How do you determine whether it is a buyers
market or sellers market?
What is a Buyer’s Market?
A buyer’s market occurs when the supply (available homes for sale) exceeds demand (the number of buyers seeking to purchase homes). If you’re buying a new home, a buyer’s market is the ideal time to make your move. You might be able to buy a great home for a lower cost than you would in a seller’s market.
If you’re trying to sell your property in a buyer’s market, your home may remain on the market longer before you’re able to secure a buyer due to the large number of available properties. You may also have to lower your listing price or make other concessions in order to secure a buyer.
What is a Seller’s Market?
A seller’s market occurs when demand exceeds supply, or there are more buyers seeking to purchase homes than there are available homes on the market. This often leads to multiple buyers interested in a single property, resulting in bidding wars. A seller’s market is a fantastic time to sell your home as you could secure a sale price that’s higher than your listing price, or at least more than your bottom line (the lowest price you’d be willing to accept for your home).If you’re buying a home in a seller’s market, be aware that the seller has the advantage. If other buyers are interested in the same property you’re making an offer on, trying to get a lower sale price probably won’t work to your advantage. In fact, you could lose the opportunity to purchase the property altogether if a competing buyer makes a higher offer. Seller’s markets are sometimes called “renter’s markets” for this reason; sometimes potential buyers need to keep renting until they can save up a higher down payment and compete with other buyers in the market.
How to Determine if it’s a Buyer’s or Seller’s Market
The real estate market goes up and down depending on the season. There are usually a lot more homes for sale in the summer months (June – August) than any other time of year. That means that it could be a seller’s market in the winter but a buyer’s market in the summer. Whether it’s a buyer’s market or a seller’s market also depends on the area. Cities with a lot of available jobs and growing industries will often be a seller’s market, while those with struggling economies will be a buyer’s market.
One way to determine if it’s a buyer’s market or a seller’s market is to look at inventory or the number of homes for sale. If the inventory is low, it is most likely a seller’s market. Look at the current housing market to determine if it is a buyer’s market or a seller’s market in your area. On the Redfin Data Center, go to the “Home Prices, Sales and Inventory” section, and select your metro area. Then go to the Inventory tab, and filter the results by year-over-year change. If the current level is below 0%, that means that there are fewer homes for sale now than during this time last year, and it could be a seller’s market in your area.
Courtesy of Redfin.com