What Do Past Years Tell Us About Todays Real Estate Market?

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As you follow the news, you're likely seeing headlines discussing what's going on in todays housing market. Chances are high that some of the more recent storylines you've come across mention terms like cooling or slowing when talking about where the market is headed.

But what do these terms mean? The housing market today is anything but normal, and its still an incredibly strong sellers market, especially when compared to the few years leading up to the pandemic. With that in mind, what can previous years tell us about todays real estate market and if its truly slowing?

Were Still Seeing an Above Average Number of Sales

You may see headlines about a drop in home sales. But are those headlines telling the full story? The most recent Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) does show a drop of about 2% from July to August. But the month-over-month decline doesn't provide the full picture (see graph below):WhatAs the graph shows, historical context is key. Todays home sales are well ahead of some of the more normal years that led up to the health crisis. That means buyers are still in the market, which is great news if you're planning to list your home.

Houses Are Selling Faster Than Usual

When headlines mention the market is slowing, sellers may naturally wonder if their house will sell as quickly as they'd like. According to the most recent Realtors Confidence Index from NAR, homes are still selling at record speed (see graph below):WhatAgain, if we look back at data from previous years, we can see the average time on market 17 days means homes are selling faster than a normal pace.

Bidding Wars Are Still the Norm

The Realtors Confidence Index from NAR also shows a drop in the average number of offers homes are receiving in August, and many headlines may simply focus there without providing the important context (see graph below):WhatAgain, its important to compare todays market to trends from recent years. Currently, the average number of offers per listing is higher than 39 of the previous 45 months. That means the likelihood of a bidding war on your home is still high. And the number of offers your house receives can have a major influence on the final sale price.

So, Is the Market Slowing Down?

While there are slight declines in various month-to-month data, its important to keep historical context in mind when determining what's happening in todays market. Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist at First American, put it best recently, saying:

It’s not the white-hot market from earlier in the year & it’s not the 2020 market benefiting from a wave of pent-up demand but make no mistake this is still a hot housing market.

Bottom Line

Don't let headlines make you rethink listing your home this fall. Selling today means you can still take advantage of high buyer demand, multiple offers, and a quick sale. If you're thinking of selling your house, lets connect and discuss why this fall is the perfect time to do so.

 

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Comments (2)

Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Great that you are doing well. I retired in 2020 in New Orleans...

Oct 16, 2021 08:46 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455 - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week ahead!

Oct 18, 2021 06:57 AM