The Advantage of Listing Your House in a Low Inventory Market

September 18, 2023 | Real Estate Exchange
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Are More Homes Coming onto the Market?

In today’s real estate market, one of the key factors that significantly impacts your decision to list your house is the number of homes available for sale. With housing inventory at historically low levels, your decision to sell can give you a distinct advantage, especially if you price your home correctly.

However, there are early signs suggesting that more listings are entering the market. The latest data indicates an upward trend in new listings, which raises important questions about what this means for potential sellers. In this article, we will delve into the significance of this trend and how it may affect your decision to list your home.

Increasing Homes in the Market

Traditionally, the spring buying season is the busiest time in the housing market. It’s a period when the number of newly listed homes typically surges, as sellers anticipate higher buyer activity. However, as the school year begins and the holiday season approaches, the real estate market tends to cool down, which is a predictable seasonal trend.

What is noteworthy, though, is the recent increase in the number of sellers listing their homes later in the year than usual. Such a peak in listings during the late summer months is atypical. The graph below illustrates this anomaly, comparing the usual seasonal trend with the unexpected surge in August, as explained by Realtor.c

“While inventory continues to be in short supply, August witnessed an unusual uptick in newly listed homes compared to July, hopefully signaling a return in seller activity heading toward the fall season…”

While it’s essential to remember that this is based on only one month of data, its unusual nature makes it significant. While it’s too early to predict if this trend will persist, staying informed is essential.

What Does This Mean for Potential Sellers?

If you’ve been contemplating selling your house, the current situation may be the ideal time to take action. The reason is simple: the longer you wait, the more competition you might face. If your neighbor decides to list their house as well, you’ll be sharing the attention of potential buyers. By selling now, you can get ahead of your neighbors.

Nevertheless, even with the increase in homes coming onto the market, inventory levels are still well below normal. Addressing this inventory deficit will take time. The graph below provides context for this situation:

In Conclusion

Despite the low inventory, it’s not advisable to wait for more competition to emerge in your neighborhood. Selling your house now presents a unique opportunity. Feel free to reach out to us to explore the advantages of listing your property today, before more homes flood the market.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Why is low inventory a good time to sell a house?

Low inventory means less competition for sellers. With fewer homes available, your property can stand out and potentially fetch a higher price.

2. What are the advantages of listing my house in a low inventory market?

Listing your house in a low inventory market can result in a quicker sale and potentially higher offers from motivated buyers.

3. Is it too early to tell if the increase in listings will continue?

While it’s still early, the unusual uptick in listings in August is worth monitoring. Continued growth could impact the market dynamics.

4. How can I make my home stand out in a competitive market?

To make your home stand out, ensure it is well-maintained, priced competitively, and consider staging to enhance its appeal to potential buyers.

5. What should I consider when pricing my home in a low inventory market?

Pricing your home correctly is crucial. Work with a real estate professional to determine the optimal price based on market conditions and comparable sales.

You still have an incredible opportunity if you sell your house today. Let’s connect to explore the benefits of selling now before more homes come to the market.

JoAnne Hamberg Founder of The Real Estate Exchange
JoAnne Hamberg, Broker

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