Current Buyer And Seller Perks In The Tampa Bay Florida Housing Market

Dated: August 13 2020

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Current Buyer & Seller Perks in the Tampa Bay, Florida Housing Market

Current Buyer & Seller Perks in the Housing Market | MyKCM

Today’s housing market is making a truly impressive turnaround, especially in places like PInellas County and the Greater Tampa Bay Area of Florida.  It’s also setting up some outstanding opportunities for buyers and sellers. Whether you’re thinking of buying or selling a home this year, there are perks today that are rarely available, and definitely worth looking into. Here are the top two.

The Biggest Perk for Home Buyers in Florida: Low Mortgage Interest Rates

The most impressive buyer incentive today is the average mortgage interest rate. Just last week, mortgage rates hit an all-time low for the eighth time this year. The 30-year fixed-rate is now averaging 2.88%, the lowest rate in the survey’s history, which dates back to 1971 (See graph below):Current Buyer & Seller Perks in the Housing Market | MyKCMThis is a huge advantage for buyers. To put it in perspective, it means that today you can get a lower rate than any of the past two generations of homebuyers in your family if you decide to purchase at this time.

In addition, the National Mortgage News notes how today’s buyers have increasing purchasing power due to these low mortgage rates:

“Purchasing power rose 10% year-over-year...With interest rates hitting record lows, buyers were able to afford $32,000 "more house" as of July 23 than they could the year before with the same monthly payment.”

This is a great perk for buyers who are hoping to potentially get more for their money in a home, something many are considering today as they re-evaluate the amount of space they ideally need for their families. It is an opportunity not seen in 50 years, and one not to be missed if the time is right for you to buy a home. Just remember, many home buyers in coveted places like St Petersburg, FL, Tampa, St Pete Beach and many others are having these same thoughts. So when you see the perfect house, be ready with a pre-approval from a lender so you and your Realtor can get an offer in as soon as possible. The best homes are routinely getting multiple offers as soon as they hit the market. 

The Biggest Perk for Florida Home Sellers: Low Inventory

Today, there are simply not enough houses on the market in Pinellas County, FL or the Greater Tampa Bay area for the number of buyers looking to purchase them. This is a trend we're seeing across the United States. Housing Markets are simply stretched thin of inventory. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR):

“Total housing inventory at the end of June totaled 1.57 million units, up 1.3% from May, but still down 18.2% from one year ago (1.92 million).”

The red bars in the graph below indicate that the inventory of homes coming into the market continues to decline. It was low as we entered the pandemic and has reduced even further this year. Houses today are selling faster than they’re being listed, and that’s creating an even greater supply shortage (See graph below):Current Buyer & Seller Perks in the Housing Market | MyKCMThe lack of housing inventory in Florida has been a challenging situation for a while now, and with low mortgage rates fueling buyer demand, inventory is even harder for buyers to find today. Buyers are eager to purchase, and because of the shortage of homes available, they’re encountering more bidding wars. This is one of the factors keeping home prices strong, an advantage for sellers. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for NAR notes that this trend may continue, too:

“Home prices rose during the lockdown and could rise even further due to heavy buyer competition and a significant shortage of supply.”

With low inventory and high buyer demand, homeowners can potentially earn an increasing profit on their houses and sell them quickly in this sizzling summer market. Just be sure to take the advice from your experienced Realtor to get the highest price possible!

Bottom Line

Whether you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in the Pinellas County and Tampa Bay Housing Market, there are some key perks available right now. Let’s connect today to discuss how they may play to your advantage in our local housing market. At the Sandy Hartmann Group, we've got you covered!

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Jesse Lee Templeton

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