Even though we keep hoping for more inventory, new listings are down in every category around North SD County’s Coastal region, compared to the last two years.
New Listings of Detached Homes between April 21st and May 25th:
We thought this was going to be the Year of the Short Sale….and with 562 SFRs on the default list, you’d expect that we’d be seeing more than 1-2 short sales and/or REO listings per day. But as we see more stories on the market improving, the more defaulters will think about hanging on.
Somehow, sales are enduring nicely.
NSDCC Detached Closings between April 21 and May 25:
|Year||# of Sales||Avg. SF||Avg. $/SF||Avg. DOM||Med. DOM||Median SP||Med. $/SF|
My comments on each category:
A. I think the fact that closed sales are holding up in spite of a lower inventory indicates two things. a) Buyers are plentiful, and determined to dig out the right buy for them – it would be easy to quit looking right now. b) With roughly the same number of closings as the last couple of years, there must be about the same number of serious sellers. We can live with fewer OPTs who are just testing the market.
B. We are averaging about the same sized house, just cheaper. In 2006, the average home sold was 2,902sf, but it cost $481/sf on average (22% cheaper now).
C. The lower median-days-on-market statistic shows how those listings priced right are flying off the shelf this year, but the average DOM reflects how much longer it takes the sellers and listing agents of over-priced properties to wake up – about the same as last year.
D. The media will tout that “Prices Are Going Up/Down” with any change in the median sales price, but we are smarter than that – all it means is that the mix of homes was different. All it will take is for 12 more high-end sales to be added by late-reporters to have the median sales price rise to $860,000+.
E. I think the median $/sf shows the real trend – slightly downward.
I guess this is what bouncing along the bottom feels like?