I hear a lot of talk about the up’s and down’s of today’s Center City condo market. And what most Realtors are witnessing is multiple offers, properties selling at or above asking price and a decreased “days on market” statistic.
For the majority of the Center City condo market, there are more buyers than available inventory and the shift in that relationship will give rise to actions that we see more of today than we would have even six months ago- such as multiple offer bidding. I just encountered three offers on the same condo in one day and that condo had sat idle for almost two months.
Also becoming common are full asking price offers or even over asking price offers. I think it makes sense (many buyers see the time as being right to snag a condo out of the clutches of others and are therefore willing to put their best foot forward). I am now telling my buyers that IF they see a condo they want- do not hesitate to go in quick and strong.
Because nothing is more painful than a bidding war. Good for sellers, not so much for buyers.
Lastly, Realtors I speak with also confirm that they are seeing a decrease in the “days on market” calculations. Many Center City condos are selling within days, even hours after being listed for sale. I know of one unit at the Philadelphian that was listed in the MLS in the AM, and under agreement about 4 hours later. Not common, but certainly not unheard of.