Vivre Real Estate May 16, 2023
Ready for some rapid-fire updates from the SF Bay Area real estate scene? Buckle up!
After a 2022 slump, homebuyers are bouncing back into the market. Now 18+ months on from the Fed’s first salvo of interest-rate hikes, buyers have had time to adjust. Mortgage rates have been trending sideways, and the end of hikes appears near or already in the rearview mirror.
Knowing this, is it any surprise that folks are getting on with their lives and making moves? Major life events seem to keep happening, regardless of what Mr. Powell is thinking. 😉
In San Francisco, open houses are getting busier and homes are selling faster, often with multiple offers if the listing is priced and presented well. All-cash offers still make up a significant, yet minority, segment of buyers too.
On the selling side, new listing activity has been slower to rebound. Partially to blame is the “golden handcuffs” effect, a fun way of saying that homeowners who locked into crazy-low mortgage rates are reluctant to sell and buy again at a much higher rate.
Sellers also have a tendency to think the market is worse than it actually is right now, so they are sitting on the fence when demand is actually now much stronger. This reluctance puts upward pressure on sale prices despite lower activity in the market overall.
Questions remain. There are inflation, interest rates and big-tech layoffs to watch, plus a slow-motion debt limit trainwreck to avoid. 🤞 But so far, 2023 is looking up for our housing market.
As always, please feel free to reach out with any real estate questions. We are happy and grateful to help you and anyone you send our way!
- The Vivre Real Estate Team
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