While there are many concerns about the coronavirus and its impact on life as we know it, I thought it might be helpful to have some input on what we are seeing in regards to real estate. At the moment, buyer interest is strong and they are still out looking at homes. According to the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) survey released the week of 3/9/20, only 16% of REALTORS nationwide reported seeing reduced buyer interest in their markets. Obviously this varies as I’m sure cities like Seattle are seeing greater impacts than in rural areas like ours. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the NAR, reported “two weeks ago I would have said the biggest hurdle is a general housing shortage. But that’s changed. The coronavirus is an unprecedented event, and even though we don’t know how everything will play out, it’s currently a big uncertainty that’s hitting the stock market.” He also feels that in the short term at least, home sales will be down by around 10%. For now, our area is still seeing a shortage of homes to sell and good buyer demand with extremely low interest rates. We are not seeing price reductions because of current conditions. It is uncharted territory and evolving, but I will leave you with this quote “Tough times never last but tough people do.”
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