Buying in a Hot Real Estate Market

2021-02-27 Buying in a Hot Market

The 2021 Greater Hartford market is extremely hot. Buyer demand is very high, and seller inventory is very low. In fact, we are so concerned about the imbalances that we discussed the possibility of going to Inventory Zero later this spring. If you want to buy a home this spring, here are some suggestions… Accept that you are going to be competing for every home. There are many more buyers looking for a home than

Over Asking Bids

2021-02-15 Over Asking Bid Title

42% of Hartford County single-family sales closed for more than asking price in 2020 according to SmartMLS. An additional 12% of sales closed at the asking price. Note that these stats exclude new construction listings since they work differently than resale listings. Regular readers are fully aware that the real estate market favored sellers in 2020, and continues to favor sellers in 2021. Our analysis of closed prices found that less than half of last

Inventory Zero in 2021

Inventory Zero: When there are no more houses available for buyers to bid on. The Greater Hartford real estate market enters the spring of 2021 in a precarious position. Inventory of available single-family homes in Hartford County was driven sharply down in 2020 by the combination of extremely high buyer demand and moderately low seller supply. The chart below shows the active single-family listings in the County on a monthly basis going back to 2017.

January Contracts: Like Nothing is Wrong

2021-02-03 Hartford County Single-Family Contracts in Janaury 2021

Hartford County finished the month of January with 698 single-family contracts. The total was a slight decline from January 2020, but overall a very active January market. Buyer demand for homes continued to be strong. Unfortunately, the local real estate market has a math problem. An extended period of strong demand and a modest gain new supply (593 new listings in January) has depleted the inventory of available homes. As of February 3rd, there were

Looking for 3 Bedrooms

2021-01-26 3 Bedrooms Homes in 2020

Three bedroom homes are a core part of Greater Hartford’s housing stock. They are popular with buyers, and usually the most active part of the market. The SmartMLS showed that 3 bedroom homes represented more than 53% of the deals in 2020. However, the price of a 3 bedroom home varies from town to town. The chart below shows pricing for 3 bedroom homes in the 15 Hartford County municipalities that had the most 3