Welcome to the AllIdahoFallsRealEstate.com Blog

2019-01-08 10:48:44
Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch
Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here

As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, there are two pieces of the real estate puzzle you need to watch carefully: interest rates & inventory.

Interest Rates

Mortgage interest rates had been on the rise for much of 2018, but they made a welcome reversal at the end of the year. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates climbed to 4.94% in November before falling to 4.62% for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage last week. Despite the recent , interest rates are projected to reach 5% in 2019.

The interest rate you secure when buying a home not only greatly impacts your monthly housing costs, but also impacts your purchasing power.

Purchasing power, simply put, is the amount of home you can afford to buy for the budget you have available to spend. As rates increase, the price of the house you can afford to buy will decrease if you plan to stay within a certain monthly housing budget.

The chart below shows the impact that rising interest rates would have if you planned to purchase a $400,000 home while keeping your principal and interest payments between $2,020-$2,050 a month.

Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here

With each quarter of a percent increase in interest rate, the value of the home you can afford decreases by 2.5% (in this example, $10,000).

Inventory

A ‘normal’ real estate market requires there to be a 6-month supply of homes for sale in order for prices to increase only with inflation. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), listing inventory is currently at a 3.9-month supply (still well below the 6-months needed), which has put upward pressure on home prices. Home prices have increased year-over-year for the last 81 straight months.

The inventory of homes for sale in the real estate market had been on a steady decline and experienced year-over-year s for 36 straight months (from July 2015 to May 2018), but we are starting to see a shift in inventory over the last six months.

The chart below shows the change in housing supply over the last 12 months compared to the previous 12 months. As you can see, since June, inventory levels have started to increase as compared to the same time last year.

Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here

This is a trend to watch as we move further into the new year. If we continue to see an increase in homes for sale, we could start moving further away from a seller’s market and closer to a normal market.

Bottom Line

If you are planning to enter the housing market, either as a buyer or a seller, let’s get together to discuss the changes in mortgage interest rates and inventory and what they could mean for you.

 
Blog Archive
2020-02-20 14:52:08
New Homes on the Market And Southeast Idaho Events!

2020-02-20 12:22:26
Active Listings in Southeast Idaho

2020-02-13 12:50:00
Global Events affecting Idaho Falls Market

2020-02-11 15:22:53
Homeownership Rate on the Rise to a 6-Year High

2020-02-10 11:16:11
Take a look at The #1 Move In State!!

2020-02-04 10:04:37
Do you think Gender plays a role when investing in Idaho Falls?

2020-01-28 09:43:15
Should You Sell Your Idaho Falls House This Year?

2020-01-27 15:17:10
First-Time Idaho Falls Buyers Are Searching for Existing Homes This Year

2020-01-22 09:34:58
Idaho Falls Buyers Can Win By Downsizing in 2020

2020-01-21 10:56:25
The 2 Surprising Things Idaho Falls Homebuyers Really Want

2020-01-16 09:58:32
Housing Inventory Vanishing: What Is the Impact on You in Idaho Falls?

2020-01-15 15:02:31
Idaho Falls home buyers increasing their Wealth!

2020-01-14 10:36:23
2020 Luxury Market in Idaho Falls

2020-01-10 11:19:19
Your Hometown Lowdown: True Love Skincare with Tricia Barnes

2020-01-09 11:37:27
There’s a Long Line of Buyers Waiting for Your Idaho Falls House

2020-01-08 12:45:47
Is The New Spring Real Estate Market Here in Idaho Falls?

2020-01-07 22:20:44
Big Demand for Small Homes Coming to Idaho Falls?

2019-12-30 16:20:16
For Sale By Owner? Give us a Call first!

2019-12-18 15:27:01
The Biggest Issue Facing Housing Next Year in Idaho Falls

2019-12-10 09:53:05
What difference Does a Year Make in Idaho Falls?

2019-12-09 20:37:52
Have You Budgeted for Idaho Falls Closing Costs?

2019-12-04 10:45:51
Is A Bigger Idaho Falls House Within Your Budget?

2019-12-03 14:58:29
Winter Sales in Idaho Falls

2019-11-27 14:19:24
Tips to Sell Your Home Faster in Idaho Falls

2019-11-26 10:04:11
Owning Your Own Idaho Falls Home

Click here to see ALL articles.


Comment on this Article

Your Name:
Your Email:
Comments:
Verify:  Please enter the numbers shown to help eliminate spam.