In economics, it all comes down to supply and demand. In real estate, it is about supply, demand, and equity. In 2005 we had a lack of supply, high demand, and no equity. Today, we have even lower inventory, solid demand, and tons of equity. Supply has started increasing slowly, but we are still about 77% below normal. Demand remains nearly 8% above normal.
Our market peaked on March 14th. What does that mean? It means that demand is falling faster than supply. What does that mean? It means that we are moving towards a more balanced, healthy market. Balance and healthy are good. Demand remains slightly elevated, at about 9% above normal. Supply is rising, so we are now only below normal by 77.4%!!! That is an increase from 78% below normal. Demand needs to fall below supply in order for prices to drop. That is not happening anytime soon.
There is a lot of talk about the market shifting. It is and this is a good thing. Don’t be nervous when you hear other agents are talking about fewer showings and fewer offers. Going from 30 offers to 5 offers is still great for the seller. Demand is dropping faster than supply. Supply has leveled over the past few weeks, it is still 78% below normal while demand is 11% above normal. As long as demand is higher than supply, prices will go up. The 19-20% appreciation rate we are seeing is not healthy and as people are priced out of the market due to sky-high appreciation, demand will continue to slow. Prices will still go up, just at a slower rate.
In this 12 minute video, Amber Kovarik and I discuss the latest in housing, lending, and proposed policy.
Inventory remains low. Crazy low. Demand, which has been elevated is now dropping faster than inventory. Our demand is now about 19% higher than normal and inventory is over 76% below normal. Prices continue to go up with no end in sight. The limited inventory is the cause of the decreasing number of pending listings each month. We are still running 13% above last year when we had significantly more listings available.
In this 11 minute video, Amber Kovarik and I discuss the latest in real estate, lending, and the economy. There are some major emerging trends that were predicted for 2021 and they are all happening now; only 6 weeks into the year. Rates have moved up slightly, and Amber talks about why.
Many economists are bracing for a rough winter. Consumer sentiment may take a hit. There are struggles with continued lockdowns leading to continued layoffs and high unemployment. But as the vaccine continues its roll out and the economy reopens these economists expect a strong recovery in Q2 or Q3 of this year. Businesses will open back up, people will go back to work, people will spend money on entertainment again. Since it was not an economic event that stopped the machine, they expect for it to start right back up again and go straight back into a bullish economy.
In this 12 minute video, Amber Kovarik and I discuss the latest in lending and real estate. We cover political implications and what that means for interest rates, inventory, headlines, and demographics. There was a lot of movement in the past 7 days.
In this 10 minute video, Amber Kovarik and I discuss the latest in lending and real estate. We cover inventory, demographics, population growth, interest rates, and appraisals.
The biggest news for our industry is the $25 billion in rental assistance which allows landlords to apply for funds to cover rents in arrears, utilities, and other housing costs. This is great for landlords as the majority of landlords are mom & pop investors.