Accepted Offers remain strong

The number of Accepted Offers (AO) for SFHs received in Essex County last week continued to increase to another 2020 high of 184.

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

The spike in week 16 ( April 24) was a result of the timing of Holy Week, while the increase in week 21 (May 29) compared with a strangely low number in 2019. More relevantly, the improving trend is clear. A better indicator is that the 4-week average of 164 is just 5% lower than the 173 in 2019.

And… look at this table:

Housing 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 (read Inventory plummets while demand increases) and bidding wars are back in earnest. 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 a row – most importantly, a current pre-approval letter or proof of funds – before 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.

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