Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay?

Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay?

Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay? | Simplifying The Market

Over the past few years, two trends have emerged in the housing market:

  1. Home renovations have shot up
  2. Inventory of homes available for sale on the market has dropped

 

A ‘normal’ housing market is defined by having a 6-month supply of homes for sale. According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors, we are currently at a 4.4-month supply.

This low inventory environment has many current homeowners worried that they would be unable to find a home to buy if they were to list and sell their current houses, which is causing many homeowners to instead renovate their homes in an attempt to fit their needs.

According to Home Advisor, homeowners spent an average of $6,649 on home improvements over the last 12 months. If that number seems high, it also includes homeowners who recently bought fixer-uppers.

A new study from Zillow asked the question,

“Given a choice between spending a fixed amount of money on a down payment for a new home or fixing up their current home, what would you do?”

Seventy-six percent of those surveyed said that they would rather renovate their current homes than move. The results are broken down by generation below.

Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay? | Simplifying The Market

More and more studies are coming out about the intention that many Americans have to ‘age in place’ (or retire in the area in which they live). Among retirees, 91% would prefer to renovate than spend their available funds on a down payment on a new home.

If their current house fits their needs as far as space and accessibility are concerned, then a renovation could make sense. But if renovations will end up changing the identity of the home and impacting resale value, then the renovations may end up costing them more in the long run.

With home prices increasing steadily for the last 6.5 years, homeowners have naturally gained equity that they may not even be aware of. Listing your house for sale in this low-competition environment could net you more money than your renovations otherwise would.

Bottom Line

If you are one of the many homeowners who is thinking about remodeling instead of selling, let’s get together to help you make the right decision for you based on the demand for your house in today’s market.

Focusing on the right renovations can make a big impact on resale when the time is right.

MESSAGE JOHN
Source: Michigan Real Estate Updates

4675 Westshire Dr NW, Comstock Park – Opportunity Knocks!

Enjoy this excellent location, wooded lot on a quiet cul-de-sac street with fenced in yard and storage shed. The 2 Stall garage, storage shed, and over 1800 sqft of space offer tons of room. This house is ready for your touch to ”make it your own” offering an opportunity not found often in today’s market. Enjoying being close to shopping, dining, downtown Grand Rapids, major highways and more.

 

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Wage Increases Make Home Buying More Affordable

Wage Increases Make Home Buying More Affordable

Everyone knows that housing affordability has been negatively impacted by rising prices and increasing mortgage rates, but there is another piece to the affordability equation – wages.

How much a family earns obviously impacts how easy or difficult it is for them to afford to own a home. Because of an improving economy, wages are finally beginning to increase – and that dramatically affects home affordability.

According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) September 2018 Housing Affordability Index, wages have increased in every region of the country:

Wage Increases Make Home Buying More Affordable | Simplifying The Market

After applying current salaries, home prices, and mortgage rates to their Home Affordability Index equation, the index, though still lower than this time last year (160.1 to 146.7), increased over the last month (141.2 to 146.7). For the complete methodology used by NAR, click here.

The percentage of income needed to own a home has also decreased each of the last three months. It currently sits at 17% which is substantially lower than historic numbers.

Wage Increases Make Home Buying More Affordable | Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

If you are a first-time buyer or a move-up buyer who believes that purchasing a home is not within your budget, let’s get together to determine if that is still true.

MESSAGE JOHN

Source: Michigan Real Estate Updates

New High for Home Sellers Net at Resale in Q3 2018

New High for Home Sellers Net at Resale in Q3 2018

According to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, home sellers who sold their homes in the third quarter of 2018 benefited from rising home prices and netted an average of $61,232.

This is the highest average price gain since the second quarter of 2007 and represents a 32% return on the original purchase prices.

After the Great Recession, many homeowners were left in negative equity situations but home price appreciation in the recovery period since then has given homeowners something to smile about.

The results from ATTOM fall right in line with data from the latest edition of the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Below is a chart that was created using NAR’s data to show the percentage of equity that homeowners earned at the time of sale based on when they purchased their homes.

Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at Resale | Simplifying The Market

Even though those who purchased at the peak of the market netted less than those who bought before and after the peak, the good news is that there was a double-digit profit to be had! Many homeowners believe that they are still underwater which has led many of them to not even consider selling their houses.

Bottom Line

If you are curious about how much equity you’d earn if you sold your home, let’s get together to perform an equity review and determine the demand for your home in today’s market!

MESSAGE JOHN

Source: Michigan Real Estate Updates

Incredible 80 Acres – Move in Ready 3 Bed 3 Bath Home – 1062 80th Ave Evart MI

1062 80th Ave Evart MI

Incredible – 80 acres of amazing land with a large private lake, stunning completely renovated 3 bedroom 3 bath home with 2680 finished sqft, several out buildings, large pole barn with heated and insulated areas, separate well and more, near the home is also a nice shed – the perfect distance from the house for projects. All around the land are groomed trails, a running stream, established hunting sites, wonderful fishing, a place to get away from it all. The ”front yard” features an open field setting with several small stand alone cabins. This property is a one-of-a-kind, just far enough away to enjoy the quite, yet close enough to town to have natural gas heat and easy trips to the store for whatever you need. Shown by appointment only.

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Mid-Century Modern Impressive Waterfront Residence

Private lake frontage, mid-century modern – minutes from downtown…This is a rare opportunity to own an impressive all-brick home of approximately 4,800 square feet on one of the most desirable streets in Grand Rapids. This home features a large frontage on Middleboro Lake (210 feet) and sits on 1.123 landscaped acres (3 lots)on a quiet-street with a cul-de-sac. There are 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, each of which has been remade and modernized during the past eight years. This home is just minutes to downtown, the Medical Mile, shopping, restaurants, and major highways. See attached supplement for the full list of recent improvements and amenities or reach out to listing agent. This is a rare opportunity to own an impressive all-brick ranch-style home of approximately 4,800 square feet on one of the most desirable streets in Grand Rapids, Middleboro Drive, Northeast. This home features a large frontage on Middleboro Lake (210 feet) and sits on 1.123 landscaped acres (3 lots) in the middle of the block on quiet-street with a cul-de-sac. The front door opens to a foyer which leads to rooms on the main floor with large double-pane windows looking out to the magnificent vistas of Middleboro Lake. The open floor plan makes entertaining both enjoyable for guests and hosts alike. The high-paneled ceilings (with over four-inches in thickness of high-quality insulation) give the house an airiness that is refreshing and full of natural light. There are four bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, each of which has been remade and modernized during the past eight years. The main floor bathrooms have marble and other premium stone countertops and one-handle water controls using Grohe faucets. This home includes three built-in gas-fired fireplaces in the Living Room, Family Room, and Master Suite. The main kitchen has many built-in cabinets and a walk-in pantry, a hooded gas cooktop, built-in microwave and wine storage, and features a large stainless steel sink, with one-handle water controls, a hot-water dispenser (190 degrees F), that is built into an island with breathtaking views of the lake to the north. A hardwood floor covers the kitchen and the adjoining dining room. There is a second kitchen on the lower level with a stainless steel sink, microwave, new (2017) refrigerator, and granite-countertops, and attractive work cabinets that adjoins the large Family Room which is paneled and carpeted from wall-to-wall. Appliances have been replaced with two new (2017) energy-efficient refrigerators and two new (2016 and 2017) air conditioning systems and air handlers, a new (2016) washer drier set, a new (2010) gasfired boiler and associated piping for both circulating hot water heat and domestic hot water supply, and a new (2018) ultra-quiet dishwasher. The newly remodeled laundry room adjoins the master suite and second bedroom on the main floor of the house. The Master Suite including an ensuite bathroom is spacious with many windows, built-in bookcases, a sitting area, a large walk-in closet, and its own private screened porch, which sits right up overlooking Middleboro Lake. Large windows are also featured in a second bedroom, which may be used as a study or den. There are also large windows in the Family Room on the lower level. The main-floor laundry room has an efficient washer-dryer set. The house features a large deck made of pretreated wood off the Living Room and a spacious patio of some 850 square feet off the Family Room. A new roof was installed eight years ago. The home has a three-vehicle garage with substantial adjoining room for storing gear. The driveway was repaved in 2017. Wildlife are abundant on and around the lake, including resident family of swans, ducks, a great many song birds, a red fox, several nests of squirrels, an otter, numerous Canadian geese (in season), and Sandhill Cranes who come up from Florida each summer and fall. Lake Middleboro limits water craft to no more power than an electric motor, is of some 21 acres, has a depth of 42 feet, is swimmable, has great fishing, and, in winter, freezes over to form wonderful venues for ice skating, hockey, and ice-fishing; it is accessible from this home’s private dock. One unique feature of the house is that it is paneled with decorative, solid cedar planks as a veneer to the all-brick structure, and the large cedar garage doors were custom made for this house. In addition, the house has a 750-square foot, heated storage room at ground level where water equipment and vehicles may be stored when not in use. The lawns are provided with an in-ground sprinkling system with a complete, automatic control system.
This home is just minutes to downtown, the Medical Mile, shopping, restaurants, and major highways.

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2018 Summary of Buyer and Seller Trends

Each year the National Association of Realtors (NAR) assembles an informative report that summarizes national data concerning buying and selling trends and characteristics for the current year. Below are 2 interesting infographics produced by NAR summarizing this data.

Some of these facts may seem logical yet others may surprise you.  The most important information we focus on is the impact these trends have on individual properties.  How does this trend affect the purchase or sale of the specific property you want to buy or sell?   To learn more about how these trends can affect your real estate goals, reach out and let’s discuss.

MESSAGE JOHN

How Will Home Sales Measure Up Next Year?

How Will Home Sales Measure Up Next Year?

How Will Home Sales Measure Up Next Year? | Simplifying The Market

There are many questions about where home sales are headed next year. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer this question. Here are our sources:

Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) – As the leading advocate for the real estate finance industry, the MBA enables members to successfully deliver fair, sustainable, and responsible real estate financing within ever-changing business environments.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) – The largest association of real estate professionals in the world.

Freddie Mac – An organization which provides liquidity, stability, and affordability to the U.S. housing market in all economic conditions extending to all communities from coast to coast.

Fannie Mae – A leading source of financing for mortgage lenders, providing access to affordable mortgage financing in all markets.

Here are their projections:

How Will Home Sales Measure Up Next Year? | Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

Every source sees home sales growing next year. Let’s get together to chat about what’s going on in our neighborhood.

Now more than ever planning combined with the right marketing approach will make the difference. Let’s get together and discuss your real estate plans and the effect of these projects on successfully achieving your goals.

MESSAGE JOHNMESSAGE JOHN

Source: Michigan Real Estate Updates