If you are planning to buy a home this year the competition is tough but don’t let it stop you from buying a home this winter.
This year’s record-low mortgage rates sparked high demand among homebuyers. Current homeowners haven’t put their houses on the market so quickly. This makes finding a home to buy today challenging for many potential buyers.
With an obstacle like this, those searching for their dream homes may be pressing pause on their searches as we approach the end of the year, but that could be a big mistake for many hopeful house hunters.
Top Reasons Buyers Have Not Been Successful
According to the most recent Housing Trends Report from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB):
“Difficulties finding a home to buy will likely lead 20% of active buyers to give up until next year or later. That share is up from 15% a year earlier.”
The report indicates that 62% of buyers now spend 3 months or more looking for a home, an increase from 58% one year ago. A primary cause for the delay is the heavy competition today’s buyers face when making an offer on a home.
Based on recent data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average house in today’s market receives 3.4 offers before it’s sold. This means for every buyer who purchases a home, there are on average two or three buyers who have to begin their search all over again.
Compared to this time last year, the National Association of Home Builders report shows that buyers are having more success finding homes in their price range.
However, it also notes the percentage of buyers saying they’re getting outbid when they make an offer has jumped from 15% to 27%.
Buyers are indicating that bidding wars are a major obstacle to finding their dream home (See graph below):
If this is a challenge you’re up against in your home search, you’re not alone. Feeling stuck in the process can be frustrating, but if there’s ever been a year to power through, this is the one.
Experts anticipate home prices will continue to rise into 2021, and the incredibly low interest rates we’ve seen this year are also forecasted to increase as the economy strengthens.
Hopeful homebuyers who decide to hold off on their search until there’s less competition run the risk of finding a more expensive housing market when they start looking again.
If affordability is a key motivator behind your decision to buy a home, this winter is still the best time to make it happen.
So, bidding wars may be one of the greatest challenges buyers face in today’s housing market, but they shouldn’t be a deal-breaker. If you are ready to buy this winter, let’s talk today to discuss how to position yourself for success.
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