Conditions are favorable for home sales

Stepping back from my usual Glen-specific blog content, I thought I would share with you some thoughts about the state of the housing market generally.

The environment for home sales remains strong as it has been for the last couple of years. Jobs are critical to a strong housing market, so I was heartened to see that the nationwide unemployment rate recently dropped to 5.1% which is the lowest rate in many years. Consumer confidence, which of course is influenced by low unemployment, is strong; and that means that people feel good about spending money…and in the context of housing, to purchase their first homes or to purchase higher priced homes.

The other hugely positive factor that is impacting housing is available credit. Sure, it’s not like the wild, wild west days that fueled the build-up to the bubble, and that’s good. But slowly and surely lenders are becoming more reasonable about lending standards, making mortgages more readily available to prospective home buyers. Specifically as it relates to The Glen – which has an abundance of high price point homes – many of the largest banks have loosened credit standards for jumbo mortgage loans which exceed conventional loan limits.

So all of this is good news for home sellers and home buyers. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with me. I am an award-winning Realtor with Coldwell Banker who lives in the Glen (in Glenview Illinois), and I would be delighted to discuss the benefits of living here.

Margaret Ludemann            847-4-1-1802   margaret.ludemann@cbexchange.com

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