If you’re thinking about selling your house in 2022, you truly have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at your fingertips. When selling anything, you always hope for strong demand for the item coupled with a limited supply. That maximizes your leverage when you’re negotiating the sale. Home sellers are in that exact situation right now, with historic levels of both. Here’s why.
Demand Is Very Strong
According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report
from the National Association of Realtors(NAR), 6.18 million homes were sold in 2021. This was the largest number of home sales in 15 years. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for NAR, explains:
“Sales for the entire year finished strong, reaching the highest annual level since 2006. With mortgage rates expected to rise in 2022, it’s likely that a portion of December buyers was intent on avoiding the inevitable rate increases.”
Demand isn’t expected to weaken this year, either. In addition, the Mortgage Finance Forecast
, published last week by the Mortgage Bankers’ Association (MBA), calls for existing-home sales to reach 6.4 million homes this year.
Supply Is Very Limited
The same sales report from NAR also reveals the month’s supply of inventory just hit the lowest number of the century. It notes:
“Total housing inventory at the end of December amounted to 910,000 units, down 18% from November and down 14.2% from one year ago (1.06 million). Unsold inventory sits at a 1.8-month supply at the present sales pace, down from 2.1 months in November and from 1.9 months in December 2020.”
The reality is, that inventory decreases every year in December. That’s just how the typical seasonal trend goes in real estate. However, the following graph emphasizes how this December was lower than any other December going all the way back to 1999.
*These are national numbers; DC-area supply is approx. one month of inventory.
Right Now, Sellers Have Maximum Leverage
As mentioned above, when there’s strong demand for an item and a limited supply of it available, the seller has maximum leverage
in the negotiation. In the case of homeowners who are thinking about selling, there may never be a better time than right now. While demand is this high and inventory
is this low, you’ll have leverage in all aspects of the sale of your house.
- Competitive sales price
- Flexible closing date
- Potential for a leaseback to allow you more time to find a home
- Minimal offer contingencies
Home Prices Have Never Been Higher
Many homeowners are surprised to learn just how much their home is worth in today’s market. 2021 saw home prices appreciate 18.8% nationally, to the highest level in recorded history (and that was just in one year). While appreciation is expected to slow to around 5.1% in 2022, that still leaves many homeowners with more equity than they dreamed possible, and an unprecedented opportunity to cash in on the unexpected gains.
If you’re thinking of selling your house this year, now is the optimal time to list it. Let’s connect
to discuss how you can benefit from the current seller’s market.