Real estate cooling like the fall weather

The real estate market is open 365 days year – yes, even on the holidays – but there are cyclical trends to the market place.

Some of those ups and downs are based on mortgage interest rates and housing availability, but some are based on season. Next to spring, fall is the busiest season for home buying and selling. Autumn offers certain benefits to home buyers, including year-end tax breaks, pleasent weather conditions for moving and wider selections of homes for sale.

Housing inventory levels have significally increased to 1.67 months compared with springs inventory levels of .87 of a month. Last month real estate brokers added 300 new listings in Snohomish County which matches the same amount as last year during the same month.

The difference is we have witnessed a 1.74 percent decreased in closed transactions which accounts for more homes available for home buyers.

During this past spring and summer, home buyers were out in force. In many areas throughout Snohomish and King counties, homes went under contract quickly, and bidding  wars were not uncommon.

Homes are not going under contract as quickly this time of year, and multiple offers are less frequent. That takes some of the pressure off buyers and helps soften home prices.

There is a chance, however, that the Federal Reserve will increase its benchmark lending rate in December, which could have a modest ripple effect on mortgage rates.

Take advantage of this great real estate autumn market and low interest rates.

By, Todd Fahlman

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