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Orange County Market Time Report - 05/01/08
Market Time Report:  THE FIRST TIME HOME BUYER WAVE IS GROWING!
May 1, 2008
Compared to last year, demand is stronger, there are fewer homes on the market and the expected market time is much lower.   The first time home buyer wave continues to grow and plant the seeds to an eventual recovery.   The reports from the streets of Orange County are unanimous:  first time home buyers are fueling a surge in activity that continues to flourish and has been steadily growing since the middle of February.  Multiple offers in the lower ranges, homes priced below $500,000, are now quite common throughout Orange County.  This chart illustrates how demand has not only surged past the 2007 level, but is quickly approaching the 2006 level.  Until just four weeks ago, year over year demand had not been stronger than the prior year since September 2005, the beginning signs of the current slow cycle.  Demand, a snapshot of the prior 30 days of escrow activity, has climbed by an additional 166 escrows in the past two weeks to 2,540.  Last year at this time, demand was at 1,863 escrows, 677 fewer than today.  Two years ago it was at 2,701, or 161 additional escrows. 
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