What does it mean to be in a seller's market for Ocean County Real Estate?
If you've given even a casual thought to selling your Ocean County house in the near future, this is the time to really think seriously about making a move. Here's why this season is the ultimate sellers' market and the optimal time to make sure your house is available for buyers who are looking for homes to purchase.
The latest Existing Home Sales Report from The National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows the inventory of houses for sale across the nation is still astonishingly low, sitting at just a 2-month supply at the current sales pace. And even more astounding, in Ocean County, the supply is below 1 month in some municipalities!
Historically, a 6-month supply is necessary for a ‘normal' or ‘neutral' market in which there are enough homes available for active buyers. The general rule of thumb is:
· Less than 5 Months: Seller’s Market – Home prices will appreciate
· Between 5-7 Months: Neutral Market – Home prices appreciate with inflation
· More than 7 Months: Buyer’s Market – Home prices will depreciate
When the supply of houses for sale in Ocean County is as low as it is right now, it's much harder for buyers to find homes to purchase. As a result, competition among purchasers rises and more bidding wars take place, making it essential for buyers to submit extremely attractive offers.
Ocean County Supply of Homes (absorption rate)
· Manahawkin – 0.78
· Barnegat – 1.09
· Waretown – 1.42
· Forked River – 1.38
· Lanoka Harbor – 1.27
· Bayville – 0.99
· Toms River – 1.24
· Brick Twp. – 1.09
· Pt. Pleasant – 1.89
As this happens, home prices rise, and sellers are in the best position to negotiate deals that meet their ideal terms. If you put your house on the market while so few homes are available to buy, it will likely get a lot of attention from hopeful buyers.
Today, there are many buyers who are ready, willing, and able to purchase a home. Low mortgage rates and a year filled with unique changes have prompted buyers to think differently about where they live – and they're taking action. The supply of homes for sale is not keeping up with this high demand, making now the optimal time to sell your house.
Home prices are appreciating in today's sellers' market. Making your Ocean County home available over the coming weeks will give you the most exposure to buyers who will actively compete against each other to purchase it.
Karl Hess provides expert real estate services to residential buyers and sellers in Ocean County. Contact us today for more information on Ocean County Real Estate and for professional assistance navigating this complex home market.