Like a fine wine or a new Nicholas Sparks novel, all good things take time. It’s been months since I’ve taken pen to paper to put down my thoughts in the gem that is known as Hamptons Chatter. Well, there is no time like now to get started and leave 2020 behind and look toward 2021! Will the Hamptons steroid infused market continue? What about the rental season? While I wouldn’t dare to say I have any sort of crystal ball I am comfortable in telling you what some top economists and real estate experts are predicting. Reminder these are about “National Trends.” The Hamptons is traditionally a unique market. But, right now due to Covid-19 epidemic a large number of NYC residents have now claimed the East End as their primary residence. That has now pushed us IMHO to a more traditional “primary home” market. As for rentals the inventory is limited, demand is high. So, look for another banner year for Hamptons rentals demanding higher than normal prices.
Four Expert Views on the 2021 Housing Market
The housing market was a shining star in 2020, fueling the economic turnaround throughout the country. As we look forward to 2021, can we expect real estate to continue showing such promise? Here’s what four experts have to say about the year ahead.
“In 2021, I think rates will be similar or modestly higher, maybe 3%…So, mortgage rates will continue to be historically favorable.”
“We expect sales to grow 7 percent and prices to rise another 5.7 percent on top of 2020’s already high levels.”
Robert Dietz, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
“With home builder confidence near record highs, we expect continued gains for single-family construction, albeit at a lower growth rate than in 2019. Some slowing of new home sales growth will occur due to the fact that a growing share of sales has come from homes that have not started construction. Nonetheless, buyer traffic will remain strong given favorable demographics, a shifting geography of housing demand to lower-density markets and historically low interest rates.”
“Mortgage rates are expected to remain low for the foreseeable future and millennials will continue forming households, keeping demand robust, even if income growth moderates. Despite the best intentions of home builders to provide more housing supply, the big short in housing supply will continue into 2021 and likely keep house price appreciation flying high.”
Bottom Line: Whether you’re ready to buy, sell or rent a home in 2021, if you’re planning to take advantage of the market this winter, let’s connect to talk about the opportunities available in our local market.
Some good news if you’re a city dweller missing your fix of salumi , mozzarella or panna cotta from NYC. In particular, if you miss the goodies at Eataly. The italian emporium is now doing weekly runs to here in the Hamptons. Just go online to www.eatalyathome.com by Tuesday 12 noon and create a shipment or pick one of their curated boxes and place your order. Then on Friday afternoon go to the designated drop off point in your area and pick up your belissima bundle.