We can all admit that 2020 has been an unexpected year, and many are wondering what 2021 will hold. It’s been a question that many real estate professionals are fielding from their clients, and as your trusty real estate advisors, we’re here to offer some predictions on trends for purchasing a home in 2021.
Even Lower Mortgage Rates
2020 brought some of the lowest mortgage rates we’ve seen, but Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the National Association of REALTORS® are all predicting that those rates will fall again or stay flat in 2021. If you thought you missed out on getting a great 30-year fixed mortgage rate, you may be wrong!
Prices of Homes Will Increase
This year has marked a remarkable increase in home prices, and we’re likely to see more of the same in 2021, but at a slightly lower rate than that of 2020. Freddie Mac and the National Association of REALTORS® showed that prices increased by 5.8% in 2020, and they are likely to rise by 2.7% in 2021.
Making Compromises Will Be Necessary
Because of the bidding wars that are happening, it’s likely that you will need to closely look at the loan you’re pre-approved for and look at homes below that budget to account for higher deposits, full-price offers, multiple offer situations, and those waiving appraisals and inspections altogether. Take a hard look at what you need and what you want, then crunch the numbers on the down payment, lender’s fees, and property taxes you will face for the homes that meet your budget and the items on your needs list.
Inventory Will Remain Low
Unless buyers leave the market or new construction home builds increase exponentially, we will continue to see low monthly inventory. This is what will contribute to the increase in home prices that we talked about earlier. Low mortgage rates are incentivizing many to purchase a home now, but there’s a supply shortage of homes for buyers entering the market.
If you’re interested in learning more about the predictions we have on trends for purchasing a home in 2021, contact the David Morris Group at 775-828-3292. Our years of experience have made us experts on the Reno-Sparks real estate market, and we’re always happy to share our insights with you.