January brings out a rejuvenated crop of buyers with a renewed enthusiasm in a new calendar year. Sales totals may still inevitably start slow in the first half of the year due to ongoing inventory concerns. Continued declines in the number of homes available for sale may push out potential buyers who simply cannot compete for homes selling at higher price points in a low number of days, especially if mortgage rates continue to increase.
In case you missed it, we have a new U.S. president. In his first hour in office, the .25 percentage point rate cut for loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) was removed, setting the table for what should be an interesting presidential term for real estate policy. FHA loans tend to be a favorable option for those with limited financial resources. On a brighter note, wages are on the uptick for many Americans, while unemployment rates have remained stable and relatively unchanged for several months. The system is ripe for more home purchasing if there are more homes available to sell.
GAR has over 1000 members from all across the Southwest Montana region. Our members have a variety of real estate specialties, including appraisal, commercial development, farm and ranch, residential, recreational land, and resort properties. We also offer affiliate membership to a variety of related industries like banking institutions, title and escrow, home inspection, photography, construction, restoration, insurance, and communications. REALTORS® represent the best of the real estate industry and abide by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice enforced by the National Association of REALTORS®. As one of Gallatin County’s largest business organizations, the Gallatin Association of REALTORS® is proud to serve as the voice of this organization of exceptional professionals.