This is for all the would-be buyers waiting in the wings. Those taking a temporary break from the rigors of the real estate market after experiencing months of frustration and fatigue.
The ones who are girding their loins and girding their loans in preparation for the coming year’s battle. Hoping to rest and recuperate now, so they can be ready for the flood of new listings they are hoping will arrive.
There are plenty of leftover buyers out there who gave it their all in 2019. They deserve an A for effort, even if they weren’t quite able to make it over the hump to the promised land. Well-qualified folks who just couldn’t seem to out-smart a difficult market and find their way home.
It’s hard to live a normal life and look for a house at the same time. That’s particularly true in a market that demands such an exhausting state of readiness and preparation at the same time as it only parcels a few meager listings at a time to choose from.
Buyers who’ve been slogging around in the trenches in search of inventory for the last six months or longer know what that “always on” feeling is like. The barrage of search engine emails that begins to look like spam rather than real opportunity. Hours spent parsing Sunday open house ads trying to figure out whether “charming” really means “fixer” or whether “cute” really means “tiny.” And whether they should drop everything, jump in the car and head out to the open house to see for themselves.
The rush of an unexpected For Sale sign popping up in the perfect neighborhood.
The promising sneak peak of a new listing on Thursday’s Brokers Tour. The call from a sister-in-law who heard a rumor about a friend of a friend thinking about putting their house on the market. God forbid you should take a vacation and miss that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that could happen at any moment.
On again, off again. Hurry up and wait. All dressed up with no address to go to. Weeks and months of looking hard but finding nothing. Until suddenly, a house appears out of the blue. It’s perfect…except for the fact that five other buyers with competing offers seem to have had the same revelation.
So many questions for all those would-be buyers lining up in the queue. What are they waiting for, exactly? Is 2020 really going to be any different? Is that flood of new listings really on its way?