Will our local market survive the coronavirus?
Let’s look at the bigger picture and compare the first half of 2020 to previous years:
NSDCC 1H Listings & Sales
There have been a fairly-consistent 2,700 NSDCC houses listed for sale in the first half of each of the last three years. In 2020, the count dropped to 2,290, which is 435 fewer listings than last year, or about a month’s worth. We didn’t miss them much either, with sales only being down 17%. Pricing of homes on the lower end has known no throttle.
If we have a typical second half, the 2020 annual sales could end up only being down 5% to 8% for the year – and median pricing up 5% to 10% YoY. I’m not sure anyone predicted that when the ‘rona broke out!