“This is the best buyer's market I have ever seen in my career,” says Ryan Serhant of Nest Seekers and Bravo’s "Million Dollar Listing New York."
“Sellers are nervous, there’s excess supply, and interest rates have been hovering at historic lows. You can own a home for less per month than you can rent an equivalent property in most areas," he adds.
With fewer home buyers out there looking, you have less competition in your way.
"Unmotivated and uncommitted buyers have dropped off," adds Maggie Wells, a real estate professional in Lexington, KY. "Less competition is a huge leg up in this market."
The window of opportunity for buyers won't stay open wide forever. NAR data shows that there was a housing shortage prior to the outbreak.
"The temporary softening of the real estate market will likely be followed by a strong rebound, once the quarantine is lifted," says Yun.
This pent-up demand could eventually push home prices higher. That could mean that the time to strike for bargains is now.
Bottom line: If social distancing has made you realize you don't love the place where you're currently spending most of your time, it's a good time to consider buying.
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