As we enter the second half of 2021, many are wondering if we’ll see big changes in the housing market during the second half of this year. We have seen a an unprecedented year of low inventory levels and high demand due to the conditions around the pandemic. We have experienced buyers from neighboring states decide that Fairfield County will be their new home. Fairfield, Westport, Weston, Easton, Wilton, Darien and all down the line of Fairfield County have had the same trends.
There has been a jump in some of the activity with inventory at the beginning of June. Here’s a look at what some experts have to say about key factors that will drive the industry and the economy forward in the months to come.
“. . . homes continue to sell quickly in what’s normally the fastest-moving time of the year. This is in contrast with 2020 when homes sold slower in the spring and fastest in September and October. While we expect fall to be competitive, this year’s seasonal pattern is likely to be more normal, with homes selling fastest from roughly now until mid-summer.”
National Association of Realtors (NAR)
“Sellers who have been hesitant to list homes as part of their personal health safety precautions may be more encouraged to list and show their homes with a population mostly vaccinated by the mid-year.”
Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com
“Surveys showed that seller confidence continued to rise in April. Extra confidence plus our recent survey finding that more homeowners than normal are planning to list their homes for sale in the next 12 months suggest that while we may not see an end to the sellers’ market, we might see the intensity of the competition diminish as buyers have more options to choose from.”
“We forecast that mortgage rates will continue to rise through the end of next year. We estimate the 30-year fixed mortgage rate will average 3.4% in the fourth quarter of 2021, rising to 3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2022.”
Experts are optimistic about the second half of the year. Timing is everything! Let’s discuss the value of your home and how to take advantage of the booming real estate market. Contact me today!