Real Estate Conversations with Brenda: My Crystal Ball Insights for the San Antonio TX Real Estate Market 2017

My Crystal Ball Insights for the San Antonio TX Real Estate Market 2017

I wish I had the magical crystal ball that could predict the San Antonio TX Real Estate Market for 2017, heck I wish I had it for even tomorrow.  The truth is; however, I don't and no one really does.  No one can truly Brenda Mullen San Antonio TX Real Estate predict with 100% accuracy what will happen to the market tomorrow or in the future.  If a person could, they'd be instantly rich.

What we can do is look at indicators of past behavior and pair them with what's going on globally and locally and make a GUESS on how the market is going to fare for 2017.  So for your entertainment pleasure..below is my GUESS.  Let's look together into my magical crystal ball....

I just recently attended our annual San Antonio Board of Realtors® Housing Forecast and it was really insightful on what we could expect for our local real estate market.  We have had record home sales in the past two years and with the information we have, it looks to be a great 2017 as well really for both buyers and sellers.

First, let me bring up the whole interest rate thing.  According to experts, with more smarts than I, interest rates will rise a tad this year.  This has got some buyers worried that they missed the whole lowest interest rates in decades window.  This simply isn't true.  Yes, interest rates may rise a point to just over 4%; however, given this country's 30 year history, that's still an AMAZING interest rate.  

When I bought my first home in the early 90's, I believe my interest rate was at 7%.  That was good then...in fact, many grumbled that THEY had to pay like 11% or way more when they bought their first home, something like 16-20% (AND they had to walk uphill both ways in the snow, barefoot to get to school).  

The fact that our interest rates have been under 4% for so many years, is quite an anomaly.  So, yes, they may raise to over 4%, but it's still a really great time to buy a home!  Now, the economist that gave the presentation DID say that NOW is the time to get off that fence, because in subsequent years, that interest rate will most likely go up further than that.  Again, though, no one can say that with 100% accuracy, but if I was a gambling gal, I would bet the odds are in that favor.  Check out some San Antonio TX Homes for Sale

That brings me to sellers.  The housing market in San Antonio TX has LOW inventory.  This means that we don't have enough homes available on the market right now for all the buyers that want to buy.  If you don't believe me, check out this chart provided by the SABOR.  

San Antonio TX Housing Inventory 2016

See that purple line?  That's us at 2016 and as of November, we had a little over 3 months of inventory.  In fact, we were like that all year.  Anything under 6 months means SELLER'S MARKET and for it to be that low, it's kind of critical.  This means that the law of supply and demand comes into play and home prices go higher which is also a good thing.  Actually, it's a great thing for sellers who want to move up, move down or just move out. If you're thinking about selling, now is probably a terrific time to get your home on the market!  Check out your Home's Value FREE and FAST!

So, if you put two and two together, (I mean gaze longingly into the crystal ball), you can see with buyers still having buying power at a relatively low interest rate and sellers who can tap into their equity, we are poised to have a terrific 2017 with regards to the San Antonio TX Real Estate Market.

Standard disclaimer. My crystal ball is not magical in any way shape or form nor is this blog post claiming to be 100% factual...it's a GUESS.  

 

 

Brenda Mullen – San Antonio Texas Real Estate Professional

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Comment balloon 13 commentsBrenda Mullen • January 07 2017 10:23PM

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Thank you for providing San Antonio's predictions for 2017. I believe overall the whole country is optimistic about the real estate market. Sellers should take advantage of the trend.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt) about 1 year ago

Les & Sarah Oswald -I agree and buyers should as well given that interest rates are still looking good for the upcoming year, even though slightly raised.  Thanks for dropping in!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) about 1 year ago

Nice to have a crystal ball!

Posted by Olga Simoncelli, CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management (Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Yeah....lol Olga Simoncelli , I wish I really had one!  Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) about 1 year ago

You can count on B Mullen to give it to you straight.  No fluff or fanfare.  Honesty and Integrity all the way and that's not a prediction.  That's a fact.  Great post B Mullen

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) about 1 year ago

What Charita Cadenhead ?!  You don't see my cool fluff or fanfare lol?!  Thanks for the boost lady and I hope all is well!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) about 1 year ago

The interest rates are still very affordable and with your market, a ready buyer has to jump to get their home.  Hope you have a great 2017

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 1 year ago

Brenda Mullen - I know everyone talks about interest rates going up - they should see what it has been in 90s! Good news is that is driving buyers to buy. 

The low inventory seems to be the challenge for most markets that I see in most posts for this contest. This will help real estate market leaning towards sellers - at least for 2017. 

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 1 year ago

(And yes, Brenda Mullen - thanks for your entry to this contest and sharing your expertise in San Antonio TX.)

I definitely want to highlight this from your post, a perfect outlook for your market --

So, if you put two and two together, (I mean gaze longingly into the crystal ball), you can see with buyers still having buying power at a relatively low interest rate and sellers who can tap into their equity, we are poised to have a terrific 2017 with regards to the San Antonio TX Real Estate Market.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 1 year ago

Hi Ed Silva !  Yes, even though interest rates are going up a tad, they are still really affordable :)!

Praful Thakkar !  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Interest rates were by far way higher in the 90s and even higher than that beforehand.  I still think buyers can get a great deal :)!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) about 1 year ago

Yours sounds like a healthy market, Brenda. Nicely done predictions!

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, RSPS, SRS, REALTOR(R) Sturbridge-Shrewsbury MA (Cameron Real Estate Group) about 1 year ago

I believe we'll all see more listings this year. Many homeowners were waiting for years to sell or move.

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA (Barcode Properties) about 1 year ago

Hi Brenda, I was one of those who bought that first home back in the 80's at 14.5 percent, and was glad I did since some had to pay as high as 20 percent later that year. We have had a steady rates less than 5 percent for some time now, and those with excellent credit get better rates than that. Yes, you may not have a crystal ball, but you gave a clear picture of what to expect in and around the San Antonio market.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) about 1 year ago

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