By most accounts, 2019 is shaping up as a complex year to sell a home. Inventory is still at historic lows and demand remains strong, thanks to continued job growth, but financing conditions are worsening, making for a less predictable market.
"With the possible exception of the mid-2000s, our current moment could be the most interesting time in decades to follow housing in America, as longstanding approaches toward housing development and land use face new challenges.," said Trulia Chief Economist Issi Romem, looking at stresses between those looking to development to keep home prices reasonable (sometimes called the YIMBY movement, for "Yes, In My Back Yard") and skeptics who say the approach has failed. According to a Trulia survey, 29 percent of people think 2019 will be a better year to sell than 2018, a gentle drop from that year's 31 percent. If you plan to sell this year, here are tips from real estate professionals to maximize profits and streamline the sales process.