Interest rates are up the tiniest bit to 3.49% with .7% in fees and points for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. What’s happening in the market with these low interest rates? Well, homebuying activity is increasing to the tune of about 15% from a year ago when you look at mortgage applications. Residential construction activity is picking up to now be at a pace that’s the highest it has been in a decade.
This week a report on the State of Luxury 2020 was released from Coldwell Banker. It takes an in-depth look at emerging luxury markets and buyers and what’s driving those markets. Today’s luxury buyer now considers things like lifestyle preference, job opportunities, property value differentials, and the desire to reduce taxes.
The top 2020 luxury markets to watch are now Boise, Idaho, Charlotte, North Carolina, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Fort Worth, Texas.
A few other interesting stats for you, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina had the shortest median days on market at only THREE days on market. Collin County, Texas provides the most affordable price per square foot for luxury single-family homes at a median price of $164 per square foot. And the place with the most expensive price per square foot? Hold on to your seats folks. It’s Malibu, California with a median price per square foot of $4,269.
In local market news, January sales data is in. The main takeaways for single-family home sales in Dallas-Fort Worth are:
Unless we get a major economic shock from out of the blue, I predict the next few months will be a continuation of the current trend we’re in. That’s the trend of low interest rates, increasing demand, and increasing prices.
Jennifer Shannon is a Texas real estate agent and broker, licensed since 2006.