The market has been shifting a bit and the stats are showing it. Cash sales in Sacramento County have been declining over the past several months, which has increased room for others to have a fighting chance to get into contract.
Inventory has increased over the past several months and there has been less investors playing the market. Despite an uptick in sales in Q2 of 2013, for example, investors played a lesser percentage role in overall sales. For reference, there were 3831 sales in Sacramento County in Q1 2013 and 4748 sales in Q2 of 2013.
Good News for Buyers: Monthly data should be taken with a grain of salt because as time unfolds stats can get stronger and end up swaying in a different direction. However, I believe the stats for July 2013 do tell a story that real estate agents mentioned in last week’s post, “Sacramento’s real estate market in one sentence“. Overall as cash has decreased, FHA has seen a slight increase and conventional sales have been up slightly too (conventional sales rose about 4% from Q1 to Q2 for all of Sacramento County). This is good news for buyers and especially first-time buyers who are looking to purchase. Yes, the market is still heavily saturated with investors and inventory is still tight…. BUT buyers have definitely gained more power lately. To use a line for buyers inspired from the book The Hunger Games, “May the odds be ever in your favor”. 🙂
Question: As an agent, buyer or seller, what are you experiencing out there? Comment below.