Monday, November 28 2011
Last December in Market Watch, I made several specific predictions about what I thought our housing market would do in 2011. My projections from last December have proven to be accurate. As I said then, the fact that we had two tax credit programs made specific monthly forecasting easier. The one area I missed a little was interest rates. I said last year that rates would rise. I still believe that rates will increase but it appears that it will take a little longer than I thought. Partially because the Federal Reserve has kept short term rates low, fixed rate mortgage loans have remained at historically low levels.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has forecast a 4-5% increase in homes sold nationally in 2012 compared to 2011. Although Indiana’s business environment is one of the best in the country and the unemployment rate in our area is below the national average I think that projection is a little optimistic. One reason is that we will have a hotly contested Presidential election next year. My experience is that big national elections tend to slow real estate purchases in the short run. After an election, everyone knows the winner. Those that voted for the winner are happy and positive, and those that voted the other way at least know who won and a clear path, even if not their preferred path, is better for housing than not knowing what to expect.
I expect sales locally in 2012 to increase slightly over 2011. I don’t see significant month over month changes like we had this year because there was no tax credit in 2011. Eventually interest rates and home prices will rise. Locally, inventory is still low based on historical norms. Based on low inventory, don’t be afraid to put your house on the market. There is less competition than normal. If you are thinking about buying, Lawrence Yun, the highly respected economist for NAR believes there is more upside appreciation potential than there is downside risk and I agree.
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Wednesday, December 23 2009
Chris Dickson, president-elect of the Evansville Area Association of Realtors, said he believed that the federal incentives, both for the first-time home buyer and the second-time home buyer, will keep the market in the Tri-State active in the first quarter of 2010.
"The first half of 2009 was very quiet in residential sales, but the last half was much stronger, and that indicates upward movement into 2010.
"We're ending the year strong and looking forward to continued growth."
Dickson, a sales associate for ERA First Advantage Realty Inc., said he believed we've "been through the bottom and now we will be moving on. ... It is a good time for both buyers and sellers. There is a lot of buyer interest now."
Bob Reid of Evansville-based Appraisal Consultants said people wanting to buy homes is historically strong and constant.
"When we have external forces that we have had, that slows sales activity; the demand continues to grow even stronger."
Reid said in an overall look at the market, the number of sales and sale prices are running true to numbers seen in 2008.