seller's market


Definition of seller's market

: a market in which goods are scarce, buyers have a limited range of choice, and prices are high — compare buyer's market

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Recent Examples on the Web The real estate market, being a seller's market, has only contributed to it. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "'A dream destroyed': How a homeownership deal left an Indianapolis couple homeless," 3 Dec. 2019 Or the price might reflect BMLG's belief that the record industry is currently a seller's market -- for the first time in years, record labels are increasingly perceived as being good investments. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "Did Scooter Braun Overpay for Big Machine Label Group? Not at All," 29 July 2019 Economists consider a five- or six-month supply to indicate a more balanced market, while anything below suggests a strong seller's market. Elliot Njus,, "Median Portland-area home price tops $400,000 for first time in April," 14 May 2018 With the peak sales season now under way, Wisconsin clearly is a seller's market. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lack of houses on the market in Wisconsin pushes up prices, slows down sales," 21 May 2018 Story from Carpenter Realtors: Readiness and resilience key to finding your home in a seller's marketDrive Traffic to It To maximize the benefits of an Open House, the right people have to show up. Carpenter Realtors, Indianapolis Star, "Three ways realtors and sellers can make the most of an open house," 9 Apr. 2018 Those who track the housing data say inventory is low for homes under the half a million dollars, making for a seller's market. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska population shrank last year, but Anchorage housing market remains stable," 28 Mar. 2018 Now, in a seller's market, songwriters are routinely seeing multiples of 10-12 times NPS and, in some cases, a multiple of up to 16 for their copyrights. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Kendrick Lamar Eyeing New Publishing Deal: Sources," 16 Jan. 2018 The remaining top seller's markets are the metro areas of Sacramento, Austin, Raleigh, N.C., Tucson and Denver. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Real estate market exclusive: Here are top cities to buy and sell homes," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of seller's market

1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Seller's market.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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Financial Definition of seller's market

What It Is

A seller's market exists when there are more sellers than buyers in the market for a certain good or service.

How It Works

Housing is a common place to find a seller's market. Let's say that ABC Town has 100,000 homes and that 3,000 of those homes are for sale. A big manufacturing plant in ABC Town is opening, drawing thousands of people to the town for new jobs. These people want to buy houses and move to ABC town, so they start competing for the 3,000 houses for sale.

Very few people are moving out of ABC Town right now. Accordingly, the few people who are interested in selling a home in ABC Town have the upper hand. There are more buyers than sellers, making ABC Town a seller's market.

Why It Matters

In a seller's market, a seller often can sell goods and services at a higher cost. In our example, a seller's market means that a lot of buyers are competing for houses, and they are therefore more likely to pay more money for their homes. This can translate into big profits for sellers, who might also be able to dictate other terms of the deal (such as who pays the closing costs).

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English Language Learners Definition of seller's market

: a situation in which few things of the same kind are for sale, prices are high, and sellers have an advantage over buyers

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