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More Americans Say Now is a Good Time to Sell!


More Americans Say Now is a Good Time to Sell! | MyKCM

Recently released data from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey revealed that rising home prices were the catalyst behind an eight-point jump in the net percentage of respondents who say now is a good time to sell. The index is now 21 points higher than it was this time last year.

Overall, 62% of Americans surveyed said that now is a good time to sell (up from 58%), while 26% of respondents said that now is not a good time to sell (down from 30%). The net score is the difference between the two percentages, or 36%.

According to CoreLogic, home prices are now up 6.7% over last year and 78.8% of homeowners with a mortgage in the US now have significant equity (defined as 20% or more).

As home prices have increased, more and more homeowners have realized that now is a good time to sell their homes in order to take advantage of the extra equity they now have.

At the same time, however, rising prices have had the exact opposite impact on the good-time-to-buy scale as many buyers are nervous that they will not be able to afford a home; the net score dropped 5 points to 18%.

Doug Duncan, Vice President & Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, had this to say,

“In the early stages of the economic expansion, home selling sentiment trailed home buying sentiment by a significant margin. The reverse is true today.

The net good time to sell share is now double the net good time to buy share, with record high percentages of consumers citing home prices as the primary reason for both perceptions. Such a sizable gap between selling and buying sentiment, if it persists, could weigh on the housing market through the rest of the year.”

Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale, which has driven prices up across the country. Until the supply starts to better match demand, there will be a gap between the sentiments surrounding buying and selling.

Bottom Line

If you are considering listing your home for sale this year, now is the time!

America Needs Your House!!


America Needs Your House!! | MyKCM

The biggest challenge in today’s real estate market is a lack of housing inventory. How big of a challenge is the housing shortage? Here are what four industry economists are saying on the issue (emphases added):

Mark Fleming, First American’s Chief Economist

“The underlying fundamental issue is an overwhelming lack of supply… The supply of newly constructed homes is also sagging, adding to the supply challenges. Over the last eight years, housing demand has increased by 5.9 million, but the net new number of housing units has only increased by 3.5 million.”

Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s Chief Economist

“Everyone has been talking about tight inventory but I think we are OK calling it a straight up inventory crisis at this point. We just don’t have enough homes.”

Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist

“House prices today are higher than they were at the peak in the summer of 2006, near-record-low mortgage rates have boosted housing demand, and sales volume is robust. The spoiler is the lean inventory of houses for sale.”

Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors’ Chief Economist

“Listings in the affordable price range continue to be scooped up rapidly, but the severe housing shortages inflicting many markets are keeping a large segment of would-be buyers on the sidelines.”

Bottom Line

If you are considering selling your house soon, now may be the time to get it on the market. The lack of competition could lead to a faster sale at a higher price.

Let’s talk Stats Boomers… Ready to Retire?

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Are your retirement plans in place, locked down and solid?  Or do you or maybe your parents fall into the overwhelming statistics below?

  • Baby Boomers are turning 62 at a rate of 10,000 a day.
  • Senior home equity is at an all time high.
  • They live longer, are active, carry debt, and have equity.
  • 25,000,000 households with Americans over 65.
  • 85+ is the fastest growing demographic in America.
  • Federal Reserve estimates 50% of Boomers with no retirement savings.
  • $49,800 average savings of those who have saved.
  • $51,000 is average annual cost of assisted living.
  • 80% of seniors have substantial equity in their homes.
  • 81% of seniors plan to remain in their homes as long as possible
  • 43% of current HECM seniors report that without their Reverse Mortage, they could not remain in their home.
  • 23% married social security beneficiaries  receive 90% of their income from SSI.
  • 43% Single social security beneficiaries receive over 90% of their income from SSI.
  • 30% gap between social security and desired monthly income
  • Inflationary pressures on Fixed Income.
  • Health care costs continue to rise.
  • ZERO alternative sources of additional monthly cash for most seniors other than home equity.