Mortgage rates declined this week, marking the fourth drop in the past five weeks, Freddie Mac reports.
“The decrease in borrowing costs is a nice slice of relief for prospective buyers looking to get into the market this summer,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Some are undoubtedly feeling the affordability hit from swift price appreciation and mortgage rates that are still 67 basis points higher than this week a year ago.”
Fort Worth home sales increased 1.9 percent to 1,288 homes in July 2018. The median price for Fort Worth homes increased 8.4 percent year-over-year to $229,900 in July 2018.
“We continue to have a strong market and are finding the market is leveling,” said J.R. Martinez, 2018 President of the Greater Fort Worth Association of REALTORS®. “It still continues to be a great time to purchase or sell a house.”
Fort Worth’s monthly housing inventory was 2.5 months in July 2018, .2 months more than the year prior. The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University cites that 6.5 months of inventory represents a market in which supply and demand for homes is balanced.
Homes spent an average of 29 days on the market in July 2018, the same as July 2017. Additionally, active listings increased 15 percent to 2,697 listings during the same time frame.
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) worked throughout the tax reform process to preserve the existing tax benefits of homeownership and real estate investment, as well to ensure as many real estate professionals as possible would benefit from proposed tax cuts. Many of the changes reflected in the final bill were the result of the engagement of NAR and its members
Like finding the right house, selecting a REALTOR® you can trust and comfortably work with is paramount. Just as you wouldn't be casual in the selection of your doctor or your attorney, you shouldn't take the selection of your REALTOR® lightly. Indeed, the best way to find such a professional is through recommendations from family and friends. Of course, you should interview several REALTORS® before you choose one. If you're selling your home, you should ask the candidates how they plan to market your home, what pricing advice they can offer, and what other suggestions they can provide to further enhance the desirability of your home.
The sales dollar volume of international home purchases in Texas totaled $18.66 billion from April 2016 to March 2017, according to the Texas International Homebuyers Report released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS®. Sales dollar volume from foreign homebuyers nearly doubled compared to the previous period of April 2015 to March 2016.
Texas ranked second in the nation for international home sales volume, with 34,135 home purchases by foreign buyers (a 59% increase over the previous period). Texas accounted for 12% of the 284,455 international home sales nationwide.
“This surge in international home sales activity underscores the growing reputation Texas has as a global destination for owning a home or investment property,” says Vicki Fullerton, chairman of the Texas Association of REALTORS®. “The state’s low unemployment, diverse industry base, and world-class higher education institutions are just some of the reasons why international residents seek to attend college, raise a family, or do business in Texas.”