The fear of missing out is a global factor that has recently taken a more coherent form. In routine life we all experience it – for example, you do not immediately accept a job offer just in case a better one comes along, or you wait in line for a shoe sale to open up hours before to not miss out on the best deals! This attitude has also crept into the real estate market recently. The price trends seem to go up exponentially and unstoppably. Those home buyers who were putting their purchases on hold or waiting or the right opportunity are now seen to be taking the first opportunity that comes by for fear of missing out on the best deals! Their thinking is – if they do not buy now, they will be left behind forever! Some speculate that this might actually be true. If home buyers do not jump onto the band wagon now, it might actually be too late.
Statistics show the around 19 percent of the home owners in Vancouver as well as Toronto accepted that FOMO was among the top factors for making their home purchases. Prospective first time buyers are also cautious not to rush into the process of buying so that they do not miss out on an opportunity. They also do not want to buy too fast just to win a bidding war or be too slow and be pushed out of the market entirely. So, is FOMO at least partially contributing to the rise in sales and prices in the real estate market?
It’s a fact that sales have gone through the roof in Metro Vancouver – in almost all types of neighborhoods, housing types and price ranges. Some say that this sudden rise in sales could be attributed to overseas investments, but apparently, it cannot be accounted for all the sales. FOMO sentiment among the buyers is known to be one of the main contributors to the recent rise in sales. This has in turn also impacted the prices in the real estate market.
There are some buyers who refuse to bow down to the FOMO pressure. The hope is that the whole race for bidding will stop somewhere and the market will correct itself. The real fear here is that the buyers think that they will end up paying too much just before the market crashes or corrects itself.
Logic says that you should not let fear dictate your decisions about real estate purchase. You are going to put in years of hard earned cash and there’s going to be a long term payment commitment too! You need to think about buying a home you really want or need, rather than thinking just about getting into the market. You do not want to get into a situation where you commit and then cannot afford.
On a closing note, it is important to understand that fear cannot be a factor that drives you to buy a home. You need to work out your finances, find out what price is comfortable for you and then find a home that suits you the best.
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