Not sure if winter is the time to sell your home? Although the real estate market tends to slow down as it gets colder, you can actually use this season to your advantage. Here are some points to consider.
1. Supply is Low and Demand is High
According to Realtor.com’s Monthly Housing Trends Report, national inventory has dropped 39% since last year. Though this may seem discouraging, the key takeaway is that fewer people are selling their homes, which means less competition. While many buyers like to look for homes when there’s nice weather, serious buyers will still be looking in the winter.
There are many anxious buyers in our area right now. Our region has seen a significant increase in demand. 2020’s 3rd quarter pending sales went up by 29% compared to Q2 and the median sale price was up 9% year-over-year at $508K for North Kitsap. Additionally, many families are able to work from home so they have the flexibility to relocate. Kitsap County is attracting many buyers since we’re just a ferry ride away from Seattle, and it’s still very much a seller’s market.
2. Interest Rates Are Low
Mortgage rates hit all-time lows a dozen times during 2020. As of December 3, 2020, Freddie Mac reported that rates on a 30-year and 15-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) have dropped to 2.7% and 2.3%, respectively. These low-interest rates offer enormous incentives for home buyers.
3. Home Prices Are Up
Since there aren’t enough houses on the market to meet the current demand, prices have gone up. So, you can potentially sell your house for top dollar. In fact, we’ve recently seen quite an increase in multiple offer situations across Kitsap County. If you’ve properly prepared your home and your agent is marketing it effectively, you may also experience a multiple offer situation.
4. Cost of Living is Rising in Cities
Many residents continue to get priced out of cities like Seattle, and buyers are looking for more affordable places to call home. Kitsap Peninsula offers easy access to the city while maintaining a close distance to the profound natural beauty of the PNW. The prospect of getting more for your money appeals to many first-time buyers as well as those looking for luxury homes. Our area offers buyers more space, a home with a yard, and easy access to beaches, hiking trails, and the Olympic National Forest.
With the real estate market in constant flux due to the pandemic, it’s essential to stay up-to-date on the latest local market information and to consider all your options when putting your house on the market. A good agent will also provide you with helpful insights, serving as your knowledgeable advocate and guide – whether you decide to sell in winter or down the road.