conversation.