Buyers in this current market will have to overpay to get what they want.

The Orange County housing market is bananas these days. Nothing is completely making sense right now. A lot of buyers we’re working with are telling us that they know rates are low, demand is high, and prices are high, but they want a good deal regardless. The sellers we’re working with are saying something similar. They know the market is strong, so if homes are selling for a certain price in their area, they want to sell for higher. 

Everyone has unrealistic expectations for how the market is working. At the end of the day, if you want to buy a home in our current market, you’ll have to wrap your head around the fact that whatever homes sold for in the past doesn’t determine what they’ll sell for in the future. As a buyer, you’ll have to overpay to get what you want, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. 

Feel free to watch the video above in its entirety to find out why, or use these timestamps to skip ahead to various sections at your leisure:

1:06—How one of my recent home sales illustrates what we’re dealing with in the market right now

2:08—Understanding what a home is worth on paper versus what a buyer is willing to pay for it 

2:55—If you want to buy now, you’ll definitely have to overpay for a property 

3:37—Going back to my original example to explain current price appreciation

4:31—What to know if you’re waiting for the market to turn 

5:41—The truth of the matter for buyers

6:04—Wrapping things up

As always, if you have questions about this or any real estate topic or are thinking of buying or selling a home soon, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m happy to help. Until next time, happy selling!