Don’t Wait Until Spring To Sell Your House
Settling into the new year often has people thinking of change, and moving forward with goals and plans. This change may take form in a new habit or commitment to self improvement, or it may be a life-altering decision that requires careful consideration and perfect timing. Selling your home falls squarely into the latter category, but despite all the chatter about high interest rates and declining demand for Boston real estate, there are multiple strategies that can put sellers in a highly favorable position. Strategic timing is a critical factor for the successful sale of a home, and while spring is usually the peak home buying season, there are quite a few advantages to selling earlier in the year. Here are some things to consider:
1. Take Advantage of Lower Mortgage Rates
Last October, the 30-year fixed mortgage rates peaked at 7.79%. In January, they hit their lowest level since May. That means you may not feel as locked-in to your current mortgage rate right now. That downward trend in rates has made moving more affordable now than it was just a few months ago.
Another reason today’s rates make now a good time to sell? More buyers are jumping back into the Boston real estate market. Many had been waiting on the sidelines for rates to fall, but now that that’s happening, they’re eager and ready to buy. That means more demand for your house. According to Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac:
“Given this stabilization in rates, potential homebuyers with affordability concerns have jumped off the fence back into the market.”
2. Get Ahead of Your Competition
Right now in Boston, there are still more people looking to buy a home than there are houses for sale, which puts you in a great position. But keep in mind, with the recent uptick in new listings, we’re seeing more sellers may already be re-entering the market.
Listing your house now helps you beat your competition and makes sure your house will stand out. And if you work with an agent to price it right, it could sell fast and get multiple offers. U.S. News explains:
“When there is low housing inventory, sellers could get top dollar for their homes.”
3. Make the Most of Rising Home Prices
Experts forecast home prices will keep going up this year. What does that mean for you? If you're ready to sell your current house and plan to buy another one, it may be a good idea to think about moving now before prices go up more. That would give you the chance to buy your next home before it gets more expensive.
4. Leverage Your Equity
If you've been waiting to sell because you were worried about home affordability, know your equity can really help with your next move. It might even cover a big part, or maybe all, of the down payment for your next home.
If you're thinking about selling your house and moving to another one, let’s connect to talk more about real estate strategy and how you can get a leg up on your competition.