Urban Dwellers Are Choosing To Move To The Suburbs

Urban Dwellers Are Choosing To Move To The Suburbs

Urban Dwellers are Choosing To Move To The Suburbs – Urban trends of the last 50 years are showing signs of being reversed. A combination of the coronavirus pandemic, economic uncertainty, and social unrest is prompting folks to move from large cities and permanently relocate to more sparsely populated areas.

Metropolitan areas across the U.S. are experiencing residents of all ages and incomes moving in record numbers to suburban areas and small towns – places where social distancing is more of a built-in part of everyday life. The trend has been accelerated by shifting attitudes and technology that makes it easier than ever to work remotely.  

According to data from a recent Harris Poll survey, nearly a third of Americans are considering moving to less densely populated areas as a result of the pandemic. “Space now means something more than square feet,” Harris Poll CEO John Gerzema said. “Already beset by high rents and clogged streets, the virus is now forcing urbanites to consider social distancing as a lifestyle.”

Urbanites (43%) were twice as likely than suburban (26%) and rural (21%) dwellers to have recently browsed a real estate website for homes and apartments to rent or buy, the survey showed.  

The shifts happening during this pandemic are not only challenging and far-reaching, but they could continue long after a vaccine or treatment is found. “People will be much more cautious about living in high-density areas with so many people nearby,” predicts Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors.  

More than half of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas are seeing increased interest in the suburbs.  Recent data from Realtor.com suggests people are interested in moving and there seems to be an increasing appeal in properties outside of cities. 

Realtor.com figures, which compared this June to June of 2019, found that homes in rural and suburban zip codes saw the biggest jump in average views per property. Homes in urban zip codes had a 19% increase in views compared to last year. But homes in suburban zip codes had a much larger 30%  jump. Homes in rural zip codes saw a 34% increase in views.

Although property views are not sales, these numbers do reflect at least an interest in getting out of the most densely packed areas and into communities that are more spread out. The demand for homes is fuelled not only by fears that coronavirus infections in densely populated urban areas could rise again next winter but also by fundamental shifts in demand from in-office to remote workers. 

Many experts say that It’s not yet clear how the pandemic will reshape cities in the long run, but it has definitely accelerated trends that were already underway before the coronavirus outbreak. If the allure of cities declines further due to the risk of disease, an uncertain economy, and a future of telework, the flight to suburbia and rural safety will continue well after a coronavirus vaccine or treatment becomes available.

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2020 Best of Farmington Hills REALTOR - Tom GilliamA top-rated Farmington Hills and Oakland County MI real estate agent like Tom Gilliam can show you more properties and save you thousands of dollars when buying a home. You need an agent who knows the area, processes a vast network of local connections, and has the skills to negotiate like a pro.

From first-time homebuyers to multi-million dollar investors, Tom continually strives to provide top quality service for his clients. With access to the most up-to-date MLS listings for Farmington Hills and Oakland County MI properties, Tom is able to match his clients’ lifestyle needs with the perfect home.

If you are ready to list your current property, Tom has the experience and skills necessary to handle the marketing and sale of your home. Tom employs the latest technology to deliver massive exposure that will drive mega-response from qualified buyers.   

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With over 25 years of local real estate experience, Tom will protect your interests and work hard for you in order to ensure a smooth and successful transaction. If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling Farmington Hills MI real estate, please give top-rated Farmington Hills MI REALTOR® Tom Gilliam 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
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The Residential Real Estate Market is Bouncing Back – July 2020

The Residential Real Estate Market is Bouncing Back – July 2020

The Residential Real Estate Market is Bouncing Back – July 2020 – Even with the coronavirus pandemic, a recession, protests, and record unemployment, the residential real estate market is staging a rebound. So, what is the big reason for a bounce-back in real estate sales?  “The number of buyers in the market far outstrips the number of homes available,” says Realtor.com Economist George Ratiu.  After months on hold, Americans are beginning to feel more confident about the idea of buying or selling a home.

Buyer demand has been incredibly strong since mid-May after the coronavirus shut down most housing activity in April. The only thing standing in the way of more sales is the record-low supply of homes for sale. According to realtor.com data, median home prices went up 6.2% year over year in the week ending June 27, and homes are selling faster than they did in 2019 before anyone had ever heard of COVID-19. 

Redfin reported that more than half of its offers faced competition in June. Specifically, 54% of home offers placed by the real estate agency’s representatives faced bidding wars. Redfin Economist Taylor Marr commented on this almost surreal state that the housing industry now finds itself in:

“Bidding wars continue to be fueled by historically low mortgage rates and fewer homes up for sale than almost any time in the last two decades. It’s like a game of musical chairs where only the best bidders get a seat. Both renters and move-up buyers who have held onto their jobs are vying for the small number of single-family homes on the market as they realize they need more space for their families,” stated Marr.

Ali Wolf, the chief economist of Meyers Research (a national real estate consulting firm) stated that “The housing recovery has been nothing short of remarkable. The expectation was that housing would be crushed. It was—for about two months—and then it came roaring back.”  Nearly two-thirds of consumers (61%) said it was a good time to buy a home in June, based on a Fannie Mae housing survey of 1,000 participants – a 9 percentage point increase from May. Roughly 41% of respondents said it was a good time to sell, also an increase of 9 percentage points from the previous month.  

“The second month of improvement in June allowed the HPSI (Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index®) to regain some of the sharp losses in optimism observed in March and April,” said Doug Duncan, Senior Vice, and Chief Economist. “The share of renters who say it’s a good time to buy a home is now at its highest level in five years, suggesting favorable conditions for first-time homebuying, consistent with the recent rebound in home purchase activity.” 

Buyers shouldn’t expect deep discounts, at least not yet. Unlike the Great Recession, a flood of foreclosures isn’t expected to hit the market, bringing prices down.

Another major reason for the housing market’s rebound is the record-low mortgage interest rates which have created a surge of mortgage applications for home purchases. After a short pullback at the end of June, homebuyers lunged back into the mortgage market to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. Mortgage applications to purchase a home rose 5% for the week and were a remarkable 33% higher than a year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s index, which was seasonally adjusted, including for the Fourth of July holiday.

Information released by the Mortgage Bankers Association showed that the average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances of up to $510,400 dropped to 3.26% from 3.29%. Points, including the origination fee, for loans with a 20% down payment decreased to 0.35 from 0.36.

More optimism that came earlier this month was when Black Knight announced that active forbearance plans fell an additional 435,000 weekly, which is the largest drop since the onset of the pandemic. As of July 7, 4.14 million homeowners were in forbearance plans, which represents 7.8% of all active mortgages—down from the prior week’s 8.6%. This represents around $900 billion in unpaid principal. 

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2020 Best of Farmington Hills REALTOR - Tom GilliamA top-rated Farmington Hills and Oakland County MI real estate agent like Tom Gilliam can show you more properties and save you thousands of dollars when buying a home. You need an agent who knows the area, processes a vast network of local connections, and has the skills to negotiate like a pro.

From first-time homebuyers to multi-million dollar investors, Tom continually strives to provide top quality service for his clients. With access to the most up-to-date MLS listings for Farmington Hills and Oakland County MI properties, Tom is able to match his clients’ lifestyle needs with the perfect home.

If you are ready to list your current property, Tom has the experience and skills necessary to handle the marketing and sale of your home. He employs the latest technology to deliver massive exposure that will drive responses from qualified buyers. Tom also partners with the most talented home stagers to ensure that your home is thoughtfully staged to showcase its features and amenities.

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With over 25 years of local real estate experience, Tom will protect your interests, advocate for you, and go the extra mile to ensure a smooth and successful transaction. If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate in Farmington Hills, MI, or in the Oakland County area, please give top-rated Farmington Hills MI REALTOR® – Tom Gilliam 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

Article Sources:

https://www.fanniemae.com/portal/research-insights/surveys/national-housing-survey.html
https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/housing-market-rebounds/
https://www.floridarealtors.org/news-media/news-articles/2020/07/pandemic-recession-and-protests-havent-hurt-housing
https://www.redfin.com/blog/june-2020-real-estate-bidding-wars-increase/
https://www.blackknightinc.com/blog-posts/forbearances-see-largest-weekly-drop-yet/

Has The COVID-19 Pandemic Made Homebuyers More Eager to Buy? 

Has The COVID-19 Pandemic Made Homebuyers More Eager to Buy? 

Has COVID-19 Made Homebuyers More Eager to Buy? The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t seem to be scaring off U.S. home buyers.  According to a recent survey done by LendingTree, more than half (53%) of 1006 prospective homebuyers surveyed said they were more likely to buy a home within the next 12 months. 

The survey showed that first-time homebuyers (73%) and millennials (66%) may be the most eager to buy within the next year. Motivating factors were the ability to save a larger down payment because of reduced spending (32%) and taking advantage of record-low mortgage rates (67%). 

In a recent study from OJO Labs, 200 homebuyers were surveyed who had planned to purchase a house within six months before the COVID-19 outbreak. 45.6% of shoppers said they are motivated to expedite their moving timeline because they think they’ll get a good deal on a home, while low-interest rates are a major factor for 56.5%.   

The study also revealed that as more homebuyers are stuck at home, more are realizing they need space to fit their needs. First-time homebuyers said that extra bedrooms (43.5%) and an open floor plan (45.7%) are more important than before COVID-19.

According to those surveyed by Lending Tree, nearly two-thirds (65%) of homebuyers said the pandemic had impacted how much money they plan to spend on a new home. Among the group, 44% plan to buy a less expensive home and the remaining 21% want a more expensive home.  

Both reports indicated that the perception of reduced home prices (30%), low mortgage rates, and being confined in a smaller space during stay-at-home orders made homeownership more appealing. 

Virtual Tours Have Come Out of The Woodwork

Not only is the pandemic prompting more people to consider homeownership, but it’s also influencing how they shop for a home. Virtual tours, 3D tours, Livestream tours, and even FaceTime tours have come out of the woodwork.  

In the Lending Tree survey, 61% of homebuyers said they have virtually toured a home over the last 60 days and another 33% said that although they haven’t yet participated in a virtual tour, they are actually planning to.

The OJO Labs study indicated that virtual tours have become more valuable than prior to COVID-19 for both those delaying (42%) and those expediting (41%) the home buying process. 28% of those delaying the home buying process still report looking at listing photos and 25% are taking virtual tours of homes more now than before COVID-19.  

The Impact of Stricter Credit Requirements for Mortgages

The only apparent roadblock for homebuyers was qualifying for a mortgage as 44% surveyed by Lending Tree said they were worried about qualifying due to the pandemic. First-time buyers (58%) and millennials (52%) expressed the most concern as lenders have reportedly tightened credit availability during the coronavirus outbreak.  

The Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) fell by 12.2 percent to 133.5 in April. A decline in the MCAI indicates that lending standards are tightening, while increases in the index are indicative of loosening credit. Although less credit access means lenders are likely to raise their minimum credit score and down payment requirements, it doesn’t mean you can’t qualify for a mortgage amid the coronavirus outbreak. You may have to shop a little harder. 

It’s recommended to shop at least three lenders to find the best rates and get preapproved for a mortgage before you start looking for homes. Keep in mind that lenders are also grappling with the effects of COVID-19 and the process may move slower than normal.

Homebuying Process During A Pandemic

Partner with Top-rated Farmington Hills MI REALTOR® -Tom Gilliam  

A top-rated Farmington Hills and Oakland County MI real estate agent like Tom Gilliam can show you more properties and save you thousands of dollars when buying a home. You need an agent who knows the area, processes a vast network of local connections, and has the skills to negotiate like a pro.

From first-time homebuyers to multi-million dollar investors, Tom continually strives to provide top quality service for his clients. With access to the most up-to-date MLS listings for Oakland county MI properties, Tom is able to match your lifestyle needs with the perfect home.

If you are ready to list your current property, Tom has the experience and skills necessary to handle the sale and marketing of your home for the optimum results. Tom employs the latest technology to deliver massive exposure that will drive maximum targeted response from qualified buyers.

Tom also partners with the most talented home stagers to ensure that your home is thoughtfully staged to highlight its features and amenities. With over 25 years of local real estate experience, Tom will protect your interests, advocate for you, and go above and beyond your expectations to ensure a smooth and successful transaction.

If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling Farmington Hills 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

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