The age-old dilemma: Should you buy, or should you hold off? Should you sell, or should you wait?
Vermont’s real estate market is changing. Sales of homes over $1 million decreased in 2023 by 6.5% compared to the peak the year before. Buyers placed a bigger discount on homes that needed work due to high building costs and a shortage of contractors. Turn-key, well-presented and defensibly priced properties continued to go under contract sometimes with multiple offers, but not with the same frenzy as earlier.
The robust seller’s market we’ve seen over the past few years is subtly transforming as buyer power grows. Surging interest rates and global tensions have tempered demands that were once at a fever pitch during Covid. Despite this, prices remain steady, bolstered by lean inventory and supported by the stock market. However, buyers are approaching transactions with ever greater diligence, weighing price and conditions with a keener eye. We’re not witnessing a downturn but a redefinition of market dynamics.
As reported in the real estate newsletter, Inman News, economists and experts predict a more balanced housing market in 2024 across the US, with stable prices and lower mortgage rates–a pattern Vermont is expected to mirror as we move into the new year.
The coming year offers a unique opportunity for those ready to navigate this new terrain with insight and adaptability.
You, also, may want to read From Crosscurrents to a Turning Tide: LandVest Third Quarter 2023.