Blog :: 11-2020

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Our new normal during this pandemic means that we are all spending a lot more time at home.  It also means that many of us are realizing that our home just doesn’t quite fit our needs anymore.  Its been a seller’s market for some time now and with strong buyer demand it makes sense to take advantage of today’s market.  

So, do you buy first or sell first?  Contingencies in today’s market simply don’t work.  If you buy first, that could mean taking on two mortgages.  If you sell first, are you willing to rent, or do you have a place to go?  With the time and effort it takes to move, would you want to move twice?  Typically these were the only two options available to homeowners. Now there is a third option.  

We’ve partnered with a company called EasyKnock.  Through EasyKnock you can unlock the equity of your home, allowing you to put in a competitive offer without the contingency of selling your home first.  EasyKnock will buy your home and allow you to then rent it back.  You can then search for your dream home without worrying about your current value.  When you are ready to sell you can put it on the market to get full value.  Contact us to learn more about how this option might work for you!

 

North of Boston Real Estate Market November 8-14, 2020

Here's a look at the real estate market in the suburbs north of Boston specifically Middlesex and Essex counties, for single-family homes and condominiums, during the week of November 8th through the 14th. Not much has changed since the previous week. Last week we had 2,802 homes available on the market just a slight decrease of 2% compared to the week before. We had 531 homes come on the market last week that is a decrease of 7% compared to the week before. 616 homes went pending last week, that is a very slight decrease of 1% compared to the week before. And overall 22% of the market did get absorbed through pending listings which shows it remains a seller's market. That number has been very consistent over the past three weeks.

If you're currently searching for a home this is not the time to put your search on hold. Although we are seeing a decreasing in the amount of new listings come on every week, interest rates remain very 
low and competition from other buyers who may decide to put their search on pause during the holiday season, may be low. So keep at it and keep looking. For home sellers out there although the market isn't what it used to be in late summer, the market remains very strong and there is still a lack of inventory. As we mentioned before, we are seeing a decrease in the amount of new listings coming on the market. So although every situation is a little bit different, to discuss timing feel free to give us a call at 617-275-3379.

 

 

 

Community Spotlight and Giveaway with Mill River Winery in Rowley, MA

For November's Community Spotlight Michelle finally crossed Mill River Winery off her fall bucket list!  It was a perfect afternoon to enjoy a wine flight plus their delicious snacks and small bites.  The winery remains open for outdoor seating, don’t worry- they have patio heaters plus fire pit tables to keep you warm!  Mill River Winery is giving away two free tasting cards and wine glasses!  Please visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for details on how to enter!  We'll announce a winner Tuesday November 24th, Good luck!

 

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November 2020 North of Boston Real Estate Market Update

“Election results will lift the victors and devastate the party of the unsuccessful. It will not impact our local housing market,” proclaims Linda O’Koniewski, CEO Leading Edge. “Covid restrictions are dictated by the state. The work-from-home culture, appetite for more outdoor space, and the desirability of properties with home offices, views and more functional space determine our market neighborhood by neighborhood. Fueled by high demand, low supply and crazy, inexpensive borrowing power, some markets are red hot, while we see that some condos, particularly those that don’t reflect today’s trends, are starting to sit and price correct to sell. Sadly, we are going to start to see the financial impact of job loss on the market very soon, when people who cannot afford their mortgage decide to move.”

Check out the weekly market real estate market report for the suburbs north of Boston here.

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4 Reasons Why the Election Won't Dampen the Housing Market

4 Reasons Why the Election Wont Dampen the Housing Market | MyKCM
 

1. Demand Is Strong among Millennials

The nation's largest generation began entering the housing market last year as they reached the age to marry and have children - two key drivers of homeownership. As the Wall Street Journal recently reported:

“Millennials, long viewed as perennial home renters who were reluctant or unable to buy, are now emerging as a driving force in the U.S. housing market’s recent recovery.”

2. Mortgage Rates Are Historically Low 

All-time low interest rates are also driving demand across all generations. Strong demand created by this rate drop has countered other economic disruptions (e.g., pandemic, recession, record unemployment).

In addition, Freddie Mac just forecasted mortgage rates to remain low through next year:

“One of the main drivers of the strong housing recovery is historically low mortgage interest rates…Given weakness in the broader economy, the Federal Reserve’s signal that its policy rate will remain low until inflation picks up, and no signs of inflation, we forecast mortgage rates to remain flat over the next year. From the third quarter of 2020 through the end of 2021, we forecast mortgage rates to remain unchanged at 3%.”

3. Prices Continue to Appreciate

The continued lack of supply of existing homes for sale coupled with the surge in buyer demand has experts forecasting strong price appreciation over the next twelve months.

4. History Says So

Though it’s true that the market slows slightly in November when it’s a Presidential election year, the pace returns quickly. Here’s an explanation as to why from the Homebuilding Industry Report by BTIG:

“This may indicate that potential homebuyers may become more cautious in the face of national election uncertainty. This caution is temporary, and ultimately results in deferred sales, as the economy, jobs, interest rates and consumer confidence all have far more meaningful roles in the home purchase decision than a Presidential election result in the months that follow.”

Ali Wolf, Chief Economist for Meyers Research, also notes:

“History suggests that the slowdown is largely concentrated in the month of November. In fact, the year after a presidential election is the best of the four-year cycle. This suggests that demand for new housing is not lost because of election uncertainty, rather it gets pushed out to the following year as long as the economy stays on track.”

Bottom Line

There’s no doubt this is one of the most contentious presidential elections in our nation’s history. The outcome will have a major impact on many sectors of the economy. However, as Matthew Speakman, an economist at Zillow, explained last week:

“While the path of the overall economy is likely to be most directly dictated by coronavirus-related and political developments in the coming months, recent trends suggest that the housing market – which has basically withstood every pandemic-related challenge to this point – will continue its strong momentum in the months to come.