Neighborhood Expert Or Expert in Residential Real Estate

I understand that some neighborhoods are unique, thus the value of an expert would apply. But doesn’t it make sense to want an expert in the successful execution of real estate sales not just an expert in one neighborhood.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • One of the most valued characteristics of an agent should be the ability to interpret the market and to be able to position their sellers in the most favorable position to sell each home or property for the most amount of money given market trends.

  • An agent who understands the larger market can speak to why their seller’s neighborhood might be a better fit for buyers over other areas.

  • Marketing consists of location, condition, a property’s pricing and how all three are presented to the public.

  • Buyers are not thinking “Is the listing agent a neighborhood expert?” They are scrolling through myriad listings and know when a listing is in line with area comps. When they find one, they take a look at the photographs to make a decision whether to actually look at the property.

Urban to Suburban Lean

Congratulations Dave and Gulmira! After 14 years in Cleveland Park, DC it was time for more space and a sprawling yard. Despite the challenges of Covid-19, three rejected offers, a rent back and a short time rental they ended up with the perfect house and location for them. Thank you for trusting me to facilitate listing one home and buying the next.

Cleveland Park, DC to Kensington, MD – view listings

Two New Surveys Indicate Urban to Suburban Lean

There has been much talk around the possibility that Americans are feeling less enamored with the benefits of living in a large city and now may be longing for the open spaces that suburban and rural areas provide.

In a recent Realtor Magazine article, they discussed the issue and addressed comments made by Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR):

“While migration trends were toward urban centers before the pandemic, real estate thought leaders have predicted a suburban resurgence as home buyers seek more space for social distancing. Now the data is supporting that theory. Coronavirus and work-from-home flexibility is sparking the trend reversal, Yun said. More first-time home buyers and minorities have also been looking to the suburbs for affordability, he added.”

NAR surveyed agents across the country asking them to best describe the locations where their clients are looking for homes (they could check multiple answers). Here are the results of the survey:

  • 47% suburban/subdivision
  • 39% rural area
  • 25% small town
  • 14% urban area/central city
  • 13% resort community/recreational area

According to real estate agents, there’s a strong preference for less populated locations such as suburban and rural areas.

Real Estate Brokers and Owners Agree

Two New Surveys Indicate Urban to Suburban Lean | MyKCM

Zelman & Associates surveys brokers and owners of real estate firms for their monthly Real Estate Brokers Report. The last report revealed that 68% see either a ‘moderate’ or ‘significant’ shift to more suburban locations. Here are the results of the survey:

Bottom Line

No one knows if this will be a short-term trend or an industry game-changer. For now, there appears to be a migration to more open environments.