This yearâ€™s record-low mortgage rates sparked high demand among homebuyers. Current homeowners, however, havenâ€™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. Hereâ€™s why.
According to the most recent Housing Trends Report from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB):
â€œThe length of time spent searching for a home continues to grow.â€
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 todayâ€™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 todayâ€™s market receives 3.4 offers before itâ€™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 NAHB report shows that buyers are having more success finding homes in their price range. However, it also notes the percentage of buyers saying theyâ€™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 youâ€™re up against in your home search, youâ€™re not alone. Feeling stuck in the process can be frustrating, but if thereâ€™s ever been a year to power through, this is the one. NAHB noted:
â€œDifficulties 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.â€
Experts anticipate home prices will continue to rise into 2021, and the incredibly low interest rates weâ€™ve seen this year are also forecasted to increase as the economy strengthens. Hopeful homebuyers who decide to hold off on their search until thereâ€™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.
Bidding wars may be one of the greatest challenges buyers face in todayâ€™s housing market, but they shouldnâ€™t be a deal-breaker. Having the right expert on your side throughout the buying process will give you the advantage you need when it comes to finding the right home and making a competitive offer. If youâ€™re ready to buy this winter, letâ€™s connect to discuss how to position yourself for success.