One month after Brexit, its impact on US housing market

When Britons voted to leave the European Union on July 23, 2016, in a referendum commonly known as Brexit, the impact on the British economy — and on Europe’s too — was immediate. Here across the pond, though, it’s not been totally clear how Brexit would affect the U.S. economy, and in particular interest rates tied to mortgages.

A month later, we have a better understanding of how Brexit affects US real estate market. Here are some of the benefits Brexit is bringing us [and a drawback too].

  1. Mortgages will get cheaper. As the impact of Brexit hits our shores, one of the effects is to drive down stock prices, making the safety of bonds look far more attractive. And when bond rates drop because the market is being flooded, interest rates drop as well. Experts indicate that this flood of money into the bond market should delay the Fed’s raising of interest rates, which had been anticipated to happen at least once this year.
  2. Homes will get more expensive. This is great news for sellers. Low interest rates mean more people can get qualified for a loan, flooding the market with wannabe homebuyers and driving prices higher.
  3. Buyers can shop for bigger houses. This seems to contradict No. 2, but right now, lower interest rates also mean that your clients can borrow more money, and it could get them into a home that was previously out of their reach. It’s true that rising home prices will impact this ability, but they haven’t taken off yet, so buying now is a smart move.
  4. Brexit could spark a recession. And that’s good for no one, if the economy destabilizes and incomes freeze or even drop. But having survived one recent market downturn, the country is in a better position to stave off another.

There’s no guarantee, of course, when the market will right itself and the immediate impact of Brexit abates. And there’s no knowing whether a more stable European economy will allow interest rates Stateside to begin to climb again. That’s why homeshoppers need to make their move now and get into a new home while rates are low, home prices have not yet begun to climb and their dollars go further.

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Posted on August 4, 2016 at 4:03 pm
Lisa Dong | Category: Booming Seattle, global real estate, home value, Housing Market, Real Estate Trend, seller, Surge Demand | Tagged , ,

Multiple offers and motivated buyers are heating up the early spring market in Seattle.

Favorable weather and restored confidence are propelling home buying activity aournd Western Washington to the highest level in nearly a decade, according to NWMLS report released on Mar. 5th, 2015.

Pending sales surged 18.7% in February compared to the same month a year ago. The number might be even higher given the ample supply of buyers, but inventory is far from ample.

"listings are flying off the shelf faster than allergy medicine in this early spring market", quipped MLS director Frank Wilson. Brisk activity is posing challenges for buyers. "They will probably make several offers before one is accepted and they just need to expect to be competing with others"

The housing market is on fire now. Sellers haven't experienced a market this favorable since frothy days. (of 10 years ago). Savvy sellers need savvy listing brokers to help market the listing, also an ABR to help find a replacement homes. Contact  lisadong@windermere.com for a listing consultation to help you get top dollars in this market.

 

 

 

Posted on March 7, 2015 at 9:43 am
Lisa Dong | Category: seller | Tagged , , , , ,

Fast and Easy But is it Accurate?

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There are sites all over the web that offer to tell you what your home is worth.  Simply plug in your address and email and you’ll get a value.  It’s fast; it’s easy but is it accurate?

The value is determined by what is called an Automated Valuation Model (AVM) that analyzes public record data with computer decision logic.  Square footage, age, number of bedrooms and location are easily definable objective data.  The challenge is identifying, measuring and comparing the subjective data.

An AVM cannot identify how unique features might add or detract from the value, if the market is declining or why the comparable sales apply or don’t apply to the subject property.  Is a home worth more because it is near shopping or less because it is across the street from a high-traffic commercially zoned property?

Experienced professionals are more likely to make proper adjustments for condition, market appeal and positive and negative influences.

Imagine that you’re going out for dinner and you consult HamburgerAVM.com to tell you how much a hamburger is worth.  It might be accurate based on condiments, vegetables and weight but can it address things like taste, quality, cleanliness, service, convenience or atmosphere.  You certainly couldn’t present the printout to the waiter to negotiate a lower price.

An AVM can be a tool that a homeowner, prospective buyer, mortgage officer, appraiser or real estate agent can use to get a quick idea of price but there are inherent limitations that can only be considered by personal examination balanced with experience in the market place.

Experience and understanding of the subject property and the marketplace are critical to having confidence that a value is accurate.  Any person could go through the same steps to arrive at a value but an experienced, well-trained professional is far more likely to assess all of the variables more accurately.

 

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 10:05 am
Lisa Dong | Category: CMA, home value, seller, 西雅图房地产市场准确报告 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,