A client of mine asked me the other day about whether it was better to list this fall or wait until after the first of the year when the inventory situation could be better. Their goal is to move up from their condo into a single family house and they’re rightfully concerned about being able to accomplish that with an escrow and a rent back without being made homeless. Buying being as tough as it is and all.
It’s a great question really, because there is certainly a feeling that buyers have that lots of new inventory will save the day. That shining horizon of the first quarter of 2015 seems like it’s filled with possibilities too. It’s also true that November and December tend to be slower and folks tend to not list their homes then. The problem is, so many more buyers enter the market after the first of the year. Seems like every year January and February are very hot months for selling. Indeed, there’s new inventory, but there’s tons of new buyers as well. In December of 2013 a nice house on Verdun in San Mateo sold with 3 offers and went over asking. In January another nice house on Verdun in San Mateo sold with 34 offers and went WAY over asking.
It’s all a crap shoot, but I really think that selling now is better than waiting on the potential mirage of vast new inventory on the horizon. We’ve been waiting for that for years now…and it’s proven to be pretty illusory.