7 Things Every Seller Should Know in this Market
The real estate market has been red hot for more than a year, pushing prices up in most neighbourhoods. The high prices come with pros and cons, though. While it feels like a great time to sell a house, in late 2021, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada Paul Beaudry warned homebuyers that certain regions of Canada could experience a market correction in the near future.
You might wonder, "How can I sell my home when no one wants to buy in this real estate market?" That's a terrific question. Luckily, a little preparation can go a long way in making the process easier and helping you get as much as possible for your property.
1. The Real Estate Market Is Red Hot Right Now!
The real estate market is red hot right now because supply has not kept up with demand. To some extent, the short supply comes from the high price of construction materials.
Housing starts have fallen and the number of new listings fell by 15% from December of 2021 as compared to December 2020. Some experts believe a national effort to build more homes is what's necessary to help even the market.
2. Expect to Spend a Lot of Time and Money on Home Improvements
Do you plan to invest in some home improvements before putting your house on the market? Make sure you set aside plenty of time and money.
Supply chain disruptions have forced contractors and construction companies to charge higher prices and work at slower paces. Many of them would love to get more work accomplished. Unfortunately, it's hard for them to source some of the materials they need to keep up with client requests.
Talk to contractors now so you can get realistic price and time estimates. If you don't already have a contractor, talk to your realtor to get recommendations. An experienced real estate professional will know which renovations companies are more likely to accommodate your preferred schedule.
3. Find a Moving Company That Follows Safe Procedures
A lot of cities and states are lifting COVID-19 restrictions. The virus still poses a threat, though. Make sure you choose a moving company that follows safety procedures and takes your health seriously. The movers will spend a lot of time in your home, so it makes sense to find a company that enforces safety precautions.
4. Interest Rates Will Increase Soon
It's been announced that the Bank of Canada will raise rates to combat inflation. Turning down a good mortgage offer because you demand an excellent one could end up costing you more money.
5. Have a Plan for Potentially Paying Two Mortgages
"Can I sell my home at a high price?" Probably, but it might take a little time to get the price you deserve.
Higher real estate prices mean that you can get more money when you sell your home. The real estate market isn't quite as hot as it was last year, though, so don't expect your home to sell the same day you list it. That might happen, but it depends on several factors, including your location and price expectations.
The higher prices also mean that you will probably spend more on your next home. If your current property doesn't sell quickly, you might need to pay two mortgages for a few months.
You will likely make your money back when you sell your house. Still, you should plan for a short-term financial hardship.
6. Work With a Real Estate Agent to Find the Right New Home Quickly
Not everyone finds a new house before selling their current one. Other homeowners experience the opposite problem: the hot real estate market makes it easy for them to sell, but they need to find short-term housing while they search for a new house they love.
You can make some of your money back when you need to cover two mortgages for a few months. You don't get that benefit when you pay for short-term housing.
Work with a real estate agent so you can find a home you love as quickly as possible. You don't want to rush into a decision. Choosing a wonderful new home becomes a lot easier, though, when you have a knowledgeable realtor on your side.
7. Find the Real Estate Assistance You Need!
Are you ready — or at least thinking about — putting your house on the market? Get in contact so we can help you make informed choices that will help you get a great price for your home, find a wonderful new place to live, and avoid a lot of the headaches people associate with moving!