Home sellers, so used to being in the real estate market’s driver’s seat, have no idea that they may soon be riding shotgun instead. The days of multiple offers for a home that sold overnight and for well over the asking price are dwindling.
This doesn’t stop the runaway enthusiasm they’ll feel when Joe down the street lets them know about the crazy high price he got for his home. Neighbor Joe failed to remind these sellers, however, that his home sold months ago when prices and demand were still high.
Now, this isn’t to say that the market is full of nothing but doom and gloom for home sellers. In fact, there’s an urgency in the air for homeowners who truly need to sell to get their homes listed before the market is full of doom and gloom.
The good news for listing agents and their clients
“Home prices will continue to rise, but at a slower pace,” according to Realtor.com’s 2023 Housing Forecast. With the recent barrage of negative media reports about the housing market, you at least have this silver lining to offer your listing clients.
Here’s an example, and although it’s hyper-local to Minnesota’s Twin Cities, it’s an apt anecdote to pass on to your clients.
Both the number of listings and the number of sales in the Twin Cities have declined. In fact, pending sales in November were the lowest in more than a decade, according to Jim Buchta at StarTribune.com.
Interestingly, home prices there continue to rise (the median sales price in November was 4.1% higher than this time last year), and homes are selling quickly.
To add even more silver to the lining that nobody seems to be noticing is that Freddie Mac tells us that “… the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined again to 6.31%,” Buchta says.
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A recent Zillow survey of real estate agents finds that home sellers are still operating under the assumption that they will receive more than their list price, entertain multiple offers and enjoy a quick sale.
They also don’t anticipate the possibility of having to eventually cut their list price to get the home sold.
Although Zillow’s “… research finds a rapid drop in home values is unlikely,” the analysts there also predict that prices will pretty much flatten throughout 2023. By the end of next summer, prices will have increased by only 1.3%.
Additional rises in interest rates should also serve as a caution to any of your listing clients who are sitting on the fence. Urge them to put their home on the market now.
Keeping your clients and potential clients up-to-date on market conditions is critical in a changing market. Providing the information against a backdrop of what it means to them personally is immensely valuable.
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