Accepted Offers remain high despite low Inventory

The number of Accepted Offers (AO) for SFHs received in Essex County last week increased modestly to a 2020 high of 159.

Accepted Offers

This is the chart I post each week showing the weekly numbers compared with 2019. Note that Holy Week was week 14 in 2020 and week 16 in 2019. To make it easier to read I have started the chart at week 9 (March 6, 2020; March 8, 2019):

Accepted Offers

And this is the percentage change compared with the same week in 2019.


Accepted Offers

Ignoring the spike in week 16 as a result of the timing of Holy Week, the trend shows that the percentage decline slowed from around 50% to under 10% before increasing to 20% last week. Note, however, that the corresponding week in 2019 saw a spike compared with the weeks before and after it.

And… look at this table:Inventory

Inventory is down more than 40% from last year – and has been running 30-40% below last year’s numbers all year –  yet the number of Accepted Offers recently has been quite close to last year’s levels,

The real estate industry – professionals involved in transactions, as well as buyer and sellers – has adapted to the COVID-19 world. Buyers are out there, inventory remains low and bidding wars are back. In fact, with inventory down 40% YOY it is clear that properties are now selling more quickly than they were a year ago. Thus buyers need to have all their ducks in line – most importantly, a current pre-approval letter – before considering making an offer.
Also, bear in mind that some sellers – a diminishing number as confidence in the measures now in place for viewing become established-  are requesting that their properties not be listed in MLS, so if you are checking on Zillow you might not be seeing all that is available.: you need to speak to a real estate agent.

Goodbye Boston, Hello Marblehead

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