It’s turning into a cruel summer for many buyers and sellers. Sellers and buyers are increasingly afraid that their house sale or purchase may be their next mistake.
Recently, our local Vermont real estate market has experienced some situations with pricing and buyer response that we are finding unusual. Most of my colleagues are referring to the current state of the market as “weird,” and we, also, are finding it a bit quirky. What does that mean?
In analyzing market pricing and buyer response we have concluded that shifting seller and buyer psychology has impacted some properties in certain price points and locations. Here are our 3 observations:
Bidding wars generated by multiple offers and rising interest rates are causing buyers to pause in their search. Due to our continued low inventory of available homes buyers are getting frustrated with the competition. In some cases we are seeing buyers bid $60,000.00 or higher than list price in the race to secure a residence and still “not” winning the bidding war. As a result, buyer behavior is shifting from impulsive and excitable to cautious and reserved.
Sellers are conflicted when choosing a pricing strategy. Should they price it at the suggested market analysis value? Should they price it where they want to “sell it?” Will they receive multiple offers? This conflict results in additional seller angst, “Will we have to reduce the price if we don’t receive an offer quickly?”
Buyers and sellers continue to be awed by the sale prices of properties. Some are selling “at” their listing price, others are way “over” the listing price, and in a few cases some “under” the listing price.
The predictive aspects of pricing in relation to buyer and seller behavior continue to be challenging. There is no playbook for our current real estate market.
For sellers, one of the most important aspects of selling your home is to find the “sweet spot” for pricing your house. We encourage our clients to think about a range of value while considering the potential for the highest price for their property. As far as predicting buyer behavior, we are happy to share our latest insights with you.
Whether you are thinking about selling or buying, it is always best to have a professional in your corner to guide you through this ever-changing market. Contact us today to see how we can help you achieve your real estate goals!