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Come October 1, 2011 the loan limits for FHA mortgages will be reduced in many parts of the country. Some would have you believe this will be disastrous for the housing market....
But will there really be that much of an impact on the housing market because of these new loan limits? Alan Zibel at the Wall Street Journal explores this, wondering whether the changes really matter....
Beyond the possibility that these changes might not even matter much nationally, it's also important to note that....
Thus far, September is looking good, with 38% more home sales than last year!
Re-read last month's report if you missed it, and know that we have more positive data in September to continue what appears to be a stabilization of the market.
While you can find any property listed for sale (via the MLS) all in one place, it's not quite as easy to find rental properties. Here are some web sites to be checking if you are looking for a rental property in Harrisonburg or Rockingham County:
Daily News Record
Mountain Valley Management
If you're still having trouble finding a rental after exploring these sites, let me know, and I can ask around to see what else I can find for you.
Please bear in mind, this is not related to the price of any homes currently on the market. It is, however, a reminder that if you are motivated as a seller that it is important that such a motivation carry over into your pricing as well.
Frank is renting a townhome in Avalon Woods, and is paying $875 per month for the privilege to do so. He has thought about buying a home, but assumes he'd have to pay quite a bit more per month.
Well, maybe not! If Frank were to buy a townhome in Avalon Woods (or Liberty Square, Beacon Hill, Harmony Heights, etc) he might pay around $140,000 for the townhouse --- or even less!
Assuming $140,000, here is an illustration of what Frank's mortgage payment might look like, with a ridiculously low rate of 3.875% (which one of my clients was quoted yesterday)....
Frank will still have to pay $40/month for the Property Owners Association on top of this mortgage payment, but his monthly housing cost is now going to be $775.
Wait a minute.......Frank is going to move from paying $875 in rent to paying $775 for a mortgage payment? How could this be?
What are you waiting for? If you're a potential first time buyer, let's talk through your situation to see if a home purchase might fit into your short term (housing) and long term (investment) plans.
Perhaps it doesn't always happen with such extreme price variations, but certainly you have had a seller who priced their home very competitively and then was shocked by an extremely low offer brought from someone locally.
How low can they go? Mortgage interest rates (on 30-year fixed rate mortgages) dropped again yesterday per Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The national average for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is now 4.12%. Wow!
If you're planning to buy sometime in the next few months, now would be a GREAT time to lock in a mortgage interest rate!
After five years of a declining pace of home sales in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County it appears that the local housing market may finally be stabilizing. The latest market data shows a mix of both positive and negative indicators, but the positive signs that have emerged over the past several months seem to be sticking around. Cut to the chase and download a PDF of my entire market report (PDF) or keep reading for a summary of what you need to know.
A few notes from the summary chart above:
Strong buyer activity continued through August 2011, with a 43% increase in contracts between August 2010 and August 2011, as well as a 13% increase when comparing January through August of 2010 and 2011. This strong buyer activity will lead to continued strength in the pace of home sales over the next several months.
Three things we're excited to see decline:
Land sales of over an acre are on the rise, both in the pace of sales as well as in the median price per acre. This is a welcome sign for the land market, as sales were quite slow last year.
For an even more in-depth look at the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County real estate market, click the image below to download my full report as a PDF.
If you have questions about the report, or if I can be of assistance to you with real estate that you own, or that you'd like to own, please be in touch. You can reach me most easily at 540-578-0102 or scott@HarrisonburgHousingToday.com.
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Full Disclosure: I represent the Scripture Communities, the builder/developer of Founders Way.
Everyone knows, the summer is the busiest sales season -- but how does the rest of the year compare? And is it reasonable to list a home for sale now (in the Fall) or should homeowners wait for Spring?
The graph above shows the percentage of homes that go under contract each month through the year. Thus, if 1000 homes were available for sale in January, we could expect that 6.9% of them (69) might go under contract that month.
The red line running through the graph shows the average -- on average, 7.7% of available homes go under contract each month in this area. Thus, the "better than average" months to have your home on the market are March through July. But....does that mean that homeowners who didn't sell in those months should give up until the following March? I say no.....
First, on average, 423 homes will go under contract in those better-than-average months of March through July. But an additional 405 homes will go under contract in the remaining worse-than-average months of the year of August through February.
Second, other than November (6.2%) and December (5.5%) all of the other months show roughly 7% of homes going under contract --- a mere 0.7% lower than the average of 7.7%.
So, homeowners, you need not be depressed from now until next March when the buyers come back out of hibernation. There will continue to be buyers in the market even if we are currently in the not-quite-so-active months of the market.
Scripture Communities is breaking ground on yet another new home at Heritage Estates, after having finished a single family home earlier this summer.
We're delighted to have Don and Eva joining the community at Heritage Estates, and Brant has been fantastic to work with in his representation of his clients.
Heritage Estates is an active adult community located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Heritage Estates boasts superb French Country architecture with flowing interior floor plans that are wonderful for entertaining. You'll also enjoy spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the golf course immediately beside Heritage Estates, the community swimming pool, and a maintenance-free lifestyle.
August was another strong month of contracts....
Contracts year-to-date are also still quite strong!
Stay tuned for my full market report next week --- could this finally be the year when home sales stop declining in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County?
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