Homebuyers Looking to Take Advantage of Low Rates
Do not look now but perspective home buyers are now equipped with an even better reason to purchase in 2020. Freddie Mac recently announced in their quarterly forecast that interest rates have fallen to what can only be described as historically low levels.
Furthermore, they are likely to remain low for the foreseeable future. Obviously, this trend benefits not only those looking to purchase but the homeowners looking for those buyers as well.
The FreddieMac Report makes it clear. There’s a very positive outlook on interest rates going forward, and projections indicate continued lows into 2021:
“Going forward, we forecast the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage to remain low, falling to a yearly average of 3.4% in 2020 and 3.2% in 2021.”
Low Mortgage Rates Fuel the Buyer Interest
With mortgage rates hovering at such compelling places, ongoing buyer interest is bound to keep driving the housing market forward. Rates also reached another record low last week, so homebuyers are in what FreddieMac is identifying as the buying mood:
“While the rebound in the economy is uneven, one segment that is exhibiting strength is the housing market. Purchase demand activity is up over twenty percent from a year ago, the highest since January 2009. Mortgage rates have hit another record low due to declining inflationary pressures, putting many homebuyers in the buying mood. However, it will be difficult to sustain the momentum in demand as unsold inventory was at near record lows coming into the pandemic and it has only dropped since then.”
Scarce Inventory may Impact Buyer Enthusiasm
There is no doubt that even though buyers are ready to purchase, it is hard for many of them to find a home to buy today. Mortgage rates are not the only thing hovering near all-time lows; homes available for sale are too. With housing inventory as scarce as it is today – a nearly 20% year-over-year decline in available homes to purchase – keeping buyers in the purchasing mood may be tough if they can’t find a home to buy (See graph below):
What does this mean for buyers?
Competition is hot with so few homes available for purchase and low mortgage rates are helping to drive affordability as well. Getting pre-approved now will help you gain a competitive advantage and accelerate the homebuying process, so you’re ready to go when you find that perfect home you’d like to buy. Working quickly and efficiently with a trusted real estate professional will help put you in a position to act fast when you’re ready to make your move. The energetic team at Montesano's Oly Pen Real Estate is ready to help you make that step.
What does this mean for sellers?
If you are thinking of selling your house, know that the motivation for buyers to purchase right now is as high as ever with rates where they are today. Selling now before other sellers come to market in your neighborhood this summer might put your house high on the list for many buyers. Homebuyers are clearly in the mood to buy, and with today’s safety guidelines and precautions in place to show your house, confidence is also on your side.
Now is the Time
Whether you are looking to buy or sell, there’s great motivation to be in the housing market, especially with mortgage rates hovering at this historic all-time low. Let us connect today to make sure you are ready to make your move. Give your team at Oly Pen Real Estate a call.
Oly Pen Real Estate has a team of trusted real estate professionals to help you navigate changes in our industry. We have a watchful eye on Grays Harbor market so give your Oly Pen Real Estate Team a call today at 360.249.8187 or stop by our office 141 S. Main Street in friendly Montesano, WA and discuss your expectations today!