JL's Columbia SC Real Estate Blog: Attention Columbia, SC Home Buyers

Attention Columbia, SC Home Buyers

 Lately I and several of my colleagues have notice a significant increase in traffic. Almost everyone I have spoken with in new home communities has said that their traffic is up as well. With great interest rates, a large number of homes for sale on the market, and reasonable prices, more and more buyers are starting to come off of the fence. Investors have also started to return to the market in an effort to soak up a few good deals before the rates adjust and they lose out on that good deal.

 But then that's the point, no one wants to miss out on a good deal, and there are quite a few to be had. Competition over those great deals is starting to heat up. The past two contracts that I have written were multiple offer situations. If you are unfamiliar with what that means, it is exactly what it sounds like. There was more than one offer in on both of the last two homes for sale that I wrote an offer on for my clients. What does that mean to you? Well, that means that the opportunity to walk into a situation and make an offer unopposed is starting to diminish.

 I will not call it a market turn around, I feel it is way too early to make that claim. We still have a higher than normal days on the market for listings. There is still a great deal of competition between bank foreclosures and individual sellers for the buyers who are out there trying to purchase a home. But, I can say that I have seen an increase in business here lately and it is very early in the year. Usually our big time of the year is the Summer, but the great deals have started to draw out many buyers that are no longer waiting on the market to completely pick up. I for one see this as a good idea, but of course I am a little biased.

 However, if you think about it logically, when the market does come screaming back, a lot is going to change. Interest rates will rise to a more normal level rather than the low rates we have at present. The number of days on the market is going to go back down. More and more people are going to flock back to the market creating much more competition for anyone who wants to purchase a home. And chances are, home prices will once again rise.

 That means that the people who are out looking to buy a home now, will get the best of all worlds. Lower interest rates that will translate to a lower mortgage payment in most cases. Less competition, so they will not have to feel so rushed and they can take more time making a decision. Still not too much time mind you, as I said I have run into two situations within a week where multiple offers were made on the same home. So, if you see a home you really want, making an offer before it's gone is still a really good idea. And last but not least, the current buyers also get the advantage of lowered home prices for both new homes and resales. There are a lot of great reasons to buy a home now, but in the end the choice is yours. But, if you are thinking of buying a home soon, you should give some serious thought on getting your head in the game, before others cash in and you wait too late.


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JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

 I specialize in Columbia, SC real estate and the surrounding areas, including Blythewood, SC, Kershaw County, Fairfield County, and Lexington, SC. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in Columbia, SC or any of the surrounding areas, I would love the opportunity to speak with to see how I can help. Thanks for reading and feel free to contact me if I can be of service to you.

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Comment balloon 8 commentsJL Boney, III • January 22 2009 03:23PM


JL, I feel too when interest rates rise significantly the sense of urgency will increase (except for those without jobs, don't forget about them).

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago

Jl...There will be a lot of people who will wish that they had acted.  We are seeing more activicty in our area along with fewer foreclosures...This could make a big difference!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 11 years ago


Now is an excellent time to buy, as good values abound! I would suggest that those that have considered a purchase do so as soon as possible!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 11 years ago

That's the key, making buyers understand even if prices drop slightly, with the great interest rates right now, it'll all balance out.

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 11 years ago

JL - the old saying those who snooze, lose comes to mind.  There are still fence-sitters but traffic is increasing.  I have a number of bank-owned properties on the market.  Comments have been that they would like to see electricity and heat and if the property were staged.   Hmm. then go look at some of our real seller-owned properties, slightly higher priced.  You get what you pay for!  Get something now!  Before rates go up, or FHA comes up with more strident qualifications or whatever is down the road!  ACT NOW! 

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) about 11 years ago


Our business is back to where we can't keep up but there is no complaining from us......my builders are jazzed and my agents are trying to keep up with the inventory changing so rapidly.....and using USDA 100% financing is really helping......

Posted by Julie Chapman, New Homes Sales Lakeland Florida (DR Horton ) about 11 years ago

So JL - you are just trying to make me feel guilty eh???  Simba is actually very well taken care of and very spoiled!  And I wouldn't want it any other way. :) Have a nice weekend.

Posted by April Hayden-Munson, Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate about 11 years ago


I am a broker with AgentOwned Realty in Charleston, SC --- I,too, have noticed a real pick up in activity. I agree with you that buyers should realize that this is the "best time ever" to purchase.

Liz Loadholt

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) about 11 years ago