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2018-03-31 06:24:38
Fiercest Spring Homebuying Season in a Decade

Spring has officially sprung, which means spring homebuying season is upon us. While it's not unexpected to see an uptick in mortgage applications and home sales, this year's spring homebuying season is predicted to be even more competitive than years past.

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, total housing inventory rose 4.6% to 1.59 million existing homes available for sale in February, but that's still 8.1% lower than a year ago. Combined with a decline in the construction of new homes, there's a lack of supply across the U.S., which pushes house prices up. And while mortgage rates are still historically low, they have been generally climbing since the start of the year.

What does this mean for homebuyers? It's more important than ever to be prepared. Here are three ways you can get a head start on the competition this spring homebuying season:

  1. Understand Your Finances 
    One of the first steps in the homebuying process is fully understanding your finances. It's not as fun as shopping for homes, but it's important to help you determine how much you can afford.
  2. Understand the Importance of Credit
    If you're thinking about buying a home, you need to be aware of your credit score – one of the most important factors when qualifying for a loan. Generally speaking, a higher score can mean a better chance of getting approved for a loan and securing a lower interest rate.
  3. Get Pre–approved
    Pre–approval is an important and exciting time when you work with your lender to determine how much home you can afford. Getting a pre–approval letter allows you to house hunt with greater confidence, knowing how much the bank is willing to lend you. It also shows sellers that you're serious about buying. Be sure you're honest with yourself about how much you can comfortably afford v. how much you are pre–approved to borrow.

What Does it mean for Sellers, who's selling? ... Not only does the low housing inventory mean a bidding war for buyers, ... Typically home prices will rise as buyers are quick to make an offer to secure the property. Sometimes buyers will compete for a property, driving the price above expectations.


If you’re interested on a wealth of information to help you get started visit Precision Realty & Assoc. LLC or if you prefer a more personal touch, reach out to a us, CALL 801-809-9866 today. The decision to buy or sell is a personal one that depends on your financial situation, future plans and lifestyle.


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