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Hot, Normal, and Cold Markets

Hot Market

This is an extremely competitive market and is advantageous to the seller. Sometimes, homes will sell as soon as they are listed or even before homes are listed. Typically, during a hot market, multiple offers will be made on each home and more often than not, homes will sell for more than the asking price. It is even more crucial to be prepared and to be ready as a buyer when the market is hot. It can be easy to get caught up in the bid for a home, but if you are prepared (pre-approved, solid in price range, realistic about your needs), it is easier to remain focused on your housing needs and price range.

Normal Market

In a normal market, there is a fairly large number of homes available and an average number of buyers. This market does not necessarily favor the buyer or the seller. A seller may not have as many offers on their home, but he or she may not be desperate to sell either. Again, it is the buyer’s responsibility to be prepared. During a normal market, the chances to negotiate are higher than in a hot market. As a buyer, you can expect to make offers at lower than the asking price and negotiate a price at least somewhat less than what the sellers are asking.

Cold Market

In a cold market, houses may be listed for more than a year and the prices of houses listed may drop considerably. This market is advantageous to the buyer. As a buyer, you have the time to make an offer that works to your best interest. It is not uncommon to low-ball and to find that sellers are accommodating to meet your needs. Keep in mind that even though this market is a great time for buyers, you do not want to lose your dream home by being unrealistic. Your goal is to get your dream home at the best possible price.

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Natalie Wallach
Broker/Sales Associate
International President's Elite
#1 Top Producer 1987, 1991-1997, 1999-2013

90 Crane Road
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046

Main Office:  973-263-0400
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Awarded 2011 Business Person of the Year by Montville Chamber of Commerce, Voted 2011 & 2013 Five Star Realtor by New Jersey Monthly & Top 1000 NRT Associate
NJAR Circle of Excellence, 2004, 2013 Platinum Level
NJAR Circle of Excellence, 2005-2015 Gold Level
#1 Salesperson 1989,91-97,99-14
#1 Sales Team 2015
2013 Top 1% in Coldwell Banker
2014 Excellence Award Winner

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