While it's true that prices have risen and inventory has come down in recent months, that’s no reason to stay on the sidelines if you’re thinking about moving. Don’t let popular perceptions of the real estate market hold you back.

If you’ve found yourself paralyzed by this active market, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey of 3,500 buyers, a whopping 58% of potential homebuyers are sitting on the sidelines because they’re afraid the market is too hot.

Here’s a breakdown of their top concerns:

1. Affordability: Prices are rising or too high (27%)
2. There's too much competition from other buyers (17%)
3. There aren't enough homes to choose from (14%)

While it’s true we’ve seen a dramatic increase in market activity over the past few years, it’s important to remember that what you want isn’t necessarily what everyone else wants. Where you want to live and the type of home you want to live in isn’t necessarily subject to the “macrotrends” in any given market situation.

Your dream home is as unique as you are, and the only way to understand what’s out there is to take the time to share the details of what you’re looking for with a professional who is tuned into the market. What’s more, an agent can help debunk market myths and keep an eye out for properties which fit your specific criteria.

Now is a good time to make a list of criteria for your next home. Begin with your “must haves” and move on to your “nice to haves.” Consider square footage, neighborhood, amenities, and your budget as you put together this list. Reflecting on this information will help you have a productive discussion with a buyer’s agent and also contribute to your understanding of “what’s out there” in your immediate market.

Often our fears turn out to be unfounded. If you’ve been letting your perception of the market stymie you from pursuing your dream, now is a good time to start a discussion with someone who can help you see the whole picture.

Questions? We'd love to help! Call us at 805.238.1555 or email one of us at Scott@realteam360.com or Brian@realteam360.com.

[Survey source: https://www.redfin.com/research/reports/real-time-market-sentiment]