Did You Miss Your Window to Sell Your Home?
Is the housing market still a seller's market, or is it finally showing signs of slowing down? And what could the changing market conditions, if this profound shift is happening, mean for you as a seller?
Leading real estate professionals have been predicting that the seemingly endless growth in home prices, coupled with an unprecedented shortage of home listings, wouldn't last forever. Several factors suggest that the pivotal moment for housing markets across the country is at least around the corner.
As a seller, you may have been waiting for the best possible time to sell your home, or you weren't ready to sell until now due to personal circumstances. But have you missed your window to sell your home in the post-pandemic seller's market? Here's how you should navigate the changing market conditions if you are listing your home for sale and what an experienced real estate agent can do to help.
Local context is always king
Median home prices and nationwide trends always need local, regional nuance to understand how changing market conditions will affect you personally. One thing worth noting is that, right now, large metropolitan areas are recovering significantly from the relative lack of interest during the pandemic. This has created migratory patterns from expensive coastal and urban areas into medium-sized metropoles and suburban areas.
The other trend you should be aware of a seller is that interest rate increases will inevitably hit the lower tiers of the market hardest, meaning that first-time buyers will find it the most difficult to qualify for a mortgage. If you are about to sell a higher-tier family home, you have less to worry about than if your prospective buyer is a first-time homeowner.
But even within the first-time buyer market segment, regional variations will play a key role. This is where a real estate agent with in-depth local knowledge becomes valuable. A real estate agent with experience in your particular type of home in the area where you're planning to sell will have seen it all. They will know precisely who and how to market your home to, ensuring it sells at the best possible price within a desirable timeframe.