The Most Googled Real Estate Questions of 2022

The Most Googled Real Estate Questions of 2022

  • Danielle Peretz
  • 04/18/23
Have you wondered what questions concerning the real estate market were Googled most frequently during the past year? You’ll get over a billion results if you type “real estate market 2022“ into Google, and chances are you will find plenty of information relevant to buying and selling Calabasas luxury homes for sale. In this article, you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked real estate questions over the last twelve months.

Should I buy or rent?

This is an example of a question for which there isn’t one correct answer. Buying or renting a home depends mainly on personal situation and context. It’s easy to imagine why people are asking this question, though. They really want to know if they should buy or sell a home, given the current state of the market. It’s no secret that the current market landscape presents unique challenges for anyone who wants to buy a home. Interest rates are high, and many potential buyers are already struggling to keep up with a rising cost of living, which correlates with inflation being at a forty-year high. Some may wonder if waiting to buy a home makes more sense until interest rates come down, but that may not benefit you as much as you think. The market likely begins to pick up again once rates come down, and you may find yourself spending just as much money as you would if you bought a home right now.

If you’re interested in buying a home soon, there are several ways to reduce your interest rates and get a better deal. Include as much cash as possible in your down payment. This will cut down on the amount of interest that accrues over the life of your loan. You can also take steps to raise your credit score, which will improve the loan offers you get from potential lenders. Don’t forget that different lenders can offer different interest rates, so you may save yourself money simply by talking with multiple lenders to see who can provide you with the best deal.

How much can I afford to spend on a home?

The best way to determine the answer to this question is to talk with a lender who can provide you with pre-approval for a loan. The lender will run your numbers based on your current credit score and debt-to-income ratio to give you the most precise information on the type and amount of loan that you can qualify for. You can get this information online, but it often benefits you to talk with an individual lender who can ask the most specific questions based on your unique circumstances.

Perhaps you’re not yet that far along in the buying process, and you would instead just get a ballpark estimate of what you could afford to spend on your home. You can use an online mortgage calculator to estimate your regular obligation based on how much you spend on a home and your interest rate. For example, if you put a five percent down payment on a $500,000 home with a six percent interest rate, your estimated monthly payment would be around $2,850.

Is the housing market going to crash?

You have already learned little about the current housing market in this article. There is fear that the market will crash due to high-interest rates and dropping sales prices. A recession is indeed possible in the near future.

Most experts believe it will be minimal and short-lived. The market remains in a healthy position despite the current range of concerns. One key piece of evidence is the current mortgage delinquency rate. Most industry leaders believe that a higher mortgage delinquency rate would signify greater trouble ahead for the housing market. Right now, the mortgage delinquency rate is as low as it’s been at any point over the past 25 years. This should give peace of mind to current and future property owners and anyone with a stake in the housing market.

When will the housing market get better?

It’s encouraging to hear that the recession won’t be significant, but most people still want to know when things could improve. The truth is that it’s hard to say for sure when the market might begin to trend in the other direction. The Federal Reserve has indicated a desire to lower interest rates sometime in the near future. They understand that this creates a more favorable climate for everyone involved. Most don’t anticipate that rates will drop until inflation gets under control, and it’s impossible to predict when that could happen. Past trends remind everyone that rates usually return to past averages even after prolonged seasons of being higher than normal.

It’s also important to recognize that home values have outpaced inflation by nearly three percent over the last 100 years. This is true despite major economic events such as the Great Depression in the 1930s and the housing market crash of 2008. The market has shown that it can rebound and come back stronger even after challenging seasons.

If you have additional questions about the current state or the future outlook of the real estate market, Danielle Peretz is standing by, ready to help. Danielle is a trusted advisor for many shopping for Calabasas luxury homes for sale. She takes great pride in providing the highest levels of value and service to each client. Contact Danielle if you’re ready to move forward in the home buying or selling process.

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