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Vermont Market Update: December 2021

Northwest Vermont Real Estate Market Report December 2021

The 2021 housing market was one for the history books. After three consecutive months of increases recently, existing home sales are on pace to hit their highest level in 15 years, with an estimated 6 million homes sold in 2021 according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Sales prices reached new heights, inventory hit rock bottom, and homes sold in record time, often for well above asking price. Mortgage rates, which began the year at historic lows, remain attractive, and homeowners who choose to sell in the coming months can expect to see plenty of buyer activity due to pent-up demand during the pandemic.

New Listings decreased 2.2 percent for single-family homes and 10.5 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales remained flat for single-family properties but increased 9.8 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 46.2 percent for single-family homes and 54.2 percent for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was up 14.3 percent to $400,000 for single-family homes and 29.9 percent to $315,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market remained flat for single-family homes but increased 2.8 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 47.1 percent for single-family homes and 55.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

Looking ahead, experts anticipate many of the housing market trends of 2021 will continue in 2022, albeit at a more moderate level. Strong buyer demand and inventory shortages are likely to persist over the next year. Home sales are projected to remain strong but will be tempered by the limited supply of homes, higher sales prices, and rising interest rates, with the Federal Reserve planning multiple rate hikes in the new year. Price growth is expected to slow somewhat as a result, but affordability will likely remain a top constraint for some homebuyers.

Wondering what your home is worth in your current market? Get a free market analysis today! 

Island Insights: Navigating the Real Estate Market in 2022

We don’t have a crystal ball to see the future of the real estate market, but we can assess the current conditions and bring an objective eye to the table. In the past year, our REALTORS® guided over 130 families through this fast-paced market. They have the area expertise, market knowledge and negotiating skills to guide you home. Here are some of the top questions we’re hearing from clients:

1. Will the real estate market shift in 2022?

While there are a number of factors that play into the real estate market, we predict that 2022 will see continued trends of light inventory and high buyer demand. Interest rates are on the rise but remain historically low still making today an opportune time to buy a home.

2. Is it true home sellers are getting offers over asking?

The key to selling a home is pricing it at fair market value, from the start, to attract the most potential buyers resulting in showings and offers. This market is competitive with some homes seeing multiple offer situations that ultimately drive up the sales price.

3. So it’s a good time to sell, but what about buying?

Interest rates are rising but remain at all time lows. They are expected to increase throughout the year and with the rise, the amount buyers would be able to afford will go down. Our real estate advocates will help you put your best offer forward and stand out among the competition.

4. What is my home worth today?

Your home has never been worth more. Median home prices in Northwest Vermont have risen 16% from 2020*. Dreaming of retirement or your next investment? Now is this time to get the most value out of your home. 

*NVRA Market Report December 2021

Wondering if now is the right time to list your home? You may be surprised. Don't wait to list until the spring, get a free market analysis to find out today!

Is the Housing Bubble About to Burst?

While we don’t have a crystal ball to see the future of the real estate market, we can assess the current conditions and bring an objective eye to the table. In the past year, our REALTORS® guided over 130 families through this fast-paced market. They have the area expertise, market knowledge and negotiating skills to guide you home. Here are some of the top questions we’re hearing from clients:

1. Will the housing market shift in 2022?

While there are a number of factors that play into the real estate market, we predict that 2022 will see continued trends of light inventory and high buyer demand. Interest rates are on the rise but remain historically low still making today an opportune time to buy a home.

 

2. Is it true home sellers are getting offers over asking?

The key to selling a home is pricing it at fair market value, from the start, to attract the most potential buyers resulting in showings and offers. This market is competitive with some homes seeing multiple offer situations that ultimately drive up the sales price.

 

3. Shouldn’t I list my home in the Spring?

If you’re considering putting your home on the market don’t wait! While home prices remain high they could decline as interest rates increase and more inventory comes on the market.

 

4. What if I sell my home and can’t find a new home to buy or rent?

We understand the stress of putting your home on the market. The sale can be contingent on certain terms so that your next move can happen. Our REALTORS® have the experience and negotiating skills to help you reach the closing table and find your next home. 

 

5. So it’s a good time to sell, but what about buying?

Interest rates are rising but remain at all time lows. They are expected to increase throughout the year and with the rise, the amount buyers would be able to afford will go down. Our real estate advocates will help you put your best offer forward and stand out among the competition.

 

6. What is my home worth today?

Your home has never been worth more. Median home prices in Northwest Vermont have risen 16% from 2020*. Dreaming of retirement or your next investment? Now is this time to get the most value out of your home. 

*NVRA Market Report December 2021

Wondering if now is the right time to list your home? You may be surprised. Don't wait to list until the spring, get a free market analysis to find out today!

Vermont Market Update: January 2022

Northwest Vermont Market Update January 2022 Infographic

 

The 2022 real estate market begins where 2021 left off, in which existing home sales reached their highest level since 2006, with the National Association of REALTORS® reporting sales were up 8.5% compared to the previous year as homebuyers rushed to take advantage of historically low mortgage rates. Home sales would’ve been even greater were it not for soaring sales prices and a shortage of homes for sale in many markets, forcing a multitude of buyers to temporarily put their home purchase plans on hold.

New Listings decreased 27.4 percent for single-family homes and 32.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales decreased 7.9 percent for single-family homes and 32.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 50.9 percent for single-family homes and 45.8 percent for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was up 16.5 percent to $395,000 for single-family homes and 17.5 percent to $275,750 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 16.7 percent for single-family homes and 57.7 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 50.0 percent for single-family homes and 42.9 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

For many buyers, 2022 marks a new opportunity to make their home purchase dreams a reality. But it won’t be without its challenges. Inventory of existing homes was at 910,000 at the start of the new year, the lowest level recorded since 1999, according to the National Association of REALTORS®, and competition remains fierce. Affordability continues to decline, as inflation, soaring sales prices, and surging mortgage interest rates reduce purchasing power. The sudden increase in rates and home prices means buyers are paying significantly more per month compared to this time last year, which may cause sales to slow as more buyers become priced out of the market.

Wondering what your home is worth in your current market? Get a free market analysis today! 

Vermont Market Update: February 2022

Vermont Housing Market Update: February 2022

The U.S. real estate market remains hot ahead of the spring selling season, with existing home sales up 6.7% as of last measure, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Experts attribute the growth in sales to an uptick in mortgage interest rates, as buyers rushed to lock down their home purchases before rates move higher. Mortgage rates have increased almost a full percentage point since December, with the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage briefly exceeding 4% in February, the highest level since May 2019.

New Listings decreased 4.6 percent for single-family homes and 5.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales decreased 17.3 percent for single family homes but increased 3.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

Inventory decreased 42.7 percent for single-family homes and 54.5 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 12.5 percent to $365,500 for single-family homes and 24.0 percent to $310,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 35.7 percent for single-family homes and 66.7 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 41.7 percent for single-family homes and 57.1 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

Inventory was at an all-time low of 860,000 as February began, down 17% from a year ago and equivalent to 1.6 months supply. According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of REALTORS®, much of the current housing supply is concentrated at the upper end of the market, where inventory is increasing, while homes priced at the lower end of the market are quickly disappearing, leaving many first-time buyers behind.

The shortage of homes is boosting demand even further, and with bidding wars common in many markets, it’s no surprise sales prices continue to soar.

Wondering what your home is worth in your current market? Get a free market analysis today! 

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