SunCrest Market Updates July 27, 2022

July SunCrest Market Update

SunCrest Midyear Market Update
The first six months of 2022 are behind us. We’ve been highlighting changes along the way, but here are 4 things you need to know about the SunCrest real estate market right now.

Home Affordability is a Rising Challenge
With nearly 45M Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 now aspiring to buy a home, home ownership simply isn’t attainable for many. Massive home price appreciation combined with rising interest rates are putting a “starter home” out of reach for many. Expect to see city leaders grapple with more creative (and affordable) higher-density projects such as townhomes, multiplexes, and live-work buildings as they grapple with addressing smart, sustainable, and affordable growth.

Home Price Appreciation is Slowing
If you’re in the market to buy this year, don’t expect a drop in prices. Why? Supply and demand. Even with more homes coming to the SunCrest market, we are still in a housing shortage. It’s not just about the total number of homes, but the type of homes that are available. After the crash in the 2000’s, home builders have built less entry-level homes, which is where most of the demand exists now that Millenials make up the largest group of homebuyers. Starter homes remain in high demand, so prices are still holding strong.

Inventory is Increasing, But it’s Still Very Low
Even though the market is shifting to have a little more balance between the number of homes for sale and the number of buyers who want them, the real estate market is still tremendously active and we’re still well below what many economists consider a “balanced market.” Today, SunCrest stands just under a 2 month supply of homes for sale. In other words, this means that if not one more home was listed for sale, it would only take 2 months to sell out of what’s listed. A more balanced inventory would be 4-6 months.

Price it Right
We’re seeing sellers get less than their original asking price—in some cases by 20%. In other words, they overshot the market and had to decrease their price in order to sell. This is a stark difference compared to the highly competitive market we’ve seen over the past few years, where stacks of offers came in far above asking price. While these homes still sold for a tidy profit, there can be huge risk in setting your original sales price too high. If you’re hiring a real estate agent, work with an experienced and knowledgeable one to set the price right the first time. Bottom line: Price it right and when you do so, most homes are still selling quickly.

Our Take
There’s no shortage of opinions on social media: “Buy now! Don’t sell! Wait for rates to come back down! The market is crashing. The market is just taking off!” We see it too, and it can all be a bit confusing to follow. For the best advice, reach out and work with an experienced agent. People love this neighborhood and demand for homes in SunCrest remains strong even as housing supply catches up and price appreciation settles. We’d love to help you make all the right moves when buying or selling in this new, but not uncharted market.