Monday, June 19, 2017

May Orange County Real Estate Recap.. It's Getting Hot out There!!

If you know me, I am a details guy.  That is why I like to take a in depth look at the real estate market in Orange County to keep up on how it is trending.  

In May we typically see the Orange County market heat up before the summer distractions begin and this last month is no exception.  Below is a look at how the numbers finished up from the Orange County Association of Realtors.
Orange County May 2017 Home Sales Report
Orange County May 2017 Home Sales Report

As you will note, the real estate market in Orange County is very strong.  Home prices were up in May about 9% and year-to-date, they are at about 6%.   Homes priced below the median price of $775k are selling quickly and often times with multiple offers.


We also like to provide you another perspective, below is a quick snapshot from Steven Thomas who put's together the market for the real estate community.  

Orange County Housing Market Summary from Steven Thomas
  • The active listing inventory increased by 148 homes, or 3%, in the past couple of weeks, and now totals 5,905, knocking on the door of the 6,000 home level. Last year, there were 6,868 homes on the market, 963 more than today.
  • There are 35% fewer homes on the market below $500,000 today compared to last year at this time and demand is down by 21%. Fewer and fewer homes and condominiums are now priced below $500,000. This price range is slowly disappearing.
  • Demand, the number of pending sales over the prior month, increased by 1% in the past couple of weeks, adding 33 pending sales and now totals 2,937. The average pending price is $845,004.
  • The average list price for all of Orange County remained at $1.6 million. This number is high due to the mix of homes in the luxury ranges that sit on the market and do not move as quickly as the lower end.
  • For homes priced below $750,000, the market is HOT with an expected market time of just 39 days. This range represents 39% of the active inventory and 61% of demand.
  • For homes priced between $750,000 and $1 million, the expected market time is 53 days, a hot seller’s market (less than 60 days). This range represents 18% of the active inventory and 20% of demand
  • For homes priced between $1 million to $1.25 million, the expected market time is at 84 days, a tepid seller’s market.
  • For luxury homes priced between $1.25 million and $1.5 million, the expected market time decreased from 108 to 96 days. For homes priced between $1.5 million to $2 million, the expected market time increased from 144 to 148 days. For luxury homes priced above $2 million, the expected market time decreased from 256 to 253 days. 
  • The luxury end, all homes above $1.25 million, accounts for 34% of the inventory and only 13% of demand.
  • The expected market time for all homes in Orange County increased from 59 days to 60 in the past couple of weeks, changing from a hot seller’s market to a tepid seller’s market (60 to 90 days). From here, we can expect the market time to slowly rise throughout the Summer Market.
  • Distressed homes, both short sales and foreclosures combined, make up only 1.2% of all listings and 2.1% of demand. There are only 25 foreclosures and 46 short sales available to purchase today in all of Orange County, that’s 71 total distressed homes on the active market, 5 fewer than two weeks ago. Last year there were 138 total distressed sales, 94% more than today. 
  • There were 3,147 closed sales in May, an 18% increase over April 2017 and a 4% increase over May 2016. The sales to list price ratio was 97.8% for all of Orange County. Foreclosures accounted for just 1.1% of all closed sales and short sales accounted for 1.7%. That means that nearly 97.2% of all sales were good ol’ fashioned equity sellers.


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Wow that is a lot of data to decipher and a portion of it may only apply to your home selling or buying needs.   If you are thinking of a move, and not sure how to get started, let's grab a cup of coffee and review the current market in your area.   Each area is going to differ, depending on location, style of home and a variety of things, which we take into consideration when we look at how to help sell  or buy your next home.

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