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Housing: Bidding wars erupt as 2024 kicks off, with some listings seeing over 30 offers

Are you ready for the intense bidding wars marking the start of 2024 in the real estate market? The competition is fierce, with some listings attracting over 30 offers! The resurgence of buyers, fueled by improved mortgage rates, has created a dynamic landscape where potential homeowners are eager to strike deals before the market gets even hotter.

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), mortgage applications have surged by 9.9%, and purchase applications have seen a 6% increase. Buyers are seizing the opportunity presented by the year-end decline in rates and a modest boost in inventory levels.

For those patiently waiting on the sidelines, these initial weeks of the year may offer a window of opportunity to make a purchase. However, experts caution that any relief in affordability could be short-lived.
Bidding wars are already in full swing across various U.S. regions, potentially driving up home prices for the most sought-after listings. Additionally, economic data this week may influence the Federal Reserve's decisions on rate cuts, possibly keeping rates higher for an extended period.

Stayce Mayfield, a Redfin premier agent based in St. Louis, shared insights, stating, "Prices are all over the board. If your house is updated with the latest trends, offers will flood in." Mayfield emphasized that bidding wars, ranging from 20 to 30 offers, are still prevalent, depending on the location and condition of the property. Homebuyers and their agents are navigating the challenges of multiple offers and the struggle to secure a dream home in this competitive market.


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