As we move into summer, we’re seeing a slight seasonal shift in the housing market across the country. Demand still remains greater than supply, and many sellers continue to have the upper hand in this market. However, as more homes hit the market, the ability to get under contract is becoming more realistic for hopeful buyers.
June is an important time for the real estate market as it typically defines the trends we’ll see throughout the summer. Median home prices continue to rise across most markets and days on the market remain consistently low. Many homes continue to sell for over list price, however we’re beginning to see fewer offers in bidding wars. June saw an increase in listings that is likely seasonal, but could offer some relief for buyers.
All stats below are based on End of Month in May vs June:
Supply and Demand: In June, there were 3 weeks worth of single family home inventory available, the same amount we saw in May.
Median days on the market – In June, houses spent an average of 6 days on the mar, a 25% reduction over May when they averaged only 8 days on the market.
New homes on the market – In June, there were 13,111 new homes on the market, a 10% increase from the 11,922 new homes we saw in May.
Homes sold – In June, 10,923 homes sold, an increase of 17% over May’s 9,374 homes sold.
So far in 2021, the typical home in the Seattle area has sold for $47,878 more than the asking price. With the median close price up 26.7% from June of 2020. This is peak home buying season so inventory continues to struggle to keep up with demand. However, there has been a very slight increase in inventory, specifically condos, that has allowed buyers some relief.
Now, more than ever it’s important to price your home correctly. While many homes are still selling for over list price, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t choose wisely when pricing your home. Median days on the market remain low, with the prime time to list your home being a Thursday to allow for weekend showings. Sellers should adjust their listing strategy to reflect nearby comparative home sales. If you list your home too high, you risk not selling as quickly as nearby listings. Then, showing activity decreases and so do the odds of an asking price (or higher) offer.
Here are a few blogs that might help you as a seller:
- Questions to Ask When Selling a House
- How Much Does it Cost to List on the MLS?
- What if the Appraisal Comes in Low?
While being a buyer has been an exhausting process in 2021, more houses are beginning to hit the market as summer is the peak season for inventory. For the first time in months, buyers are facing less competition for active listings. This doesn’t mean bidding wars are going away completely, instead buyers are competing with 3-5 offers, rather than 15-20. Home values are holding strong, which means buyers who are able to secure a home are rewarded in equity. Ultimately, things are looking up for potential homebuyers. Our advice is to be prepared with financing, get creative with the contingencies of your offer, and don’t give up.
Here are a few blogs that might help you as a buyer:
- How to Buy a New Construction Home
- Can I Buy a House with No Money Down?
- What is Due Dilligence in Real Estate?
Please note, if you buy with us, we split our buyer’s agent commission with you and give you back up to $6,000, and if you sell with us, we give you comprehensive, expert service for a low flat fee. And keep in mind, especially if you’re moving or you have friends in other states, that Trelora can help you in Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Denver, Phoenix, Raleigh, Seattle, St. Louis and Tucson. In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe.