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Demand for Vacation Homes Is Still Strong

Demand for Vacation Homes Is Still Strong

The pandemic created a tremendous interest in vacation homes across the country. Throughout the last year, many people purchased second homes as a safe getaway from the challenges of the health crisis. With many professionals working from home and many students taking classes remotely, it made sense to see a migration away from cities and into counties with more vacation destinations.

The 2021 Vacation Home Counties Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that this increase in vacation home sales continues in 2021. The report examines sales in counties where “vacant seasonal, occasional, or recreational use housing account for at least 20% of the housing stock” and compares that data to the overall residential market.

Their findings show:

  • Vacation home sales rose by 16.4% to 310,600 in 2020, outpacing the 5.6% growth in total existing-home sales.
  • Vacation home sales are up 57.2% year-over-year during January-April 2021 compared to the 20% year-over-year change in total existing-home sales.
  • Home prices rose more in vacation home counties – the median existing price rose by 14.2% in vacation home counties, compared to 10.1% in non-vacation home counties.

This coincides with data released by Zelman & Associates on the increase in sales of second homes throughout the country last year.

As the data above shows, there is still high demand for second getaway homes in 2021 even as the pandemic winds down. While we may see a rise in second-home sellers as life returns to normal, ongoing low supply and high demand will continue to provide those sellers with a good return on their investment.

Bottom Line

If you’re one of the many people who purchased a vacation home during the pandemic, you’re likely wondering what this means for you. If you’re considering selling that home as life returns to normal, you have options. There are still plenty of buyers in the market. If, on the other hand, you want to keep your second home, enjoy it! Current market conditions show that it’s a good ongoing investment.

Source: Michigan Real Estate Updates

For Sale: 10 Acre Luxury Estate with HUGE Barn, Office, Gym, and more

Exquisite one of a kind contemporary home on 10 acres. Featuring soaring cathedral ceilings, showcase granite faced fireplace, main floor master, main floor laundry, 6 garage stalls, theater room, hot tub, huge 48′ x 40′ pole barn with 60′ x 16′ RV stall with 14′ door. Remodeled by award winning builder Mike Schaap this home features timeless quality, all brick exterior, metal roof, and full automation (provided by local home automation experts Bekins.) The gourmet kitchen features all granite counter tops, Miele appliances, quality custom cabinets offering every built-in and storage option needed to masterfully entertain. The dedicated office space and 2 gym areas – both a TRX area and a workout room – show this house has what is needed to thrive in today’s world. The sound proofed theater room, featured in Audio Video Interiors magazine, is equipped with 1 touch fully automated movie mode, tiered seating and incredible surround sound. Roughly 1/3 of the acreage is wooded, offering a beautiful mix of hardwood and evergreen on the grounds. This home is a must see!

Sellers Are Ready To Enter the Housing Market

 

Sellers Are Ready To Enter the Housing Market

One of the biggest questions in real estate today is, “When will sellers return to the housing market?” An ongoing shortage of home supply has created a hyper-competitive environment for hopeful buyers, leading to the ultimate sellers’ market. However, as the economy continues to improve and more people get vaccinated, more sellers may finally be in sight.

The Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) by Fannie Mae recently noted the percentage of consumer respondents who say it’s a good time to sell a home increased from 61% to 67%. Doug Duncan, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, indicates:

Consumer positivity regarding home-selling conditions nearly matched its all-time high.” (See graph below):

Fannie Mae isn’t the only expert group noticing a rise in the percentage of people thinking about selling. George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com, shares:

“The results of a realtor.com survey . . . showed that one-in-ten homeowners plans to sell this year, with 63 percent of those, looking to list in the next 6 months. Just as encouragingly, close to two-thirds of sellers plan to sell their homes at prices under $350,000, which would offer a tremendous boost to affordable housing for first-time buyers.”

Bottom Line

If you’re considering selling your house, don’t wait for more competition to pop up in your neighborhood. Let’s connect today to explore the benefits of selling your house now before more homes come to the market.


Source: Michigan Real Estate Updates

Home Mortgage Rates by Decade [INFOGRAPHIC]

Home Mortgage Rates by Decade [INFOGRAPHIC]

Home Mortgage Rates by Decade [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights

  • Mortgage interest rates have dropped considerably over the past year, and compared to what we’ve seen in recent decades, it’s a great time to buy a home.
  • Locking in a low rate today could save you thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your home loan, but these low rates may not last forever.
  • If you’re in a position to buy a home, let’s connect to determine your best move in today’s housing market while interest rates are still in your favor.

Source: Michigan Real Estate Updates

For Sale: Thornapple River Front Forest Hills 5 Bedrooms 3.5 Baths 1.75 Acre Lot

Forest Hill Schools – Private Thornapple River frontage. This gorgeous Town & Country cedar home is surrounded by the natural beauty of hardwoods. Located on the open 6 mile stretch of the Thornapple River (all sports.) This home offers the best of rustic-lux. With soaring vaulted plank ceilings, stone fireplace, majestic views out every window, and quality finishes throughout – every inch breathes the essence of home. The main floor master with luxuriously appointed on-suite, the additional bedrooms, finished garage loft space, and walk-out lower level each offer custom touches combining form, function and fun. Experience the peace of this location while appreciating its close proximity to everyday amenities such as shopping, dining, entertainment, and more.

For Sale: 33 Acre Estate with Incredible Home, Barns, & Separate Office

 Perched on the highest elevation of this beautiful 33 acre parcel, this 3800+ sqft home features main floor master, soaring vaulted ceilings, 3 stall garage, and finished walkout lower level, plus separate office with 2 bedrooms 1 bath and over 1036 sqft. As you enter the property you view the modern 56 x 56 pole barn and attached 3 story historical barn, a separate office with additional garage, and continue on the private driveway deep into the acreage to the main home. With the office, heated pole barn, loads and loads of storage (over 7400+ sqft just storage,) multiple workout and flex spaces, this property and home has everything you need and want! NOTE: House has 4 bedrooms 3.5 baths, 3800 sqft, office has 2 bedrooms & 1 bath and 1036 sqft.

For Sale: Nantucket Inspired Cape Cod – Forest Hills

This Nantucket inspired cape cod residence designed by Jeff Visser, built by Andy Vandermale, and landscaped by Tom Rooks, features serene scape, timeless design, and quality craftsmanship. With the perfect combination of floor plan and location, this cul-de-sac setting includes 2 lots and offers privacy perfect for both quiet enjoyment and entertainment. From the brick patio, or one of the many decks, enjoy peaceful views of the wetlands. Tour the links for the walk through video and virtual tour to appreciate this amazing home offering main floor living, 3 stall garage, with superb layout offering plenty of room for everyone. Located in the award winning Forest Hills Eastern school district, walking distance to Grand Rapids Township Park, Forest Hills Trails and more. …walking distance to Grand Rapids Township Park, Forest Hills Trails and right around the corner from Knapp Corners for easy shopping, dining and entertainment. Only minutes from downtown with easy access to major highways.

Buyers Are Finding More Space in the Luxury Home Market

Buyers Are Finding More Space in the Luxury Home Market

Buyers Are Finding More Space in the Luxury Home Market | Simplifying The Market

A year ago, additional space and extra amenities had a very different feel for homebuyers. Today, the health crisis has brought to light how valuable more square footage and carefully designed floorplans can be. Home offices, multi-purpose rooms, gyms, and theaters are becoming more popular, and some families are finding the space they need for these upgrades in the luxury market.

The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM) explains:

“With quarantine concerns still top of mind for many luxury buyers, we see large, sprawling estates making their comeback.

For instance, the last six months have seen a resurgence in the buying of mega mansions and estate-size homes – specifically properties that offer space (both inside and outside), separate home offices, gyms, and private amenities such as swimming pools, yoga studios, and recreation rooms.”

This was not the case at this time last year, as the most recent Luxury Market Report from ILHM emphasizes:

“Exactly one year ago, we reported that demand for large properties, mega mansions, private estates, and luxury ranches had reduced significantly over the previous few years; especially from the younger generation of luxury property buyers.”

For today’s buyers looking for larger homes, steady increases in equity might be what makes a move possible. Leveraging home equity makes it easier to afford the down payment on a luxury home, and current low interest rates are making mortgage payments more affordable than they have been in years. The report from ILHM also notes:

“Luxury real estate prices may continue to strengthen further into the third quarter, as the affluent continue to see large investment returns from the currently strong stock market.

Coupled with the low interest rates, the policies granting (and insisting) on working from home implemented by many employers, and the concerns of the pandemic, all translate to the affluent increasingly trading in their city lifestyle for a home that has it all.”

Clearly, today’s strong gains in home equity paired with record-low interest rates make fall a great time to move up into the luxury market to meet those changing needs.

Bottom Line

If you’re ready to gain some breathing room in a larger home, let’s connect so you have the guidance you need to find more space in the luxury home market.

Source: Michigan Real Estate Updates