dwelling gross sales slide in July as mortgage charges rise – Pueblo ChieftainAugust 16, 2022
July actual property market figures for Pueblo County present general gross sales falling in comparison with July of final 12 months amid a nonetheless energetic market.
Gross sales had been down 18.2% from July 2021 final month.
“That’s a bunch — that is lots of houses — however we’re nonetheless up 14.8% for the 12 months,” mentioned Dave Anderson, communications chair for the Pueblo Affiliation of Realtors. “Persons are nonetheless shopping for and we’re nonetheless promoting houses.”
The native actual property market actually began altering on the finish of April, Anderson mentioned. A part of the explanation for the change is a climb in mortgage rates of interest, which at the moment are “within the 5% vary,” Anderson mentioned.
Though 5% doesn’t sound like so much, it isn’t as alluring as the three.25% price consumers had been seeing two years in the past. Rates of interest are “actually taking a toll on shopping for energy,” Anderson mentioned.
The mortgage rate of interest “is actually in a state of flux proper now,” in keeping with Mortgage Mortgage Originator Russ Lane of Pueblo. Rates of interest can fluctuate based mostly on the borrower’s credit score rating, debt to revenue ratio, quantity of down cost and the kind of mortgage program they’re utilizing, he mentioned.
“There are packages the place you’ll be able to put down as little as $1,000 out of your personal pocket,” he mentioned. “However that can imply you could have to ask the vendor to cowl closing prices and that may be within the $6,000 vary.”
“Three months in the past that might have been a deal breaker however now, when there are extra houses in the marketplace, the vendor may entertain the concept of paying $6,000 in closing prices,” Lane added.
Anderson agrees sellers are extra keen to barter within the present market.
“Daily within the final month we’ve seen worth reductions on at present listed houses,” he mentioned. “We had one at this time that went down $9,000 and others I’ve seen go down $10,000 to $30,000.”
“Numerous sellers have overpriced their houses and now have to scale back it,” Anderson mentioned. “The issue with that’s they by no means meet up with what the market is doing they usually could have misplaced a purchaser in the course of the time it was overpriced.”
For sellers, Anderson mentioned the hot button is to cost a house fairly. Itemizing a house just below the going market price is right as a result of it would get extra consideration from consumers.
“I had one which simply had three provides in three days and the vendor was capable of take one for $5,000 over the asking worth,” he defined.
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For consumers, the “primary factor to do is to take a seat down with a lender and get prequalified,” Lane mentioned.
That step will allow consumers to know what worth vary they will afford in a future dwelling.
“In case you are taking a look at $300,000 houses however discover out you’ll be able to solely afford a $225,000 dwelling, that’s the worst feeling and I’ve seen it occur so much,” Lane mentioned.
The median worth of a house offered in Pueblo continues to rise. It was $305,000 in July 2021 and $321,000 in July this 12 months, a 4.7% improve. The share of listing worth obtained dipped 1.7% from final July to 99.7% of the asking worth.
Anderson mentioned there are at present 194 houses listed on the market in Pueblo West alone.
“That may be a three-month provide,” he mentioned, stating a 12 months in the past there was lower than a one month provide of houses on the market.
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Chieftain reporter Tracy Harmon covers enterprise information. She will be reached by e mail at [email protected] or by way of Twitter at twitter.com/tracywumps.