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    How Has 2020 Changed Home Buying And Selling?

    Friends and Clients — 
    First, happy New Year! 

    We’ve finally put 2020 behind us. However, in the real estate market, some of the changes we saw in 2020 are sticking with us, and that might be a good thing. Here’s are the details:

    1. New preferences 

    These days, people are looking for space and affordability. That’s driving the trend away from big cities and into the suburbs.

    According to the National Association of Realtors, homebuyers in the largest cities were spending more time checking out suburban listings than homes near the city center.

    Asking prices have also increased faster in the suburbs.

    It’s not just location preferences that are changing. Since many more folks are working from home these days, homes with an office sell faster and for more money than homes without one. 

    However, both of those changes pale in comparison to…

    2. More interest in homeownership

    Since last spring, the number of first-time homebuyers has risen sharply.

    20% of all adults who don’t own a home say the pandemic has them considering homeownership.

    As a result, first-time buyers now make up 34% of the total number of buyers. Compare that to 2018 and 2019, when first-time buyers only made up 31% of the market.

    3. Faster, easier home buying

    In 2020, high-tech innovations like 3D home tours, drone footage, and virtual staging became standard replacements for in-person home visits.

    We also witnessed some mundane but meaningful innovations, like phone-based entry into homes for sale (no appointment necessary) or the availability of remote mortgage pre-approvals, inspections, appraisals, and even closings.

    As a result of all this, buying or selling a home is now faster and easier than it’s ever been.

    So what does this all mean for you in 2021?

    Well, if you’re considering selling a home, you’ll likely have a very easy time doing so. There’s a lot of demand, and if you list your home for sale right now, you could sell quickly and at top dollar.

    Are you considering selling, or are you just curious about what your home might be worth in the current market? Then take a look at the following home value calculator, which is based on recent home sales:

    On the other hand, if you’re looking to buy, the good news is that sellers are adapting quickly to new conditions. 

    That means many beautiful homes have entered the market recently. If you’d like to see them, take a look at this complete listing:

    Finally, if you have any questions, whether you’re buying or selling, give me a call at (574) 529-5228. I’m here to help.

    Have a great day, 

    Natasha Hernandez

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