We’re hearing from our clients and they’re confused; especially those who took their homes off the market or decided to put off buying a home during the shutdown.

Many are ready to jump back in but the housing market news has them confused. “The media says the market is changing but we don’t know if that is good or bad news for us,” is a common complaint.

We did a quick survey of housing market news this morning and found the following headlines:

  • High demand, low interest rates make for perfect housing market
  • Housing market looking to rebound from pandemic
  • Higher numbers indicate a recovering housing market
  • The Housing Market Will Lead the Post-COVID Economic Recovery

Overall, the market seems to have bounced back to where it was prior to the shutdown, with another competitive summer market in full force.

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Still not enough homes on the market

It’s not that homeowners aren’t listing their homes for sale. In fact, in May of 2019, more than 12 million homeowners said they plan on selling their homes within the next 18 months, according to a Harris Poll.

A recent survey by a national real estate company found that 25% of homeowners who had planned on selling in 2020 have decided to put off selling their home for the foreseeable future.

More than half, however, either adjusted their listing price, took the home off the market until restrictions were lifted or haven’t changed their selling plans at all.

This is good news for inventory-hungry homebuyers who, pre-pandemic, were snatching up listings as soon as they hit the market. Many experts expect this to continue.

Multiple offers – they’re baaaaack!

While this isn’t the case in all Northern Ohio neighborhoods, many are experiencing extremely high demand.  This is mainly due to the lack of homes for sale in those neighborhoods. Same old story, right?

Will there be multiple offer situations? There already are, in pockets, across the nation. According to yet another real estate company’s survey more than 40% of the company’s buyers faced bidding wars through early May.

Boston turned out to be the city with the most multiple offers, with San Francisco, CA and Fort Worth, TX slightly behind.

So, yes, multiple offers are becoming more common in the post-pandemic real estate market. If inventory remains low and the number of homebuyers in the market increases, as it does each summer, there is a very real possibility that you’ll meet with competition for homes in good condition.

Homebuyers need to be fully prepared to buy. This means seeing a lender and getting pre-approved for a mortgage. Lending standards have tightened, so even if you were pre-approved before the pandemic’s outbreak, you should check in with your lender to ensure that you can still qualify for a mortgage.

It also means not making any large purchases on credit or applying for new credit from the moment you obtain that pre-approval letter until you close escrow.

Here are a few other tips to put you in a more competitive position as a homebuyer:

  • Choose your real estate agent carefully. The inexperienced or part-time agent may not have the negotiating chops to help you beat other bidders to win the home you want.
  • Consider that you may need to increase your offer above asking price. Can you afford to do this? If not, vow to look only at homes at a price point that allows you to be competitive in a multiple offer situation.
  • Cash is king –  if you are a cash buyer your offer is stronger simply by the elimination of requirements of things like an appraisal and loan approval.  It means you can have a faster close, and less hoops to jump through.
  • Added requirements make a difference. While we would never suggest you not get a home inspection, pest inspection, radon inspection etc it is an added factor in making an offer appealing to a seller.

We’ve helped numerous homebuyers successfully win heated bidding wars. Our techniques and strategies are proven to make your offer the most attractive to home sellers.

Spring is here, summer is right around the corner and the market is heating up. It is so important that you work with an expert team to help you navigate the process and negotiate on your behalf.

Contact Lee with the Hisey Group today at 440-315-6000 to start the search for your dream home.  Considering selling?  It’s a great time to sell in almost every Northern Ohio neighborhood.  If you aren’t in our market area we are happy to refer you to a Howard Hanna team member we trust.