When’s the Best Time To Enter the Market?

Here’s my advice for those trying to “time” the market.

I’m back again with some timely, relevant, and local real estate information. Lately, people have been asking me when the best time to get in the market is. Today I have some tips to help you make the right decision for you and your family.

“Buyer demand remains high for the moment.”

First, every market is different. There could be different seasons where more houses come on the market than others. That’s this time of year in Augusta, right after The Masters. Timing is something that you always want to consider.
The second important thing to talk about is the cost of money. Interest rates play a large role. They’ve already climbed, and they will probably climb more. Buyer demand remains high at the moment, but it may taper off if rates keep rising.
Finally, you have to consider your motivation for moving. A lot of my peers are downsizing or right-sizing. Others are on the opposite end of the spectrum.
Having been in this business for 36 years, I know that moving is a process. If you have questions about the processes of buying, selling, downsizing, investing, or anything else related to real estate, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Why Buyers Want To Be Pre-Qualified

Why should buyers pre-qualify with a local lender?

Today I’ll give the buyers out there some tips on pre-qualification to help get their dream house.

Everybody talks about how getting pre-qualified is the most important thing to do first. These days, it’s even more important that you get pre-qualified by a local lender. They should be a trusted lender that your agent knows will close on time and who won’t treat you like another file in the pile.

The advantage of having a local lender is two-fold. First, you’ll have an in-person contact who can guide you through the process. We know that interest rates won’t stay this low forever, so you’ll want someone who can advise you on refinancing, when to buy your first house, when to turn it into a rental, etc. Secondly, establishing that relationship will save you from suffering delays. If you’re working with somebody local, they’re going to make sure the job is done right.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at 706-481-3800 and check out AnnMariesMcManus.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

How Rising Lumber Costs Are Impacting New Construction

Here’s how the rising cost of lumber has affected new home construction.

Things have been changing in the new home construction market, and these changes are mainly tied to the rising cost of lumber. In fact, lumber costs have risen by 180% since last spring. In previous blogs, I’ve spoken in depth about our low home inventory levels and high buyer demand. Builders are doing their best to continue construction, but the high costs of lumber are making the process more expensive. On average, the cost to build a new home has increased by $25,000.

It’s been important for both buyers and builders in the new construction market to accurately calculate their costs and stay flexible. Buyers must watch out for price increases they’re unprepared for, and construction delays are always possible due to pricey lumber costs and shipments.

We’re continuing to work with buyers and builders to ensure everyone knows what’s happening with new home construction and why. If you’re looking for more information about a particular neighborhood, or you’d like to know how these changes may affect your situation, feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.