Housing Market Expected To “Spring Forward” This Year

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Just like our clocks this weekend in the majority of the country, the housing market in Shasta County will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale in the market right now is what is holding back the market.

Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest, and, traditionally, they would have been right.

Buyer demand has a seasonality to it that usually falls off in the winter months. Especially in areas of the country impacted by arctic temperatures and winter conditions.

That hasn’t happened this year.

Demand for housing has remained strong as mortgage rates have remained near historic lows. Even with the recent increase in rates, buyers are still able to lock in an affordable monthly payment. Many more buyers are jumping off the fence and into the market to secure a lower rate.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported that the top 10 dates sellers listed their homes in 2017 all fell in April, May, or June.

Those who act quickly and list now could benefit greatly from additional exposure to buyers prior to a flood of more competition coming to market in the next few months.

Bottom Line

If you are planning on selling your home in 2018, let’s get together to evaluate the opportunities in our market. As always, we here at Josh Barker Real Estate Advisors are here to help.

Feel free to give us a call at 530-222-3800 or email me at [email protected].

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