What have we learned in 20 days?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO 2004008944

Craig Ferguson used to have a little song at the end of his late night show, "What did we learn on the show tonight, Craig?"  

I couldn't help but think of Craig Ferguson's wacky late night show, as I did some research to see if the first part of January tells us anything about the Cape Girardeau area real estate market so early in 2015.

Properties are selling between 95 and 100 percent of their listed price! In fact, the average ratio is 96.17 percent. That holds true of all classifications except vacant land and farms (which, along with commercial/industrial also skews the total days on market).

Three, four, and five bedroom properties are bringing the highest list to sold price ratio of the categories. Yes, this is a limited cross-section of the market, as we are only 20 days into the year; but consumers hoping to get under contract would be wise to pay attention. The days of lowball offers are pretty much behind us, as the local market transitions from a buyers' market to a sellers' market--or at least to a "normal market," as described by Karen Fiddler in her recent AR blog.

Whether your area is a normal market or a sellers' market, though, local statistics will tell your agent whether or not the market supports listed values. The snapshot for my area (Southeast Missouri) does support listed values, so wise buyers should take note when deciding how much to offer.

Cape Girardeau real estate market


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Keller Williams Realty Acadiana - Lafayette, LA
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Very creative and interesting! I will have to take a look at this in my market! Thanks for sharing!

Jan 20, 2015 04:55 AM #1
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

Thank you, Elite Team ! I will bet that you will find similar results as the markets all over are improving.

Jan 20, 2015 05:04 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Liz- like your new profile picture.  I love Craig Ferguson and will miss his show.  Loved your market report for Cape Giradeau. 

Jan 20, 2015 08:39 AM #3
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

Kathy Streib ~ Thank you and thank you. I'm going to miss Craig Ferguson, though the downhill slide of his show in the last few months, in my opinion, made the transition easier for me. I loved his outside-the-box dialogues, but he started relying on stale gags toward the last.

Jan 20, 2015 09:07 AM #4
Michael Dagner
Brokers Guild Classic - Denver, CO
Your Denver Homes Realty Expert

Liz, always seem to miss Craig Ferguson.  I didn't know he was still on.  Must be the time slot.  Nice post and hope you have a good year.

Jan 20, 2015 02:47 PM #5
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Great post Liz! Thank you for the mention too. I also used to love Craig Ferguson, but I go to bed too early for the late nights now. 

Jan 20, 2015 11:20 PM #6
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