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October 2022

Found 4 blog entries for October 2022.

Pre-Approval Is a Critical First Step on Your Homebuying Journey | MyKCM

 

If you’re planning to buy a home in the Boston area this year, one of the first steps on your journey is getting pre-approved. Especially in today’s market when mortgage rates are higher than they were just a few months ago, getting a mortgage pre-approval can be a game changer. Here’s why.

What Is Pre-Approval?

To better understand why pre-approval is key, it’s important to know what pre-approval is. The Mortgage Reports explains it like this:

“When you’re ready to take the leap into homeownership, your first step is mortgage preapproval. . . . A mortgage preapproval is when a lender determines you’re qualified for a home loan. Your preapproval letter shows the maximum loan amount you’re approved for (your home buying budget), as

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With our new Q3 market report just released, Nick takes a look at what he is seeing right now in the Boston real estate market. And, he gives his thoughts on what buyers and sellers can expect through the rest of the year.

What are some of the interesting trends you see in the recent market report?

The biggest trend I am seeing is that fewer transactions are happening in almost every neighborhood vs. 2021.  This is something that we were expecting with rising interest rates and economic uncertainty that we are experiencing.

How do you expect these trends to impact buyers and sellers over the next few months?

Fewer transactions mean that demand is softening which, with rising interest rates, is expected.  This means that sellers have to

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Over the past two years, the substantial imbalance of low housing supply and high buyer demand in the Boston area pushed home sales and buyer competition to new heights. But this year, things are shifting as supply and demand reach an inflection point.

The graph below helps tell the story of just how different things are today.

The Latest on Supply and Demand in Housing | MyKCM

This year, buyer demand has eased as higher mortgage rates and mounting economic uncertainty moderated the market. This slowdown in demand is clear when you look at the red bar on the graph. It uses the latest data from ShowingTime to illustrate how showings (an indicator of buyer demand) have softened by just over 12% compared to the same time last year.

Now for a look at how housing supply has changed, turn to

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Two Questions Every Homebuyer Should Ask Themselves Right Now | MyKCM

Rising interest rates have begun to slow an overheated housing market as monthly mortgage payments have risen dramatically since the beginning of the year. This is leaving some people who want to purchase a home priced out of the market and others wondering if now is the time to buy one. But this rise in borrowing cost shows no signs of letting up soon.

Economic uncertainty and the volatility of the financial markets are causing mortgage rates to rise. George Ratiu, Senior Economist and Manager of Economic Research at realtor.com, says this:

“While even two months ago rates above 7% may have seemed unthinkable, at the current pace, we can expect rates to surpass that level in the next three months.”

So, is now the right time to buy a

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