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Competition for Homes Dwindling Across the Nation

Redfin reports that just 12% of offers faced a bidding war in June 2019, which is a 52% decrease year-over-year. 

The report added that despite the cooling, San Francisco, California, was the competitive metro in June, with 28% of offers written by Redfin agents faced a bidding war. Redfin states this was down 65% year-over-year, and 35% from May 2019.

San Francisco was followed by San Diego, California, (19%) and Boston, Massachusetts, (17%). According to the report, no other metro saw more than once-in-six offers face competition in June. 

“Bidding wars are still somewhat common in San Francisco, mostly at price points around $1 million, which is relatively inexpensive for the city, but enough to buy a modest house in a number of neighborhoods,” said Redfin San Francisco listing agent Chris Jurach. “Once you get above around $1.25 million, buyers are being more selective, leading to fewer bidding wars in those upper price ranges.”

San Francisco Redfin agent Gabrielle Bunker said for the most expensive of available homes, it takes “the perfect” to see a bidding war. 

“Homes that are not well-prepared and staged—even if they have only minor flaws like chips and dings in hardwood floors and walls—are not receiving multiple bids any more,” Bunker said. 

Miami, Florida, was home to the least competitive market with no offers submitted by Redfin agents faced competition. Of the offers made in Dallas, Texas, 5.3% faced competition, and 6.3% of offers in San Jose, California, faced competition. 

San Jose saw the largest year-over-year decline, as offers facing competition dropped by 75% when compared to June 2018. 

“With low mortgage interest rates luring more homebuyers off the sidelines as supply dwindles, we’re likely to see competition pick back up, especially for the most affordable homes and neighborhoods, where inventory is limited and buyers are most rate-sensitive,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. “At Redfin, we’ve been seeing increases in the numbers of homebuyers starting their searches and going on home tours following the latest mortgage rate drops.”

About Author: Mike Albanese

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Mike Albanese has worked for news publications since 2011 in Texas and Colorado. He has built a portfolio of more than 1,000 articles, covering city government, police and crime, business, sports, and is experienced in crafting engaging features and enterprise pieces. He spent time as the sports editor for the "Pilot Point Post-Signal," and has covered the DFW Metroplex for several years. He has also assisted with sports coverage and editing duties with the "Dallas Morning News" and "Denton Record-Chronicle" over the past several years.
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