Buying a Home: Understanding the Real Estate Market

by Elayne Jassey 07/14/2019

Buying a home of your choice could be somewhat complicated, exciting, and most times frightening. If you are like most buyers out there, you could spend three months or more finding your perfect home. However, is that all?

There is more to finding a home you want to buy. You might see what looks like your dream place, only to wake up to realities that the house is way over your target price. What will you do?

Thankfully, there are tips you can use to navigate the ups and downs of purchasing your own house. However, it has to begin with researching and understanding the real estate market before you dive in.

The “Hot” Real Estate Market

The real estate market is comprised of the buyer’s and seller’s market. If you are looking or searching for one to buy, you would want to be on the right side of the coin, which is the buyer’s market.

Over there, you will have many choices to make, and of course, you know that the prices are competitive and friendly, more options that fit into your budget and financial capability.The reality is that you will likely be searching for a house in the “hot” real estate market. What makes it a hot market? You see a great home that is within your budget, located in a good neighborhood, densely occupied with other couples, and the offers are already on the table. Though, a hot market, this happens even in the seller’s market.

Now, if you decide to explore the “hot” real estate market, here are some helpful tips that will sustain you.

  • It is probable you will not buy the first home you see that catches your attention. However, be patient and stay back, the perfect home might be around the corner staring at your face.
  • You might pay additional money on top of the listed price, bear this in mind as you check the neighborhoods within your price range.
  • The “hot” market is determined most times by the market segment, ranging from sub-urban one-bedroom condos to urban single-family homes.

However, a real estate agent can be of help to you by teaching you the ins and outs of the real estate market.

How Strong is Your Real Estate Market? 

You need some insider information about your market in order to decide whether to buy a home or not. One of the best ways to measure the strength of your market is to see the statistics for local home-for-sale inventory. The monthly report of the National Association of Realtors publishes detailed listing information on how many homes that are for sale in more than 300 cities in the U.S., their average asking price, as well as how long they have stayed in the market.

This report allows you to compare and contrast your real estate market to the national average. 

Furthermore, you will know where the prices are heading in your area of residence. You will know whether homes are selling quickly or how strong inventory might be. 

Having a good understanding of your local real estate market is the first step at buying your dream home without paying through your nose. Talk to your local real estate agent for up to date information about your real estate market.

About the Author
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Elayne Jassey

 

Your Neighborhood Expert!

Hi, I'm Elayne Jassey and in addition to my passion for real estate, I have a passion for my family, people, competitive games and Stamford! I have loved living in Stamford, Connecticut for the last 35 years. During that time I raised two daughters here and became quite involved in our local civic life. I was very active in Board of Education affairs during all the years my daughters spent in the Stamford public schools, and my early experience as a middle school teacher gave me a great appreciation for the strengths of the Stamford schools. I am currently a member of our Downtown Committee and I'm delighted to have participated in processes that have resulted in everything from encouraging the University of Connecticut to move into their new-in-town branch location, to bringing the excitement of the area's largest Thanksgiving Day Parade, complete with soaring balloons and marching bands, to town. 

I suspect the greatest joy in my professional life is that I meet and work with so many different and interesting people. I enjoy my customers and I am pleased that I build close relationships with them that I maintain for years. These relationships have resulted in a high degree of customer loyalty, and most importantly many close and rewarding friendships. In fact, I continue to work with people I listed, rented or sold properties to when I first entered the profession, and now I have begun selling to the next generation in their families! 

When not spending time with my family or savoring time with my granddaughter as she explores the world, I love to play games. Whether participating in a hard-fought game of Scrabble, playing cards or coming up with the answers in word games and puzzles, I am energized by good competition and problem-solving. In fact, I find creating a successful real estate transaction is a composite of all the things I most enjoy. It combines the problem-solving excitement of detective work with the joy of matchmaking. Each new customer presents a unique set of needs and goals, a special personality and a sense of individual style, all within clearly defined financial strictures. Understanding all these factors and fitting the pieces together successfully is the challenge that makes the selling of real estate so special to me. And it allows me to use my considerable energy, enthusiasm, and entrepreneurial spirit to work hard at meeting my own personal goals. 

People often say that I am a very lucky person. I agree. I live in a community I love. I am surrounded by family and friends, and work in a profession that still engages me deeply. And I've noticed that the harder I work, the luckier I am!