I enjoy reading smart people and Jay Voorhees at JVM Lending is a smart guy. He writes this:
… Here is my point: efficient markets theory applies to housing too, which means that subsidies in any form will usually drive up the price of housing.Why Low Rates Are BAD For Homebuyers
And very low rates fostered by the gov’t policy are a subsidy of sorts, and they will push up the price of housing – again.
In the short run, lower rates are definitely a gift for most borrowers, but over the long run, housing prices usually adjust to reflect the impact of lower rates.
We are seeing a huge surge in demand for housing now, driven by pent up demand from buyers who were on the sidelines b/c of COVID-19 and by demographics overall.
But another reason demand is so strong is low rates, and we are already seeing the results.
July Bidding Wars Jumped 5x From 2019, according to this article from National Mortgage News.
Demand for housing is strong in the East Bay. Some clients are moving out of denser areas and moving to our area for outdoor space, a bigger house, and for better schooling options in a Covid-impacted world.
If you are thinking of buying a home, be prepared to write a strong offer and to face competition. Make sure you have your financing lined up and that you are working with an experienced real estate agent.
With high demand and low rates, buyers are competing for well priced homes. It is a great time to sell your Dana Estates home!