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What are your plans for 2024?

December 19, 2023

Timing is often on the minds of many homemovers. You want more. You want to move, but you ask yourself: Is it the right time? This can be for an entire host of reasons, and in many ways, it does not exist. Often, the amount of time you have invested in a property supersedes anything else, including financial elements. If you have a lot of equity in your home or are a cash buyer, you probably don’t worry too much about interest rates. If you are moving to a region where you have more space for your money than your previous location, then you still stand to gain. Perhaps you are moving for emotional reasons, and while the numbers are important, they are not a priority. But if you are someone who likes to be a bit savvy, it’s all about anticipating the market ahead. In fact, average asking prices in October 2023 increased by 0.5%.*

2024 has been built on good years
Many properties have had a small fortune spent on them in recent years. If you are thinking of moving now, you will find a high standard of interesting, inspiring, and, in some cases, breathtaking properties. There are still plenty of projects to be found that are both characterful and modern, with a little room for improvement in the mix as well. Over the past few years, prices have rapidly increased, allowing your home to gain equity quickly. Yes. There was a little bit of a lull in 2022, but it was nothing like the bleak picture that the mainstream media painted. This allowed the property market and you to catch your breath. Letting off a little steam is a healthy thing; it prevents overheating and keeps the market stable.

Many home movers are making an early start

A lot of homemovers will put their homes on the market over Christmas, and many more will be viewing them; it’s become a tradition. As you feast on Christmas fayre your eyes can gorge on stunning homes and investments. Suddenly, it will be 2024, and offers, viewings, and more valuations will keep agents busy. But not in a frantic way. Though all this activity will keep prices healthy, unlike in recent years, they will not get carried away. This early momentum makes it a good time to find a property and plant a for sale sign at your address.

Get ahead of the market

There are positive signs that the market has stabilised thanks to settling interest rates. There is much talk of the property market ascending as 2024 progresses, so by moving now, you can get ahead of the curve. Prices may fluctuate marginally, but the strong demand for your home means your property will retain its value. So, buying now before prices start increasing more rapidly could be the way forward. Valuing your home correctly with a skilled and knowledgeable agent is critical.

Defeat higher mortgage rates
With the right mortgage advice, you may find that you are already further ahead than you realise. In October 2023, the number of mortgage products stood at 5,495, which is the highest in 15 years.** Moving home with your existing mortgage (known as porting) or taking out a longer-term could counter the effect of today’s higher interest rates.

Final thoughts
It’s understandable to feel a little anxious with so much change occurring in 2023. A lot of what is churned out in the media is negative, and this does not help. But by focusing on your unique situation with the right agent to advise you, there are many doors open to you that will lead you to the right home. In fact, buying now could be the best move you ever make.

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