Is Selling Your Home Still a Smart Idea in the Current Market?
A seller’s market means it is a great time for sellers but then once you sell you turn into a buyer. Buyers are having a hard time buying in the current market. If you are a seller and worry about becoming a buyer you shouldn’t. According to NerdWallet’s 2022 Home Buyer Report, 89% of current homeowners say that finding a new house and paying too much in the current market is prohibiting them from listing on the spot.
Current homeowners do still have an edge if they do decide to sell right now. If they make the most on the selling side, then they will have more money for purchasing a home. Remember inventory is low and there will more than likely be multiple offers on one home. According to the report close to 26 million Americans are planning on buying a home this year. Typically only 5 to 6 million homes are sold a year!
Today homes are not only being listed at much higher prices but also selling at or above the higher asking price. The report reveals that buyers paid 100% of the list price in 2021. The typical listing price went from an average of $270,000 in 2019 to $344,000 in 2021 according to the National Association of Realtors.
As a seller, you are also giving up less than before. In 2021 a typical seller did not offer any incentives for a buyer. You should list if you are willing to move to an area that is more affordable, will go back to renting for a time being, or you have what it takes to be a competitive buyer.