Dothan July home sales up slightly from 2017

Dothan July home sales up slightly from 2017
The Dothan median home sales price in July was $145,000. (file)

Sales: According to the Dothan Multiple Listing Service Inc., Dothan-area residential sales totaled 139 units during July, up 1.5 percent from 137 sales in the same month a year earlier. July sales were down 17.8 percent compared to 169 sales in June. Results were 21.9 percent above the five-year July average of 114 sales. Another resource to review is the Annual Report.

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Inventory: Homes listed for sale in the Dothan area during July totaled 1,063 units, a decrease of 3.7 percent from July 2017’s 1,104 units, and a decrease of 4.9 percent from June 2018’s 1,118 units. Dothan also experienced a decline in months of supply. July months of supply totaled 7.6 months, a decrease of 5.1 percent from July 2017’s 8.1 months of supply. However, July’s months of supply significantly increased from June’s 6.6 months of supply.  

Pricing: The Dothan median sales price in July was $145,000, a decrease of 3.3 percent from one year ago and a decrease of 3.3 percent from the prior month. This direction is consistent with historical data (2013-17) indicating that the July median sales price on average decreases from June by 10.3 percent. The differing sample size (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. The homes selling in July spent an average of 138 days on the market (DOM), an increase of 11.3 percent from 124 days in July 2017, while also increasing 7 percent from 129 days in June.

Forecast: July sales were two units, or 1.5 percent, above the Alabama Center for Real Estate’s (ACRE) monthly forecast. ACRE projected 137 sales for the month, while actual sales were 139 units. ACRE forecast a total of 849 residential sales in the Dothan area year-to-date, while there were 893 actual sales through July.

ACRE’s statewide perspective: Residential sales in Alabama continued to grow during the second quarter of 2018. Total residential sales increased 10.4 percent year-over-year from 16,450 to 18,157 closed transactions. Home price appreciation in the state also continues its upward trajectory, as the median sales price during the second quarter increased 4.3 percent year-over-year from $155,278 to $161,975. Mirroring national trends, statewide inventory decreased 9.4 percent from one year ago. Low inventory levels were a major factor contributing to rising sales prices during the second quarter. With low inventory levels, it is not surprising to see homes selling more quickly than in previous years. Homes selling in Alabama during the second quarter of 2018 spent an average of 98 days on the market, an improvement of 24 days from 2017.

NAR’s national perspective:  During June, nationwide sales volume for existing homes decreased 5 percent year-over-year from 600,000 to 570,000 closed transactions. According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, “there continues to be a mismatch since the spring between the growing level of home buyer demand in most of the country in relation to the actual pace of home sales, which are declining. The root cause is without a doubt the severe housing shortage that is not releasing its grip on the nation’s housing market. What is for sale in most areas is going under contract very fast, and in many cases has multiple offers. This dynamic is keeping home price growth elevated, pricing out would-be buyers and ultimately slowing sales.”

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

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