My wife and I have bought and sold several homes in the forty two years that we have been married. We have dealt with many personalities and attitudes with the representing agents. We had never prepared ourselves for the professional training and winning attitude that has been shown us by the team of Elgin and Pilar Walker.
John and Mary Ann Sprengelmer,

The Real Estate Market HAS changed!

We have been discussing this. A change in the Real Estate market. You will hear the term shift. Let me explain what we are talking about at least WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.

For years the market has been on a tear meaning prices up, interest rates at historical lows, housing inventory low and more buyers than sellers. This keeps prices of homes rising, and it generates multiple bids pretty much on EVERYTHING priced well and/or in great condition. So what is happening now?

Well first off homes are still selling, rates have risen BUT they are low compared to other years I have been selling real estate. Homes are sitting on the market longer and prices today ARE MORE IMPORTANT than they were say 6 months ago.

Are we about to crash? I do not have a crystal ball but I DO NOT THINK SO, but I will say it may take a little longer to sell your home now. Why? Well with rates higher and prices up, less buyers particularly in the first time or lower end market have the ability to afford it or qualify. Inventory is still HISTORICALLY low BUT near as low as it was so buyers have choices maybe not a lot but some. TAKE A NOTICE OF THE PRICE ADJUSTMENTS? Take notice of the days on market it is taking for homes to sell. Truth be told its not that long BUT when you are use to seeing homes sell in HOURS, it appears like forever when it takes 30 or 45 days.

What not to do as a seller? Do not put your home on the market with a “Lets see if we get any offers” attitude. If you want or need to sell price it accordingly.

What not to do a a buyer? Do not wait to buy. If prices come down but interest rates keep rising YOU WILL STILL PAY MORE PER MONTH FOR YOUR HOME and what you pay monthly is what really counts. Remember that.

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