Primarily due to financial concerns, homebuyers have been delaying attempting to purchase their first home, with 89% of homebuyers waiting for a better time. That started to change at the beginning of this fall. On average, first-time homebuyers submitted about 12 offers on properties in late September. This is up from 10 last year.
Not only are they submitting more offers, they’re actually looking at more properties, as well. In 2021, prospective buyers looked at an average of 15 properties before deciding if and where they would submit offers. That number jumped up to 24 this year. Combined with the average number of offers submitted, it means they’re submitting offers on 50% of properties viewed, versus 67% in 2021. While the reasons for this could certainly vary from person to person, being more selective in their choices probably means either there are more options within their budget, or they’re more comfortable being patient and don’t feel rushed. The latter is a real possibility, since high prices are indicative of lower demand and therefore less competition.