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What to Expect When Buying a Property in 2022?

  If you wanted to buy a house last year but kept getting turned away, you might hope for better luck this year. There's good news for the housing market this year: Home prices may not be as dramatic as they were last year. But the problem is that house prices will continue to rise, and mortgage rates will also rise. The housing market has seen its strongest performance in 15 years in 2021, with prices soaring. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), home prices surged nearly 20% in the third quarter compared with a year earlier.

Fierce competition and astronomical house prices are leaving many buyers hesitant

  Only 26% of consumers believe this year is a good time to buy a home, according to Fannie Mae's December Home Buying Confidence Index. The index is down sharply from a year ago, when 52% thought it was a good time to buy. A big reason for the surge in house prices is that there is too little supply of homes on the market. Home inventory hit a record low in December. And, as long as there are more buyers than sellers, competition continues and prices rise. Even though demand remains strong, most consumers clearly have reservations about buying a home at current prices, said Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae. But that hasn't stopped people from finding homes. If you want to become Youchao this year, here are what you can expect this year.

House prices will rise, just not as fast as last year

  House prices are widely expected to continue rising this year, but not at the jaw-dropping pace of 2021. The rise was alarming, said Olson, senior director and chief economist at Home Loans and Homebuying Platforms, which target buyers. To say "unprecedented" is not enough to describe it. It's really crazy. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median home price in 2021 is $346,900, up 16.9% from 2020 and hitting a record high. A panel of economists convened by NAR forecasts that median home prices will grow 5.7% this year, while a panel of housing experts surveyed by Zillow expects prices to rise 6.6% in 2022. But what happens next will depend largely on how buyers and sellers react to changing markets. "If buyers end up hesitating about unaffordable prices, sales could drop," said Jeff Tucker, senior economist at Zillow. But if homeowners eventually start selling their properties en masse, there could be a sales boom that could slow the pace of house price appreciation. "

Mortgage rates will rise

  The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has risen sharply in the first few weeks of the year, reaching its highest level since the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. The upward trend in interest rates is expected to continue, but not necessarily at the pace of the past few weeks. "We expect interest rates to rise this year, which will directly impact households' affordability and ability to finance their homes," said Luben, president of Wilmington Savings Fund Society Mortgage. "This shouldn't kill the buyer's market yet, but higher rates are expected to dampen slightly. Some.” The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.56% in mid-January. The average for the same period last year was 2.77%.

Inventory will increase, but so will buyers

  While the supply of homes for sale often ebbs and flows, it all seemed to be at a low point last year. "The past 18 months have gotten out of hand, and if you don't pay attention, the market will immediately hit record high prices or record low inventory," said Midler, president and CEO of the real estate company. "The market has lost its cyclicality." But this year, the housing market is expected to Return to a normal seasonal cycle, with more listings in the spring and then tapering off in the summer. But competition will remain fierce: Experts say many buyers who have been making offers since last spring will continue to do so en masse, at least for the first half of the year. In the spring, demand will grow strongly, driven by rising interest rates, Midler said. Those waiting on the sidelines will re-enter the market when they see a surge in inventory.

  Some real estate agents say many buyers are starting to look at homes now. The problem is, there aren't many listings to look at. Home inventory is at an all-time low at the end of 2021, with just 910,000 homes available for purchase across the country, according to NAR. This problem is more pronounced in popular areas. Agent Blanchini is in the process of being commissioned by a couple looking to buy a home in Pleasanton, Calif., but there are fewer than 20 homes on the market. "If there's only one item on the market with a median price of about $1.3 million, then pretty much every home buyer wants it," she said. Because winter prices have risen so dramatically, she has had to advise some clients to pause their searches when I've seen sales figures for some homes and I can only tell clients that I simply can't give you that number.

Homes will continue to sell fast

  Those looking to buy a home must act quickly. Many homes are booked out within days of being put on the market. Homes on the market last summer took just 17 days on average to sell, depending on price, according to NAR. Even in November, when sales were relatively slow, homes in the most popular $250,000 to $500,000 price range sold in an average of 10 days. In greater Washington, D.C., broker Chisholm said brokers often list homes on Thursdays, allowing buyers to view homes during weekend openings and then make offers by Tuesday night. Time is tight, and buyers are sure to be exhausted. What if you found your dream house, made an offer of more than $150,000 over the listed price and accepted all the downsides, but still can't get it? And you have lost 5 offers before, and you have to pay 500 yuan for each viewing? Some of the buyers I've met have stepped back, but many are still looking for a home.

  She said that in a very competitive market like the one she is in, buyers compete on the basis of an offer that includes a price increase clause and a cap, which is what they are willing to accept above the next closest offer. Maximum specified amount. In addition to this, she lists all the tools available to buyers so they can adjust the offer based on their risk tolerance, generally the ones with the fewest downsides, the highest upgrade caps, the most down payments, and the ones that best meet the seller's needs. Quotes are usually the best deal.

  In a competitive market where buyers need to be ready to make decisions along with their brokers and mortgage teams, Olson said new listings are bound to come up if they are on the hunt, but they are selling very quickly. Finding a house is a job in itself. Even so, Olson said she was concerned that stress and fatigue could lead buyers to make rash decisions that they might later regret, and I was very concerned that buyers would end up buying out of desperation rather than at an affordable price. . Buying a home is within your means.