Making Sense of the Market (July 2010)

Real Estate Agent with Neighborly Realty

Making Sense of the Market Today

August 2nd, 2010

This time around, let's look at some basic trends to see where the Placer County Real Estate market is now that we have an economy teetering on recovery. One of the most basic weather vanes is to look at Absorption Rate. That is the percent of homes that are sold in any one month (or looked at another way – how many months will it take to sell all the homes currently for sale). A neutral market is one that has 4 to 6 months of inventory on hand. A seller's market has less than 4 months (more buyers than sellers); and a buyer's market is one that has over 6 months of inventory (more sellers than buyers).

Let's also break the market into two sections. One with homes that sold under $300,000 and the other $300,000 and above.

Placer County Absorption Rate (All Homes Under $300,000)

It is easy to see in this graph that over the past 2 years we have moved from a Buyer's market to a Seller's market with between 2 and 3 months of inventory over the past 13 months in the under $300,000 price range. I'll break the home sales down to REO (Bank Owned/Foreclosed homes), Short Sales (homes owners are negotiating with the bank) and Non-Distressed homes (no direct bank involvement). If we look at homes sold during this time period we see what started out as an REO market in January of 2009 has turned into a pretty equal mix of REO, Short Sale and Non-Distressed Sales. Non-Distressed sales are those where the bank is not involved in the transaction and currently makes up 37% of the sales with the remainder made up of Short Sales at 33% and REO at 30%. With the combined REO and Short Sale listings, distressed sales still make up nearly two thirds of all the sales in the under $300,000 range.

Placer County Market Trends Under $300,000 (Metrolist)

Here is the last graph of the under $300k showing inventory, sold and pended homes.

Placer County For Sale - Sold - Pended (Metrolist)

This is an interesting chart because it shows that we have had a fairly significant increase in inventory over the past 4 months while sales have had a slight increase. Increased pendings does not always reflect an immediate increase in the number of sold homes – as you can see with the numbers for last summer. Some offers are canceled and many short sales take longer than 30 days to close.

Over $300,000

For the over $300,000 price range we are currently looking at nearly 5 months of inventory with 22% of the homes selling each month. That is considered to be a neutral market.

Placer County Absorption Rate for Over $300,000 (Metrolist)

And here below, is the market breakdown for the homes sold in Placer County looking at REO, Short Sale and Non-Distressed sales. Over the past 18 months Non-Distressed sales have made up 57% of the reported sales on Metrolist listing service. April 2010 was 58%, May was 59% and June was 58%. Compare that to the 63% distressed sales in the under $300,000 price range.

Placer County Market Trends for Over $300,000 (Metrolist).

Placer County For Sale - Sold - Pended Over $300,000 (Metrolist)

As you can see below, we are starting to see a rebound in the sales of homes over $300,000 this year in the county area.

There are some signifcant differences in home sale trends when you compare the under $300k to the over $300k homes. Besides the overall basic trends described here, I cannot stress enough that home prices are extremely specific to your location. If you have questions about the value of your home, please feel free to contact me at (916) 303-0257.

Comments (1)

Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Jeff, I just wanted to stop by and let you know about an upcoming AR MeetUp in Roseville:

Sacramento Area ActiveRain MeetUp #3 - Roseville, CA - Friday, 4/20/12 (3pm)


Apr 17, 2012 09:21 AM