Today’s News Synopsis:
Drop in home sales has real estate agents baffled. These existing-home sales decreased 6.4% in December. It may not be a good idea for first-time homebuyers to rush into the market to buy this year.
In The News:
National Association of Realtors – “Existing-Home Sales See 6.4 Percent Drop in December” (1-22-2019)
“After two consecutive months of increases, existing-home sales declined in the month of December, according to the National Association of Realtors®. None of the four major U.S. regions saw a gain in sales activity last month.”
CNBC – “The unusually large drop in home sales has real estate agents baffled” (1-22-2019)
“Real estate brokers are trying to figure out why sales of existing homes plunged in December.”
ThinkRealty – “Surprising Cities Land on Most Competitive Real Estate Markets Lists” (1-22-2019)
“Though prices are cooling across the United States, there are still many metros that are extremely competitive for buyers, according to a recent analysis by LendingTree.”
Forbes – “Why A Buyers’ Market Could Be Good For Sellers Too” (1-22-2019)
“In my experience, even the smartest sellers become overly concerned with the price for which they sell their property when planning to purchase another.”
Realtor.com – “Far From a Boring Barn, These 9 Texas Barndominiums Offer Stylish Digs” (1-222019)
“In the last few years, savvy homeowners have developed innovative ways to make prefabricated metal buildings comfortable enough to settle down into for life.”
Inman – “Can’t knock the hustle: How to start a lucrative side business in real estate” (1-22-2019)
“Real estate is an entrepreneurial business, but successfully building a side hustle — and maybe turning it into a main gig — requires careful planning.”
Apartment Therapy – “I Was Able to Buy a Home Because: I Kept My Living Costs Low for Years” (1-22-2019)
“According to a 2015 Urban Institute report, delayed marriage and student loan debt are the biggest factors holding millennials back from buying homes.”
The Globe and Mail – “Why first-time home buyers should take their time and not rush into the market in 2019” (1-22-2019)
“The weakening trend in house prices has done next to nothing to help affordability in the country’s most expensive markets. A 2019 homeownership strategy for those who want to buy in these cities, but can’t afford it: Keep building your down payment to reduce the amount you borrow.”
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Aaron Norris will be presenting Technology Trends and Effects on Real Estate at IVAR on Wednesday, February 6.
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