Thursday, February 17, 2022 / by Barbara Oleska
If you’re thinking about selling your house in 2022, you truly have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at your fingertips. When selling anything, you always hope for strong demand for the item coupled with a limited supply. That maximizes your leverage when you’re negotiating the sale. Home sellers are in that exact situation right now. Here’s why.
Demand Is Very Strong
According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 6.18 million homes were sold in 2021. This was the largest number of home sales in 15 years. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for NAR, explains:
“Sales for the entire year finished strong, reaching the highest annual level since 2006. . . . With mortgage rates expected to rise in 2022, it's likely that a portion of December buyers were intent on avoiding the inevitable rate increases.”
Demand isn’t expected to weaken this year, either. In addition, the Mortgage Finance Forecast, pu ...
Friday, September 10, 2021 / by Barbara Oleska
Reasons You Should Consider Selling This Fall
If you're trying to decide when to sell your house, there may not be a better time to list than right now. The ultimate sellers' market we're in today won't last forever. If you’re thinking of making a move, here are four reasons to put your house up for sale sooner rather than later.
1. Your House Will Likely Sell Quickly
According to the Realtors Confidence Index released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), homes continue to sell quickly – on average, they're selling in just 17 days. As a seller, that's great news for you.
Average days on market is a strong indicator of buyer demand. And if homes are selling quickly, buyers have to be more decisive and act fast to submit their offer before other buyers swoop in.
2. Buyers Are Willing To Compete for Your House
In addition to selling quickly, homes are receiving multiple offers. That same survey shows  ...
Friday, September 3, 2021 / by Barbara Oleska
Everyone asks me, "how's the market?" Real estate is fascinating and we have never experienced a more unusual market! In this email I will share national information and local market information where applicable. Please call me if you have any questions or love graphs and I'll send them!
There are many headlines out there that claim we’re reverting to a more normal real estate market. That would indicate the housing market is returning to the pre-pandemic numbers we saw from 2015-2019. But that’s not happening. The market is still extremely vibrant as demand is still strong even while housing supply is slowly returning.
Here’s the definition of normal from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
“conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern: characterized by that which is considered usual, typical, or routine.”
Using this definition, here are five housing industry metrics that prove we’re nowhere near normal.
1. Mortgag ...
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 / by Barbara Oleska
Do you know what you want? Do you have the will to win?
Housing inventory is low and competition is fierce. It's not a game for the faint of heart. If you know what you want and you have the will to win, with a great coach you will be victorious.
A beautiful home attracts attention. These days, too much attention! 10 to 20 offers are not unusual. Unfortunately for some buyers, they are pushed to the sidelines, but if you can come on strong, you can take the contract.
Be aggressive. Be, be aggressive.
It's a seller's market. That's reality. In some segments of the market we have less than a month of supply. That means that if no new properties came on the market there would be nothing left to buy in a month (Sellers, before you get too happy, slappy with that information, stay tuned for a future post about why homes fail to sell even in a smoking, hot market!).
Be aggressive with price and terms. Make sure your agent is strategic and on the phone pulling as mu; ...
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 / by Barbara Oleska
When thinking about selling, homeowners often feel they need to get their house ready with some remodeling to make it more appealing to buyers. However, with so many buyers competing for available homes right now, renovations may not be as vital as they would be in a more normal market. Here are two things to keep in mind if you’re thinking of selling this season.
1. There aren’t enough homes for sale right now.
A normal market has a 6-month supply of houses for sale, but today’s housing inventory sits far below that benchmark. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), there’s only a 1.9-month supply of homes available today. As a result, buyer competition is high and homes are only on the market for about 21 days, during which time many receive multiple offers from hopeful buyers.
In a competitive market that’s moving so quickly, it makes sense to sell your house when buyers are scooping homes up as fast as they’re being listed ...