April 1, 2019 Washtenaw County update

Real Estate Appraiser with Massey & Associates



Good day Ann Arbor area agents!!


Mixing up my monthly run related to how the market is doing (not looking at prices, only supply and absorption).


The current monthly stats, run today, show most markets with limited inventory compared to the past 12-months sales, with only Dexter and Saline running over three months’ worth of inventory. Both of these markets have an abundance of new construction and that is considered to be partly to blame for the higher supply levels. Since I started running the information including “to be built” properties months ago, I have decided to keep running this particular data in the same manner for consistencies sake.


Below is a snapshot of how this Washtenaw County market looks right now, with a shortage particularly in Whitmore Lake, Milan, Lincoln and Ypsilanti, and very high absorption (firmly in a seller’s market) for Chelsea, Whitmore Lake, Lincoln, Milan, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.




The next image is that of comparison of month to month, color coded to show where activity has been since I started tracking this on 9/1/18. Green is go, meaning seller’s market. Orange is slowing down, in a buyer’s market, and yellow is in between, what I would consider “balanced”. Looking at this color chart, it looks like spring is shaping up to be very active again, but as we tip towards more inventory, could reverse, such as what is currently seen in Dexter.



Of course, within each of these areas there are market segments, and the information provided only shows the entire school district sales and listing activity, for residential single-unit properties. I could run this on condominiums and in market segments as well, but since what I am looking for on a monthly basis, is the broader overview, this works well for me, and I hope for you.


Hope you all find this useful, and remember, if you have any appraisal referrals for people who need a valuation for estate, probate, divorce, asset division, relocation, cash sale, or any other reason that is outside of mortgage lending, please think of me.


Happy Spring!


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