Why Home Prices are Still Rising Despite the Global Pandemic | Realtor Tom Gilliam

Why Home Prices are Still Rising Despite the Global Pandemic | Realtor Tom Gilliam

To say the economic news coming out lately has been disconcerting would be an understatement. Statistics concerning job losses, furloughs, and unemployment figures have pointed to upheaval in the global economy as a result of social distancing measures, which were put in place by governments to contain the global COVID-19 pandemic.

But according to recent data from Realtor.com, there is one statistic that should give homeowners (especially potential sellers) some comfort—home prices still appear to be on the rise. In the week ending April 25, the median home list price ticked up by 1.6% annually, compared to one year ago. The data comes from the 99 largest metropolitan areas.

To be sure, price growth was higher a few months ago, when prices were rising by over 4% prior to the lockdown. But this is still a positive sign given the turmoil in other segments of the economy, and could provide reassurance about the stability of the housing market for those considering buying or selling their property.

So why do housing prices appear to be holding steady despite uncertainty in the broader economy?

First, it could be that prices are “sticky”, according to Realtor.com Chief Economist, Danielle Hale:

“The slight increase this week is because prices are sticky. Home sellers are strongly resistant to lowering prices, and they’d gotten really close to declining, so we see a bounce-back. I don’t think this is a return to big price increases.”

The second reason might have to do with the reduction in inventory. The number of homes for sale has been on the decline for years, leading to a much publicized housing shortage in many parts of the country. Low inventory and high demand tends to drive prices up as more buyers compete for fewer houses.

And, after the pandemic hit, available inventory has plummeted. Some estimates put the decline of annual inventory at upwards of 17% compared to last year. Meanwhile, according to the Realtor.com data, the number of new listings has plummeted by a whopping 43.1%.

People are pulling their homes off the market, or waiting to list them because they’re worried about their own economic prospects, concerned with moving during such an uncertain time, or believe that the health risk of having strangers visiting their property isn’t worth it. In any event, listings have slowed, which has helped keep prices of homes that are on the market fairly high.

So, despite the constant deluge of health and economic news, home prices appear to be holding steady. This is good news for anyone who is considering selling, or wants confidence that they’ll be buying a home that has value. It might also give buyers and sellers an edge in a market where many others are choosing a “wait and see approach.”

As always, if you’re thinking about buying or selling a property, or have any real estate questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out. Even during these difficult times, there are still great opportunities for sellers and buyers.

If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling Oakland County MI real estate, please give Tom a call today at 248-790-5594 or you can get in touch here.

Tom Gilliam, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Classic
29630 Orchard Lake Rd.
Farmington Hills 48334
Call: 248-790-5594
Office: 248-737-6800
Email: Tom @ Homes2MoveYou.com
License #314578

Selling Your Home Safely During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Selling Your Home Safely During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought much of the country to a screeching halt. But, just because people are stuck at home doesn’t mean your home sale has to come to a screeching halt, too. You can sell your home in the midst of this challenging time—as long as you’re safe.

Now more than ever, it’s important for home sellers to be flexible with shifting market dynamics. While some sellers are deciding to pull their homes off the market during the COVID-19 crisis and try to sell at a later date, that may not be an option for everyone.

If you are planning to move forward with selling your Farmington Hills home during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some things you can do differently during this current market while keeping everyone involved as safe and healthy as possible

recent article from realtor.com outlined steps homeowners should take to sell their home safely during the COVID-19 crisis, including:

 

  • Embrace virtual showings. You don’t need a bunch of potential buyers walking in and out of your house; it’s not safe for you or them. Instead, have your real estate agent vet buyers and give them virtual tours of your home.

 

  • Practice safety measures for in-person showings. If your real estate agent has a buyer who they’ve vetted and is extremely interested in the property, they may want to see your home in person. Before you allow anyone in your home, make sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect all surfaces to protect potential buyers—and then make sure to do the same after the in-person tour to protect yourself and your family.

 

  • If possible, close remotely. Many states have remote notaries and many lenders offer fully virtual closings. Do your research and see if you can close your home sale remotely to avoid any unnecessary contact.

The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way people buy and sell homes. But with the right safety measures, there’s no reason it has to derail your home sale!

To find out more about buying or selling Farmington Hills real estate, please contact Tom today at 248-790-5594 or you can get in touch here.

Tom Gilliam, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Classic
29630 Orchard Lake Rd.
Farmington Hills 48334
Call: 248-790-5594
Office: 248-737-6800
Email: [email protected]
License #301741

Pin It on Pinterest