At the end of 2019, forecasters were predicting a stellar 2020 for the housing market. Then came the global pandemic, which created chaos and uncertainty and derailed a booming economy into a recession. The economic recovery has been v-shaped so far, but this isn’t the end. And as the economy unfolds, it has produced clear winners and losers among the different sectors.
One of the big winners has been the housing market, which saw home sales and prices hit decade-plus highs following decade lows in the span of just a few months. Expect housing’s winning streak to continue in 2021 as seasonal trends normalize and some of the frenzied momentum fades thanks to affordability challenges, like mortgage rates increasing.
Other wild cards are in play as the gap between the employed and unemployed grows. Combine this with the expiration of the CARES Act and eviction moratoria. Along with the housing market, the economy could take another hit, especially if a flood of for-sale homes suddenly shows up.
You need a local agent who has the experience and knowledge to sell a home in any market but especially during this still unpredictable environment. If you’re contemplating selling your home, call me to get the real value. It could be more than you think. In the meantime, see what the forecasters at realtor.com are saying for 2021.
As the seasons change, the needs of our homes change with them. To help us maintain our homes’ value and the long-term functionality of key features such as HVAC and gutters, we have prepared a simple maintenance list for you. You can schedule time in your calendar throughout the first few months of the year or hire a professional.
– Schedule your HVAC inspection to ensure its efficiency and lifespan.
– Clean out your gutters for spring showers to flow without buildup.
– Improve curb appeal with some spring plantings and trim any broken branches.
Update Your Office
As many people across the country have begun working from home, here are some fun side projects you may want to tackle. They may help you enjoy your space more and make it more your own.
– Pick a new fresh paint color for your office space.
– Select new curtains or blinds for your viewing pleasure.
– Declutter your bookcases, shelves, or tables with stylish organizers.