April 2018 Update



April 1st, 2018

Buying a Home in Today’s Market

A healthy economy and low unemployment continues to boost home sales in Wisconsin, despite supply restraints. The Wisconsin Realtors Association reported that home sales hit a record high between December and February – typically the slowest season in Wisconsin.

Low inventories and slowly increasing mortgage rates – an attempt by the Federal Reserve to counter inflation caused by tight labor markets – have contributed to a jump in home prices and created a strong seller’s market. The median sale price for a home in Dane County has increased from $216,250 in in February 2015 to $269,900 in February 2018.

While mortgage rates still remain historically low, they’ve increased approximately a half percent in the first two months of the year and that’s a trend that’s expected to continue throughout 2018. In such a tight market, here are a few things buyers should keep in mind:

1. Get preapproved. You’ll have a firm understanding of your budget and sellers will take you more seriously.

2. Bid competitively. In a seller’s market, homebuyers should be prepared to make their best offer early.

3. Work with a Realtor. When inventory is limited, a good buyer’s agent is fast to alert house-hunters to prospective homes, can offer insight on what’s needed to close a deal and help quickly prepare a competitive offer.

We know buying a home in today’s market might seem overwhelming, but our experienced agents at Restaino & Associates are here to guide you through the entire process. We’re committed to making the journey to finding your next home a smooth and stress-free experience.

Ron Restaino