Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Busy Sarasota Real Estate Market

What's happening now in the Sarasota real estate market?

As little as 6 to 8 months ago, cash buyers were flooding the market, snapping up single family homes and condos in the $100K range.  Most of those types of properties were seeing multiple offers and bidding wars.

Now, this type of activity seems to have moved up market, but with a different type of buyer.

I've been showing single family properties in the mid $200's to low $300's to a couple of different buyers over the past month.  We are encountering multiple offer situations, and properties going under contract quickly.  Buyers in this price range seem to be looking for a primary residence, who have sold other property in an improving real estate market.

My advice to home buyers in this price range is essentially the same as I've given in the past.  Make sure you are ready with your financial information (proof of funds document for cash purchases or mortgage pre-qual letter for mortgage), and prepare to pay as close to list price as you are comfortable with.

We are definitely entering the early stages of a seller's market:  low inventory and high demand.

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