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Multiple Offers? What Is Going On With Bidding Wars?

Multiple Offers? What’s Going On With All Of These Bidding Wars?

What’s Going On with Bidding Wars? | MyKCM

This is the best position for a seller to be in and a situation where buyers have very little negotiating power if any at all!

In our Northern Illinois Market, especially Lake County, McHenry County and Kane County,  I am definitely seeing MANY more multiple offers in the lower price ranges.   It is especially a seller's market in the under 200,000. range.....those nice little homes that are great for first time buyers, people downsizing and in the price range that is also very attractive for investors to buy and rent out.

 

In a strong seller’s market, like the one we have experienced over the past few years, bidding wars are common and expected. This makes sense! A seller’s market is defined as a market in which the inventory of homes for sale cannot satisfy the number of buyers who want to purchase a home.

According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, bidding wars occur when two or more parties repeatedly outbid each other as they compete to purchase something- in this case, a home.

In some areas of the country, first-time buyers have been met with fierce competition throughout their experience. Some have been out-bid multiple times before finally winning a bid on a home to call their own.

According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), there is currently a 3.7-month supply of homes for sale.

With the current number of houses listed for sale and the level of demand from buyers, this means it would take 3.7 months for all the homes listed to sell if no additional listings came to market. Any supply number under a 6-month supply is considered a seller’s market. According to NAR, the housing market hasn’t had a 6-month supply of homes for sale since August 2012.

Good News for Buyers

A recent report shows that the percentage of houses sold including a bidding war before settling on a final price decreased from 53% in January of 2018 to 13% this year.

One reason for the decline is an influx of homes being listed for sale. Even though the month’s supply number is not increasing, the number of homes for sale is. The chart below shows the year-over-year change in inventory over the last 12 months.

What’s Going On with Bidding Wars? | MyKCM

 

As you can see, the number of homes for sale has started to build over the last eight months. Prior to this reversal, inventory levels had fallen for 36 consecutive months when compared to the year before.

Danielle Hale, realtor.com’s Chief Economist, gave some insight into why bidding wars are less common on a local level this year,

"[Last year] you might have been the only listing in your neighborhood, and you could put your home up at a certain list price and you would likely see multiple offers at or above that list price. That tide is turning this year.

It's going to depend on what neighborhood you're in, but we expect it to be more common this year that you won't be the only listing."

Inventory in the luxury and premium markets (the top 25% of listings in an area by price), is increasing at a greater rate than the starter home market. As the choices buyers have continued to increase, the likelihood of a bidding war will decrease.

Bottom Line

If you are debating listing your house for sale this year, you may not want to wait for additional competition as inventory continues to rise.

 

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It is an EXCELLENT TIME TO BUY AND SELL NOW, especially for second home buyers, investors, move-up buyers and even first-time buyers!

 

 

I hope you find this information useful.  I am only a phone call or email away of you need real estate help:-)

Debra Kukulski Real Estate Consultant

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Comment balloon 1 commentDebra Kukulski, Broker Associate • March 21 2019 05:58PM

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Debra, we had a frenzied market for 6.5 years, and nice to see it calmed down a bit.  Good luck, good times for sellers.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 7 months ago

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