Sales: Calhoun County residential sales totaled 142 units during September, up 4.4 percent from 136 sales in the same month a year earlier. September sales were down 8.4 percent compared to 155 sales in August and were 19.3 percent above the five-year September average of 119 sales. Another resource to review is the Annual Report.
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Inventory: Homes listed for sale in Calhoun County during September totaled 767 units, a decrease of 6.6 percent from September 2017’s 821 units, and a decrease of 13.2 percent from August 2018’s 868 units. September months of supply totaled 5.4 months, a decrease of 3.5 percent from August’s 5.6 months of supply.
Pricing: The Calhoun County median sales price in September was $129,900, a decrease of .5 percent from one year ago and a decrease of 12.8 percent from the prior month. This direction is consistent with historical data (2013-17) indicating that the September median sales price on average decreases from August by 8.4 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 September spent an average of 67 days on the market (DOM), a decrease of 22.1 percent from 86 days in September 2017.
Forecast: September sales were one unit, or .7 percent, above the Alabama Center for Real Estate’s (ACRE) monthly forecast. ACRE projected 141 sales for the month, while actual sales were 142 units. ACRE forecast a total of 1,288 residential sales in the Calhoun County area year-to-date, and there were 1,289 actual sales through September.
ACRE’s statewide perspective: While nationwide sales declined during September, residential sales in Alabama continued to grow during the early fall of 2018. Total residential sales in Alabama increased 8.5 percent year-over-year from 4,678 to 5,074 closed transactions. Year-to-date through September, statewide residential sales are up 6.8 percent from 44,272 one year ago to 47,283 currently. Home price appreciation in the state grew, but at a slower pace than in previous months. The median sales price in September increased 0.6 percent from $161,480 to $162,482, while the year-to-date median sales price is up 4.4 percent from 2017. Although nationwide inventory levels are starting to stabilize, Alabama’s residential inventory decreased 8.9 percent from one year ago. Low inventory levels were a major factor contributing to rising sales prices throughout 2018. With low inventory levels, it is not surprising to see homes selling more quickly than in previous years. Homes selling in Alabama during September spent an average of 90 days on the market, an improvement of 18 days from 2017.
NAR’s national perspective: During September, nationwide sales volume for existing homes decreased 9.1 percent year-over-year from 462,000 to 420,000 closed transactions. According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, rising interest rates played a significant role in September sales declines in markets across the nation. “This is the lowest existing home sales level since November 2015,” he said. “A decade’s high mortgage rates are preventing consumers from making quick decisions on home purchases. All the while, affordable home listings remain low, continuing to spur underperforming sales activity across the country.”
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The Calhoun County Residential Monthly Report is developed in conjunction with the Calhoun County Area Board of Realtors to better serve Anniston-area consumers.