Market Update

Housing Market Strong Heading into Fall Cooldown

Local Market Update – September 2019 With the kids back in school and the weather cooling, the housing market begins its annual cooldown as well. Nationally, buyer and seller activity remained strong, buoyed by low mortgage rates and a strong economy. The market fundamentals suggest no significant

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Inventory Remains Low, Home Prices Push Higher

Local Market Update – August 2019 As the summer draws to a close, multiple opposing factors and trends are competing to define the direction of the real estate market. After the Federal Reserve lowered its benchmark interest rate on July 31, 30-year mortgage rates continued to decline,

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Record-Setting Economic Growth Not Enough to Offset Rising Home Prices

Local Market Update – July 2019 In July, the U.S. economic expansion that began in June 2009 became the longest in the nation’s history, marking 121 straight months of gross domestic product growth and surpassing the 120-month expansion from 1991 to 2001. The average rate of growth

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Residential Real Estate Performing Well; Fed Mulls Rate Cut

Local Market Update – June 2019 As was widely expected, the Federal Reserve did not change the target range for the federal funds rate – currently set at 2.25 to 2.5 percent – during their June meeting. Although the economy is still performing well due to factors

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Housing Markets Move Toward Middle Ground

Local Market Update – May 2019 At this point in the year, we are getting a good sense for how the housing market is likely to perform for the foreseeable future. And although it is not a particularly exciting forecast, it is a desirable one. Markets across

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Strong Competition for Well-Priced Homes

Local Market Update – April 2019 For much of the country, the first quarter of 2019 provided several disruptive weather patterns that contributed to less foot traffic toward potential home sales. Coupled with low affordability, higher prices and an inventory situation in its infancy of recovering from

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Local Market Update – March 2019

Strong Market for Sellers; Steady Interest Rates Good for Buyers In addition to the quandary of ongoing housing price increases and affordability concerns in many U.S. markets, the first quarter of 2019 saw a fair share of adverse weather as well. Sales totals were mixed across the

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Local Market Update – February 2019

Despite the Weather, Housing Markets Prove Resilient It is worthwhile to mention the weather when discussing residential real estate for large portions of the U.S. for February 2019, because this month has turned in some impressively cold, rainy and snowy days that have stalled some buying and

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Local Market Update – January 2019

The Fed Holds Interest Rates Steady; Local Inventory Increases Despite a strong U.S. economy, historically low unemployment and steady wage growth, home sales began to slow across the nation late last year. Blame was given to a combination of high prices and a steady stream of interest

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Local Market Update – December 2018

Home prices were consistently up again in most markets in 2018 but at reduced levels compared to recent years. High demand for few homes for sale fueled price increases, but evidence is mounting that inventory will finally improve in 2019. This may apply some downward pressure on prices for beleaguered home

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