Buyers or Sellers Market?

Buyers or Sellers Market?

  • Jen Angotti
  • 07/30/12

My recent 2 bedroom listing that went under contract in 3 days. We had 2 offers.

On Saturday, I tweeted an article from The Washington Post titled "Buyer's Market for Houses is Fading." This declaration led to a frenzied back and forth with one of my twitter followers about whether or not DC ever had a buyers market.

His point was DC never had a buyers market because prices have increased year over year for the last few years. My point was DC had a buyers market in '10 and '11 and switched to a sellers market at the beginning of this year. We agreed to disagree but in hindsight, my statements were correct. Price increases aren't what designates a buyers or sellers market.

So what is the definition of a buyer's market and a seller's market? And why should you care? 

A buyers market is when there's more sellers than potential buyers. A sellers market is when there's less sellers and more potential buyers.

For the first time in years, the DC market has reverted to a sellers market. The article on Saturday noted "in Washington and nearby suburbs, listings are down 28% reports Redfin, a national online brokerage."

What does this mean for you? If you've been thinking of listing your home, it's a great time to do so. You still need to stage and price your property accordingly but things are selling and selling fast. Often, there's multiple offers.
If you're a buyer, be prepared to make fast decisions. If a property is well priced and in a desired location, bidding is fast and furious. You should be pre-qualified. You should have a substantial down payment. You should be prepared to potentially pay list price or over list price.

Welcome to real estate 2012! 

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