Spring has Sprung in the Housing Market
...just like our clocks this weekend in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest, and traditionally they would have been right.
Buyer demand has seasonality to it, which usually falls off in the winter months, especially in areas of the country impacted by arctic temperatures and conditions. However...
...that hasn’t happened this year.
Demand for housing has remained strong throughout the winter and now as mortgage rates have remained near historic lows. Even with the recent increase in rates, buyers are still able to lock in an affordable monthly payment. Many more buyers are jumped off the fence and into the market to secure a lower rate.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported that the top 10 dates sellers listed their homes in 2017 all fell in April, May, or June. However, on a close up of Jamaica Plain and Brookline for homes on the market now as compared to last year is up 58% even with us still experiencing a low seller's inventory.
If you were waiting to sell your home in 2018, you're already falling behind.
Those who act quickly and list now could benefit greatly from additional exposure to buyers prior to a flood of more competition coming to market in the next few months.
Let’s get together to evaluate the opportunities in our market.
Parts of the article originally appeared in Simplifying the Market.