Is it a sellers market or a buyers market? With the housing market on a constant roller coaster the last two years, one of the questions I hear frequently is are we in a buyer’s or seller’s market? Hi, I am Krista Mashore with eXp Realty and Homes by Krista. So, what is the current status of the market? According to the National Association of Realtors, the housing market is currently in a seller’s market due to the low supply of homes on the market.
But what does that actually mean and why are conditions so good to list your home today? It has to do with the absorption rate. The absorption rate is how long it would take to get rid of the existing home inventory of homes for sale. With the current low inventory, today we have a 2-3 month supply of homes at the current sales pace. Historically a 6 month supply is a “normal” or “neutral” market which means there are enough homes available for active buyers.
Personally, from what we see in our area, if homes are taking longer than 4 months to sell, they are typically overpriced. Right now the absorption rate for Brentwood is 3 months, Oakley is 1.5 months, Discovery Bay is 3 months and Antioch is 2 months. If we were in a buyer’s market, there would be an excess of inventory, and more homes on the market than buyers. As a seller when there is a low supply of homes, you are in a better position to get the terms you want on the sale. As a buyer, it can be harder for you to purchase at the terms you need due to the increased competition.
This can create the multiple offer scenario we all became familiar with in 2020 and early 2021. According to National Association of Realtors Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun and I quote “Inventory levels are still at historic lows. Consequently, multiple offers are returning on a good number of properties.” With that said, there are still buyers who are ready, willing, and able to purchase a home and if you list your home right now, these favorable conditions will help you get the most from your investment. Of course, we do not have a crystal ball to see how the year plays out so if you are thinking of either buying or selling, please reach out to my team and I so we can help strategize your next move.