As there’s more and more talk about the real estate market cooling off from the peak frenzy it saw during the pandemic, you may be questioning what that means for your plans to sell your house. If you’re thinking of making a move, you should know the market is still anything but normal.
Despite the fact that the supply of homes for sale has grown this year, there is still a shortage of homes on the market. As a result, today's market circumstances continue to favor sellers. That's because the level of inventory of homes for sale can help determine whether buyers or sellers are in control. Think of it like this:
- A buyers’ market is when there are more homes for sale than buyers looking to buy. When that happens, buyers have the negotiation power because sellers are more willing to compromise so they can sell their house.
- In a sellers’ market, it’s just the opposite. There are too few homes available for the number of buyers in the market and that gives the seller all the leverage. In that situation, buyers will do what they can to compete for the limited number of homes for sale.
- A neutral market is when supply is balanced and there are enough homes to meet buyer demand at the current sales pace.
And for the past two years, we’ve been in a red-hot sellers’ market because inventory has been near record lows. The blue section of this graph highlights just how far below a neutral market inventory still is today.
What Does This Mean for You?
Ed Pinto, Director of the American Enterprise Institute’s Housing Center, gives a perfect summary of what’s happening in today’s market, saying:
“Overall, the best summary is that we’ll move from a gangbuster sellers’ market to a modest sellers’ market.”
Even though the market is cooling, the situation is still in your favor. If you work with an agent to price your house at market value, you’ll find success when you sell your house today. While buyer demand is softening due to higher mortgage rates, homes that are priced right are still selling fast. That means your window of opportunity to list your house hasn’t closed.
The housing market of today still favors sellers. If you’re ready to sell your home, connect with a local real estate advisor so you can start making your moves.