Real Estate Newsletter June 9, 2022

Life @ Home eNewsletter: June 2022 [Buyers]

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» At long last, home buyer competition has dropped
» Wallpaper trends for 2022
» 4 affordable cities by the sea

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 At long last, home buyer competition has dropped
At long last, home buyer competition has dropped

Is the bidding war frenzy starting to calm? Some data this spring suggests that while the housing market is still red-hot, the competition is showing early signs of cooling.

Which means if you plan to buy in the next few months, you may have some breathing room at the offer table.

Costs are up

Housing prices are up 20% from the year before, and the average interest rate for a 30-year mortgage reached 5.57%, a considerable uptick from 3.29% at the start of 2022, according to Mortgage News Daily.

Buyers are less competitive

Those higher costs already seem to be influencing homebuying behavior. For the first time in six months, Redfin noted a slight drop in home offers, from 66.7% in February to 65% in March, suggesting that home offers were still pouring in, but a possible cooling of the bidding wars.

Their analysts took it as a sign that the higher costs are giving at least some buyers second thoughts about whether it’s their time to buy.

What’s next?

What does that mean for the coming months? Analysts believe the housing fervor will continue to cool. Some homeowners may decide to stay put, while first-time homebuyers may pause their house hunting.

The silver lining for buyers

If you’re planning to buy, the silver lining is a possible drop in the competition in your market. So how can you leverage that while you’re house hunting?

Above all, consult with a real estate professional. Their real-time perspective on the local market will help you shape the best offer strategy.

Wallpaper trends for 2022
Wallpaper trends for 2022

Looking to make your new space special? Making brave choices with wallpaper will certainly kick things up a notch!

Scenic wall murals

Create a new world in your living space with a mural-like design that brings the outdoors in. Horizons and skylines can make even a smaller room feel open and spacious.

Bold patterns

This trend turns its back on the safe and understated, layering in shapes and textures, adding energy to any room.


Geometric patterns present a playful option for a statement wall. Go for big patterns and raised-relief effects for maximum impact.

Gather ye roses

Big, dense florals introduce a palate of color and an unabashed feminine flair that hearkens back to 19th century sensibilities.

Jungle-like botanicals

Leafy green patterns that make you feel immersed in a treetop present an innovative approach to creating a refuge in your home

Textural neutrals

Textural elements in wallpaper, whether fibers or embossing, lend an air of timeless luxury.

Super saturated hues

Deep, dark colors, like navy blues and emerald greens in damask prints, add richness and intimacy.

Getting your garden off to a great start
4 affordable cities by the sea

Check out these ocean view locations with their median home prices:

  • Fort Pierce, Florida — $154,800
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina — $184,675
  • New Haven, Connecticut — $206,942
  • Wilmington, North Carolina — $230,400