Buying in a Seller’s Market

Like a G6What am I seeing lately in the Austin real estate market?  A whole lot of craziness!  There are days right now that I feel more like a fire fighter and less like a Realtor.  The Austin real estate market is favoring sellers right now.

Austin Real Estate Market Activity

Inventory is low for tenants, so lease prices have been on the rise.  Higher leases and low interest rates have created an environment where a monthly mortgage payment is cheaper than rent.  This dynamic has added more buyers to the market and  many of them for the first time, where before owning a home was only a dream.  In addition, investment purchases are on the rise as well.  Higher leases and low interest rates are making it easier to positive cash flow than in the past, making purchases attractive to investors.

When there is less than 3 months of inventory available, it is known to be a seller’s market.  Neutral markets are defined as having 4 to 6 months of inventory.  Buyer’s markets have greater than 6 months of inventory.

Austin Homes for Sale

We are miles away from a buyer’s market right now.  With so little inventory buyers need to be creative when purchasing a home in this market.  Buyers need to see a house within 24 hours after it comes on the market if it looks good.  Some buyers are submitting an offer before they even see the property.  They will submit an offer early because hours can go by while waiting for a response, which gives them time to see it.  If the house looks promising and a buyer has been in the market long enough to know what is out there – it is not unusual for a buyer to offer even a little more than list.  Money is cheap to borrow right now.  It’s about $50 a month for every $10,000 you borrow.

Don’t wait for someone else to buy your home and make an offer based on what it’s worth to you.