by Linda Pliagas, Founder, Realty411.com
Change is in the air; it’s evident.
I see it all around me: For sale listings are lingering longer, price reductions are happening, and some properties simply aren’t moving. The promised wave of millennial buyers is still a mere ripple. All the major news outlets from the New York Times to Realtor.com have recently touched upon this seller-to-buyer shift.
From the research I’ve done, this newsworthy housing slowdown is being caused by a combination of factors, including: rising rates, inflated prices, and the halt of foreign investor dollars.
When he addressed the audience at the 2018 GeekWire Summit, Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said the housing market slowdown could have a major impact. According to an article written by Nat Levy for GeekWire, Kelman was quoted stating: “If next spring the buyers don’t come back in force willing to pay those prices, this is a change in the U.S. economy.”
This comment is especially noteworthy considering Redfin, as well as their other competitors, have commenced to purchase and sell properties for themselves.
While rates are still historically low, prices for properties in areas that are in demand and appreciating continue to climb out of the reach of many. It’s important as an investor to proceed with caution and be especially diligent in your quest to make money when you BUY a property, not when you sell it. That being said, investors need to know when a deal is truly a deal.
Be aware of which markets are appreciating, and which are merely cash-flow driven. Then learn about the sub-markets within that market, pockets that are in particular demand, which may appreciate or provide even more income than other less-popular areas.
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