Are we on the all-new crazy train, destined to crash off the cliff in a pile of short sales and foreclosures?
Are distressed sales headed to your market? Is the bubble bursting?
Do you feel confused and stressed yet? Us too.
So let’s drill down on what’s actually happening, what it means, and what you should do.
Inventory is rising. The headlines say that the influx of active listings will drive prices down,
reduce the velocity of sales and, consequently, wreck the market.
This is indeed a logical argument since it was a major factor driving the housing crash of 2008-2009.
Too much supply and not enough demand turned the tables from boom to bust back then.
It’s true that inventory has increased from an all-time low of 900,000 active listings in February 2022,
up to 1.2 million listings currently. That’s an increase of 35.6% so far this year.
What does that really mean? Consider the fact that active listings peaked at 3.9 million in 2006.
We have 2.6 million fewer than that peak.
This time is not just like last time. It’s very unlikely that we will all wake up to a sudden increase of 2.6 million listings.
Why? Here are 8 reasons you won’t have inventory-armageddon any time soon:
Builders have slowed their production, and already taken drastic measures to sell off existing inventory.
The bottom line, they won’t be flooding the market with new construction.
Inventory increased last time largely due to factors that are not present
in today’s market Adjustable rate mortgages caused homeowners to no longer afford payments and not be able to refinance out of that situation.
Just under 10% of existing mortgagesare adjustable, and more than 50% of homeowners
don’t even have a mortgage at all. In 2008, 80% of mortgage loans were adjustable.
Some 50% of homeowners who have mortgages enjoy more than 50% equity.
Unemployment peaked in October 2009 at 10%. If you didn’t have a job,
you weren’t going to be making your payments. The current unemployment rate in the U.S. is 3.5%.
This is the lowest figure in 50 years.
The number of unemployed persons declined by 261,000 to 5.75 million in September, while the number
of employed increased by 204 thousand to 158.9 million.
In the Great Recession, homeowners owed more than homes were worth, with no equity,
and more likely, negative equity. Builders had overbuilt oceans of unsold homes,
condo high rises, and subdivisions.
You could rent a home in your same neighborhood for a smaller
monthly payment than you were paying on your mortgage. In most areas of the country,
you can’t do that now.
The whole world has already refinanced their mortgages down to 3% or less
in most cases, with 30-year fixed terms. If you don’t have to move and pay 7% or more, then
why would you?
Thanks largely to COVID-19, many would-be sellers turned their homes into vacation rentals.
Others may keep their homes and turn them into traditional yearly rentals,
versus listing and selling them as they would have back in the actual housing crash.
Finally, consider the fact that while inventory has risen dramatically this year,
it’s still lower than the inventory levels of 2018, 2019, and 2020.
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