Report: National Home Buyers Can Expect to Pay More for Real Estate in 2014

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US Home SalesChanges are afoot on the national housing market that suggest that this year is going to increasingly favor the home seller. And that means buyers will likely be paying more for real estate in 2014.

According to a recent news article, the National Association of REALTORS® recently reported that nearly 5.1 million homes sold last year, which is the highest rate it’s been since 2006.

Meanwhile, values are rising as home sellers grow increasingly tired of selling their home for “cheap.”

Although this is resulting in longer Days on the Market averages, it also means that home prices are rising.

A Look Back at 2013 Activity

Here’s an overview of national real estate activity, according to December data:

  • From January to December 2013, there were 4.87 existing home that were sold on a seasonally-adjusted annualized basis.
  • That figure is one percent higher from the month before.
  • For 2013 overall, there were 5.09 million home sales, which is a nine percent increase from the year before.
  • What’s more, that figure is the highest reading it’s been since 2006.
  • Meanwhile, home builders reported increased buyer foot traffic. In fact, they said the activity had reached a 7-year high.
  • And by December 2013, the home supply was down to 4.6 months. This means that if activity stayed the same, all available homes for sale would be sold in that time frame.
  • The latest report also revealed that homes are not selling as quickly as the year before.
  • While 28 percent of homes sold in 30 days or less, the Median Days on the Market actually increased substantially, from 16 to 72 days.
  • In fact, Days on the Market has been steadily increasing for the last seven months.
  • Here’s another thing to note: home prices have increased more than 20 percent in some regional housing markets over the last year, in part because of bidding wars.
  • In December, foreclosed homes had a median Days on Market of 67 days.

A Look Ahead to 2014

Experts predict that cold weather in December and January may have created even more pent-up home buyer demand, which could bode well for housing market activity in the coming months as temperatures warm up.

Experts are also saying that while home sales have slowed over the last several months, competition is greater than ever.

This is aided by the fact that home sellers are feeling more confident than ever. They’re no longer worried about whether their home will ever sell, they’re worried about getting the best price possible for their home.

Thus, many have raised their list prices to values that they think are reasonable instead of pricing them undervalue in an effort to attract buyers.

While this might slow the momentum a little (and thus lead to longer Days on the Market), the long-term effect will be that prices will rise as buyers realize this is not a passing trend.

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Almost All U.S. Cities Can Be Optimistic About Real Estate Market in 2014

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Local Economy UpdateThe economic recovery is not just confined to one region of the United States, according to a recent news article.

Evidently, a recent report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors noted that almost every city in the country is expected to see economic growth in the New Year!

This is great news for everyone because it shows that our economy continues to strengthen after the recent recession.

Why You Can Expect Great Things in 2014

According to the recent report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, most cities in the US are expected to see economic growth and job gains in 2014.

Here are the cities that are expected to lead the pack:

  • Naples, Florida
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas

What’s more, those cities who were severely affected by drops in manufacturing or by the housing market crash are also expected to see gains in the new year:

  • Youngstown, Ohio is expected to see economic growth of 1.6 percent
  • Buffalo, New York is expected to see economic gains of 1.5 percent
  • Shreveport, Louisiana is expected to grow by 1.6 percent, after the community saw a 5.2 percent decrease last year.

Experts say that part of the key to economic growth has been the stabilization of housing. Job growth has also helped to encourage spending.

They noted that college towns (such as Lawrence, Kansas or Austin, Texas) are expected to make strong gains while the larger cities (like New York and Chicago) are expected to see more modest growth.

Here are some more highlights of the recent report:

  • 340 of 363 metro areas will see economic growth by at least 1 percent.
  • Last year, only 183 metro areas saw such growth.
  • In addition, experts predict that 69 of those 363 metro areas will see growth exceeding 3 percent.
  • And only seven of the 363 metro areas will probably not see economic growth, according to the report.
  • While that’s unfortunate, it’s still exceptionally better than last year when 97 metro areas didn’t see growth.

A New Year, A New Economy

With a New Year comes new opportunity. We’re thrilled to know that the local economy in almost all major US cities is expected to grow in the coming year.

Check back here soon to learn about more about national trends that may affect your efforts as a home buyer or seller.

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