The Summer Market is officially here and with it typically comes an increase in the inventory, a slight drop indemand, and a rise in market time. The temperature is heating up and the days are growing longer. The 4th of July is less than three weeks away, and family vacations are booked. From the pool to the beach to hiking Southern California’s many trails, summer is here along with all its distractions. Toss in the fact that everybody can walk the earth freely again now that COVID-19 is disappearing. Everyone is ready to enjoy a bit of fun in the sun.
During the Summer Market demand decreases slightly. There are fewer new escrows opened due to buyers placing their home search tours on pause to take a short break and enjoy all the trappings of summer. With demand dropping, the supply of available homes rises as more homeowners place their homes on the market. Many often mistake the Summer Market as the best time of the year to sell a home. In terms of new escrow activity, it is second to the Spring Market. With an increasing supply and falling demand, the Expected Market Time (the amount of time between hammering in the FOR-SALE sign to opening escrow) increases.
The word on the street within the real estate trenches is that there are already signs of the “summer shift.” A home might not sell in 4 days after being exposed to the market for only a weekend. Instead, it may take two weekends. Homes that are grossly overpriced will have to reduce their asking price. Surprisingly, 7% of the active listing inventory had to reduce their asking price over the past week. Many will scratch their collective heads and wonder what is going on in the market. The answer is simple: SUMMER. It happens every year, and it appears as if this year will be no exception.