To end the suspense, the answer to the burning question about when is the optimal time to buy a home in Gulfport or anywhere else on the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been officially answered. The answer is, more or less, “now.” All right, there’s an alternate answer, “as soon as practical”—but that is a less dramatic-sounding version of the same thing.
The official nature of that answer is due to its source, generally considered to be the apex of the residential real estate industry: the National Association of Realtors®. The “®” is after “Realtor” because the group literally owns the word “Realtor”—that’s how much of an industry leader the NAR is!
I’m a member of the National Association of Realtor, and so is Nicole, because they provide the Pace Sanchez Team invaluable resources that benefit of our Gulfport and Gulf Coast clients. Among those is a steady stream of research about the market, new and proposed Mississippi and national legislation, and a wide range of new information about selling and buying a home.
Since its pronouncements need to accurately reflect conditions throughout the country, informing more than a million brokers and agents, its words are (as you’d expect) carefully weighed. Which brings us around to the single best time for buying a home, which the Association shared on January 23: “before 2017 ends.”
Three “crucial” reasons were presented in Lisa Gordon’s presentation, each of which is hard to argue with:
Mortgage rates are rising. No one can be 100% certain of future offerings by Gulfport’s home lenders, yet there has seldom been such unanimity in signals that the future points upward. That means that who lock in rates early should see meaningful savings when it comes to buying a home. To drive the point home, the article harkened back to 1981 and the 18% mortgages buyers had to face. Today it hovers above 4%.
Fewer homes on the market. This national trend has consistently moved in the same direction. By November, the number of homes on the market had fallen by nearly 10% from the previous year: a precipitous drop. The Gulfport listings aren’t always in lockstep with national trends, but the potential for even stiffer competition between buyers when spring and summer activity peaks is quite real.
And Prices are still rising. “We have yet to see a price ceiling,” is what one agent says—and the sales figures bear him out. After the 5% rise in 2016, even pessimistic projections anticipate higher prices.
For sure, neither the NAR nor I are neutral observers when it comes to selling and buying homes, so the hurry-up reasoning might warrant a degree of skepticism. But the changes in Washington have added a new factor barely touched on in the NAR piece: uncertainty.
If you are among those planning on buying a home in Gulfport at some time in the future, that might be the most convincing argument of all. The current listings and Gulfport’s real estate environment are knowns—and they are, by historic standard, pretty terrific. You’ll be able to confirm that yourself when you give me a call!
Author:Anthony Pace Phone: 228-383-3037 Dated: February 2nd 2017 Views: 140 About Anthony: Since 2011, Anthony Pace has been a Keller Williams agent and has become a Multi-Million Dollar Top-...
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