Last month we wrote about commonly asked questions as we head into what many (including us) believe is a changing real estate market. Interest rates are going up and buyer demand is going down but by just about all other market measures, we are still in a strong seller’s market. So, is the market slowing down? Yes, but in the same way people tap their brakes on the interstate when they pass a state trooper… just a little.

REIN (our local multiple listing service) recently released the data to the right that provides an interesting comparison of the data from the first halves of 2019 and 2022. As you can see from the numbers, other than the number of active listings, the rest of the numbers are all in the same ballpark. The real estate market works just like any other market; when you have limited supply, the price increases. This assessment helps delineate why we are still in the midst of a strong seller’s market.

In the second graphic below, comparing June 2021 to June 2022, you see the impact of the reduced buyer demand. Here is the chart:

Despite the fact that sales fell, the median sale price was up 9.17% in June 2022 to $325,750 when compared to June 2021. As one more point of reference, back in June 2019 the median sale price was $255,575.  
In our mind one of the most important statistics is the months supply of inventory. This number is calculated by dividing the total number of homes listed for sale by the number of homes that go under contract. For example, if 100 homes are listed and 10 go under contract, that months’ supply of inventory would be 10 months. A balanced market is between 5 and 7 months. In June 2022 it was 1.33 months, which is up from 1.10 months in May 2022.  

While the last couple of months show a trend away from a seller’s market, based on the months supply of inventory we still have a long way to go before we get to what would be considered a balanced market.  

As the market changes, different price ranges and neighborhoods are starting to trend away from the rest of the market.  Each price range and neighborhood are different, so give us a call (757-726-7653 for Lee, 757-434-9084 for Harry) or reply back to this email. We love talking real estate and are happy to give you a no-obligation market analysis on your home. 

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TGIF Summer Concert Series: Buckshot

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