Selling in winter may not seem optimal but there are actually some important advantages to consider, especially given our current market. Here are four reasons why now may be the right time for you to sell.
1. Demand is High and Supply is Low
There are many anxious buyers who want to move to our area. Western Washington has seen a significant increase in demand. Here on Bainbridge Island, closed sales were up 43.6% year-over-year in 2020’s third quarter. Multiple offer situations have become common and our agents have seen quite an increase in all-cash offers. Additionally, many families are able to work remotely and they’re drawn to all Bainbridge Island offers.
2. Mortgage Rates Have Hit Historic Lows
During 2020, mortgage rates hit all-time lows a dozen times. As of December 3, 2020, rates on a 30-year and 15-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) have dropped to 2.7% and 2.3%, respectively. These low-interest rates incentivize serious buyers and create a sense of urgency for many.
3. Home Prices Are Up
Since inventory is low, prices have gone up. In fact, the median sale price was 1049K in 2020’s third quarter, which was up 19.9% year-over-year. So you could potentially sell your house for top dollar. If you’ve properly prepared your home and your agent is marketing it effectively, you could also experience a multiple offer situation.
4. Many Buyers’ Priorities Have Shifted
With the pandemic, many buyers are focusing more on finding homes that offer space: a backyard, proximity to nature, and room for their children to play and/or a home office. Bainbridge offers all of that as well as gorgeous beaches and hiking trails, a strong sense of community and easy access to the city. This appeals to first-time buyers as well as those looking for luxury homes. So even though it’s not the popular time to put your home on the market, it’s still a strong seller’s market and there are still plenty of serious buyers ready to make an offer on the right property.