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    Experts Say Home Prices Will Continue to Appreciate

    It’s clear that consumers are concerned about how quickly home values are rising. Many people fear the speed of appreciation may lead to a crash in prices later this year. In fact, Google reports that the search for “When is the housing market going to crash?” has actually spiked 2450% over the past month.

    To alleviate some of these concerns, let’s look at what a few financial analysts are saying about the current residential real estate market. Within the last thirty days, two of the major financial services giants came to the same conclusion: the housing market is strong, and price appreciation will continue. Here are their statements on the issue:

    Joe Seydl, Senior Markets EconomistJ.P.Morgan:

    “Homebuyers—interest rates are still historically low, though they are inching up. Housing prices have spiked during the last six-to-nine months, but we don’t expect them to fall soon, and we believe they are more likely to keep rising. If you are looking to purchase a new home, conditions now may be better than 12 months hence.”

    Merrill Lynch’s Capital Market Outlook:

    “There are reasons to believe that this is likely to be an unusually long and strong housing expansion. Demand is very strong because the biggest demographic cohort in history is moving through the household-formation and peak home-buying stages of its life cycle. Coronavirus-related preference changes have also sharply boosted home buying demand. At the same time, supply is unusually tight, with available homes for sale at record-low levels. Double-digit price gains are rationing the supply.”

    Bottom Line

    If you’re concerned about making the decision to buy or sell right now, let’s connect to discuss what’s happening in our local market. Contact me, Erin Rosenthal, at (217)836-1598 or erinrosenthal@kw.com

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