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Richmond Real Estate Market Update – April/May 2023

Well, spring is in full swing now, and April showers may have brought flowers, but they certainly didn’t bring lots of real estate inventory. Things are still moving quickly, so here’s a bit of a recap:

The average sales price for our entire MLS area was $402,414 in April. That’s up from $403,244 last April, and a good jump from March of this year at $386,797. The price stability and increases really are largely due to the lack of supply in the market. Rates have certainly risen since last year, but for the most part, it hasn’t pushed many people out of the market.

Our inventory as April closed out stood at 1933 homes for sale, down from 2203 in March, and down from 2022 in April of last year. Supply is just not where we need it to be (frankly, in either rentals or sales) and the demand is definitely out there.

As I’ve said before, the market is considered to be balanced at 6 months supply of inventory, and while we’re definitely better than we have been (February ’22 had us as low as .7 month), we are still only at 1.2 months. That means that if no other homes came on the market, it would take 1.2 months for the supply to be exhausted. That’s not much.

What does this all mean for you if you’re looking to sell? What about buying? Is it just a crazy time to do that??

These questions are both so unique to your own situation, I always hesitate saying, “it’s a great/bad time to sell/buy,” to a degree, regardless of the market. What I can say, though, is that if you’ve been contemplating selling and you thought the market was going to drop as rates went up, that hasn’t proven to be true. In most areas, we are still very decidedly in a seller’s market, so no doubt that it’s a good time to sell.

If you’re thinking of buying, and it’s a great time for you otherwise- new job, lease is up, new baby, new job…whatever, it’s not a terrible time to buy- prices do not have the same upward pressure that they had a year ago. Yes, we’re seeing multiple offer scenarios, but not every house, not every time, and often not as insane as the offers were last spring. We are seeing more inspections, more appraisals, and a bit more negotiations on some homes. But, it’s not the time to drag your feet if you’re looking. It’s a good time to really know what your negotiables and must haves are, and work with an agent with a solid grasp on the market (like me) that will tell you what they think will get the home you want, rather than just guessing.

Keep in mind, too, that there is no perfect market. If rates are lower, prices will be higher, and vice versa. It’s nearly impossible to time the market, too. So if it’s a good time FOR YOU, it’s probably a good time.

If you have questions about buying or selling in this market, reach out. I’d love to talk to you and help you determine if it’s a great time for YOU.