As the spring housing market kicks off, you likely want to know what you can expect this season when it comes to selling
a house in Wash Park. While there are multiple factors causing some uncertainty, including the conflict overseas, rising inflation
, and the first rate increase from the Federal Reserve
in over three years
— the housing market seems to be relatively immune.
Here’s a look at what experts say you can expect this spring.
1. Mortgage Rates Will Climb
Freddie Mac reports
the 30-year fixed mortgage rate has increased by more than a full point in the past six months. And despite some mild fluctuation
in recent weeks, experts believe rates will continue to edge up over the next 90 days. As Freddie Mac says
“The Federal Reserve raising short-term rates and signaling further increases means mortgage rates should continue to rise over the course of the year.”
If you’re a seller thinking of moving to a home that better fits your needs, realize that waiting will likely mean you’ll pay a higher mortgage rate on your purchase. And that higher rate drives up your monthly payment and can really add up over the life of your loan.
2. Housing Inventory Will Increase
There may be some relief coming for buyers searching for a home to purchase. Realtor®.
com recently reported that the number of newly listed homes
has grown in each of the last two months. Also, the National Association of Realtors
(NAR) just announced the month’s supply
of inventory increased for the first time in eight months. The inventory of existing homes usually grows every spring, and it seems, based on recent activity, that the next 90 days could bring more listings to the market.
As a seller, listing now instead of waiting for this additional competition to hit the market makes sense. Your leverage in any negotiation during the sale will be impacted as additional homes come to market.
3. Home Prices Will Rise
Prices are always determined by supply and demand. Though the number of homes entering the market is increasing, buyer demand
remains very strong.
What does that mean for you? With the demand for housing still outpacing supply in the Denver market, home prices
will continue to appreciate. Many experts believe the level of appreciation will decelerate from the high double-digit levels we’ve seen over the last two years. That means prices will continue to climb, just at a more moderate pace. Most experts are predicting home prices will not depreciate.
There are three things that seem certain going into the spring housing market:
- Mortgage rates will continue to rise
- The selection of homes available for sale will modestly improve
- Home prices will continue to appreciate, just at a slightly slower pace
If you’re thinking of selling, your best bet may be to sell soon so you can beat the increase in competition that’s about to come to market.