Numbers are going up and down in our local market! Interest rates, days on the market, year over year median sale price, and months supply of inventory are all up while active listings, year over year pending and settled sales, and median sales price from May 2022 to August 2022 are all down. What does this mean for our market? Let’s start with a chart of the year over year August numbers from Real Estate Information Network (REIN, our local MLS) to visualize the data:

Judging by the chart, you would think we are in a seller’s market that is heating up but that isn’t necessarily the case. In May 2022 the median sales price was $328,795 and it went down to $315,900 in August 2022. That is a difference of about 4%. Keep in mind that most national studies over the years show that homes sell for a couple of percent more in the spring than other times, so we shouldn’t put too much stock in the change over the last couple of months. 

The mortgage rates have made a major jump, almost doubling within the last year. Nine months ago, home buyers could get a 30 year loan for around 3% and now the average is around 6%, greatly reducing buying power. For example, if a buyer was financing a $250,000 home at 3% a year ago, their principle and interest payment would be about $1,050 a month. At a 6% rate, that same $250,000 loan will cost a buyer about $1,500 a month, or if the buyer wanted a payment of $1,050 they would only be able to get a loan for $175,000. The interest rates will continue to have a huge impact on buying power and exert a major influence on our local real estate market.  

Last month we wrote that the months’ supply of inventory (MSI) is the best way to tell the direction of our local market. (Click HERE if you want to read what we wrote last month). That number went up to 1.39 from 1.37 in July, and last year in August 2021 it was 1.41. Remember, economics say that an average market has a MSI of between 5 and 7 months. 

While we do feel like the market is slowing some, we have a long way to go to get back to an average market. Most experts think interest rates will continue to rise so, if you are thinking about selling, this fall is a good time to put your house on the market. The demand from buyers is still high and the number of homes for sale is still low. If you would like a free, no-obligation market analysis on your home, give us a call (757-726-7653 for Lee, 757-434-9084 for Harry) or reply back to this email. 

Lee and Harry

Last week Lee was the speaker for the downtown Suffolk Rotary Club meeting and gave a talk on our local real estate market. He managed to keep everyone in the room awake and would welcome the opportunity to speak to other groups! Lee can tailor the presentation to the interests of your group. If you are part of a group that would be interested, please reply back to this email or give Lee a call (757-726-7653).

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