According to Realtor.com, a fall move may be just what you’re looking for. Less demand from families looking to get into a new home before school stars tends to open up the market a little bit, and the busy spring and summer season may motivate sellers to lower the asking price, hopefully avoiding the slowdown that inevitably sets in around the holiday and winter seasons.
Home buyers may also find attractive mortgage rates this fall. Mortgage rates are still under the 4 percent psychological threshold, which can be a luring incentive for borrowers. Freddie Mac reported last week that the 30-year fixed rate averaged 3.78 percent, holding steady at a 2017 low.
Studies have shown that fall can be the best time to buy. A study conducted by RealtyTrac in 2015 found that October was the best month for home buyers. Purchasers in October paid 2.6 percent below the estimated market value at the time for their home, according to the analysis.
Nationally, home sales in August started to decline heading into the fall season. Sales of existing homes fell 1.7 percent from July to August, but the National Association of Realtors mostly blamed the decrease on the limited number of listings for sale on the market – something we have also seen in Ridgefield.