It’s not uncommon to find conflicting stories about current trends in the U.S. that pertain to the status quo of home ownership. Since the housing market collapse in 2008, it’s as if everyone suddenly acquired their own ‘crystal ball’ – claiming to know when, or how or where to make your next move into real estate.
But now, enough time has passed to allow us to view things in perspective. Actual data replaces “best guesses” and reveals real economic, geographic, and demographic statistics as they affect (and reflect) the state of the U.S. housing market. Plus, studies conducted by industry leaders have been implemented and tracked over time to help us determine how best to serve the homebuyers of the future.
Right now, there are several trends that indicate our industry is on the verge of a new upswing, for several different reasons.
Home Sales in 2015 Expected To Be At Highest Point Since 2006 This growth projection by the National Association of Realtors is driven by the combination of strong job growth, low interest rates and a gradual loosening of lending standards. Early results this year indicate that buyers who have been kept out of the market by those restrictions are beginning to return, and it is anticipated that 2015 will be the first time since 2008 that single-family home starts will exceed apartment starts.
Did you know? In most markets, the cost of renting is roughly twice the cost of owning a home. In reality – people have to live somewhere – whether they own their residence or not. And many are now realizing that it just makes more financial sense to buy than to keep renting.
The Future Plans For Most Millennials Include Home Ownership. Millennials, or “Generation Y” – whatever the popular term you use to describe them (maybe it’s even “son” or “daughter” in your case), they’re big numbers in our society. Approximately 80 million in the U.S. alone meet this demographic description, generally acknowledged to be those between 19-36 years of age today. And according to a recent study by the Urban Land Institute, this group is poised to begin moving into the home buyer’s market in droves – an estimated 70% are planning to do so within the next 5 years. And that’s a whole bunch of first-time homebuyers entering the marketplace.
Department of Commerce data shows that in 2014, more millennials moved from the city to the suburbs, a significant change for a trend that has historically operated in reverse. And this is a generation that faced a host of new challenges: mounting student debt, stricter mortgage qualification standards, and until the past year, weak job and wage growth. It’s becoming clear that these hurdles may delay the step, but ultimately, they want to own homes of their own for reasons that will sound very familiar: marriage, starting families of their own, or even simply this: “I want a yard.”
Financial Regulations Continue To Evolve In Favor of Consumers. As we have reported before, the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has brought sweeping changes to the home mortgage industry – and additional regulations continue to go into effect as the calendar progresses. In addition to laws that now limit the fees able to be collected from buyers by mortgage brokers (although the same does not apply to banks or mortgage bankers) – this fall is scheduled to see new rules go into in effect with regard to documentation, Good Faith Estimates, and advance disclosures prior to close of escrow regarding your mortgage loan’s terms (translation: No more surprises for consumers.)
Buyers Have More – and More Affordable Options – For Home Mortgages. Gone are the days when banks and mortgage bankers held all the cards for buyers when it came to obtaining a home loan. In the lending industry – as in every other area of consumer spending today – buyers are more in control of their mortgage destiny than ever before. Shopping for the best interest rates and the lowest costs for a new loan can yield tremendous savings for home buyers that still comes as a shock to many (the ones that are used to ‘the old ways’). One example: Premier Mortgage’s clients literally save thousands of dollars in cash-out-of-pocket at close of escrow using our popular “No Fee Loans.” “The ability for consumers to close a home loan and pay absolutely no lender fees is a huge plus for homebuyers,” says Rick Piette, owner of Premier Mortgage Lending.
These are just a few of the recent reports hitting the newsstands these days, and taken collectively, it all points to the fact that for consumers, the “home buying playing field” is finally leveling off. That just might make now the best time in a long time to plan on moving into a home of your own.
Premier Mortgage Lending, NMLS #393282, is located at 701 N. Green Valley Pkwy., Suite 125, Henderson, 89074. The full-service lender is a member of the Las Vegas and Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, as well as an affiliate member of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.