Market Conditions

How do market conditions affect my position as a buyer?

The real estate market is always changing:

Market conditions Characteristics Implications
Buyer's market
The supply of homes on the market exceeds the demand.
High inventory of homes. Few buyers compared to availability. Homes are on the market longer. Prices tend to drop. More time to look for a home. More negotiating leverage.
Seller's market
There are more buyers looking to buy a home than there are homes on the market.
Smaller inventory of homes. Many buyers. Homes sell quickly. Prices usually increase. May have to pay more and make decisions quickly. Conditional offers may be rejected.
Balanced market
The number of homes on the market is equal to the number of buyers.
Sellers accept reasonable offers. Homes sell within an acceptable time period. Prices are generally stable. More relaxed atmosphere. Reasonable number of homes to choose from.
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