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  • Writer's pictureSean Gould

Don't Let Competition Keep You From Buying A Home

I woke up this morning with a text from an agent that is way too familiar: "Hi Sean. We received 10 offers on the house. They have narrowed it down to 3 unbelievable offers. As good as yours was, these other 3 were all significantly better. I’m sorry. This market is just insane. I wish you the best of luck with your buyers’ search." This is the pace and experience of the current real estate market and over the past year I've probably received that same text more than 20 times. It's a rollercoaster of emotion for both the agent and the buyer and sometimes optimism and sprits can dwindle. I've heard the response to the bad news too many times. How do we stay there really any chance for us in this market...we hate getting outbid...are we overpaying for a house...what do we do?

This year’s record-low mortgage rates sparked high demand among homebuyers. Unfortunately, current homeowners, however, haven’t put their houses on the market so quickly. High Demand + Low Inventory = finding a home to buy challenging for many potential buyers. With an obstacle like this, those searching for their dream homes may be pressing pause on their searches as we approach the end of the year, but that could be a big mistake for many hopeful house hunters. Here’s why: According to the most recent Housing Trends Report from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB): “The length of time spent searching for a home continues to grow.” The report indicates that 62% of buyers now spend 3 months or more looking for a home, an increase from 58% one year ago. A primary cause for the delay is the heavy competition today’s buyers face when making an offer on a home. Based on recent data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average house in today’s market receives 3.4 offers before it’s sold. This means for every buyer who purchases a home, there are on average two or three buyers who have to begin their search all over again. Compared to this time last year, the NAHB report shows that buyers are having more success finding homes in their price range. However, it also notes the percentage of buyers saying they’re getting outbid when they make an offer has jumped from 15% to 27%. Buyers are indicating that bidding wars are a major obstacle to finding their dream home (See graph below):If this is a challenge you’re up against in your home search, you’re not alone. Feeling stuck in the process can be frustrating, but if there’s ever been a year to power through, this is the one. NAHB noted: “Difficulties finding a home to buy will likely lead 20% of active buyers to give up until next year or later. That share is up from 15% a year earlier.” Experts anticipate home prices will continue to rise into 2021, and the incredibly low interest rates we’ve seen this year are also forecasted to increase as the economy strengthens. Hopeful homebuyers who decide to hold off on their search until there’s less competition run the risk of finding a more expensive housing market when they start looking again. If affordability is a key motivator behind your decision to buy a home, this winter is still the best time to make it happen. The Bottom Line: Bidding wars may be one of the greatest challenges buyers face in today’s housing market, but they shouldn’t be a deal-breaker. Having the right expert on your side throughout the buying process will give you the advantage you need when it comes to finding the right home and making a competitive offer. If you’re ready to buy this winter, let's chat to discuss how to position yourself for success! * Data and thoughts inspired and provided by Keeping Current Matters

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