Now Is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Sellers

  • Dennis Hartley
  • 02/2/22

If you’re thinking about selling your Redondo Beach home in 2022, you truly have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at your fingertips.

When selling anything, ideally you want three things regarding that transaction:

  • strong demand;
  • limited supply;
  • maximum leverage when negotiating the sale.

Home sellers are in that exact situation right now. The following explains why.

Demand Is Very Strong

According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 6.18 million homes were sold in 2021. This was the largest number of home sales in 15 years. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for NAR, explains:

“Sales for the entire year finished strong, reaching the highest annual level since 2006. . . . With mortgage rates expected to rise in 2022, it’s likely that a portion of December buyers were intent on avoiding the inevitable rate increases.”

Demand isn’t expected to weaken this year, either. In addition, the Mortgage Finance Forecast, published last week by the Mortgage Bankers’ Association (MBA), calls for existing-home sales to reach 6.4 million homes this year.

Supply Is Very Limited

The same sales report from NAR also reveals that the months’ supply of inventory just hit the lowest number of the century. (December 2021)

The reality is, inventory decreases every year in December; that’s just how the typical seasonal trend goes in real estate. It is particularly noteworthy that this last December was lower than any other December going all the way back to 1999.

Right Now Sellers Have Maximum Leverage

As mentioned above, when there’s strong demand for an item and a limited supply of it available, the seller has maximum leverage in the negotiation. In the case of homeowners who are thinking about selling, there may never be a better time than right now. While demand is this high and inventory is this low, you’ll have leverage in all aspects of the sale of your house.

Today’s buyers know they need to be flexible negotiators that make very competitive offers. Here are a few areas that could tip in your favor when your house goes on the market:

  • Competitive sales price;
  • Flexible closing date;
  • Potential for a leaseback to allow you more time to find a home;
  • Minimal offer contingencies.

If you’re thinking of selling your home in Redondo Beach this year, now is the optimal time to list it.

Connect today with Dennis Hartley to discuss how you can put your house on the market today.

 

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