Powerful Job Market Fuels Homebuyer Demand.

The spring housing market has been surprisingly active this year. Even with affordability challenges and a limited number of homes for sale, buyer demand is strong and getting stronger.

One way we know there are interested buyers right now is because showing traffic is up. Data from the latest ShowingTime Showing Index, which is a measure of buyers actively touring homes, makes it clear more people are out looking at homes than there were prior to the pandemic (see graph below):

Showing Traffic Above Pre-Pandemic Levels - KM Realty Group LLC, Chicago

And though there’s less traffic than the buyer frenzy of the past couple of years, we’re not far off that pace. There are a lot of interested buyers checking out available homes right now.

But why are buyers so active at a time when mortgage rates are higher than they were just last year?

The Job Market Is Growing at a Stronger-Than-Expected Pace.

With inflation still high, the Federal Reserve (the Fed) repeatedly hiking the Federal Funds Rate, and a lot of chatter in the media about a recession, it might surprise you just how strong today’s job market is. What might be even more surprising is the fact that it appears to be getting stronger (see graph below):

Job Market Continues Growing - KM Realty Group LLC, Chicago

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports how many new jobs are added to the U.S. job market monthly. The graph above shows 88,000 more jobs were created in April than in March. The April numbers beat expert projections. That’s a solid indicator the job market is growing.

Unemployment Is at a Near All-Time Low.

Since the Fed began fighting inflation, many people expected the low unemployment rate we’ve seen over the past couple of years to rise – but that hasn’t happened.

What has happened is the unemployment rate has dropped to 3.4% – a 50-year low (see graph below):

Unemployment Rates Drops to 50-Year Low - KM Realty Group LLC, Chicago

With so many people steadily employed and financially stable, they can still seriously consider buying a home.

What This Means for You.

If you’re considering selling your house this year, a market with active buyers is music to your ears. That’s because there’ll be increased interest in your home when you put it on the market, especially when the number of homes for sale is so low.

To get started, your best resource is an experienced real estate agent. They can help you price your house appropriately, navigate the offers you’ll receive, negotiate effectively, and minimize your stress and hassle.

Bottom Line.

Plenty of buyers are out there right now trying to find a home that fits their needs. That’s because the job market is strong, and many people have a stable income to seriously consider homeownership. Let’s connect with professionals at KM Realty Group LLC, Chicago, to put your house on the market and get in on the action.