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  • Writer's pictureMichael Jimenez | Pacifica Realtor®

The(short-lived)Stalemate Market 🐐

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

It'll be short-lived, but here's what's happening with the Pacifica, CA Real Estate market...

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It feels like we're in a Stalemate Market. Yeah, I made that term up, but it's what I've been seeing over the past couple of weeks. A real estate game of chicken between buyers and sellers, ending in both sides walking away due to unmatched expectations. As a result, inventory levels are holding, and days on market are building up.


👉 Good news for buyers:

Some Seller's are motivated NOW and listening to the LIVE TIMING of the market! This is good news for buyers looking for a "deal"...


Of course, the "deals" will evaporate once inventory starts moving again...


Where's the breakdown?

It's not due to a lack of offers in the market; it's more of an issue of offers coming up short of sellers' expectations - especially if they were hoping to match last summer's lower inventory/lower rate environment.


Downward Adjusted Offers.

The most recent rate hike took another bite out of buyers' purchasing power, causing downward adjusted offer prices to accommodate the new affordability factor (PITI). Also, a new factor digging into buyer affordability is the spike in insurance costs! Recent flood zone quotes are coming in at $3k+ a year (vs. $1,200-ish in recent years).


The Lagging Comps.

Sellers aren't seeing evidence of lower prices in the comps yet since most of that data lies in the "in contract", or "pending" sales that won't close out for another 10-21 days...


The Stalemate.

These buyer & seller conditions are creating an information gap (or offer gaps), causing some stalemates.


So What Now?

Reasonable sellers will digest the comps as they trickle out and, if they're motivated, will adjust their pricing expectations to buyers' new tolerance levels.


👉 Good news for buyers:

Some Seller's are motivated NOW and listening to the LIVE TIMING of the market! This is good news for buyers looking for a "deal"...


Of course, the "deals" will evaporate once inventory starts moving again...


Wild card: more rate adjustments in either direction will jumble everything up 😉


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👉 For a deeper dive into the details, or if you have any other specific real estate related questions call me or text me anytime.


CONTACT ME

(650) 898-8869 | call or text

michael@pacificarealtor.com

 

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