Birmingham-area home sales up 17% in January from one year ago

Birmingham-area home sales up 17% in January from one year ago
The Birmingham-area median home sales price in January was $214,000, an increase of 12% from the same month last year. (Getty Images)

Sales: According to the Greater Alabama Multiple Listing Service, Birmingham-area residential sales totaled 973 units during January, up 16.8% from 833 sales in the same month a year earlier. Following seasonal trends, January sales were down 20.8% compared to 1,229 sales in December. Results were 22.9% above the five-year January average of 792 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 January were 4,038 units, a decrease of 26.9% from January 2019’s 5,524 units and a decrease of 8.5% from December 2019’s 4,411 units. January months of supply totaled 4.2 months, down 37.4% from one year ago and up 15.6% from December.

Pricing: The Birmingham-area median sales price in January was $214,000, an increase of 12% from one year ago and a decrease of 4.8% from the prior month. 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 January was 41 days, a decrease of 22.6% from 53 days in January 2019 and an increase of 7.9% from 38 days in December.

Forecast: January sales were 4.9% or 45 units above the Alabama Center for Real Estate’s (ACRE) monthly forecast. ACRE projected 928 sales for the month, and actual sales were 973 units.

ACRE’s statewide perspective: Residential sales growth was especially strong in January as total residential sales increased 23.2% year-over-year from 3,347 to 4,122 closed transactions. Markets across the state have plenty of momentum as 2019 was a record year for residential sales in Alabama. Home price appreciation continued to climb as the median sales price in January increased 11.8% year-over-year, marking 27 consecutive months of gains. While properties listed for sale nationwide decreased 10.7% year-over-year, Alabama’s residential listings continued to tighten, decreasing 17% from one year ago. Low inventory levels were a significant factor contributing to rising sales prices throughout 2019 and continued into January. With low inventory levels, it is not surprising to see homes selling at a slightly quicker pace. Homes selling in Alabama during January spent an average of 92 days on the market, a decrease of 15 days from January 2019.

NAR’s national perspective: Existing home sales increased significantly in January, rising 11.6% year-over-year from approximately 285,000 closed transactions one year ago to 318,000 currently. The nationwide median existing-home price increased 6.8% in January, marking 95 consecutive months of year-over-year gains. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, said, “The trend line for housing starts is increasing and showing steady improvement, which should ultimately lead to more home sales. Mortgage rates have helped with affordability, but it is supply conditions that have driven price growth.” Properties listed for sale nationwide declined 10.7% in January from approximately 1.59 million listings one year ago to 1.42 million currently.


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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.

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