So Many Home Buyers

By Beiler-Campbell Realtors & Appraisers on 9/6/2020

True story – Beiler-Campbell Realtors listed a home in the mid $300K’s in the Avon Grove School District for sale. Pictures were taken, rooms were measured, and the listing went on the market on a Friday. After multiple showings and offers, the home was under contract within 24 hours of listing, at above asking price. Weary home buyers see this scenario repeated every week. It’s not your imagination that there are less homes on the market for sale. There are close to 20%* less homes for sale in our region today than 6 years ago. Combine that with an increased number of buyers and it creates a fast-paced market. So, why are there so many buyers in the real estate market right now?

HOME RE-EXAMINED
During the pandemic lock down, “HOME” became more important than ever. Things like security, comfort and living space became priorities. The desire for a place to call your own increased and buyers decided not to wait to buy a home that checks all the boxes.

STILL... HISTORICALLY LOW INTEREST RATES
The current low interest rates allow home buyers to purchase a larger home and enjoy lower monthly payments. This also encourages renters to become buyers - in southeastern PA, rent prices are comparable to a mortgage payment.

NOTHING NEW
In 2019, southern Chester, Lancaster and Delaware County’s stable job market, thriving economy and low interest rates created a surplus of buyers. Last year’s house hunters that didn’t find their home are still looking this year.



REMOTE WORKING CHANGES PARAMETERS
Telecommuting allows people to live further away from their office. This leads buyers to move to a less populated area and take advantage of purchasing more home for a better price than in urban areas. Realtor.com® found that in the second quarter of 2020, 51% of people from urban areas using their site to shop for homes were looking in the suburbs.

MORE PLAYERS IN THE GAME
There's been an influx of millennial home buyers as they now have had some time to grow in their careers and pay off student loan debt. If a home is considered in the entry-level or mid-level price range, interested buyers are eager to move quickly.

The moral of our opening story is if you are thinking of moving, now is a great time to sell your home. Listing with a local experienced like Beiler-Campbell Realtors will ensure your transaction is conducted smoothly and ethically.


*Statistics from BRIGHT MLS on 9/8/2020 based on residential homes for sale in Unionville-Chadds Ford, Kennett Consolidated, Avon Grove, Oxford, Coatesville, Octorara and Solanco School Districts.

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