In a recent article from Housingwire and Brena Swanson she wrote about why now is the time to buy.
Here are some of her thoughts;
Winter brought a surprise polar vortex that fed into aspring home-buying season that didn’t produce astounding results, but the remaining month of summer and rest of the year are projected to finally produce strong housing activity, according to Redfin Chief Economist Nela Richardson.
“Homebuyers who have been willing to wait for better deals are starting to be rewarded for their patience, as sellers drop listing prices to meet buyers’ more value-focused expectations,” Richardson said.
“Two market developments in July are spurring this change in housing activity as the market transitions from the summer to the fall buying season,” she added.
1. Home-price slowdown
Home-price growth was mostly flat in July for the first time in five months, Richardson explained.
As Senior Financial Reporter Trey Garrison said Friday morning, home-price growth has slowed across the board, and Capital Economics says the slowdown will likely meet the company’s forecast for inflation to slow to 4% in 2015.
“Even we were a little surprised by the consecutive month-on-month declines in house prices during April, May and June on the new monthly Case-Shiller national measure,” said Paul Diggle, property economist with Capital Economics. “Echoing that message, the Case-Shiller 20-City measure of house prices fell during the latest two months.”
2. End of seller’s market
“The second is a shift in pricing power from sellers to a more balanced market. That shift has been nearly nine months in the making from when sales began to first decline last November,” Richardson said.
Back in October, HousingWire reported that sellers were starting to lose their dominance in the market, with 72% of surveyed agents describing now as a good time to sell compared to 86% in the second quarter of 2013.
“We expect the confluence of these two trends to drive an unusual surge in home sales this fall. We also expect prices to continue to flatten, and to potentially decline month over month in September or October. If that happens, it will be the first three-month price decline since the fall 2012,” Richardson concluded.
A $5.8 million project to repair and resurface nearly 5 miles of Route 3- West Chester Pike will begin Monday night September 15.
PennDOT will repair and repave the deteriorated riding surface on Route 3 (West Chester Pike) between Lawrence Road and the Philadelphia County line in Marple, Haverford and Upper Darby townships and Milbourne Borough. In addition, crews will paint new traffic lines and install new curb ramps.
Roadwork on West Chester Pike will start at Lawrence Road and proceed east. Crews will repair the road base and adjust utility manholes weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and pave the highway on Sundays through Thursdays from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The contractor will work Friday nights and Saturdays in the event work is postponed during the week because of rain.
Motorists traveling on West Chester Pike are advised to allow extra time during construction because slowdowns will occur when traffic is restricted to a single lane.
The resurfacing of West Chester Pike is expected to finish in mid-November. Construction to install new curb ramps along the highway will continue through September 2015.
This pavement improvement project is financed with 100 percent state funds from Act 89, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in November. Due to Act 89, more than $2.1 billion in statewide highway and bridge projects are beginning in 2014, $600 million more than what would have been available without Act 89. More than 250 of roughly 900 projects are beginning this year due to the new transportation plan, including 26 in the Philadelphia region.
Of the more than 1,500 miles expected to be resurfaced because of Act 89 this year, nearly 120 are in the five-county Philadelphia region.
What are you doing this weekend? Come to the Haverford Music Fest on Saturday September 6th from noon-9:30 and stop by my Kevin Toll Team tent for a free give-away. I will also be collecting new school supplies for those in need in the area. Hope to see everyone out for a great event.
The music is taking place on Darby & Eagle Roads in Havertown (19083).
Havertown is home to one of five Surrey locations. It is open 9 – 4, Monday – Friday. Surrey – Havertown is a vibrant senior community center located in a residential section of Havertown, in Haverford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. This Center, has been providing innovative and effective programs, services and opportunities for adults 55+ since 1984. Participants come from several townships within Delaware County, as well as from Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.
The Havertown Center offers a wide variety of both activities and volunteer opportunities, all designed to encourage healthy living and lifelong learning. Lunch is available daily from 11:45 – 12: 30 for a recommended donation of $2.
Today, Kevin Toll gave an educational lecture on Downsizing and preparing your home for sale. If you were unable to attend the lecture, here are a few of the great tips he shared:
Tips to help you downsize & prepare your home for sale:
1) Get Started- as simple as that. Don’t wait for tomorrow, start today and start in the room/area of your house you use the least.
2) Eliminate the clutter- not just inside but also outside
3) Repair- cabinet doors that don’t shut properly, dripping faucets and any bigger issues such as the hot water heater or A/C unit.
4) Refresh- the outside and inside- trim the shrubs, clean the windows, add a new welcome mat
5) Maintain- after your home is ready to be sold, now the most important thing is to keep it that way!
To get the best sale price for your home, I suggest that is is clutter free, has good curb appeal and leaves prospective buyers with a good first impression. Start early, have a plan and ask help if needed.
Is it financially better to buy a home or to rent? The answer to this question depends upon how much the home costs,
how much you are paying for rent, and how much you will have to pay each year in order to maintain your home.
If you were to pay $2,100.00 per month, for example, and the average rental payment increase was 4.000%, you would
pay $199,037.02 in a 7 year period toward rent. If you purchased a home and borrowed $315,000.00 with a 4.375%
interest rate, and you paid $1,500.00 every year toward its maintenance, you would pay $186,010.88 in a 7 year period
toward mortgage payments if your Federal tax rate is 28.000%, you pay $3,900.00 in taxes each year and your annual
insurance rate is $950.00.
When you consider your tax benefits and the appreciation of your home, however, you will actually SAVE money by
purchasing a home. If your home shows an annual appreciation of 4.000% and your selling cost is 7.000%, your house
appreciation value will be $460,576.12. As a result, your total home purchase benefit will amount to $175,620.30.
Mortgage Interest Rates for August 15th, 2014 provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage.
*Rates are subject to change due to market fluctuations and borrower’s eligibility. Payment amounts do not include amounts for taxes and insurance. Actual monthly payment could be higher.
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*Rates are subject to change due to market fluctuations and borrower\’s eligibility. Payment amounts do not include amounts for taxes and insurance. Actual monthly payment could be higher. For professional use only. Not intended for consumer distribution.
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