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Ready To Sell? Today's Housing Supply Gives You Two Opportunities.

Ready To Sell? Today's
Housing Supply Gives You Two Opportunities. | MyKCM

At first glance, the increase in housing supply compared to last year may not sound like good news for prospective sellers, but it actually gives you two key opportunities in today's housing market.

An article from Calculated Risk helps put the inventory gains the market has seen in 2022 into perspective by comparing it to recent years (see graph below). It shows supply has surpassed 2021 levels by 58%. But the further back you look, the more you'll understand the bigger picture. And if you go all the way back to 2019, the last normal year in real estate, we're roughly 35% below the housing supply we had at that time.

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Prioritizing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer in Today's Market

Prioritizing Your Wants and
Needs as a Homebuyer in Today's Market | MyKCM

There's no denying mortgage rates are higher now than they were last year. And if you're thinking about buying a home, this may be top of mind for you. That's because those higher rates impact how much it costs to borrow money for your home loan. As you set out to make a purchase this winter, you'll need to be strategic so you can find a home that meets your needs and budget.

Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, explains:

The key to making a good decision in this challenging housing market is to be laser focused on what you need now and in the years ahead, . . . Another key point is to avoid stretching your budget, as tempting as it may be given the diminished purchasing power.

In other words, it's important to be mindful of what's a necessity and what's a nice-to-have when searching for a home. And the best way to understand this is to put together a list of desired features for your home search.

The first step? Get pre-approved for a mortgage. Pre-approval helps you better understand what you can borrow for your home loan, and that plays an important role in how you'll craft your list. After all, you don't want to fall in love with a home that's out of reach. Once you have a good grasp of your budget, you can begin to list (and prioritize) all the features of a home you would like.

Here's a great way to think about them before you begin:

  • Must-Haves – If a house doesn't have these features, it won't work...
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