The current housing market may not be as hectic as it was a year ago, but potential homebuyers are still showing their interest in purchasing properties.
By analyzing buyer activity and understanding the latest trends, homeowners and sellers can make informed decisions in today's market.
Despite the cooling of the housing market, demand for homes remains strong in many areas, primarily due to the ongoing shortage of available properties. This trend has been reported by U.S. News, which emphasizes the continued interest of buyers in the market.
The most recent ShowingTime Showing Index, which tracks the volume of home tours conducted by potential buyers, offers valuable insights into the current state of buyer activity (see graph below).
This index reveals an impressive 62% increase in home showings from December to January - one of the largest on record. January's numbers also surpassed any other month since the previous May. While it's normal to see a rise in showings early in the year, this January's surge was significantly larger, thanks in part to mortgage rates.
Michael Lane, VP of Sales and Industry at ShowingTime+, explains that mortgage rates play a critical role in driving buyer activity. He notes that the low 6% range mortgage rates in January contributed to the high number of home showings, indicating that when mortgage rates drop, buyer interest rises.
The surge in home showings at the beginning of the year highlights a crucial takeaway: despite the current volatility of mortgage rates, interested buyers are out there, and they're prepared to act when rates are favorable.
The upswing in showing activity this past January suggests that there is a pool of eager homebuyers in the market. If you're considering selling your home or looking to buy a new one, it's essential to consult with an experienced real estate agent who understands the latest trends in buyer activity. By capitalizing on this demand and staying informed about the housing market, you can make the most of the opportunities available in today's real estate landscape.