BUYERS OR SELLERS MARKET - HOW TO RECOGNIZE?​

  • Recognizing buyers and sellers markets is crucial for making informed decisions in real estate
  • There are specific indicators that can help you distinguish between buyers and sellers markets
  • buyers market occurs when there are more properties available for sale than there are interested buyers, leading to lower home prices and extended selling times
  • sellers market occurs when there are more interested buyers than available properties for sale, resulting in higher home prices and a stronger position for sellers in negotiations
  • Transitional markets occur when the balance between buyers and sellers shifts, creating a dynamic market environment
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As a real estate buyer or seller, understanding the dynamics of the market is critical in making informed decisions.

Buyers and sellers markets are two major market conditions that have significant impacts on supply and demand affecting both buying and selling property.

Knowing how to recognize these market conditions can equip you with the knowledge to succeed in the real estate industry.

What is the definition of a real estate market?

A real estate market refers to the environment where buyers and sellers interact to exchange property. Generally, a market refers to the exchange of goods, services, or assets. Some key components that define a market include:

  • Buyers – The consumers, clients, or patrons who want to purchase products, services, commodities, securities, real estate, etc. They create the demand side of the market.
  • Sellers – The producers, businesses, investors, agents, brokers etc. who provide the supply to meet the buyers’ demand. They create the supply side.
  • Products/Services – The goods, commodities, assets, labor, expertise etc. that are bought and sold in the marketplace. This includes both tangible items and intangible value.
  • Price – The equilibrium point where supply and demand intersect, determining the exchange value of products/services. Price discovery is key.
  • Competition – Rival entities on both supply and demand sides vying for transactions and market share. Competition influences pricing and offerings.
  • Area/Location – The geographic region or area where exchange occurs. This impacts market size, regulations, demographics, etc.
  • Information – Data exchange about products, pricing, supply, demand, etc. that enable transactions and influence market forces.

At its core, the buyer and seller market brings together buyers and sellers to determine the exchange value, or price, of something being transacted through the forces of supply and demand.

The structure and dynamics vary across industries, geographies, and socioeconomic conditions.

What is housing market conditions?

Housing market condition are combination of metrics on inventory, pricing, demand, competition, and financing to determine where the advantage lies between buyers and sellers.

  • Inventory levels – High inventory favors buyers, low inventory favors sellers. Track month-to-month inventory and months of supply.
  • Price trends – Rising prices indicate a seller’s market, declining or flat prices indicate a buyer’s market. Analyze home price appreciation.
  • Sales activity – High sales volume, short days on market signal a seller’s market. Low sales and long market times favor buyers.
  • Listing discounts – Buyer’s markets see more listings priced below initial asking price. Seller’s markets see closer to full price.
  • Bidding wars – Multiple offers and bidding wars creating competition point to a seller’s market.
  • Negotiating leverage – Assess ease of negotiating lower prices, favorable terms as indication of buyer or seller power.
  • Financing rates – Low rates boost buyer purchasing power signaling a buyer’s market. High rates decrease affordability.
  • Economic indicators – Employment, consumer confidence, housing starts also indicate market conditions.

What is a Buyers Market?

In the real estate industry, a buyers market refers to a period when the supply of available properties for sale exceeds the demand from interested buyers then you’re in a buyer’s market.

This market condition often leads to lower home prices, extended selling times, and a higher bargaining power for buyers.

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Buyers market examples

For example, many suburbs saw a buyer’s market after the 2008 financial crisis when foreclosure inventory was high. Buyers could negotiate prices down significantly.

Here is an example contrasting two buyers competing for the same home in a sellers’ market versus a buyers’ market:

In a sellers’ market:

John and Mary are interested in buying a newly constructed 4 bedroom home listed for $400,000. With low inventory, multiple offers are common. John offers the full asking price but can’t close for 60 days. Mary offers $425,000 with a 30 day close. The seller chooses Mary’s higher, faster offer. John loses out.

In a buyers’ market:

Chris and Patty both want to make an offer on a 4 bedroom suburban home listed at $380,000. With more housing inventory available, there is less competition. Chris offers $370,000 with a 45 day close. Patty offers the full price but needs 60 days to close. The seller accepts Chris’s lower but more timely offer. With more negotiating power, Chris gets the home below list price.

Key differences:

  • In the sellers’ market, buyers compete by offering over list price and quick closes. In the buyers’ market, below asking offers and terms favoring the buyer have more leverage.
  • With more housing supply available in a buyers’ market, Chris and Patty have less pressure to escalate offers higher and can take more time to close.
  • The seller in the buyers’ market accepts a lower offer price in order to secure a sale more quickly with Chris’s faster timeline.

So in a buyers’ market, purchasers have more negotiating leverage and options. Sellers must often adjust pricing and terms to secure a sale.

Key Indicators of a Buyers Market

To identify a buyers market, you need to look out for a few indicators:

 

IndicatorExplanation
Oversupply of homesMore homes available for sale than buyers willing to purchase them.
Increased inventory levelsMore properties on the market than usual, indicating slow sales.
Longer days on the marketAverage time a home stays on the market is longer than usual due to lack of demand.
Higher number of price reductionsHomeowners are often forced to reduce the prices of their properties to attract buyers.

 

Identifying these factors will allow you to recognize the market condition as a buyers market and lead to better decision-making during the buying process.

Indicators of a Buyers Market

In a buyer’s market house prices are collapsing. The buyer’s market demonstrates an oversupply of properties for sale and a lack of demand. These indicators can help you identify a collapsing house prices therefore a buyers market:

IndicatorDescription
Oversupply of HomesWhen the number of homes for sale exceeds the number of interested buyers, resulting in increased inventory levels.
Increased Inventory LevelsWhen the number of homes for sale is higher than average, suggesting a lack of demand.
Longer Days on the MarketThe average amount of time it takes for a property to sell exceeds the typical market trend.
Higher Number of Price ReductionsWhen the seller reduces the price of the property to attract more buyers and compensate for the lack of demand.

Monitoring the above indicators can indicate a shift towards a buyers market and provide useful insight for buyers looking to take advantage of favorable market conditions.

By recognizing these signs, you can make informed decisions about when to buy and negotiate the best possible deal.

How to Benefit as a Buyer in a Buyers Market

If you find yourself in a buyers market, you have a unique opportunity to secure a favorable deal. Here are some strategies that can help you take advantage of the current market conditions:

  • Negotiate for lower prices: With fewer potential buyers, sellers may be more willing to negotiate on the price. Make a reasonable offer that reflects the current market conditions and be prepared to walk away if the seller is not willing to meet your terms.
  • Request seller concessions: In addition to negotiating on price, you can also ask the seller to cover some of the closing costs or make repairs to the property before closing. This can help offset the costs of buying a home and improve your overall financial situation.
  • Conduct thorough market research: Before making an offer, research the local real estate market to gain a better understanding of current home prices, trends, and inventory levels. This knowledge can help you make a more informed decision and identify the best opportunities for your budget.

By following these strategies, you can maximize your buying potential in a buyers market and secure a deal that meets your needs and budget.

Remember to stay patient, do your due diligence, and be prepared to act quickly when you find the right property.

Selling As-Is in Buyers market

Key steps a seller should take when selling a home “as-is” in a buyers’ market:

  • Price it right – Price the home competitively based on the condition and required repairs/updates. Get a comparative market analysis from an agent or appraiser. Leave room for negotiations.
  • Disclose everything – Fully disclose all known defects, issues, and facts about the property’s condition in writing. This reduces liability.
  • Get inspections done – Thoroughly inspect the home yourself and provide official inspection reports upfront for buyers’ review. Fix any major safety issues.
  • Provide documentation – Have all permits, repair records, HOA docs, disclosures, etc. organized and ready to share. Proactively offer what buyers will request.
  • Prepare for negotiations – Expect buyers to negotiate on price, request repairs, and ask for other concessions like closing costs. Be ready to compromise.
  • Consider offering incentives – To sweeten the deal, offer extras like new appliances, home warranty, closing gifts, or pre-paid HOA fees.
  • Hire a real estate attorney – Get professional guidance on contracts, wording all “as-is” clauses, handling title issues, and managing the sale.
  • Remain patient – An “as-is” sale takes longer. Continuously show and market the home until the right buyer makes an acceptable offer.

With the right prep work, transparency and expectations, a motivated buyer will purchase an “as-is” home at a fair price even in a buyers’ market.

What is a Sellers Market?

sellers market is a real estate market condition where there are more interested buyers than available properties for sale, then you’re in a seller’s market.

In this market, the demand for homes exceeds the supply, leading to heightened competition and increased property fair market value. As a result, homeowners and real estate investors have a stronger position in negotiations, with the ability to set higher listing prices and secure quicker sales.

Shorter days, multiple offers, and increased asking prices are the main characteristics of the seller’s market.

This market condition can be influenced by various factors, such as low local housing market inventory, an increase in job opportunities, or a rise in population.

If you are a homeowner or a real estate investor in a sellers market, you have the opportunity to maximize your selling potential.

By setting an attractive listing price and leveraging competition, you can negotiate effectively with interested buyers and secure a favorable selling price. Furthermore, staging your property to enhance its appeal and conducting thorough market research can increase your chances of securing a quick sale.

Sellers market examples

An aerial view of a residential neighborhood.
An aerial view of a residential neighborhood.
  • Low housing inventory
  • Rising home prices
  • Bidding wars on many properties
  • Buyers pay at or above asking prices
  • Contingency-free offers
  • Homes sell very quickly, often within days
  • Buyers have fewer options and need to act quickly

Example of seller’s market (3-bedroom townhouse for sale in Denver)

Sarah bought a 3-bedroom townhouse in Denver 5 years ago for $300,000. She wanted to sell and take advantage of the hot sellers’ market.

First, Sarah thoroughly researched recently sold homes in her neighborhood. Comparable townhouses were selling for around $450,000. Based on this, she listed her property for $465,000 to leave room for negotiation.

To make her townhouse extra appealing, Sarah used virtual staging services from TALLBOX. The TALLBOX team digitally decluttered her home and added virtual furniture and decor to highlight the space and flow.

Sarah’s realtor told her there were already two strong offers within a week. The first was $450,000 with a 30-day close. The second was $470,000 but needed 60 days to close. Finally, after some negotiation Sarah accepted an offer of $465,000 with a 30-day close from a third buyer and avoided market fluctuations.

By pricing competitively, using TALLBOX virtual staging, and leveraging multiple offers, Sarah sold quickly and for $165,000 more than she paid – maximizing her profit in the sellers’ market.

Many cities saw a seller’s market in 2021-2022 with record low inventory. Homes would sell fast with multiple offers over asking prices.

The advantage shifts between buyers and sellers as market conditions change over time. But buyers currently have more leverage in many markets as inventory rises and competition eases.

Selling privatelly in Sellers Market

Selling a home privately, without listing with a real estate agent, tends to work best in these types of market conditions:

  • Sellers’ markets – When demand is high and supply is tight, sellers have more leverage to sell on their own at or above asking prices. Competition reduces negotiation.
  • Appreciating markets – In areas where home values are steadily rising, there is less risk that a private seller will under-price or struggle to sell. Recent sales provide price guidance.
  • Hot neighborhoods – Highly desirable, trendy areas where buyers compete for limited inventory make it easier for private sales.
  • Unique properties – One-of-a-kind homes, luxury real estate, or unusual lots tend to attract specialized buyers even without an agent.
  • Simple sales – Sellers with straightforward transactions, flexible terms and free of contingencies are best suited for for-sale-by-owner.
  • Technology savvy – Sellers who effectively leverage digital listing sites and market via social media can be successful DIYing.
  • Previous experience – For sellers who have sold privately before and understand the process, risks, and effort involved.

The most important factors are demand exceeding supply and rising home values. When buyers have more negotiating power or markets are uncertain, real estate agents often become more important to achieve the best price and terms.

Indicators of a Sellers Market

When the real estate market shifts towards a sellers market, there are some key indicators to look out for. By recognizing these indicators, you can adjust your buying or selling strategy accordingly to capitalize on the market conditions. Here are the indicators of a sellers market:

Low Housing Inventory

One of the most common indicators of a sellers market is a low real estate inventory. This means that there are fewer properties for sale than there are interested buyers. When there is limited inventory, buyers often have to compete with each other, which can drive up home prices and create bidding wars.

High Demand

Another key indicator of a sellers market is high demand. In this scenario, there are more interested buyers than there are available properties for sale. This can cause home prices to rise rapidly, giving sellers the advantage in negotiations.

Shorter Days on the Market

In a sellers market, homes tend to sell quickly, often within days on market or even hours of being listed. This is due to high demand and low inventory, making it an ideal time for sellers to capitalize on the favorable market conditions.

Multiple Offers on Properties

With high demand and low inventory, it’s common for homes in a sellers market to receive multiple offers from interested buyers. This can lead to bidding wars, driving up the final sale price. Sellers can use this to their advantage and negotiate the best possible deal.

Increasing Home Prices

Finally, in a sellers market, home prices tend to increase rapidly due to high demand and limited inventory. This means that sellers can often sell their homes for a higher price than they would in a buyers market.

A modern house with a balcony.
A modern house with a balcony.

By recognizing these indicators of a sellers market, you can make informed decisions as a buyer or seller in the real estate market.

If you’re a seller, you can capitalize on the high demand and low inventory by setting a higher asking price and negotiating effectively. As a buyer, you’ll need to be prepared to act quickly and make competitive offers to secure your desired property.

Maximizing Your Selling Potential in a Sellers Market

Congratulations on finding yourself in a sellers market! With the increased demand and shorter selling times, you have a fantastic opportunity to maximize your selling potential. By taking the following steps selling a house, you can make the most of this favorable market environment.

  1. Make your property stand out: In a sellers market, buyers have more options to choose from, so it’s essential to make your property attractive. Consider staging your home to make it look more appealing and to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. You can hire an experienced stager to do this, or you can do it yourself using online resources.
  2. Set an attractive listing price: Pricing your property correctly is vital in a sellers market. A reasonable listing price will attract more buyers, which could result in multiple offers and a higher sale price. Consider hiring a professional appraiser to evaluate your home’s worth and set your listing price accordingly.
  3. Leverage competition: In a sellers market, buyers are competing for available homes. You can use this to your advantage by encouraging multiple offers. Consider setting a deadline for offers and creating a bidding war, which will drive up the price of your property.
  4. Negotiate effectively: Negotiation is a critical part of the home selling process. With a strong market position, you can negotiate effectively to maximize your profits. Consider hiring an experienced real estate agent to represent you and your interests during negotiations with buyers.

By following these steps, you can optimize your selling potential in a sellers market. Remember to stay flexible and be open to negotiations while keeping your goals in mind.

With the right strategy, you can secure a profitable sale that meets your needs and expectations.

What does off market mean in real estate

In real estate, “off market” refers to properties that are not publicly listed for sale through traditional channels like MLS listings or real estate websites. Some key things to know about off market real estate:

  • Private sales – Owners sell these properties through private networks, word-of-mouth, or real estate investors without official listings.
  • Increased exclusivity – Buyers may have less competition for off market homes, but also reduced visibility into options.
  • Access through connections – Agents, developers, wholesalers may be aware of off market deals not known to regular homebuyers.
  • Motivated sellers – Owners selling off market may be in a hurry to close or want privacy/discretion.
  • Condition variability – Off market homes may be dated or need renovation since they are not widely marketed. But some are well-maintained.
  • Pricing differences – Sellers may list off market homes below retail value since they save on marketing costs and commissions.
  • Less data transparency – Buyers will likely have less sales data, disclosures, and background on off market properties. More research is needed.
  • Networking key – Building connections with real estate professionals gives buyers access to hidden inventory not openly promoted.

While off market homes offer exclusivity and potential value, they do come with more unknowns and risks for buyers. Proper due diligence is critical.

Transitional Markets

Transitional markets are a shifting balance between buyers and sellers. When the market trends change, it creates a dynamic environment that can present challenges and opportunities for both parties.

The key characteristic of a transitional market is that it is unpredictable. Buyers and sellers must monitor the market closely to identify these transitional periods.

Some indicators of transitional markets include fluctuations in demand and inventory levels, changes in interest rates, economic shifts, and changes in government policies.

During transitional periods, buyers and sellers must be vigilant, adaptable, and take creative steps to sell a property. Sellers may need to adjust their listing prices to remain competitive, while buyers may need to act quickly to secure a property before prices increase.

It is essential to stay up-to-date with market trends and developments to make informed decisions and gain a competitive edge.

Example of buyers and sellers navigating a transitional real estate market:

Jennifer has lived in her 2-bedroom condo for the past 5 years and wants to sell it and upgrade to a single-family home. She lists her condo for $250,000 based on recent sales in her neighborhood.

However, over the next few weeks, Jennifer notices more inventory coming onto the market as interest rates start to rise. Comparable condos are now selling for around $235,000. To remain competitive, she lowers her asking price to $240,000.

Around the same time, first-time homebuyers Mark and Julie have been searching for an affordable condo to purchase. When they see Jennifer’s condo listed at $240,000, they know it’s priced right for the shifting market. They decide to make an offer quickly before rates increase further.

Jennifer accepts their full-price offer and closes within 30 days, adjusting her pricing just in time to sell during the transitional period. Mark and Julie timed their purchase well to buy before prices climbed higher. Being informed about the market helped both parties make strategic decisions during the transition.

A row of houses in a neighborhood with recognizable buyer or seller market indicators.
A row of houses in a neighborhood with recognizable buyer or seller market indicators.

In a transitional market, it is crucial to work with an experienced real estate agent who can provide valuable insights and guidance.

They can help you navigate the market fluctuations and make strategic decisions to maximize your buying or selling potential.

How to Identify Transitional Markets

Recognizing transitional markets requires close observation of market trends and shifts. Here are some key indicators to look out for:

IndicatorDescription
Increased InventoryWhen the number of homes on the market increases, it could indicate a shift towards a buyers market.
Declining InventoryWhen the available inventory of homes for sale decreases, it could indicate a shift towards a sellers market.
Price FluctuationsChanging home prices could be an early indicator of a shift in the market, especially if prices are no longer rising at a steady rate.
Days on the MarketIf homes are taking longer to sell, it could indicate a shift towards a buyers market. Conversely, if homes are selling quickly, it could signify a sellers market.
Multiple OffersWhen multiple buyers make offers on the same property, it could signal a shift towards a sellers market.

It’s important to note that transitional markets can be short-lived, so staying up-to-date on market trends is crucial. As a buyer or seller, monitoring these indicators will help you adjust your strategy to capitalize on the market conditions.

The Importance of Recognizing Buyers and Sellers Market

As a real estate buyer or seller, it is crucial to recognize the dynamics of buyers and sellers markets. Understanding the characteristics and indicators of these markets will help you make informed decisions, maximize your profits, and minimize your losses.

For buyers, recognizing a buyers market can provide an opportunity to acquire properties at lower prices and with favorable seller concessions. On the other hand, sellers can take advantage of a sellers market to sell their properties faster and at higher prices.

Identifying transitional markets is equally important, as it allows investors to adjust their strategies accordingly and capitalize on market fluctuations.

In short, recognizing buyers and sellers markets is the key to succeed in real estate. It helps you stay ahead of the competition, make informed decisions, and achieve your goals.

By applying the insights provided in this guide, you can confidently navigate the ever-changing real estate landscape and reap the benefits. Don’t underestimate the importance of recognizing buyers and sellers markets, as it may impact your financial future.

Conclusion

In conclusion, recognizing buyers and sellers markets is crucial for any individual or entity involved in the real estate industry. By understanding the key indicators and characteristics of these markets, you can make informed decisions that will help you achieve your buying or selling goals.

Throughout this guide, we have provided you with valuable insights on how to recognize a buyers market, indicators of a buyers market, how to benefit as a buyer in a buyers market, and how to recognize a sellers market, indicators of a sellers market, how to maximize your selling potential in a sellers market.

Additionally, we explored transitional markets and the importance of recognizing buyers and sellers markets. Remember, the real estate market is always changing, and being able to identify these changes is key to your success.

By using the information provided in this guide, you can stay ahead of the game and make strategic decisions for your real estate investments.

FAQ

Q: Which characteristic does not describe the real estate market?

The real estate market lacks predictability, transparency, efficiency, rationality, instantaneous reactions, commoditization, and centralization unlike some other markets. It has its own complexities and nuances.

  • Predictable – The real estate market is complex and dynamic, with many economic and demographic factors impacting demand and pricing. It goes through periodic cycles and shifts that make it hard to predict.
  • Transparent – Real estate transactions involve a lack of perfect information. Buyers and sellers have asymmetry in market knowledge and perspective that makes the market opaque in many ways.
  • Efficient – There are informational lags, listing errors, mispriced properties and other forms of inefficiency that prevent real estate from behaving like an efficient market.
  • Rational – Real estate decisions are often emotional rather than purely rational. Factors like school districts, aesthetics and attachment influence buyers beyond objective value.
  • Instantaneous – Real estate sales, financing, closings and other transactions involve many parties and processes that take time. Lags exist that prevent instant reactions to market changes.
  • Commoditized – Every home has unique characteristics that differentiate it and impact value. Real estate is not a pure commodity with perfect substitutes for homes.
  • Centralized – The real estate industry involves many decentralized players across sectors like agents, brokers, appraisers, inspectors, and lenders operating locally.

Q: What is market allocation in real estate

A: Market allocation in real estate refers to the division of potential home buyers and sellers within a particular housing market based on demographics, preferences, and purchasing power.

Key aspects of market allocation include:

  • Segmenting home buyers and sellers into groups based on characteristics like income, age, family status, lifestyle, etc. This allows real estate professionals to better target marketing and sales efforts.
  • Analyzing supply and demand dynamics among different market segments. For example, the demand for luxury homes versus starter homes.
  • Determining the share of housing activity that can be reasonably “allocated” to each target segment within a given market.
  • Developing customized strategies to effectively reach and serve priority buyer and seller groups based on allocation analysis.
  • Tracking changes in market share between segments over time as demographic, economic, and preference factors shift.
  • Using allocation strategies to list properties in price ranges, locations, and condition that align with the needs of key buyer segments in that local market.

Market allocation aims to direct real estate marketing and sales resources to the best-positioned target audiences within a specific housing market to optimize results. It provides an analytical approach to matching housing inventory with the most likely buyers.

Q: How do I recognize a buyers and sellers market?

A: Recognizing buyers and sellers markets in the real estate industry requires analyzing key indicators such as inventory levels, days on the market, and pricing trends.

We provide detailed insights in this guide to help you navigate these markets effectively.

Q: What is a buyers market?

A: A buyers market refers to a situation in the real estate market where there are more properties available for sale than there are interested buyers.

This leads to lower home prices and increased bargaining power for buyers.

Q: What are the indicators of a buyers market?

A: Indicators of a buyers market include an oversupply of homes, increased inventory levels, longer days on the market, and a higher number of price reductions.

These factors contribute to favorable conditions for potential buyers.

Q: How can I benefit as a buyer in a buyers market?

A: To benefit as a buyer in a buyers market, you can negotiate for lower prices, request seller concessions, and conduct thorough market research to secure the best possible deal.

This section provides valuable insights and strategies to help you maximize your advantage.

Q: What is a sellers market?

A: A sellers market occurs when there are more interested buyers than available properties for sale. This leads to higher home prices and a stronger negotiating position for sellers.

Q: What are the indicators of a sellers market?

A: Indicators of a sellers market include low housing inventory, high demand, shorter days on the market, multiple offers on properties, and increasing home prices. These factors contribute to favorable conditions for sellers in negotiations.

Q: How can I maximize my selling potential in a sellers market?

A: To maximize your selling potential in a sellers market, you can focus on staging your property, setting an attractive listing price, leveraging competition, and negotiating effectively. This section provides valuable tips to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Q: What are transitional markets?

A: Transitional markets occur when the balance between buyers and sellers shifts, creating a dynamic market environment. These markets present unique challenges and opportunities for both buyers and sellers.

Q: How do I identify transitional markets?

A: Identifying transitional markets requires monitoring market trends and fluctuations. Key indicators such as changes in inventory levels, pricing trends, and buyer demand can help you identify these markets and adjust your strategy accordingly.

Q: Why is it important to recognize buyers and sellers markets?

A: Recognizing buyers and sellers markets is essential for making informed decisions in real estate.

Understanding these market conditions can impact your buying or selling experience and empower you to make strategic decisions to achieve your real estate goals.

Q: Does relisting occours in sellers or buyers market mostly?

Relisting when a home expires unsold is generally more prevalent when buyers have greater negotiating power and leverage in the market.

Relisting a home that did not sell tends to occur more often in a buyer’s market compared to a seller’s market for the following key reasons:

  • In a buyer’s market, there is ample housing inventory and less competition among buyers. Homes take longer to sell.
  • With lower demand from buyers, sellers are more likely to overprice their home initially based on unrealistic expectations.
  • When overpriced homes don’t sell within the typical timeframe (e.g. 60-90 days on market), sellers realize they need to adjust.
  • Sellers in a buyer’s market have less leverage, so they often must lower their price to align with market conditions and buyer demand.
  • Relisting at a more competitive price is a common strategy for motivating buyers and generating more interest from real estate agents.
  • Sellers have more flexibility to relist in a buyer’s market as they do not face the same time pressures as in a competitive seller’s market.

In contrast, relisting occurs less often in a seller’s market where homes sell rapidly, often above asking price. Sellers have less incentive to relist once a home is on the market. The opportunity cost of relisting is higher.