Larry, Diane & Connor Bearse
It's been good news/bad news for buyers under $300,000. The good news is their homes have appreciated nicely over the past year. The bad news, finding move-in ready homes and winning the bid was more stressful and competitive than many expected. Especially for single family homes under $200,000. (Yes, they do exist.)
It's been a good news/bad news year for sellers over $500,000. The good news is that more buyers purchased in the higher price ranges in 2016 than in 2015. The bad news is the neighbors also noticed increased demand and listed their homes too, increasing the number of new listings on the market simultaneously. This increased supply, combined with builders getting in on the action over $250,000, created a more competitive and balanced market and put price increases in check.