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Market Snapshot 5/22/24- A Little Reminder

Good morning on this best day of the week, Wednesday, from your Hometown Lender,

Bonds got a little reminder of the impact of a global economy this a.m.

UK inflation report came in at 2.3%, higher than the expected 2.1%. This left traders thinking the BOE will not cut rates as soon as previously expected. Higher for longer in the UK bled over to a sell off in bonds in the US. Early this a.m., the 10-yr treasury backed up to 4.46% and mortgage bonds sold off about 20bps.

Today is another quiet day for news.

Existing home sales came in surprisingly weaker for a third straight month. In about an hour we get the minutes from the last Fed meeting. At the moment, bonds have clawed back most of the losses. The 10-yr back to 4.42 and mortgage bonds -3bps.

Clever Real Estate surveyed just under 1000 consumers on different components of home ownership.

They were not specific on how the questions were asked. I am including their results below. Don’t hate the messenger. If we listen closely, it does give us good insight on how to help our clients.

  • Americans who bought homes in 2023 and 2024 are feeling the crunch of dwindling disposable budgets are more than one third (37%) of those buyers from the last two years purchased homes that exceeded their intended budget.
  • According to Clever Real Estate, since buying, 44% of new homeowners have taken on extra debt to maintain their lifestyles, and 43% have struggled to make mortgage payments on time according to their new survey.
  • About 38% of 2023 and 2024 home buyers admit they overpaid for their home, and 23% regret overspending. Half of respondents (50%) even accepted a higher interest rate than planned to secure a mortgage.
  • Nearly half of recent home buyers (47%) say they feel in over their heads financially since purchasing their home. Additionally, 77% of prospective home buyers have already started saving for a down payment, but 59% say it has made them feel financially overwhelmed.
  • Moreso, a majority of buyers (85%) made concessions on their priorities when purchasing a home. More than one-third (37%) bought homes that exceeded their budget—making price the most-compromised priority.
  • According to Clever Real Estate, more than half of Americans (60%) who bought homes in 2023 or 2024 state that their finances have not improved since purchasing a home. In addition, 82% of buyer respondents expressed at least one regret about the home-buying process—excessive maintenance needs (28%) and lack of transparency (35%) being the most common regrets.
  • A separate survey, also from Clever Real Estate, found that a near total 94% of home sellers support a new commission structure that would require the buyer to pay their own agent’s commissions. However, in this new survey, that percentage drops to 61% among buyers, half (50%) of whom would consider forgoing an agent entirely due to commission changes.
  • If they had to pay their agent, buyers say they’d lower their home-buying budget by an average of $13,167.
  • The overall experience of buying a home proved to be more stressful than anticipated for a majority (52%) of respondents.

Stay safe and make today great!