SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Q+A
The San Francisco Chronicle asks expert area realtors questions every week for their Sound-Off segment found in its Sunday Real Estate Section. The online counter part appears on SF Gate. We've been asked to contribute and do so fairly often, which is what you're seeing here.
Q: Do football playoffs affect weekend showings? (The 49ers winning streak continued after this was published)
A: Yes. Rather than try to compete with the 49ers’ post-season run as very relevant contenders to be Super Bowl champions, many agents will treat this bit of hometown civic pride like a holiday and accommodate sports fans who are also trying to buy a small part of that hometown.
Recognizing that this year’s for-sale inventory is lower than usual and seeing that there are lots of very eager buyers out there these days, many agents won’t delay bringing their listings to the open market until after the Super Bowl, but will instead accommodate playoff games by having open houses on both weekend days, adjusting or extending hours around those games while also potentially adding weekday evening open house times.
This year’s housing market is starting off auspiciously as buyer sentiment has improved with folks angling to buy as mortgage rates and inflation fears have eased compared to last year. And this season’s success-despite-the-odds story for the 49ers is emblematic for the Bay Area and its housing market — never count us out too soon as this is a place with resilience and determination that will always draws people in for the win.
The print version of this article appeared in the Sunday Real Estate Section of the San Francisco Chronicle on January 22, 2023.
NOTE how the other agents answered the same question so differently. A good example of the credo that reasonable minds can vary reasonably.
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