It’s been an interesting and historic week for our economy and the real estate industry. As states and businesses open, a few trends have emerged.
Mortgage rates. This week, rates dipped below 3% for the first time ever, allowing buyers to get more home for their money.
Unemployment claims. About 1.5 million people applied for unemployment, which was the lowest number we’ve seen since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic began.
Stock market. The Dow was volatile this week, and we are expecting continued market fluctuations as we move through the health crisis.
“Spring” market. In real estate, the busy spring market traditionally occurs in April and May, and it has shifted to June and July.Upward positive trends continue, fueled by pent-up demand and the dip in mortgage rates. Although inventory dropped this week, 80% of the homes that were previously taken off the market have now been actively listed for sale. Property showings were up by double-digits compared to the same time last year and at the highest levels we’ve seen since February.
To stay updated on what’s happening in your market, or for professional guidance through the process of buying or selling a home, contact your Long & Foster agent.