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October Journal 2021

REACH YOUR GOALS

What Will the 2022 Housing Market Bring Us

With a new year right around the corner, what can we expect to see happen with the housing market? Rest assured, the market will likely be much more normal than it was this year. What else will come?

  • Buyer-friendly market - With inventory on the rise, buyers should have more options in 2022.
  • Prices will remain - With strong growth in the market, prices likely won't drop.
  • A more normal process - The process of purchasing a home will become more balanced. Worrying about multiple offers and outbidding won't be commonplace.
  • Mortgage rates will increase - While rates won't likely skyrocket, the incredibly low rates we are seeing will tick back up.
  • Suburbs will stay popular - With many people still working from home, craving a higher quality of life and good schools, the suburbs are attracting many, especially millennials.1

 

MORTGAGE IQ

How Appraisal Gaps Work

You finally found a home you love, and the seller accepted your offer! But what happens when the home appraises at a lower value than your offer price?

This is called an appraisal gap, and you have a few options when faced with this situation. Paying the difference in cash between the appraised value and your offer is one option. Or you can try to renegotiate a lower price with the seller.

The worst-case scenario is to walk away from the deal, which is the exact reason to have an appraisal contingency clause. If you want the home but don't have the additional funds and the seller refuses to budge on price, you can request a review or a second appraisal with a new appraiser. The downside to this option? It delays the transaction process, and with the hot market, an impatient seller could move onto the next buyer.2

 

FINANCIAL NEWS

Closing Out the 2021 Housing Market

As the end of 2021 is drawing near, here's what the housing market brought us this year:

Purchase applications remain steady:

Not much has changed year-over-year with purchase application growth. And housing purchase applications are expected to be high up until mid-February 2022; then, we will start to go back to normal.

Existing home sales up from 2020:

If existing home sales are doing well, they should fall between 5,840,000 and 6,200,000 (seasonally adjusted annualized monthly sales rate). Only one time this year did it hit below 5,840,000, showing that existing home sales are where they should be. Sales for 2021 have been higher than 2020.

Inventory remains low:

For housing to have a Merry Christmas, inventory will need to grow substantially, as the past two years have given way to a lack of housing and price increases, bringing the Grinch out of some homebuyers and renters.3

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Freshen Up the Dirtiest Places in Your Home

Life gets busy, and cleaning takes time. While doing laundry and washing dishes are necessary evils, here are the dirtiest places in your home that you should focus your attention on:

Coffee maker -

The water reservoir in your coffeemaker is an incubator of germs that can literally make you sick. Remove the reservoir monthly and scrub with hot, soapy water. And don't forget to flush with vinegar every few months as well.

Stair railing -

Think of how many times hands touch that railing daily. Wipe It down every month with a disinfecting cleaner, and when the family is sick or guests visit.

Remote control -

Everyone touches it, often while snacking. Dab a cotton ball in some rubbing alcohol and wipe the remote clean.

Toothbrush -

Another great home for bacteria, put your toothbrush through the dishwasher or use a UV cleaner for 10 minutes to keep it clean and replace it every three months.

Light switches -

One of the dirtiest items in your home, light switches, shouldn't be missed when cleaning. Spray with a vinegar and water mixture and wipe the faceplate and switch clean.4

 

PERSONAL FINANCES

Where to Put That Down Payment Until You Buy a Home

If your dreams of buying a home have been diminished with this year's housing boom, you may be wondering what you should do with your down payment until you find a home to call your own. Invest your money in accordance with your time frame, as this is more important than yield. If you want to move quickly, keep the money in a savings account if your dream home becomes available.

If you plan to wait a year to buy, consider investing a portion of your down payment in a money-market fund, bond, or another low-volatility investment strategy. Think in three-month increments. If you need funds in three months, keep 100% of the down payment in savings, six months, place 75% in savings and 25% in investments, and if waiting for nine, keep half in savings and put half in investments.

Just remember, when investing, the more aggressive the choices, the greater chance of losing a chunk of your saved down payment. Contact a Financial Advisor to help make the decision that best suits your goals.5

 

REAL ESTATE TRENDS

Cozy Up Your Home with These Fall Renovations

Ready to bring a little warmth into your home? Or perhaps you are selling this fall season. No matter the reason, here are five renovations you should focus on to get the most bang for your buck:

  • Light flooring - Gone are the days of dark flooring. Lighter, blonder woods are all the rage right now.
  • New appliances - While matte appliances are trending currently, stainless steel is still the best choice for a long-term return.
  • Smart technology - Imagine a home that your voice can command. This is becoming increasingly attractive to buyers.
  • Neutral quartz countertops - While the demand for marble countertops will remain, quartz counters in warm neutrals are in high order.
  • Fun spaces - Try more colors and patterns and less neutral décor and furniture. Just try to keep fixed items in the home a little more predictable.6

 

 

              

1 fortune.com; 2 realestate.usnews.com; 3 housingwire.com; 4 hgtv.com; 5 wsj.com; 6 realtytimes.com

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