No Matter Which Groundhog You Listen To, You Should Sell Before Spring!

  • By Eddie Yandle
  • 02 Feb, 2016

Is spring closer than we think? Depending on which Groundhog you witnessed today, you may have less time than you think to get your home on the market before the busy spring season.

Is spring closer than we think? Depending on which Groundhog you witnessed today, you may have less time than you think to get your home on the market before the busy spring season.

Many sellers feel that the spring is the best time to place their home on the market as buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. However, the next six weeks before spring hits also have their own advantages.

Here are five reasons to sell now.

1. Demand is Strong

Foot traffic refers to the number of people out actually physically looking at homes right now. The latest foot traffic numbers show that buyers are still out in force looking for their dream home. These buyers are ready, willing and able to buy…and are in the market right now!

Take advantage of the strong buyer activity currently in the market.  

2. There Is Less Competition Now

Housing supply just dropped to 3.9 months, which is well under the 6 months’ supply that is needed for a normal housing market. This means, in many areas, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in that market. This is good news for home prices. However, additional inventory is about to come to market.

There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move, as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. Homeowners are now seeing a return to positive equity as real estate values have increased over the last three years. Many of these homes will be coming to the market in the near future.

Also, new construction of single-family homes is again beginning to increase. A study by   Harris Poll revealed that 41% of buyers would prefer to buy a new home while only 21% prefer an existing home (38% had no preference).

The choices buyers have will increase in the spring. Don’t wait until all this other inventory of homes comes to market before you sell.

3. The Process Will Be Quicker

One of the biggest challenges of the housing market has been the length of time it takes from contract to closing. Banks are requiring more and more paperwork before approving a mortgage. There is less overall business done in the winter. Therefore, the process will be less onerous than it will be in the spring. Getting your house sold and closed before the spring delays begin will lend itself to a smoother transaction.

4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move-Up

If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by 5.4% over the next 12 months according to   CoreLogic . If you are moving to a higher priced home, it will wind-up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait. You can also lock-in your 30-year housing expense with an interest rate below 4% right now. Rates are   projected to rise   by three-quarters of a percent by the end of 2016.

5. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take back control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps, the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

That is what is truly important.

Eddie
Yandle
Executive Construction Homes
Elgin, SC
As a new home builder serving the Columbia, Irmo, Elgin, Fort Jackson, Lexington and surrounding areas in SC, Executive Construction Homes has been building value and distinction since 1989. Specializing in custom homes for homeowner designed homes on their home-site from the 300’s to $3,000,000, Executive Construction Homes also builds in communities from the $120’s-$500,000’s. Bring your plan, ideas or use ours...our in house draftsman and designers are here to help. Executive Construction Homes

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By Eddie Yandle 13 Sep, 2017

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index   reports  that home prices have appreciated by 6.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.0% over the next year.

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey  shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have hovered around 4%. Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac  and the National Association of Realtors  are in unison, projecting that rates will increase by this time next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is necessary to buy your next home.

3. Either Way, You Are Paying a Mortgage  

There are some renters who have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage  – either yours or your landlord’s.

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’  that allows you to have equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee your landlord is the person with that equity.

Are you ready to put your housing cost to work for you?

4. It's Time to Move on With Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide if it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe now is the time to buy.

If purchasing a home for you and your family is the right thing for you to do this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

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Recently , HousingWire  analyzed data from the US Bankruptcy Courts  and revealed that 6 million Americans will have their bankruptcies disappear off their credit reports over the next five years and that this could “ possibly send a flood of more homebuyers into the housing market.

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As the countdown begins to the historic total solar eclipse on Monday, Richland County is welcoming the expected thousands of visitors to the area with signs displayed at multiple entry points into the County. The signs announce, “Home of the Longest Total Solar Eclipse on the East Coast” with the Richland County eclipse hashtag #RCtotaleclipse. Richland County Public Works crews affixed the eight signs along main roadways into the County, including Two Notch, Broad River, Monticello, Garners Ferry, Winnsboro, McCords Ferry and Percival roads as well as Wilson Boulevard.

Five Tips for Total Solar Eclipse Monday Read more- Courtesy of Richland weekly review
 
Visitors from around the world will descend upon Richland County and join residents Monday to watch a total solar eclipse darken the sky for more than two minutes. Here are several important tips to keep in mind for the historic day:
  • Richland County Government offices will be open for business 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Stay protected from mosquitoes. Birds infected with West Nile virus were recently discovered in Richland County. When outdoors, apply mosquito repellent and wear protective clothing.
  • Glasses on. Glasses off. Glasses on. Wear solar glasses before totality, take them off during totality and put them back on after totality. It is only safe to take off solar glasses during the moment of totality when the sun is blocked by the moon.
  • Visit rcgov.us  and tune in to RCTV (Spectrum Ch. 1302, Spectrum Ch. 2 in some parts of the County or AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99) for information about the eclipse. Follow Richland County on Facebook  and Twitter  (@RichlandSC) for eclipse news and updates.
  • Richland County EMS crews will carry extra bottles of water to hand out.



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LEXINGTON BLOWFISH:   Baseball and fireworks on Saturday, July 1 (USC alumni); Monday, July 3 (Martinsville Mustangs); and Tuesday, July 4 (Florence Redwolves). On the Fourth, there’s a dog parade, too. Fireworks follow the games at the Lexington County baseball stadium.   474 Ball Park Road, Lexington.

BORN IN THE USA 4-MILER AND 4-MILE TEAM RELAY:   It starts at 7:04 a.m. Tuesday, July 4. It’s a flat and fast course that takes you past lakes and a golf course, starting at Trenholm Road and Forest Drive.   Register:   www.strictlyrunning.com

ICEHOUSE AMPHITHEATER:   The 246th Army Band will play a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday, July 3, before a fireworks display.   107 W. Main St., Lexington.

SALUDA SHOALS PARK:   The Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra’s Star-Spangled Symphonic Salute is 8 p.m. Monday, July 3.   5605 Bush River Road. $5 per car.

LEXINGTON COUNTY PEACH FESTIVAL:   There’s something oh so American about a day that includes a peach recipe contest, a car show, a peach parade, live music and, obviously, fireworks. The festival starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the Gilbert Community Park with fireworks at 10 p.m.   110 Rikard Circle, Gilbert.

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To start the year, housing experts all agreed on one thing: 2017 was going to be the year we would see mortgage interest rates begin to rise. After years of historically low rates, and an improving economy, the question wasn’t   if they would increase   but instead   how much they would increase . Some thought we could see rates hit 5-5.5% by the end of the year.

However, the exact opposite has happened. Instead of higher rates as we head into the middle of 2017, we now have the lowest rates of the year (as reported by   Freddie Mac ). Here is a graph of mortgage rate movement since the beginning of the year:

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