Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: Are You Watching the Housing Market Like a Hawk?

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Are You Watching the Housing Market Like a Hawk?

Are You Watching the Housing Market Like a Hawk?


If you are a home buyer in Carlsbad and other North San Diego County communities (and other housing markets around the country), you no doubt realize inventory is very tight in many price points, and the market favors sellers.


Are you watching the market like a hawk?

The Red Tailed hawks I see in our area are ever-vigilant for that next meal…are you that watchful?


HawkI sure hope so, given how quickly some homes can go pending.


Searching for, and buying, a home is pretty much a full time job, and in our market something you need to be doing every day…indeed multiple times a day.


There are a couple of reasons why this is so important.


Number 1 – Many homes are getting multiple offers, and in some cases on the day they hit the MLS and the public market. You want to be able to make arrangements with your agent to see a property right away when it hits the market and appears to fit your criteria, and determine if it’s the right one for you.


It goes without saying that you need to make a decision quickly, IF it’s the right house for you, and make an offer rather than sitting on your decision-making for a day or two. When you snooze you lose (or you could)!


Number 2 – some listings will specify deadlines for viewing the home and submitting offers. If you aren’t looking frequently online (and staying in touch with your Realtor) the perfect home may hit the MLS and a deadline may pass before you even see the home. It just happened to someone I know who saw a property on the MLS 4 days after it hit the market. They wanted to see the property but not until after the deadline for offers had already passed.


The reality is that Carlsbad home buyers need to be prepared to move quickly from the very beginning of the home search process if they are serious about purchasing a new home.


Here are some strategies to help buyers move fast in this market.


Carlsbad homes for saleBottom line? If you want to buy a home in our market you need to be ever-watchful for new listings, and listings coming back on the market for one reason or another, so you don't miss the house that works for you. 


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Comment balloon 7 commentsJeff Dowler, CRS • February 21 2018 10:41PM


Looks like the key to real estate there is to get the listing. That is a robust market.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 2 years ago

Fast paced markets like that can be very stressful for buyers, but in the hands of the right buyer's agent, they aren't.  You would be the go to agent for Carlsbad buyers.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 2 years ago

You have to be ready to swoop in and take advantage of a deal these days and if you find the home you want, you need to be prepared to move quickly or it may be gone.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 2 years ago

Good evening Jeff Dowler ,

I'd say the key to getting a home that comes on the market in your area is to have the right agent guiding you and being prepared to move quickly!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 2 years ago

That's pretty true Joe Pryor . While inventory has improved some since the holidays it is challenging for buyers.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 2 years ago

Anyone thinking of buying a home in your area should call you .

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 2 years ago

We have inveted in a "magic search link" that allows our buyers a consistent  hawk eye view of the market.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 2 years ago