No Matter What the Groundhog Says, Here are 5 Reasons to Sell Before Spring!

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Is spring closer than we think? Depending on which groundhog you listen to today, you may have less time than you think to get your home on the market before the busy spring season.

春天很快就要來了嗎?你可能已經有不多的時間可以在繁忙的春季之前將你的房屋準備好上市出售。

Many sellers feel that the spring is the best time to place their homes on the market as buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. However, the next six weeks before spring hits also have their own advantages.

許多賣家認為春天是將房屋上市出售的最佳時機,因為買家的需求量通常在這段時間增加。然而,在春天即將來臨之前的這六個星期,也有上市出售的優勢。

Here are five reasons to sell now.

以下為為現在是售屋好時機的五個原因。

1. Demand is Strong
需求量大

Foot traffic refers to the number of people who are out, physically looking at homes right now. The latest foot traffic numbers from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) show that the number of buyers out looking for their dream homes in December reached the highest mark since February 2016.

流量指的是目前實際上已在看屋的人數。來自全國房地產經紀人協會(NAR)的最新流量數據顯示,12月份正在尋找夢想家園的買家數量已經達到2016年2月以來的最高紀錄。

These buyers are ready, willing and able to buy…and are in the market right now! Take advantage of the strong buyer activity currently in the market.

這些買家已經準備好了,願意和有能力可購屋… 並且就是現在!賣家應該多多利用目前市場上強勁的需求量。

2. There Is Less Competition Now
現在的競爭較少

Housing inventory just dropped to a 3.6-month supply, which is well under the 6-month supply needed for a normal housing market. This means, in many areas, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in that market. This is good news for home prices; however, additional inventory is about to come to market.

住房庫存量下降至3.6個月的供應量,遠低於正常的房屋市場所需的6個月供應量。這意味著,在許多地區並沒有足夠的房屋出售來滿足市場的買家數量。這是對房價來說的好消息;然而,更多的庫存量即將上市。

There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move, as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. Homeowners are now seeing a return to positive equity as real estate values have increased over the last four years. Many of these homes will be coming to market soon.

有許多屋主想要搬家,但因為負資產情況而在過去幾年無法出售房屋。由於房價在過去四年中有所增漲,屋主現在回到正資產情況,因此有許多房屋很快就會上市。

Also, new construction of single-family homes is again beginning to increase. A study by Harris Poll revealed that 41% of buyers would prefer to buy a new home, while only 21% prefer an existing home (38% had no preference).

此外,建商新屋也開始增加。哈里斯民意調查顯示,41%的買家寧願購買全新房屋,而有21%的買家喜歡二手屋(38%沒有偏好)。

The choices buyers have will increase in the spring. Don’t wait for this other inventory to come to market before you sell.

買家的選擇將在春季增加,不要等到競爭增加了才上市出售你的房屋。

3. The Process Will Be Quicker
過程會更快

One of the biggest challenges of the housing market has been the length of time it takes from contract to closing. Banks are requiring more and more paperwork before approving a mortgage. There is less overall business done in the winter. Therefore, the process will be less onerous than it will be in the spring. Getting your house sold and closed before the spring delays begin will lend to a smoother transaction.

房地產市場面臨的最大挑戰之一是合約開始到結束所需的時間,銀行需要越來越多的文件才能批准房屋貸款。冬天的整體業務較少,因此,房貸過程將比在春天時來得快。在春天之前出售你的房屋並成交將使交易更順利快速。

4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move-Up
正是搬家到更佳房屋的最好時機

If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by 4.7% over the next 12 months according to CoreLogic. If you are moving to a higher priced home, it will wind-up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait. You can also lock-in your 30-year housing expense with an interest rate around 4% right now. Rates are projected to rise by half a percentage point by the end of 2017.

如果你想搬到一個更大更昂貴的家,考慮現在即刻執行。根據CoreLogic報導,未來12個月的房屋價格預計將升高4.7%。如果你想搬到一個更高價位的家,等待會讓你花費更多的金錢(無論是頭期款或是房房屋貸款)。同時現在你還可以鎖定30年的房貸利率,利率目前大約為4%,預計到2017年年底,利率將提高半個百分點。

5. It’s Time to Move on with Your Life
現在是過自己生活的時候了

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

看看你決定出售房屋的原因,並確定是否值得等待。金錢比家庭更重要嗎?金錢比你的健康更重要嗎?金錢比擁有自由的生活方式更重要嗎?

Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take back control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps, the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

只有你知道上面這些問題的答案。將房屋上市出售讓你可以掌握自己的生活,也許,現在正是你按家人開始過你們渴望生活的時候了。

That is what is truly important.

這才是真正最重要的。

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