I'm no Econ major, but I know Supply & Demand!

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Real Estate Agent with Take 5 Team, Illustrated Properties

  

We've all heard it a million times in the past year or two.  "Oh, you're in real estate?  Pretty slow now, huh?" or "The market's pretty bad now, right?"  AHHHHH I want to pull my hair out! 

The market isn't bad!  That's actually an impossibility.  According to the laws of supply and demand, if the market is bad for one party, it must be good for the other. 

LOW SUPPLY = HIGH DEMAND = GREAT SELLER'S MARKET

A few years ago everyone was talking about what a great market it was.  Prices were going up and up and up!  Homes were selling like hotcakes!  The market was GREAT!!!!...... for sellers.  Buyers were facing bidding wars.  Full price offers were being outbid by offers over the asking price.  Who wants to pay MORE than the asking price?  The market was actually only good for the sellers, yet the media and everyone else was sold on the idea it was a good market overall.

HIGH SUPPLY = LOW DEMAND = GREAT BUYER'S MARKET

Today, it's not a great market for sellers given the inflated prices they bought at during the real estate boom, the listings saturation in most areas, and the value drops properties have experienced.  But a less-than-desirable market for sellers makes it..... THAT'S RIGHT!... a great market for buyers!  If prices are dropping, and there are tons of homes on the market to choose from, how could it NOT be a good market for buyers?

So, let the media say what they want.  They think the market is that bad?  Good.  That's a few less people you'll be in competition with to buy your dream home! 

Meghan Mullee
Director of E-Marketing & Technology
The Take 5 Team

Copyright © 2008  Meghan Mullee

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Dave Woodson
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Yeah, I know people talk to me like I have cancer - like I am on the verge of dying.

 

February 20, 2008 08:52 PM #1
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I had a buyer from last year say something like that to me.

I told her no, I've learned to leverage my business to have others do the work and I get paid.

It works and results in more family time!

February 20, 2008 10:26 PM #2
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Chris Frantz
EDU Real Estate Group - Indianapolis, IN

Very interesting concept, a free market economy.

Maybe someone should explain that concept to the news media.  Then they can stop with their doom and gloom. 

February 20, 2008 09:35 PM #3
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Diane Lombardino
Keller Williams Realty of Jupiter - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
When I'm asked (and it's frequently!) "how's the real estate market?" I always say GREAT!  I will not perpetuate the doom and gloom of a down market.  If I believe it's GREAT so will those I speak with.  It is a GREAT market for the buyers and for those agents who have adjusted to work with buyers. Likewise, it is a GREAT market for those agents who are able to list properties that are priced to sell.  I have WOW properties and I find that it's a GREAT market!!  Glad to have you back posting!
February 20, 2008 11:25 PM #4
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Tchaka Owen
Keller Williams Realty - Hollywood, FL
Thanks for sharing, Diane.  I will have to add that response to my arsenal.
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