The Seasonal Advantage

The Seasonal Advantage

Each year, a group of well-intentioned locals across the state in Punxsutawney gathers to predict the coming of spring. While this tradition captures the imagination, when it comes to real estate, I prefer to rely on data. This year, the numbers are indicating the spring real estate market is poised for another early start. If you've been contemplating selling your home, the time to act is now. Unlike groundhog predictions, the real estate market follows discernible trends, and the current signals are clear: it's a prime time for sellers.

While the prospect of selling your home in the current market is promising, it's natural to have reservations. You might wonder if, with mortgage rates up compared to 2 years ago, you can still come out ahead financially. Or perhaps, you're concerned about finding a new home in a market with limited inventory. Moreover, there's the question of timing: isn't spring the traditional time to sell? These are legitimate concerns, and as a real estate professional, I recognize the importance of addressing them. As they say, the first step to overcoming any challenge is to identify it. That’s why I’m delving into how the current market dynamics, despite these challenges, still present a unique opportunity for sellers like you. We’ll explore how we can navigate these complexities together to not only sell your home successfully but also transition smoothly into your next chapter.

As you’re ready to sell your house and find your next place in the world, you are in a great position right now. Mortgage rates are settling into a new norm, average sale prices continue to rise faster than inflation, and prepared sellers have already started taking advantage of the shift in market conditions. Even with all these factors making it easier than last year to buy a home, sellers are still in a strong negotiating position – after all, the best houses are being snatched up by other sellers. Join me as I explore the statistics supporting these claims and see for yourself that the time to act is now!

Good News for Sellers

First and foremost, I would not be sharing this good news with you if we weren’t already feeling the effects of this market shift. A year-over-year comparison of November’s real estate activity in Chester County shows this loud and clear. For a deeper discussion on how to read this chart and what the data fields mean, check out my article “Glossary of Terms: Market Report.


Average Sale Price

New Listings

Homes Sold



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November 2023






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*All data provided by BrightMLS and subject to their terms and conditions. Accuracy not guaranteed, though deemed reliable.

If you, like many sellers, are worried about not getting the best value in today's market, let's take a closer look at the average sale prices. From last year to this, prices have surged beyond the pace of inflation. It's true that nationally, especially in areas hit hardest by the COVID-era boom, the headlines can be alarming. Here in our community, we've seen a more stable and consistent climb in home values. Remember, while national trends make headlines, it's the local market that directly impacts your selling experience.

In Chester County, home values continue to increase at a faster rate than inflation, making home ownership one of the safest investments in your future from a financial and enjoyment perspective. Furthermore, mortgage rates are stabilizing and pent up needs to move are beginning to overflow. This shift has not gone unnoticed; sellers like you are seizing the opportunity, leading to an increase in listings, sales, and overall inventory compared to this time last year. This dynamic, however, will not last forever. With more sellers entering the market each day, the window of opportunity is narrowing.

While this is great news for those who have been holding off on selling their house this year, it does signal a change in momentum towards buyers having a bit more negotiating power. The MSI can be considered an indicator of what type of market we’re in, with “6” as the equilibrium point. Looking at the numbers above, we can see that we’re solidly in a seller’s market. The DOM column shows the most desirable homes are still selling like hot cakes. If you act now, you will be ahead of the frantic spring market and will face less competition when finding your next place in the world.

We don't rely on groundhog predictions in real estate. Our decisions are driven by current, local data. The numbers speak clearly: a growing number of homeowners are capitalizing on this unique moment. As mortgage rates stabilize and home values steadily increase, now is the time to act, especially as many pause their search during the holiday season. This is your moment, and as a motivated seller, you're poised to make the most of this rare opportunity in our area's real estate market.

As we've explored the current landscape of Chester County's real estate market, we've seen clear indicators of a robust seller's market. The increasing home values, stabilizing mortgage rates, and the quick pace of sales underline a unique opportunity for homeowners considering a sale. Before we wrap up, let's take a moment to reflect on what this means for you as a seller in this dynamic market.


The real estate market today presents a rare moment for sellers like you. While national trends can be bewildering, our local market in Chester County tells a different story – one of growth, stability, and opportunity. Whether you're upsizing, downsizing, or changing locations, now could be your ideal time to make a move.

Remember, the best opportunities don't last forever. As the market changes, so too does the window of advantage for sellers. Waiting until the traditional spring selling season may mean missing out on current favorable conditions. I encourage you to consider the facts we've discussed, and if you feel the time is right, take that decisive step forward.

If you're still unsure or have more questions, I'm here to help. Together, we can evaluate your unique situation and determine the best course of action. Your journey in real estate is personal and significant, and as your dedicated real estate professional, I'm committed to guiding you through every step with expertise and care.

Don't let this moment pass you by. Reach out today, and let's discuss how we can maximize the potential of your home sale in this vibrant market.

The Seasonal Advantage

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His extensive knowledge of Chester County and broad experience in real estate is an invaluable advantage to his clients. Representing and consulting with clients either buying or selling new or resale homes, residential investment properties, building lots, and raw ground, he is dedicated to accomplishing his clients’ goals ahead of all others.