5 Michigan Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2020

Like most places in the country, Michigan real estate has been a seller’s market in the past few years. Cities in Michigan like Grand Rapids and Livonia are some of the hottest real estate markets in the country.

As we head into the last quarter of 2019 and look forward to 2020, you might be wondering what to expect in the Michigan housing market in the coming year. Here are 3 trends to expect.

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1. Fewer Entry-Level Homes

Overall, there are fewer entry-level or starter homes in Michigan. While the definition of starter home varies, it generally means a home priced less than $225,000.

Across the state of Michigan, fewer starter homes are being built. Combined with the lack of homes on the market overall, this makes it difficult for young and first-time buyers to find homes that they can afford.

Starer homes generally have a low profit margin, so real estate developers aren’t building many of them. Instead, they are opting for larger, more expensive homes that will bring them a greater profit.

Commercial building loans and the raw materials needed for building are increasing in price as well. This means that builders are building fewer homes at a time.

The starter homes that are on the market often go quickly and result in multiple offers, bidding wars, and selling prices over the list price.

2. The Michigan Real Estate Market Will Slow, but Remain Steady

Nationwide trends suggest that housing markets will start to slow down, prices will stabilize, and the market will shift a bit back towards buyers. While it will slow down, it’s expected that the market will remain steady.

It is certainly not expected to return to 2008-2011 levels, where homes sat on the market for months, hardly anyone was buying a new home, and home values were depreciating as much as 9%.

Experts expect that the housing market in much of Michigan will slow in the coming months and in 2020, but will stabilize and grow at a more normal pace, rather than the extreme increases in housing prices that the past few years have seen.

3. Michigan Communities With The Highest Safety and Security

In addition to finding the ideal home, there is a growing trend for new buyers to place safety and security at the top of their list of factors influencing their decision making process. This is especially true of younger millennial buyers looking to start a family and raise children. There are a number of communities in Michigan that rank high in terms of safety and security, with low crime rates and well funded police forces.

Some of the safest communities in the Metro Detroit Area are in the north and west areas of the region. These include West Bloomfield, Novi, South Lyon, Rochester Hills, Beverly Hills, Royal Oak, Farmington Hills, Sterling Heights and Canton. These communities range in both size as well as average home value, however they all share both a low violent and property crime rate when compared to the rest of the metropolitan area.

4. Outdoor Lighting

Something that factors into the safety of most of the aforementioned communities is how well the area is lit. A good example of this is the ongoing process of restoring street lights in the City of Detroit. In fact the city’s very own Dan Gilbert, billionaire and CEO of Quicken Loans, has integrated the replacement of street lighting as part of his pledge to help rebuild the City of Detroit.

This compliments some other key components behind his plan, namely which involves renovating and filling vacant buildings throughout the city. Replacing and updating street lights and lighting systems in public places throughout the city helps to ensure visibility for residents and deter crime that would otherwise occur under the cover of darkness. Mr. Gilbert’s very own parking facility known as the Z Garage highlights this, utilizing modern outdoor lighting technologies to create an exceptionally safe, secure and crime free public space. There are many types of outdoor lighting fixtures for different applications; most of the best options utilize modern outdoor LED technology such as dusk to dawn photocells and security lights with various mounting options.

5. Novi Continues to Be One of the Fastest Growing Cities

The city of Novi has seen consistent population growth since the 2010 Census. This is due to a thriving retail, restaurant, and lifestyle scene. Novi is family-friendly, has safe neighborhoods great for kids, excellent schools, and many professional opportunities.

It’s also one of only two cities to be included in Money Magazine’s list of the best places to live in the US. It’s no wonder that Michiganders and those moving from out of state are flocking to Novi.

Looking to the Future

If you’re planning to buy or sell in the last part of 2019 or 2020, don’t fret. While the Michigan real estate market might not favor sellers as much as it has in recent years (while putting buyers in a tough position), it’s not expected that it will massively shift in the other direction either.

The good news is that sellers will likely continue to sell their homes in a reasonable amount of time and that buyers will have more options to choose from and may be able to avoid bidding wars.

Whether you find yourself in a position to buy or sell in the coming months, keep us in mind to guide you in all of your real estate transactions. Contact us today to learn more about the real estate services we can provide you.