Is The Market Slowing Down?

Dated: September 1 2021

Views: 474

Is the Market Slowing Down? 

Here's a recap of what's happened in the last 6 months:

In March, record demand for homes drove inventory to historic lows, causing property values to increase. For many buyers, the combination of high demand and low inventory led them to hold off on their home searches. Competing buyers and rising prices for sellers has motivated others to put their homes on the market for the past several months. So now in today’s market, inventory has risen enough to be noticed, and we’re seeing buyers that had previously given up finding a home, now revisiting their searches. This time of year consistently sees a slowdown in buyer activity and a slowdown in inventory growth, so coupled with the above, it makes sense why the market is slowing down. 

Is it no longer a good time to sell? 

If you’ve considered selling, now is still a great time to get top dollar for your home. As mentioned above, demand remains strong, and historically speaking, overall inventory numbers remain low. 

Looking at the overall US housing market, home values have increased beyond historical growth averages, and the past suggests that a correction in the market will eventually come. When will that correction come? Unfortunately, we don’t have a crystal ball — just history to show us that this breakthrough is one we should pay attention to. 

Is it a good time to buy? 

There are a couple of things working in buyers’ favor right now. First, interest rates remain very low. This provides buyers with increased spending power, helping to offset the price increases we’ve seen in the past year. Again, we can’t read the future, but are hearing predictions that interest rates will go up in the next year. Remember that for every 1% of interest rate increase, your spending power decreases by around 10%. 

Second, inventory is up, which provides buyers with more choice than they had 6 months ago. That being said, demand remains steadily high, which means you should still expect competition and take a decisive approach when considering a purchase. 

Blog author image

Heather Tomlin

Heather assists sellers in the preparation of their homes for listing by giving valuable advice concerning de-cluttering, cleaning, neutralizing, updating, space planning, and furniture placement. Her....

Latest Blog Posts

What Experts Are Forecasting for Home Prices Next Year

What Experts Say Will Happen with Home Prices Next YearExperts are starting to make their 2023 home price forecasts. As they do, most agree homes will continue to gain value, just at a slower pace.

Read More

What's Driving the Housing Market Crazy

You have likely noticed that we’re in a crazy Real Estate market – one like we've never seen before. Several factors that are driving this phenomenon include (but are not limited):

Read More

Why You Can Get Top Dollar for Your House

Want Top Dollar for Your House? Now’s the Time To List It.When you’re selling any item, you usually want to sell it for the greatest profit possible. That happens when there’s a

Read More

Sellers' Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

Why Right Now Is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for SellersIf you’re thinking about selling your house in 2022, you truly have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at your fingertips. When

Read More