Galloway NJ Real Estate Market Trends December 2014

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Homes for Sale Galloway Township NJ Market Trends December 2014

Single Family

The Galloway Township Real Estate Market saw a further decline in December. December saw a 76.9% increase in the number of new listings coming on the market compared to December of 2013. 23 new single family homes where introduced to the market.

The number of Galloway Township single family homes for sale in the year to date period ending December is up 31% over the previous year to date period.

Sold properties in December where up 5.3% with only 20 sold single family properties. This brings the current total of sold properties for the year to date period to 217. A 10% decrease over the previous year to date period.

Galloway Single Family Homes for Sale Market Trands

Combined, the total number of newly listed Galloway Township NJ Homes for Sale and total inventory, versus the number of properties being sold, has increased the months supply of inventory to 16.5 months. A 47.3% increase from 2013. This denotes an extremely strong Buyers Market.

Average Days on Market in December was down 33.9% to 84 days. Days on Market only reflects the properties that have sold and not an average of the total inventory that is currently available. With a low number of sold properties, a very quick sale, or an incorrectly reported sale, can cause a large deflection in the Days on Market. For the year to date running period, which provides a more reliable gauge, Days on Market have decreased 5.9% to 96 days.

There continues to be a significant percentage of Short Sale Homes for Sale in Galloway Township, NJ. They are however, closing considerably faster than they were a year ago. Short Sales presently represent 17 percent of the market inventory. A year ago many were taking 6 to 9 months to close. This year, if negotiated properly they are only taking 3 to 6 months average with some closing as fast as 5 to 6 weeks.   

Median Sale Prices for this December were down 17.2% over December 2013.  Year to date the median sale price has declined 7.1% to $197,000. It will be interesting to see if, in fact, Median Sale prices of Homes for Sale in the Galloway Township Market can stabilize.

 

55+ Adult Community Homes 

The number of newly listed Galloway Township Adult Community homes for sale in December were down 50% over December 2013. 2 new listings where introduced to the market in December. Year to date the number of new listings is down 7.8%.

There were no sold properties in December compared to last December when there were 5 sold adult community homes. This brings the current total of sold properties year to date to 39. A 27.8% decrease from the prior year to date period.

Combined, the total number of newly listed Galloway Township NJ Adult Community Homes for Sale and total inventory versus the number of properties being sold has pushed the months supply of inventory to 9.4 months. A 10.6% increase from 2013. This denotes a Buyer's Market, and it is an increase from 8.5 months last year.

Galloway Adult Community Homes for Sale Market Trends 

Days on Market for December was 0 as there were no sales.  Average Days on Market year to date is up 7.9% to 109 days. Days on Market only reflects the properties that have sold and not an average of the total inventory that is currently available. With a low number of sold properties, a very quick sale, or an incorrectly reported sale, can cause a large deflection in the Days on Market in a single month. 

There was no Median Sale Price for this December because there were no sales. Because of the very low number of adult community homes being sold each month the Median Sale Prices tend to be unreliable on a month to month comparison. With an average of  just over 3 sold properties per month, a very low sale or a very high sale can cause a large deflection in the Median. For the year to date period, which provides a more reliable gauge, Median Sale Prices have decreased 12.3% to $185,000. 

It will be interesting to see if, in fact, Median Sale prices of Homes for Sale in the Galloway Township 55 + Adult Community Market will able to gain any traction. 

 

Condos 

The Galloway Township Condominium Market is up in the number of condos sold this December. December saw a 20% decrease in new listings coming on the market over December 2013. 12 new condos where introduced to the market. Which is 3 less listings than in December of 2013.

The number of new condo listings of Galloway Township Condos for Sale year to date is up 19.1% over the previous year to date period.

Sold properties in December were up 66.7% from last December with 10 sold condominium properties. This brings the current total of sold properties year to date to 82. This represents a 13.7% decrease from last year to date.

Combined, the total number of new Condo listings for Sale in Galloway Township, NJ  and total inventory versus the number of properties being sold has allowed the months supply of inventory to increase by 8.3% to 13.1 months of supply. This denotes a very strong Buyer's Market and is slightly worse than 12.1 months last year.

Galloway Condos for Sale Market Trends

Average Days on Market in December was up 103.8% to 106 days.  Year to date Days on Market is at 97. Roughly 3 1/2 months. The Days on Market only reflects the properties that have sold and not an average of the total inventory that is currently available. 

A large percentage of listings are Short Sale Condos for Sale in Galloway Township, NJ. Short Sales Condos currently represent 33% of the market listings. A year ago many were taking 6 to 9 months to close. This year, if negotiated properly they are only taking 3 to 6 months average with some closing as fast as 5 to 6 weeks.

Median Sale Prices for this December were down 27.6% from December 2013. Because of the very low number of condos being sold each month the Median Sale Prices tend to be unreliable on a month to month comparison. With an average of 7 sold properties per month, a very low sale or a very high sale can cause a large deflection in the Median. Year to date, which provides a more reliable gauge, Median Sale Prices have remained at $70,000.

Do to the economic environment many condo associations are experiencing delinquency rates in the collection of monthly condominium association fees. This makes the units ineligble for financing with less than 20% down payment. Substantially reducing the pool of available buyers. This factor will continue to keep downward price pressure on the Condos for Sale in Galloway Township. A large percentage of purchases have been made by investors.

Galloway Homes for sale Graph December 2014

Median Sale prices overall for condos are very unlikely to gain any traction in the Galloway Township Market.

With supply remaining high, and growing, demand light, and the possibility of increasing interest rates, the Median Sale prices will have no option but to go down. When interest rates increase, buyers qualify for lower mortgages. 

Overall

The closing of 4 casinos, and the possibility of a fifth, has had a major affect on market prices. Unemployment continues to increase to the highest level in the State, and higher than most areas of the country.

Unemployment in Atlantic County is the biggest detriment to prices we face. If prospective buyers do not have decent paying, full time jobs, they do not qualify to purchase. The result is a much smaller pool of buyers and reduced demand. Adult community homes are less sensitive to employment numbers because many occupants are retired. 

Mortgage Rates are also predicted to gradually climb and at this writing are in the 4 to 4.5% range. As can be seen in the above graph, we continue to stay in the same side ways price channel we've been in for the last three years.

 

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