What To Expect If You Are Going To Buy A Home In 2016

If you are planning on buying a home in 2016, you should know that the market has changed quite a bit (for some).

That means it would be wise to get prepared in order to have the proper expectations.

Tallahassee has had a glut of homes since 2007, so buyers have had the upper hand in negotiations for more than 8 years!

But times change.

Unless you are buying at the higher price ranges in the Tallahassee real estate market, you are likely going to be facing sellers who are receiving multiple offers. Thus, you should plan accordingly.

What Type Of Homes Have Been Listed For Sale

The following graphs show the "middle" of the market, from the vantage point of inventory as it was being listed last year. The median home price, median home value, and median home size will give a good feel for the segment of the market that you will be working with.

Our first real estate graph shows the median asking price and median asking value last year.

Median home price and value in the Tallahassee real estate marketThe orange line (median home values) in the graph above shows that sellers are gaining confidence, as their expectations have risen consistently with the return of the housing market. The fact that the blue line (median home prices) does not exactly mirror the value line suggests that the median home size has changed.

Median Home Size In The Tallahassee Real Estate Market

The black line measures the median home size trend, while the blue line measures the trend of the total number of new listings each month. So fewer homes are being listed over the past 18 months, and they were getting smaller for most of 2015 until November.

In a nutshell, the median home at roughly 1,630 square feet, $182,000 in price, which means a rough value of $112 per square foot.

Using Median Home Data When You Buy

Home Buying Process 2016If you are getting ready to buy a home in Tallahassee, you now know where the middle of the market lies. If you are buying close to that price range, you must understand that is where the bulk of the other buyers are purchasing as well. This is highly competitive, so if you find a great deal, you should know that other buyers likely have found it too. Don't let a home like that sit. Immediately check it out and either eliminate it or buy it, because you likely won't have a chance to buy it tomorrow.

But the further you stray from the median home price in Tallahassee, the fewer your competitors will be. If you are looking at a seven figure home in Tallahassee, there are likely few buyers with whom you will be competing. You have time to consider the purchase without the likelihood of losing the home to another buyer.

Each area and each price range in the Tallahassee real estate market can be evaluated in the manner that we have done above, and you should work with a real estate buyer's agent who can clearly and concisely demonstrate to you where you will be in a real estate negotiation. Failure to understand your position has nothing but negative outcomes for you.

You can get started on your home search by reviewing our "best buy list." I strongly encourage you to enroll in our free e-course "Home Buying For Smart People," as we teach you a process that we designed to save you money while increasing your satisfaction with the home that you select.

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