In real estate, it’s normal to see ebbs and flows in the market.
Typically, the summer months are slower-paced than the traditionally busy spring. But this isn’t a typical summer. Instead, the real estate market is expected to have an unusually strong summer season; as the economy rebounds and life returns to a new normal.
Here’s how this summer is stacking up against the norm and what it means for you.
According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), inventory levels have risen since February of this year. The graph below shows a clear upward trend, as shown in the green bars. Currently, there’s roughly a 2.5 months’ supply of homes for sale. The orange bars indicate that it’s still much lower than in several previous summers despite increasing inventory.
If you’re thinking of selling, now is the time. Work with your agent to list your house before it has more competition on the market.
Time on the market is still shorter than normal.
Unlike the typical summer trend, time on the market is the shortest we’ve seen since NAR started collecting this survey-based information in 2011. For example, the most recent Realtors Confidence Index shows that the average home is on the market for just 17 days, as shown in green in the graph below. This means houses are selling at a much faster pace than a typical summer, which the orange bars represent.
If you’re looking to buy, this means you need to be prepared to move fast. So brace for a quick pace. Rely on your agent to stay in the know on the available homes in your area.
If you’re thinking of selling, data shows your house will likely sell quickly. If you’re worried about where you’ll go once your house sells, consider a newly built home as a good way to move up.
Price appreciation is still rising.
The last big factor making this a robust real estate market this summer is home price appreciation. According to the State House Price Index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), we’re currently experiencing double-digit house price appreciation. We have an average of 12.6% appreciation across the country. The graph below uses data from NAR to show a more granular view of how prices have changed month-to-month over the past few years. The green bars show the current price appreciation we’re experiencing today. Our current levels are well above what we’ve seen in recent summers, shown by the orange bars.
If you’re looking to buy, competition and bidding wars are driving prices up. Getting pre-approved can show the seller you’re serious and help you know what you can afford. Once you do, work with your agent to make a strong offer that stands out.
If you’re thinking of selling, seize this opportunity to use your additional equity from this price appreciation to power your next move.
This isn’t a typical summer. So, rely on your agent for expert advice on capitalizing on today’s market conditions to sell your house or find your dream home.