What Is the Number One Deal Killer in Real Estate?

Today we'll talk about the number one deal killer for real estate transactions. I've been doing this for about eight years, and I've seen hundreds of deals. Once the buyer and seller agree on price and terms, the contract gets executed. Then the buyer starts doing their due diligence, which includes the home inspection.

The home inspection is the number one deal killer for all transactions in the pre-owned market. For buyers, this is why we always recommend that you get a home inspection. We really think it's in your best interest to have one so you get a clear idea of the property's condition. Then, if you can't negotiate with the seller on the inspection results, you don't have to buy the home.

For sellers, the home inspection is the most nerve-wracking part of the transaction because once the contract is executed, you don't have any more negotiating power. If you can't come to an agreement with the buyer after the inspection, you will have an uphill battle selling your home. Other potential buyers will want to know what happened and why the previous deal fell through.

That's why we recommend sellers get a home inspection done before they put their home on the market so you can anticipate issues before they arise.

Of course, if the home inspection goes smoothly, everything after that is a piece of cake. If you have any questions, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

How Is the Dallas Market Performing Right Now?

Today we are excited to be bringing you the latest market statistics for the Dallas/Forth Worth real estate market, as well as a preview of some upcoming local events. 

First, I want to share a few statistics with you about our local market. When we take a look at the market statistics, we always make sure to take special note of things like the median price, the average price per square foot, and how fast homes are selling. We will touch on all of these numbers for our current market, but right now we want to focus on the most important figure to look at: inventory. 

The amount of inventory in a given market dictates and spurs all of the growth in the market. In the most popular segment of our market (pre-owned single-family properties) we have just 2.7 months of inventory, which is extremely low. A balanced market has anywhere from 5-7 months of inventory, so having only 2.7 months puts us firmly in a seller’s market, where homes are moving at a rapid pace. Now let’s take a look at some of the other important statistics in our market. 

Days on market are much lower than they have been the last few years. Right now, the median days on market is 28 days, a great figure. If your home has been sitting on the market for more than 30 days, there is probably something wrong. It could be your pricing strategy, it could be the condition of the home, or it could be the marketing of the property. 

The median sale price has continued to rise throughout the DFW area. Right now, it’s sitting at $190,000. This is different from the average sales price, which is between $240,000 and $250,000, and takes the average of all the homes sold. The median sale price is exactly what its name implies, the exact middle of home sale prices right now. It is up 8.6% from last year!

The average price per square foot in the DFW area right now is $94, which is definitely up from where we were at just a few short years ago. 

The market is still moving along pretty nicely, so people have been asking us a lot lately if they should take action now, or wait for the market to continue to improve into next year. I tell these people what I tell all of my customers: whether you want to buy or sell, the best time for you to do so is whenever you are ready. The timing of the market doesn’t mean much here in DFW, so there’s really nothing to be concerned about as far as a price increase is concerned.

Finally, we wanted to take a minute to talk to you about some community events coming up. Obviously, the big one is the State Fair of Texas, at Fair Park in Dallas. It runs from September 25 to October 18, and is a great time for you and your family to come out and experience all the sights, sounds, and smells that this great event has to offer. We love going to the state fair, and hope to see you there this month!

If you have any questions for us, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to speaking with you!