We’re halfway through the year and many are curious to know how the real estate market is measuring up to past years – especially with this year’s added challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. While we expect some bumps in the road in the coming months, as of today, the market looks good.
Mortgage rates continue to decline. Last week mortgage rates dropped to an average of 3.03% for the 30-year-fixed rate. This new low has helped spur both home sales and refinances.
Consumer sentiment is moving in the right direction. Consumer sentiment is one of the most important metrics in determining the health of the real estate market. For June, consumer sentiment came in at 78.1, up from May’s low of 72.3.
Inventory remains low and people are still looking to buy. Active inventory was down 10% in the first week of July compared to the same week in 2019, while new listing volume was up by 22%. Showing activity of homes on the market was up 27.6%.
Median sale prices rose while homes sold faster. In most areas, median sale prices of homes were up slightly in June. The average number of days homes spent on the market fell by about 2 days.
The stock market is up. Rising numbers in the stock market can likely be attributed to good employment numbers from June as well as hopes for a vaccine for COVID-19. Last month brought another 4.8 million jobs, which was higher than predicted, and unemployment fell to 11.1%.
The bottom line is if you’re planning to sell, I recommend putting your house on the market before fall. There are many buyers out there who are ready and waiting for more inventory to come on the market, and presidential election years typically come with a slowdown in home sales in the weeks surrounding the election. Similarly, if you’re looking to buy, let me know. We can start your virtual house hunt today.
Let me know if you have additional questions. I’m happy to assist you with your real estate needs.