April home sales in Dothan area take a big jump from last year

April home sales in Dothan area take a big jump from last year
Sales in the past year have reduced the area's housing supply, bringing the market nearer to balance in terms of buyer-seller bargaining power. (file)

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Sales: According to the Dothan Multiple Listing Service Inc., Dothan-area residential sales totaled 145 units during April, an increase in sales of 42.2 percent from the same month in 2017, when sales totaled 102. Two more resources for the Dothan Area: Quarterly Report and Annual Report.

For all of Dothan’s area real estate data, click here.   

Forecast: Closed transactions in April were 22.9 percent above the Alabama Center for Real Estate’s (ACRE) monthly forecast. ACRE’s 2018 sales forecast through April projected 436 closed transactions, while the actual sales were 449 units, a favorable difference of 3 percent.

Supply: The Dothan-area housing inventory in April was 1,107 units, a decrease of 2.8 percent from April 2017. April inventory was 2 percent above March. Historical data indicate that April inventory on average (2013-17) increases from March by 0.4 percent. There were 7.6 months of housing supply during April (approximately 6 months represents a balanced market during April) versus 10.6 months of supply one year ago, a decrease of 27.7 percent.

Demand: Residential sales increased 13.3 percent from March. This month-over-month sales increase is consistent with historical data trends from 2013-2017 indicating that April sales, on average, increase 6.1 percent from March. Homes selling in the Dothan area during April averaged 142 days on the market, a decrease of 15 days from one year ago.

Pricing: The Dothan-area median sales price during April was $139,900, a 0.2 percent decrease from April 2017 and a 7 percent decrease from the prior month. This direction is inconsistent with historical data trends from 2013-2017 indicating that the median price on average increases 17.8 percent from March. Differing sample sizes (number of residential sales of comparative months) can contribute to statistical volatility, including pricing. ACRE highly recommends consulting with a local real estate professional to discuss pricing trends, as they will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Industry perspective: Statewide, residential real estate sales continued to show growth during the first quarter of 2018 as they grew 2.4 percent from the first quarter of 2017. Low inventory levels, however, played a large role in driving prices upward. During the first quarter of the year, the statewide median sales price increased 7.1 percent from one year ago. Although good news for sellers, this price growth, combined with rising interest rates, could lead to affordability issues for buyers in today’s markets.

Click here to generate more graphs from Dothan’s April Housing Report, including Total Sales, Average Sales Price, Days on the Market, Total Inventory and Months of Supply. 

The Dothan Residential Monthly Report was developed in conjunction with the Dothan Association of Realtors to better serve area consumers.

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