Is it a Buyers or Sellers Real Estate Market in Tacoma Washington?

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Buyers / Sellers Market

When you hear these terms you might know what they mean but then again you might not know exactly how they will apply to you.

Several years ago we were in a sellers market. Basically its a market where the sellers has most of the advantage. Currently we are in a buyers market where the buyer has the advantage. Both markets can work well but the benefits are usually for one side or the other.buyers and sellers real estate market

What is a Buyers Market?

A buyers market is when there are too many homes on the market and not enough buyers. This makes the prices of the homes go down and cause sellers to be more motivated. This being said, buyers have the advantage by being able to negotiate a great deal on the home and getting much of what they want from the sellers. This can be a good or bad position for buyers though in that there could be lack of buyers due to the fact the interest rates are high. Buyers simply cannot afford to buy a home with a mortgage with interest rates too high.

Although right now is a great time because the rates are still low, there is an abundance of homes on the market and buyers can get a great deal.

What is a sellers market?

When sellers have the upper hand, there are a flood of buyers in the market due to goo financing or low rates and there are just not enough sellers to meet the demand. This drives home prices up and competition through the roof.

Several years ago we were seeing this with escalation clauses allowing the buyer to bid a certain amount over the highest bidder for the house. This is simply not the case now. On foreclosures or short sales you might see more of it but with the majority of homes on the market, just finding a buyer is what the seller wants.

No matter what market you are in, there are benefits both ways. When the market is in the buyers favor it is the time to buy. When it is in the sellers favor is the time to sell.

There seems to be an upswing of buyers and a lower amount of homes on the Tacoma real estate market. So are the tides turning? Let's just say don't wait too long if you've been thinking of buying a home.

If you have to sell any Tacoma homes or properties please give us a call to discuss the best options for you. IF you would like an update on all homes in the Thurston county real estate area, please don't hesitate to give Crescent Realty a call or email them!

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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Tammy, very detailed info about Buyers and Seller's market - and yes, this is the best time to buy in most markets.

Jan 26, 2012 11:15 AM #1
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

Great time to buy.  Getting a little better for sellers to sell in our market but buyers have the advantage still.  As inventory falls, that is gonna change. 

Jan 26, 2012 02:45 PM #2
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

Excellent post.  We are having both here in McKinney (north Dallas area)- buyer's market in some price ranges and a seller's market with some price ranges with low inventory levels. 

Jan 26, 2012 11:44 PM #3
Surprise Arizona Realtor Jim Braun Sun City Grand Active Adult Communities
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Jim Braun Sun City Grand Az - Surprise, AZ
Surprise AZ real estate Phoenix West Valley

It is a buyers market in Phoenix area but looks like starting to swing a little.

Jan 27, 2012 12:01 AM #4
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Tammy -- and in either market, it is important that the buyers talk with their Mortgage Loan Officer, so they are able to provide the correct amount of information to their real estate agent regarding how much they can afford.

Jan 27, 2012 07:44 AM #5
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