So Excited to be Representing Buyer and Seller on this GORGEOUS Home on the Golf Course in Leisure Village!
Last week’s Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows sales have dropped by 3.7% compared to the month before. This is the second consecutive month that sales have slumped. Some see this as evidence that the red-hot real estate market may be cooling.
However, there could also be a simple explanation as to why existing home sales have slowed – there aren’t enough homes to buy. There are currently 410,000 fewer single-family homes available for sale than there were at this time last year.
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, explains in the report: “The sales for March would have been measurably higher, had there been more inventory. Days-on-market are swift, multiple offers are prevalent, and buyer confidence is rising.”
Yun’s insight was supported the next day when the Census Bureau released its Monthly New Residential Sales Report. It shows that newly constructed home sales are up 20.7% over the previous month.
Buyer demand remains strong. With more of the adult population becoming vaccinated and job creation data showing encouraging signs, existing-home inventory is expected to grow in the coming months.
What will this mean for home sales going forward?
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) have all forecasted that total home sales (existing homes and new construction) will continue their momentum both this year and next.
Living through a pandemic has caused many to re-evaluate the importance of a home and the value of homeownership. The residential real estate market will benefit from both as we move forward.
Villagers who can knit – and those who can crochet, too – have the opportunity to help homeless children in Ventura County. An estimated 3000 boys and girls without proper housing need clothing to keep warm during these chilly days, scarves and beanies in particular, according to Cathi Nye, Coordinator for the Homeless in the Ventura County Office of Education. The Association has yarn – lots of it was donated recently. It’s the people who can knit and crochet that yarn into warm and toasty items that are essential. Let us know if you can help!