Saturday, April 21, 2012

Where Did All of the Houses Go!?!?

What happened to all of the houses for sale?! Just a few months ago we had more properties than we could possibly sell. Now, we're scrambling to find good inventory for our buyers who are anxious to find a home and tired of looking at the leftovers - you know, the stale inventory... the properties that are still available for a reason (overpriced, horrible condition, etc).

When a good property hits the market it seems as if it instantly goes to a multiple offer situation/"highest and best." In the past two months, I've had one buyer who has participated in three multiple offer situations, offered much more than the asking price ($15k, $30k, etc) and still wasn't the best offer. The competition is crazy out there right now and can be very discouraging for buyers. just released statistics that show that the Atlanta market is #8 in the country in terms of metro markets that have experienced the greatest drop in "for sale" inventory and boy does it show! Here's the complete list:

1. Oakland, CA
2. Bakersfield, CA
3. Phoenix-Mesa, AZ
4. Fresno, CA
5. Miami, FL
6. Fort Lauderdale, FL
7. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA
8. Atlanta, GA (-39.62% decline)
9. Orlando, FL
10. Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA

So what does this mean? Hopefully it's a positive sign for an improving market. If you're thinking of selling your property, now might just be the time. Buyer's have less to choose from so if you get your house in tip-top shape and price it aggressively, chances are, you're going to be successful in selling it! If you're a buyer, it means that you better be aggressive with your home search. If a house hits the market and you think you might be interested, don't wait a week to go check it out. By the time you go view it, it will likely be under contract! If you fall in love with a house that just hit the market, there's probably 4 other buyers who love it just as much. If you'd be heartbroken if you missed it, then it's probably not the time to lowball!

If you're looking to buy or sell in this crazy market, please call or email us! We would love help you!

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