There has been a lot of talk about the rising value of houses in recent years. While some have expressed concern over another 2008 style housing bubble forming, we have dispelled this notion. While economics is a bit more complicated, most moves are the direct result of what you may have learned in school: supply and demand.
The Buyers are Vying
While no-one doubts that the current economy is sluggish (with varying opinions as to why), the demand for single family homes has continually increased. To corroborate that this is not just a timely fad, surveys show that 80%+ still considers home ownership an essential part of the American Dream. (something that we have talked about before). A recent Gallup survey indicates that real estate is considered to be the best long-term investment.
The Owners are Holding
For several years, homeowners may not have been able to sell. Reasons were numerous, including issues such as family finances and lack of home equity. (which isn’t surprising, in the wake of a housing bubble collapse) As a result of this “holding”, the supply of homes is low, as is to be expected. With the steady increase in home values, however, there is reason to believe that incrased motivation to sell will possibly increase the supply. Do families want to sell?
Short of asking, we can look at how long homes have been held, on average, over time.
As the economy continues to improve, even if slowly, and more families approach possession of significant equity (20% or more), we expect to see more homes on the market. As the supply increase reduces the gap with existing demand, home price increases may begin to slow.
If you are one of those who have been holding onto your current home over the last few years, now may be a good time to cash in (sell), and find the home of your dreams.