Market Conditions

Pay attention to market conditions – they will have a definite impact on your position as a buyer. The table below lists the influences that different conditions may have on you. Impact and expenses may vary, depending on your area.

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Buyer's market

Market conditions
The supply of homes on the market exceeds the demand.

Characteristics
High inventory of homes. Few buyers compared to availability. Homes are on the market longer. Prices tend to drop.

Implications
More time to look for a home. More negotiating leverage.

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Seller's market

Market conditions
There are more buyers looking to buy a home than there are homes on the market.

Characteristics
Smaller inventory of homes. Many buyers. Homes sell quickly. Prices usually increase.

Implications
May have to pay more and make decisions quickly. Conditional offers may be rejected.

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Balanced market

Market conditions 
The number of homes on the market is equal to the number of buyers.

Characteristics
Sellers accept reasonable offers. Homes sell within an acceptable time period. Prices are generally stable.

Implications
More relaxed atmosphere. Reasonable number of homes to choose from.