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The Key Factors Affecting the Housing Market Today

by Robin Troy 11/21/2021

Whether you’re buying or selling a house, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the housing market. However, that can be a lot more complicated than it seems. Many factors affect both your local and national housing markets, some of which can be hard to track and quantify. However, there are some basics you can start with to gain a better understanding.

Here are the fundamental things that affect the housing market:

The Economy

The more active and strong the economy is, the better the housing market is. A strong economy means lots of people are spending money. This includes buying houses. Buyers stimulate the economy by taking up inventory and creating higher demand, which creates higher property values. During periods of economic struggle, the housing market may also suffer. The most common examples of this are properties staying on the market for a long time and decreasing property values.

Interest Rates

For many, a mortgage is essential to buying a home. Therefore, the interest rates offered by lenders can have a huge effect on the overall housing market. If mortgage rates are high, it can make would-be buyers hesitant to purchase. When the rates are lower, there might be much more buyer activity. Interest rates vary daily, but there are also longer-term trends buyers and sellers can follow for more insight into the overall housing market.

Demographics

Demographics like age, household size and income all play a part in a local housing market. These facts affect property values in specific regions. An area with highly rated schools will attract families, for example. An area near a college campus may have a hot rental market but very little inventory for purchase. While there are many factors that determine the property values of an area, knowing the needs of your target audience is key to selling or buying in a community.

Buyer’s vs. Seller’s Market

Buyer’s and seller’s markets have different levels of supply and demand. For example, in a buyer’s market, there are lots of properties available with low prices and mortgage rates. A seller’s market has high demand because of a lack of inventory and therefore also has higher prices. The current amount of supply compared to the amount of demand for real estate in a certain area will affect the housing market.

Knowing your local housing market will help you determine the best time to buy or sell a home. While the market is complex and constantly changing, keep these factors in mind when making your next real estate decision.

About the Author
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Robin Troy

No two homes are identical, which is why choosing a sales price or offer price for a home can be challenging. That’s where the comparable market analysis, or CMA, can be useful. What is a CMA? The CMA is a side-by-side comparison of homes for sale and homes that have recently sold in the same neighborhood and price range. This information is further sorted by data fields such as single-family or condo, number of bedrooms, number of baths, zip codes, and many other factors. Its purpose is to show fair market value, based on what other buyers and sellers have determined through past sales, pending sales and homes recently put on the market. How is the CMA created? CMAs are generated by a computer program supplied by your real estate agent’s multiple listing services (MLS). The MLS is available to licensed members only, including brokers, salespeople, and appraisers, who pay dues to gain access to the service’s public and proprietary data, including tax roll information, sold transactions, and listings input by all cooperating MLS members. Listing agents generate CMAs for their sellers, and buyer’s agents create them for their buyers so both sides know what current market conditions are for the homes they’re interested in comparing. How accurate are CMAs? The CMA is a here-and-now snapshot of the market, based on the most recent data available, but it can instantly be rendered obsolete by a new listing, or a change of status in a home with the same criteria. Why? The market is constantly changing – new listings, pending sales, closed sales, price reductions, and expired listings. CMAs can vary widely, depending on the knowledge and skill of the person inputting the search parameters to the software as well as the number and type of data fields that are chosen. That means some features may not be included. As informative as the CMA is, it should only be used as a tool and should not substitute for your real estate professional’s knowledge and advice.
In order to inform you about the current happenings in today's market, I have prepared this comparative market analysis (CMA) especially for you. There are many properties on the market today, and each has different amenities, sizes, and values. By reviewing this CMA, you will have the information needed to price your home in the appropriate range in today's market.

My company is dedicated to maintaining a professional, trustworthy relationship with our clients. One way this can be seen is through this Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) which you hold in your hand. This CMA compiles the most current and accurate information relevant to the sale of your home. Seeing that this is perhaps your most valuable asset, it is imperative that you be equipped with the most complete information possible related to the pricing and marketing of your home.
The real estate market is always changing and as a result, I regularly attend training sessions and events to further my knowledge and be sure that I am focusing on current conditions that affect today's buyers and sellers. This type of training is imperative if I  am to be successful in obtaining top dollar on home sales. My goal is to make sure that I satisfy the special needs of all of my clients and at the same time make the process and transactions go as smoothly as possible
A little info on me:

Licensed since June 1997.

Completed the SRES, & GRI courses as well as the ABR course.

Adept in contract drafting, negotiation, market research.

Small Business owner since 1982

Alumni of SBM (3-year course at LCC Small Business)