What a Normal Housing Market Might Look Like - Austin Real Estate Agent %

What a Normal Housing Market Might Look Like


How a Typical Housing Market Might Appear


Stable 30-Year Fixed-Rate

Many analysts believe that in a future typical housing market, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages will be around 5%-6%, slightly higher than in the past 10 years.

The last few years have been anything but “normal” when it comes to real estate. A normal market is balanced between a buyer and seller – one side does not have much of an advantage over the other.

Buyers’ Perspective                                     

  • More homes to consider
  • Less urgency to act immediately
  • Home inspections are not waived
  • Can request concessions from sellers
  • Fewer bidding wars
  • Homes are not bought sight-unseen

Sellers’ Perspective

  • Homes are priced right to sell
  • Equity in him built over time
  • Homes may stay on the market longer
  • Offers received at or close to the asking price
  • May need to make repairs and/or concessions

Different Types of Housing Markets


Sellers’ Market

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Occurs when there are more buyers than properties available. There is more competition, especially for homes priced right. Buyers may waive home inspections and requests for repairs.


Buyers’ Market

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Occurs when there are more properties for sale than buyers. Homes may stay on the market longer and sellers may have to make concessions and/or price reductions.


Balanced Market

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This is the transitional time, normally three to six months, between a buyers’ market and a sellers’ market. Residential property prices stable. Homes are sold at or near the asking price.


Local Market

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For the individual buyer or seller, real estate is hyperlocal. Home sales and prices may be influenced by a community’s regulations, economic conditions or other significant factors.


National Market

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When referencing this type of market, data, such as days on the market and prices, often reflects a median (halfway between the low and high numbers). Metrics may also only reflect numbers for a specific region (e.g., the Northeast) or just a portion of a region (e.g., the city of Boston).


I know the market can be confusing, but I am here to offer clear, concise information you can trust. Feel free to contact me and I will answer any questions you may have.


For a look at the current Market Statistics in Central Texas, please click here.


Sources: forbes.com/advisors/mortgages-interest-rates-forecast/

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