Washtenaw County market snapshot

Real Estate Appraiser with Massey & Associates

Mixing up the way I do the monthly report a bit. In addition to the normal information about the absorption rates and where activity is as of a certain date, I have also included a two-year summary of price changes in each area. Hope that you all find this interesting, and as always, if you have questions, reach out to me, either via phone or email.


Without further ado, the monthly inventory in each market is showing from as low as 1.13 months, to as high as 3.56 months depending on the area. The area with the most inventory however, is actually showing as such due to the abundance of new construction exposed as “to be built”. This means the properties are not immediately available. Since I have run this data in the same manner consistently, I am carrying on with including all market exposed properties through the MLS, but Saline is not as saturated as it appears at first blush.


The market overall is undersupplied, with most areas around two months or less. Since this data includes every listing and sale within each school district, for submarket data, it does not apply. It is useful in measuring where activity is, but as always, you have to look at the market segment in which a property operates.


Based on the contract to listing ratios (CTLR on grid), the greatest activity is in Lincoln school district, followed by Ypsilanti and then Ann Arbor. The areas that are showing as leaning towards a buyers’ market are Manchester and Dexter. Saline is tilting towards a balanced market. Chelsea, Whitmore Lake, Lincoln, Milan, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor are in seller’s market territory again.


It looks like spring may have sprung.




What about changes in price over time? Again, this is larger market data, not specific to any particular submarket section. These are arrayed by school district, and each data point is one-years’ worth of data at a time, moving forward in a monthly manner. This eliminates seasonality and is useful in seeing more nuanced changes. Looking at this information, it is easy to see that Dexter increased, but there is a decline over the past couple of months. Stability in pricing is seen in Chelsea, Saline, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti based on the trend lines over the last four or so months. Prices have increased across the board in the past two years but also have slowed or even declined in places. Still, in comparison with two years ago, we are increased on the macro market segments.




If I take this information and put it on an easy to read grid and it is easy to see that over a two-year period, most of the markets are in the double-digits in increases, however the past year was not so kind to Manchester, Dexter, Saline and to an extent, Ann Arbor. The increases in these areas were smaller, and in some cases, negative. The largest increases in the past year were found in Milan, Ypsilanti and Whitmore Lake. This makes sense when observing the median prices, which are lower in those areas, with the outlier being Manchester. My take on this is that as some markets have become expensive for the average buyer, they have moved into different, lower priced markets, which are putting pressure on increases in those areas.




I am continuing to observe our market on every appraisal I develop and communicate. Markets can change quite rapidly, and each market will have a number of submarkets within it. All of this information is presented in a broad manner for ease of reading. All information is culled from the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors MLS and is assumed accurate.



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Sally Crane
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Thanks for the update, all the best to you as you get many of these properties listed and sold.

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