Home-Seller Confidence Doubles in the Second Quarter

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Responses to Redfin’s Real-Time Seller Survey indicated a dramatic shift in the confidence of home sellers in the second quarter—45 percent of sellers believe now is a good time to sell, up from just 22 percent in the first quarter and 15 percent in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, 44 percent of sellers believe now is a good time to buy. This is the first time sellers have been more optimistic about the market for selling than for buying since Redfin began conducting this survey, in the third quarter of last year. Nearly a third of sellers have no major concerns about selling, up from just 19 percent in the first quarter.

Here’s what sellers told us this quarter:

  • 45 percent believe it is a good time to sell, up from 22 percent last quarter, while 44 percent believe it is a good time to buy, down from 54 percent last quarter;
  • 32.3 percent indicated that missing out on future price gains was a major concern about selling now—down from 34.1 percent last quarter and barely exceeding the 31.9 percent of respondents that have no concerns;
  • 52 percent of respondents indicated that they were planning to sell, up from 49 percent in the first quarter;
  • 15 percent of those not planning to sell are renting out their home, while 52 percent of those who are planning to sell would also consider renting out their home instead of selling, up from 47 percent in the first quarter;
  • 85 percent of sellers believe that home prices will rise in their area in the next 12 months, up from 81 percent in the first quarter; and
  • 21% of sellers believe that they would not get a higher price for their home if they waited a year to sell, up from 15% in the first quarter.

For the full report including data tables and charts, visit the Real-Time Market Sentiment in Redfin’s Research Center.

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Senior Data Journalist / Real Estate Analyst

Tim Ellis has been analyzing the real estate market since 2005, and worked at Redfin as a housing market analyst from 2010 through 2013 and again starting in 2018. In his free time, he runs the independently-operated Seattle-area real estate website Seattle Bubble, and produces the "Dispatches from the Multiverse" improv comedy sci-fi podcast.

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