Now that San Antonio is reopening and the weather is improving, you may be wondering if you can start or restart your home search process. While many key real estate metrics (such as the number of homes sold) were down significantly in April compared with the same time last year, there are signs of improvement in the air…
The number of new listings in San Antonio has increased each week since April 13, indicating that sellers are beginning to list their homes for sale as the state reopens. Of the homes that Orchard owns, the average number of showings per week has also started to climb, indicating buyer interest is present and starting to pick back up.
There are some caveats though:
For buyers, there are fewer homes on the market heading into May, as some sellers took their homes off the market in March and April or did not list them. It’s likely that more relaxed stay-at-home requirements will continue to encourage more sellers to enter the market, but you may have fewer options to choose from as would be typical heading into the summer home-buying season.
On the flip side, there have also been fewer buyers overall, which may mean reduced competition when putting in a bid on your dream home.
For sellers, the good news is that median home prices have remained stable during the pandemic. This suggests that most sellers are receiving offers close to their original list price. The average number of days a home is listed on the market before selling (DOM) is up from 23 days in April 2019 to 33 days in April 2020. This suggests that sellers are having to wait on average 10 days longer to sell their home than was the case this time last year.
Social distancing measures (six-foot distance, gloves, masks, thorough cleaning between showings, etc.) will also still need to be implemented when anyone visits your home. With Orchard’s Buy & Sell service, we’ll take care of deep cleaning and listing your home after you move, so you can skip the stress of home showings.
For a deeper dive into San Antonio’s real estate recap for April 2020, read on.
New listings in April. Although down 18% from this month last year, listings have started to pick back up. With over 750 new listings posted the week of April 27, weekly new listings are not quite to pre-coronavirus levels, but are nearing them.
The median percentage of a home’s original list price that it ended up selling for. In San Antonio, this typically ranges from 96-97%. This is higher than April of last year (96.5%) suggesting that sellers haven’t had to make big price cuts in order to get their home sold.
Decrease in homes that went under contract this April vs. last year. With fewer homes on the market and shelter-in-place orders in effect for most of the month, April was a dramatically slower month for home sales.
“While activity has slowed, it’s never stopped. We put several clients’ new homes under contract in April. If you’re looking to buy a home there are less buyers in the market, which means less competition for you in securing the home you want.”
— Lindsey Meares, Orchard Home Advisor
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