As you think about the year ahead, one of your big goals may be moving. But how do you know when to make your move? While spring is usually the peak homebuying season, you can sell immediately. Here's why.
1. Take advantage of lower mortgage rates
Last October, the 30-year fixed mortgage rates peaked at 7.79%. In January, they hit their lowest level since May. That means you may feel more open to your current mortgage rate. That downward rate trend has made moving more affordable than just a few months ago.
Another reason today's rates make it an excellent time to sell is that more buyers are jumping back into the market. Many had been waiting on the sidelines for rates to fall, but now that's happening, they're eager and ready to buy. That means more demand for your house. According to Sam Khater, chief economist at Freddie Mac:
"Given this stabilization in rates, potential homebuyers with affordability concerns have jumped off the fence back into the market."
2. Get ahead of your competition
There are still more people looking to buy a home than houses for sale, which puts you in a great position. But bear in mind, with the recent uptick in new listings, we're seeing more sellers may already be re-entering the market.
Listing your house now helps you beat your competition and ensures your house stands out. And if you work with an agent to price it right, it could sell fast and get multiple offers. U.S. News explains:
"When there is low housing inventory, sellers could get top dollar for their homes."
3. Make the most of rising home prices
Experts forecast home prices will keep going up this year. What does that mean for you? If you're ready to sell your current house and plan to buy another one, consider moving now before prices increase. That would allow you to buy your next home before it gets more expensive.
4. Leverage your equity
Homeowners today have tremendous amounts of equity. A recent report from CoreLogic says the average homeowner with a mortgage has more than $300,000 in equity. If you've been waiting to sell because you were worried about home affordability, know your equity can help with your next move. It could cover a big part or a down payment for your next home.
If you're thinking about selling your house and moving to another one, connect with The Aaronson Group to get the process started now so you can get a leg up on your competition. Call 949-388-5194 or Email: email@example.com