As you think about the year ahead, one of your big goals may be moving. But, how do you know when to make your move? While spring is usually the peak homebuying season, you don’t actually need to wait until spring to sell. Here's why.
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 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, 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.
In essence, the current real estate market offers unique opportunities that challenge the traditional wait-for-spring strategy. With mortgage rates recently dipping, creating a more favorable environment for both buyers and sellers, and home prices expected to rise, now presents a compelling time to sell. This timing advantage, coupled with significant homeowner equity, enhances your ability to make a successful move. Waiting for spring could mean missing out on these advantageous conditions. If you're considering selling, there’s no better moment than now to capitalize on the market's readiness. Let’s take proactive steps to navigate this market confidently, ensuring you get the best possible outcome for your home sale. If you're thinking about selling your house and moving to another one, let’s connect to get the process started now so you can get a leg up on your competition.