Surprising Shift Favors Homeowners: Buyers Now Prefer Existing Homes in Sussex and Morris Counties

August 6, 2021

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Surprising Shift Favors Homeowners: Buyers Now Prefer Existing Homes | MyKCM

In April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) posted an article, Home Buyers’ Preferences Shift Towards New Construction, which reported:

60% of people who were looking to buy a home in 2020 said they’d prefer new construction to an existing home.

However, it seems buyers are now looking at existing homes more frequently.

The latest Consumer Confidence Survey reveals the percentage of Americans planning to buy a home in the next six months is virtually the same as it was back in March. However, the percentage that plan to buy a newly constructed home is lower for that same period.

NAHB confirms this sentiment in their latest Housing Trends Report. The organization explains that existing homes are now the top preference among today’s buyers. Here’s a breakdown of those findings:Surprising Shift Favors Homeowners: Buyers Now Prefer Existing Homes | MyKCM

Why the change in buyer preference ?

There are several reasons why buyer preference is shifting. Here are two that impact purchasers looking to buy NOW:

  • The process may move much faster. Builders may not be able to guarantee when the house will be complete and ready for move-in due to supply chain shortages with materials like lumber and appliances. If you buy an existing home, not only is it ready, it also likely has all necessary home appliances in place.
  • There are no unexpected costs during the buying process. With the price of land, labor, and lumber being so volatile, many builders are including an escalation clause in the price negotiation to cover rising expenses. With an existing home, the final price you will pay is negotiated upfront.

Bottom Line

If you’re a homeowner looking to sell, your house is even more attractive to a greater number of buyers as compared to earlier in the year. This might be the time for us to connect to discuss what you have to gain by selling now.

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