This summer has been one of the most difficult Sellers’ markets that we as agents have seen for a while, so we thought that an article about what exactly a Seller’s market means for buyers and sellers might be helpful to start explaining exactly what it means for the moving process. We hope that you find it helpful! Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have.
- What’s a Sellers’ Market? Agents like to throw around terms like “Sellers’ market” like everyone knows what they mean, but that’s certainly not always the case. Basically all that a sellers’ market means is that the sellers have more negotiating power. The main reason for this is that there is low inventory available, which will be explained further in the next bullet point.
- Where did all of the for sale houses go? One of the most distinguishable elements of a sellers’ market is that there aren’t many houses for sale, usually because they’re just going off the market so quickly due to the sheer amount of buyers. There just aren’t enough to go around for everyone to get one. After all, even though prices tend to go up in the midst of a sellers’ market, buyers are usually still so desperate to find homes that they’ll find a way to afford the higher prices, and homes can sometimes just sell in a matter of days. That’s not to say that every single house will sell quickly, but traditional style homes in good areas are likely to be seen as hot deals, which makes a quick move very possible.
- Prices will go up on houses: If you’ve ever had an economics class, you should know that a decrease in supply correlates to an increase in demand, which means that whenever there aren’t enough houses, demand rises for the houses that are available. This makes the houses worth more because there are more potential buyers desperate to buy them, which makes the price go up on many houses. Ironically, however, because this is true, usually a lot of people will start to think about selling their homes, which will eventually switch the market to a buyers’ market. That’s just how the real estate world stays equalized, though!
- Homes may not appraise for what they should: Due to the lack of inventory, there will sometimes be fierce bidding wars or at least a call for the highest and best offers on some homes. The result is that sometimes buyers agree to pay more than the house is worth, not realizing that it won’t appraise for that value. However, once they have an appraisal done on the house, there is frequently the issue of the appraiser saying that the house is not worth what they agreed to pay, which can result in a disruption of the contract.
- They’re most common in the Spring/Summer: Most buyers want to move during the summer because the kids are out of school and there is more free time. This sudden influx of buyers typically triggers a shortage of homes available for the buyers, which leads to a shift into the Sellers’ market.
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