Decoding the Shift

Kelley Lowder January 16, 2024

In the dynamic realm of real estate, winds of change are sweeping through. As we navigate this landscape, let's explore why the recent market slowdown isn't cause for concern but rather a strategic advantage for sellers.

NO RUSH

The swift tempo of the market often leaves sellers feeling pressured to make hasty decisions, reminiscent of a speed dating session for houses. However, with the current slowdown, sellers now have the luxury of time to meticulously evaluate offers and make informed decisions without the relentless rush.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Accurate pricing is the linchpin of successful real estate transactions. In the ever-changing landscape of a rapidly moving market, accurately gauging a property's value can be tricky. Values for seasoned agents and appraisers are more rightly determined when comps show stability. The current slowdown provides a more stable environment, enabling sellers to precisely determine the optimal price for their homes. This precision, in turn, attracts serious buyers who recognize and appreciate the true value of the property.

COME ON IN, THE WATERS FINE

A slower market not only invites serious buyers but also widens the pool to include those who require a bit more time or come with specific contingencies. This inclusivity increases the chances of finding the perfect match for your home, ensuring a smoother and more successful transaction. The depth of our buyer pool is also larger than ever in Stanly County. This is a result of its the proximity and accessibility to Charlotte. According to US News, Charlotte ranks No. 8 in the top 25 places to live in the US. However, homes are in extremely high demand in the Metro, sending buyers outside of the immediate area to take up residency. 

A SOFT LANDING AFTER THE SALE

For sellers contemplating a move, the slowdown presents a little peace-of-mind. In December 2022, homes were closing in 23 days, giving sellers little to no time to search for their next purchase. Last December closings took 53 days to close on average, giving the sellers 30 days to figure out that next step. The opportunity to sell your current property without the fear that it will vanish before securing your next haven is like real estate matchmaking with a safety net – time is on your side to secure the best deal for your current home while confidently exploring options for the next.

SETTING THE STAGE

Enhancing the presentation of your home is a key aspect of making the most of a slower market. With the luxury of time, consider investing in staging, minor repairs, or other improvements that elevate the appeal of your property. A well-presented home is more likely to attract serious buyers who recognize the effort put into making the property truly stand out. Not sure where to start? Click here for our sellers resource guide, complete with a staging timeline. 

In the world of real estate, stability is often the unsung hero. Rapidly changing markets can be unpredictable and carry inherent risks. The current slowdown offers a sense of stability, providing both sellers and buyers with a smoother journey to closing without the rollercoaster rides. So, in conclusion, the slowdown is not a snooze-fest; it's a strategic advantage for sellers. If you're contemplating a move, now might just be the perfect time to make your next real estate move. 


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