Home Prices Spring ForwardThis year, your clocks aren’t the only thing springing forward; home prices have increased by leaps and bounds! Over the last few years, the housing market has made a dramatic recovery, and today homeowners are reaping the benefits.

The last seven to eight years were a chaotic time for the housing market. When the housing market crashed in 2007 and 2008, homeowners nationwide saw the value of their homes plummet overnight. Across the country, millions suddenly found themselves underwater on their mortgages and under the threat of foreclosure.

In late 2011 and into 2012, the U.S. economy started to improve and the recession began to ease. As economic conditions improved, the housing market began rebounding as well. In 2013, the recovery hit full force, and home prices nationwide skyrocketed. According to the National Association of Realtors, the national average home price increased 11.5 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, the strongest yearly gain in home prices since 2005[1].

Last year, home prices continued to increase, though more slowly. Sources that monitor home prices noted increases between 5 and 7 percent[2]  Throughout the early part of 2015, home prices continued to rise at the slower, more sustainable pace.

For homeowners, this dramatic increase in prices is helping restore the equity they lost during the housing market crisis, providing homeowners with more options for selling their home than at any other time in the last seven or eight years.

If you’re thinking of selling your home, now may be the perfect time. Not only is your home worth more than you probably think, the current housing market conditions continue to favor sellers. Demand still outpaces inventory slightly, despite more new home construction and more homeowners entering the market. Mortgage rates also remain low, but are steadily increasing. So if you’ve been thinking of selling your home, now may be the perfect time!

For more information on today’s housing market and increasing home prices, read my report entitled “Home Prices Spring Forward”. You can download the report from my website.

[1] http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2014/01/december-existing-home-sales-rise-2013-strongest-in-seven-years

[2] http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2014/12/question-9-for-2015-what-will-happen.html