I’m often asked by home buyers and sellers if we are in a housing bubble here in the Charlotte market. In the 20 years I’ve been in business I’ve seen lots of market up’s and down’s and here’s my take on what’s happening now, here.
Home prices are being driven up with bidding wars and a lack of inventory, and that can be scary. So scary in fact that it may discourage some folks from looking to buy a home now, afraid that we are in a housing bubble.Here are 3 reason that this market is TOTALLY DIFFERENT than the housing bubble we experienced just over a decade ago…
𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 Inventory of homes for sale is currently running at less than 1 month, a historic low. A healthy inventory is about 6 months, and in 2008 we were actually up to as high as 11 months inventory.
𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗯𝘂𝘆𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘁𝘄𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵𝘆 In 2008, when the housing market crashed, mortgage standards were at an all time low for credit scores and down payment requirements, as well as proving income and assets to purchase. Current guidelines are much stricter, making the borrowers more financially secure.
𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝘁𝘆 Homeowners were pulling out equity back in 2008, causing many to be upside down. This time around equity levels are extremely high, meaning that homeowners could see values decline slightly without concern.
I’m available to share with you how this is a great time to consider buying or selling a home, especially as values continue to increase. Reach out to me anytime!
Chrystal Safari Roy Chrystal@TheSafariGroup.comText 704.562.1030