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Navigating the Real Estate Seas: Understanding Market Conditions When Buying a House

September 29, 2023

by Bridget Blonde

REALTOR®

Nest Realty Inc. Brokerage



When you're getting ready to buy a new home, it can be super exciting. You might have a picture in your mind of the perfect place.


But, before you start looking, there are some key things to learn about your local housing market. These things can help you a lot when you're trying to find your new home.


Let's go through each factor and increase your understanding of the real estate market!


How Much Homes Cost: Average Home Prices

Picture it: you find the perfect house, but then you see the price and it's...not perfect. Knowing the average prices of homes in the area can help you avoid these nasty surprises.

This info also helps you figure out how much money you need to save for a down payment. And estimate monthly mortgage, property tax and utility bills.

If homes in the area are too expensive, you might need to save more money. You could find a different way to pay for your new home like a side job. Or you may decide to look at other areas with lower prices.


Buyer's Market vs Seller's Market

The housing market can be a bit like a big battle between buyers and sellers. There are two sides: one where buyers have more power and one where sellers have more power.

In a seller's market, the competition for homes is high. Homes don't last on the market for long. As a buyer, you should expect to face competition and prepare to act fast if you find a house you like.

In a buyer's market, homes tend to stay on the market longer. Buyers have more time to consider their options. They can also include more conditions in their offer and negotiate the price.

House prices tend to rise in a seller's market and fall in a buyer's market. A seller's market is a race with a lot of runners. A buyer's market is a solo stroll in the park.

Knowing if it's a buyer's or seller's market helps you understand what to expect.


Time Matters: Average and Median Days on Market

Understanding the average and median days a house is on the market is also crucial. These numbers give valuable info about the pace of the local real estate market.

Homes that sell fast tell a story of high demand for properties in the area. This can lead to increased competition among buyers and potentially higher prices. In this case, being well-prepared financially is key. Having a pre-approval letter from your lender can give you an edge in getting the home you want.

Homes that spend more time on the market can signal a slower market. But it could also be properties that need more attention or updates.

In a buyer's market with a higher number of days on the market, you can take your time house shopping. You'll have a better chance to negotiate favourable terms.



In the end, all these factors play a role in your home-buying experience. Take the time to ask questions and understand the market in your area. This will let you make an informed decision and get the best possible deal!

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