Local Market Update

Local Real Estate in 2015 – Was it Good for You?
The 3rd quarter of last year held the strong pricing trends of the rest of the year, as you can see below – great news for Sellers! The number of units closed in the quarter fell from the season peaks, somewhat due to the partial seasonality of our market but also due to the continued lack of inventory. And November and December traditionally reflect even more restricted inventory due to folks taking their home off the market over the holidays. And at the same time, the Fed finally raised rates by 0.25%, spurring some buyers into action. And the effect? Prices remained higher. And in case you thought the winter was a bad time to sell, the average days on market for homes that sold in December was 78 days – lower than the 97 that we saw in August!
Chart of Average Sales Price and Number of Homes Sold in Bonneville County
Below we see the stronger December numbers of the last two years. And while we moved 23% more homes in Dec 2014 vs. Dec 2013, the values dropped slightly over those periods. Looking at Dec 2015 homes sold was relatively flat vs. Dec 2014, however we finally are seeing values increasing and holding . . . for the first time in years!

If you are curious where you home value falls in today’s market, call me now! In particular, if you are in the market and under $250,000, consider listing or relisting as soon as possible. Don’t wait until Spring to sell and face increased competition!
Chart of average price and homes sold in December year over year

Our number of home sales in 2015 outpaced every other year over the last 10 years!

What does this mean for you? If you’ve been waiting on the sidelines, now is a great time to sell!

Data source: Snake River Regional MLS. Â© 2016 Chris Pelkola Lee Realty, LLC.

The Continued Challenge of Housing Affordability in 2016

Fannie Mae: Income growth expected along with mortgage lending easing, but affordability will continue to be a challenge for many.

Read more on Housing Wire here. HousingWire.com

National Housing Trends Newsletter

Visit this page for a monthly update on national housing trends. http://simpleehome.housingtrendsenewsletter.com/

Why Generation Y is Unhappy

I came across this article recently that was shared by a “Y-Gen” friend of mine on Facebook. It is true, employment forecasts for Millennials are far different than the traditional career paths of the baby boomers. In fact, in one class I attended it was noted that today’s Millennials can expect to have an average of 7 Careers – not jobs, but career paths!

What do you think, did they hit it on the head? Are you, or do you know a GYPSY?

Read more: http://brightside.me/article/why-generation-y-is-unhappy-11105/

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