As we head into the second half of 2022, we are experiencing a shift in the real estate market. The market is starting to balance out after two years of an intense seller’s market. Q1 this year had the lowest amount of inventory we have ever seen, which put upward pressure on prices. With the addition of more homes coming to market in Q2 and a 2-point increase in interest rates since the beginning of the year, price appreciation is starting to decelerate. We are coming off the peak prices of Q1 due to these environmental adjustments but are still sitting on top of hefty year-over-year price gains.
Buyers have more selection to choose from, which has reduced the number of multiple offers and tempered price escalations. This has resulted in days on market becoming longer as buyers weigh their options. Sellers are still making huge returns as year-over-year price growth has been above average for the last decade. Long-term growth needs to be kept in perspective as we return to balance. If you are curious about how your real estate goals match up with the market, please reach out. It is my goal to help keep my clients informed and empower strong decisions.