Three Things About the Sacramento Housing Market

sacramento-bridge-slideshowAs a blogging Sacramento agent, I try to narrow my blogs to a singular thought, but I have 3 things that keep popping up over and over in unison about home buyers in the Sacramento housing market — which, if I don’t discuss these 3 observations in one blog I might never get around to it. The first is the problem in Elk Grove. I’ve lost count of the number of offers I’ve negotiated for my last bunch of listings in Elk Grove that have fallen out and had to be sold a second, third or fourth time.

These buyers go into escrow and then immediately cancel, which tells me they are writing multiple offers when they can’t afford to buy each of the homes. Where do they get this idea? Do their agents encourage this kind of unethical behavior? Our market is not so hot that they need to do it. They can make an offer on the home they want to buy and probably buy it without competition.

I’ve seen some agents write into the offer that the buyer is making multiple offers, and I want to hug these guys. I’ve had other agents include an addendum that says the buyers are absolutely not writing any other offers and will wait for the offer negotiations to reach a conclusion before doing so. You guys can dance on my grave if you want.

The second thing I’ve noticed about the Sacramento housing market is VA buyers are becoming ubiquitous. I’ve always said if you want to buy a home with a VA loan come over and sit down next to me, and my sellers will gladly cooperate. I love love love VA buyers. Once you get a VA buyer into contract, they close and they don’t go wandering around open houses wondering if they’ve made the right decision. They understand what a commitment means. You can count on a VA buyer. They have integrity.

The third thing about the Sacramento housing market is about home pricing under the next price point. By this I mean pricing a home at $499K instead of $505K, for example. It could go one of two ways. Pricing at $499K might mean that home buyers will fight over it and bid up that price. On the other hand, a buyer might also lowball that price. They probably won’t offer $499K, though. It will be higher or it will be lower, and it’s not always easy to predict which way it will go, regardless of the home’s beauty and desirability.

In super hot seller markets in the past, a $499K listing would almost invariably sell for more. In buyer’s markets, it will fetch less. In this market, though, an agent can’t always accurately forecast because this is a fairly balanced market with no leanings either way, although our inventory is still relatively low. Inventory will get lower as we edge closer to Thanksgiving, but that’s a blog for another day.

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