Ken Libby
July 2021

How Are Soaring Materials Costs Affecting Real Estate?
There are some factors converging in the real estate market right now that are putting home prices at an all-time high. In fact, home prices are so high and bidding wars so common that a lot of buyers are waiting for things to settle down a bit, although we don’t know when that’s going to happen.
      So what’s behind the increasing home prices around the country?
      There’s limited supply and increased demand, coupled with extremely high costs for building materials. That’s putting a limit on what new home builders can do right now, and a lot of current homeowners aren’t willing to sell.
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Mortgage Rates
U.S. averages as of July 2021:

30 yr. fixed: 3.02%
15 yr. fixed: 2.34%
5/1 yr. adj: 2.53%

price inflation peaked last year at 11.4%, and the estimates for anticipated average price growth were recently revised upward to 8.1% in 2021 and 5% in 2022. By 2023, price growth is
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How Long Should A House Stay on the Market?
     When you put your house on the market, you obviously want it to sell as fast as possible. That’s not always what happens, though. In 2020, homes spent an average of 25 days on the market, which was down from 30 days. Compare that to 2010, when the average number of days to sell a home was a whopping 140.
      It’s a seller’s market right now, especially since inventory is low and building materials are incredibly expensive.
      While the time on the market has, on average, gone down, there are a lot of individual factors that play a role in how long it takes to sell a house.
      For example, demand, seasonality, and local market factors all play a role. So how long is too long, and why

What’s Going On with Home Prices Right Now?
     The housing market is currently what many analysts are describing as overheated. Demand continues to grow more quickly than supply can keep up with, meaning home prices keep reaching record highs.
      Rising Prices According to data gathered by Redfin, two years ago, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, only around ¼ of properties were selling above asking.
      Now, the most recent data shows that home prices in March rose at the fastest pace in over seven years.
      The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index went up 13.3% in March compared to a year before, making it the biggest jump since December 2013. That follows a 12% year-over-year increase in February.
      Many homeowners aren’t willing to sell, and that’s leading to bidding wars. As of the end of April, there were 1.6 million homes for sale in the U.S. That’s a 20.5%

Tying the Knot? How’s Their Credit?
     From a purely technical perspective, it’s good to know the credit profile of someone you’re soon to marry. Not the most romantic of notions but it’s still important. It can also get a little clumsy if you straight out ask your future forever partner, ‘Hey, btw, do you have good credit?’ That’s gonna be a turnoff, for sure. But you should get a general idea.
      You’re probably very aware of where your own personal credit stands. The better your credit, the more credit offers you’re going to get in the mail. Creditors want your business because you’ve proven not only do you utilize various credit lines but are also responsible with them. Certainly making your monthly payments on time is the biggest factor but so is utilization. Creditors want you to charge things and then pay them off over time for the sole reason of collecting interest on the funds used. Credit utilization means not just using credit but also keeping an eye on outstanding balances along with available credit. Credit scores begin to climb when credit is used but also keeping a balance of approximately one-third of credit

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Ken Libby,RSPS/ePro/RECS/TRC/Broker
Stowe Area Realty Group
at KW Vermont-Stowe

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1056 Mountain Road. Suite 1
Stowe, VT 05672

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