It Depends On Who You Are
This has certainly been a unique and challenging year so far for many of us, particularly in Las Vegas. How 2020 has impacted our housing market depends a lot on where you are in the market. While there are as many particular situations as there are clients; for our purposes here, we’ll break them down into the following categories: Sellers, Buyers, & Homeowners .
Sellers – Possibly The Biggest Winner?
Those looking to sell their home this year have seen very little competition. The demand may not be quite what it was last year, but it is still well-outpacing available inventory supply. Many areas in Las Vegas are seeing 2-3 weeks as a median time on market. Historically, this is incredibly low. This demand is raising home values & in some cases for well-marketed homes, in show-ready condition, even creating bidding wars.
Yes, selling this year has its own set of hurdles to overcome, but in a cost-benefit analysis is still heavily benefiting sellers. There are particular challenges to selling a home today if the seller may be working from that home. This creates limited hours available for buyer showings. In homes with children, we could see school from home, or daycare from home further restricting showing availability. There are some excellent options available for initial showings including a 3-dimensional virtual walk-through such as this one from one of our office’s listings under contract already. Innovative solutions like this reduce intrusions for the seller & expand the buyer’s ability to get a feel for the home prior to in-person showings while keeping everyone safe.
There are also other things we can do to keep your home’s residents & potential shoppers safe as well. Requiring masks & providing booties at the entry point are some we’ve used. Keeping the home not only show-ready clean, but pandemic-clean with sanitizer at entry & disinfecting wipes for light switches, door handles & other surfaces after showings can also go a long way to keeping everyone safe & pleased throughout the process.
The Other Side Of This Coin, Of Course – Home Buyers
Buyers are seeing a lot of competition for the home of their dreams, & yes prices are rising. You may think if the sellers are coming out so far ahead, it must be at the loss of the buyer. However, for those mortgaging their purchase, the drop in interest rates is creating a win-win for both parties. In many cases the lower rates mean buyers making the same money this year as last, on average, can afford about $30,000.00 …