Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House

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The housing market in Worcester, Massachusetts, and surrounding towns made an incredible recovery in 2020 and is now positioned for an even stronger year in 2021. Record-low mortgage interest rates are a driving factor in this continued momentum, with average rates hovering at historic all-time lows.

According to the latest Realtors Confidence Index Survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), buyer demand across Worcester county and the entire country are incredibly strong. That’s not the case, however, on the supply side. Seller traffic is simply not keeping up. Here’s a breakdown by state:

Record-low mortgage interest rates are a driving factor in this continued momentum, with average rates hovering at historic all-time lows.

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maps show, buyer traffic is high, but seller traffic is low. With so few homes for sale right now, record-low inventory is creating a mismatch between supply and demand.

NAR also just reported that the actual number of homes currently for sale stands at 1.28 million, down 22% from one year ago (1.64 million). Additionally, inventory is at an all-time low with 2.3 months supply available at the current sales pace. In a normal market, that number would be 6.0 months of inventory – significantly higher than it is today.

What does this mean for buyers and sellers?

Buyers need to remain patient in the search process. At the same time, they must be ready to act immediately once they find the right home since bidding wars are more common when so few houses are available for sale.

Sellers may not want to wait until spring to put their houses on the market, though. With such high buyer demand and such a low supply, now is the perfect time to sell a house on optimal terms.

The real estate market is entering the year like a lion. There’s no indication it will lose that roar, assuming inventory continues to come to market. If you are ready to sell, read my blog on prepping for selling your home during a Worcester Winter!

Perspective Matters When Selling Your House Today

It shows supply this year has surpassed 2021 levels by over 30%. But the further back you look, the more you’ll understand the big picture. Compared to 2020, we’re just barely above the level of inventory we saw then. And if you go all the way back to 2019, the last normal year in real estate, we’re roughly 40% below the housing supply we had at that time.

Why does this matter to you? When inventory is low, there is still demand for your house because there just aren’t enough homes available for sale.

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A Window of Opportunity for Homebuyers

The housing market is undergoing a shift because of higher mortgage rates, but the market is still strong. If you’ve been looking to buy a home over the last couple of years and it felt impossible to do, now may be your opportunity.

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Diane Casey Luong

Diane Casey Luong

Realtor

Realtor at RE/MAX Advantage I, Buying Real Estate Agent, Seller Real Estate Agent, Listing Real Estate Agent

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You may be wondering if now is a good time to buy a home…or if interest rates are projected to rise or fall. The free eGuide above will answer many of your questions and likely bring up a few things you didn’t even know you should consider when buying a home.

It’s difficult to know when is the best time to sell, or how to get the most money for your house, but you don’t need to go through the process alone.

You may be wondering if prices are projected to rise or fall…or how much competition you may be facing in your market. The free eGuide below will answer many of your questions and likely bring up a few things you haven’t even thought about yet.

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2015

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Diane achieved levels of productivity in 2015 that were more than double the industry average with commission levels of $100,000 – $249,999

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2016

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Diane achieved levels of productivity in 2016 that were more than double the industry average with commission levels of $100,000 – $249,999

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2017

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Diane achieved levels of productivity in 2017 that were more than double the industry average with commission levels of $100,000 – $249,999

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2018

RE/MAX 100% Club
Diane achieved levels of productivity in 2018 that were more than double the industry average with commission levels of $100,000 – $249,999

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2019

RE/MAX 100% Club
Diane achieved levels of productivity in 2019 that were more than double the industry average with commission levels of $100,000 – $249,999

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2020

RE/MAX 100% Club
Diane achieved levels of productivity in 2019 that were more than double the industry average with commission levels of $100,000 – $249,999

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2016

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2019 Top Producers, Ruby Level

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2019

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Working with Diane was an absolute pleasure and joy.

She was incredibly professional yet still warm and personable. I always felt that Diane had my best interests in mind; she never pressured me into anything and always worked to get me all the information I needed before making a decision.

Diane had great knowledge of the housing market in the area and the pros and cons to look for when looking at homes.

During the finalization process, Diane was able to refer me to an excellent home inspector and other individuals necessary for the closing.

I wholeheartedly recommend Diane and would use her again if I am lucky enough to buy another home or sell my own.

Bought a Townhouse home with Diane in 2016 in Worcester, MA.