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Freddie Mac Expects 2015 Will Be Best in 8 Years for the Real Estate Industry

Freddie Mac economists and forecasters are expecting 2015 to be the best year for home sales and new home construction since 2007!

According to Freddie Mac's U. S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for March, job market improvements have resulted in millenial generation, ages 25 to 34, now being 76.8 percent employed.

Freddie Mac economists predict that rents will rise at or above inflation this year, which will likely push more prospective buyers into home ownership. Rents are up nearly 11 percent over the last three years, according to Freddie Mac’s report.

They also expect that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage will rise slightly this year to a 4 percent average. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.86 percent this week.   

For more details, read the Freddie Mac March 2015 U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook.

Dutchess County NY Real Estate Market February 2015 - Single-Family Detached Homes

We looked at the real estate market statistics for single-family detached homes in Dutchess County for year-to-date February 2015 compared to the same period last year.  This is how they compare.

 Closed sales were up 4.5%.  

  ↔     The average sale price was about the same, with a slight uptick of .5%.

Last year it took an average of 152 days to get a home sold, and this year it was down to 136 days.

Housing Sales Down? Arctic Weather is a Big Factor

The weather has definitely been a big factor affecting home sales in the mid-Hudson Valley in January and February.  It has been difficult to show homes because of the snow, ice, and just plain frigid temperatures. 

It is a challenge for sellers to keep all the areas of their property accessible to buyers for showings, such as walkways, garages, patios, and other outdoor areas.  Some sellers have taken their homes off the market temporarily to repair damage caused by ice backups.  Does this photo look familiar?  There are also factors delaying closings, such as inspectors inability to inspect roofs, septics, and other outdoor major elements.

Hello Spring . . . can't wait till you get here . . . please give us a sign!      

Does Real Estate Have the Winter Blues? -  The harsh winter weather throughout the country is shuttering open houses, delaying closings, and keeping some home buyers out of the market.

[NAR Daily News Magazine]