Sales: According to the Greater Alabama Multiple Listing Service, Birmingham-area residential sales totaled 1,224 units during November, up 6.8 percent from 1,146 sales in the same month a year earlier. November sales were down 2.1 percent compared to 1,250 sales in October. Results were 31.4 percent above the five-year November average of 931 sales. Two more resources to review: Quarterly Report and Annual Report.
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Inventory: Total homes listed for sale in the Birmingham area during November were 5,189 units, a decrease of 11.2 percent from November 2017’s 5,842 units and a decrease of 4.6 percent from October 2018’s 5,440 units. November months of supply totaled 4.2 months, a decrease of 16.8 percent from November 2017’s 5.1 months of supply. November’s months of supply also decreased from October’s 4.4 months of supply.
Pricing: The Birmingham-area median sales price in November was $199,900, an increase of 5.8 percent from one year ago and constant with the prior month. This direction is inconsistent with historical data (2013-17) indicating that the October median sales price on average decreases from October by 2.5 percent. The differing sample size (number of residential sales of comparative months) can contribute to statistical volatility, including pricing. ACRE recommends consulting with a local real estate professional to discuss pricing, as it will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. The average number of days on the market (DOM) for homes sold during November was 47 days, a decrease of 30.9 percent from 68 days in November 2017 and an increase of 2.2 percent from 46 days in October.
Forecast: November sales were 122 units, or 11.1 percent, above the Alabama Center for Real Estate’s (ACRE) monthly forecast. ACRE projected 1,102 sales for the month, while actual sales were 1,224 units. ACRE forecast a total of 14,216 residential sales in the Birmingham area year-to-date, while there were 14,660 actual sales through November.
ACRE’s statewide perspective: While nationwide sales declined 4.5 percent during November, residential sales in Alabama continued to grow. Total residential sales in Alabama increased 6.9 percent year-over-year from 4,311 to 4,606 closed transactions. Year-to-date through November, statewide residential sales are up 7 percent from 53,056 one year ago to 56,769 currently. Home price appreciation in the state continued to climb as the median sales price in November increased 3.2 percent year-over-year from $151,667 to $156,587. The year-to-date median sales price is up 4.7 percent from 2017. Although nationwide inventory levels increased 4.2 percent in November, Alabama’s residential inventory decreased 8.8 percent from one year ago. Low inventory levels were a major factor contributing to rising sales prices throughout 2018. With low inventory, it is not surprising to see homes selling more quickly than in previous years. Homes selling in Alabama during November spent an average of 93 days on the market, an improvement of 24 days from 2017.
NAR’s national perspective: During November, nationwide inventory for existing homes increased 4.2 percent year-over-year from 1.67 million to 1.74 million residential listings. According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, “the market conditions in November were mixed, with good signs of stabilizing home sales compared to recent months, though down significantly from one year ago. Rising inventory is clearly taming home price appreciation.”
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The Birmingham Residential Monthly Report is developed in conjunction with the Greater Alabama MLS and the Birmingham Association of Realtors to better serve Birmingham metro-area consumers.