Your local market conditions dictate the real estate climate around you. Where things are on the buyer’s/seller’s market spectrum will impact how you and your Windermere real estate agent approach selling your home. As a part of this process, it’s important to understand the different types of markets and how their conditions play into accurately pricing your home.
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What is a seller’s market?
The housing market is categorized as a seller’s market when demand for homes is greater than the supply on the market. With limited inventory, competition is high amongst buyers. This drives home prices up, decreases days on market, and often leads to multiple offers from buyers. These are ideal conditions for selling your home, given that buyers are forced to continually sweeten their offers to win out. For example, buyers are often more apt to remove contingencies from their offers in a seller’s market.
What is a buyer’s market?
A buyer’s market is on the opposite end of the real estate market spectrum. It is usually defined as having six or more months of available inventory—meaning if no new homes were listed, it would take six (or more) months for all available listings to sell.
Because there’s greater supply than demand, there’s less competition among buyers, and it’s the buyer’s agents who often have the leverage during negotiations. Selling in these conditions emphasizes the importance of investing in improving your home before putting it on the market.
Selling Your Home in a Balanced Market
A balanced market exists in equilibrium between a seller’s market and a buyer’s market. It is the middle part of the Venn diagram between the two; it shares certain aspects of each, but only dips its toes into both.
When your local real estate market is balanced, it’s important to approach the selling process with a realistic mindset. In a balanced market, bidding wars are less likely and the chances of buyers having complete leverage are slim. These conditions, however, are all the more reason to make your home stand out amongst competing listings. Making repairs, remodeling, and boosting curb appeal can all help attract buyers while increasing the value of your home.
When coming out of a seller’s market, it’s important not to panic when your local real estate market experiences a cool-down or a return toward balance. In a balanced market, there are still plenty of buyers actively seeking homes, albeit at a lesser pace. Even as aggregate home sales decline and days on market increase, these market conditions should not be confused with more extreme situations like the housing market crash of the late 2000s.
Our Chief Economist Matthew Gardner covers recent housing marketing conditions as they compare to the Great Recession. Read his analysis in two recent articles: