Happy New Year! Here's how January is shaping up:

January Cromford Infographic

  • 15% More Properties in Escrow Now vs. Last Year
  • January is a Big Month for New Listings!

For Buyers:
January is one of the top months for new listings to hit the market, making it a good time to start looking.  Buyers gain a negotiating advantage when there are more listings in competition with each other. Typical inventory trends tell us that November through January are the peak months for buyers to have the maximum choice of properties before competing buyers begin dwindling the supply and their negotiating advantage.  The market as a whole is still a seller’s market, meaning that supply is below normal for the level of demand out there.  This shortage is mostly for properties below $200,000, expect more choice in the upper price ranges.

For Sellers:
Get ready for the beginning of the purchasing season!  The first week of the year is typically the lowest point for pending sales due to low buyer activity over the Christmas and New Year holidays.   The lull doesn’t last for long, however.  January is a big time of year for large tourist events in the valley including the Barrett Jackson Car Show, Waste Management Open, Collegiate Football Championship and more.  By February, open house traffic will pick up and a notable increase in contracts submitted.  In 2015, the number of contracts in escrow nearly doubled between January and June before submitting to the summer slowdown.  This year, we’re starting off with 15% more properties in escrow compared to this time last year, a good sign for sellers to kick off the year.  There are still a significant number of boomerang buyers recovering their credit after foreclosures and short sales a few years ago, providing a healthy level of optimism for demand in 2016.

--Written by Tina Tamboer-Glatfelter, The Cromford Report

In short: We're off to a good start. We'll see a slew of new inventory (buyers hope) before long and this will set the pace for the months to come and most importantly, the spring buying season. Sellers are still in good shape and buyers will have slim pickings for a bit longer, but that will change pretty quickly. As it's been before, Buyers below $200K will continue their struggle to find affordable homes in good areas and when they do, they'll compete with all of the other buyers looking for the same.

Stay vigilant and call or text me with any questions you may have! Be well!