August 2011 - Monthly Indicators & Housing Supply

Despite some choppy waters in August, there have been noteworthy shifts on both sides of the closing table. Buyer activity is moving back in line with historical trends while sellers are making fewer concessions in order to sell their homes. Falling supply and improving absorption rates in many regions also suggest that market balance is realigning towards neutral. Locally, a few indicators posted positive movement over August 2010, but do the rest of the numbers provide reason for optimism?

New Listings in the CMLS region decreased 7.5 percent to 1,281. Pending Sales were up 19.1 percent to 667. Inventory levels shrank 5.8 percent to 7,855 units, a positive supply-side improvement.

Prices dipped lower. The Median Sales Price decreased 10.0 percent to $137,000. Days on Market increased 11.1 percent to 110 days. Absorption rates slowed as Months Supply of Inventory was up 17.5 percent to 14.6 months.

The economy bobbed along just this side of positive in August. Consumer confidence, which often affects housing demand, showed some slack even as personal income and spending both increased modestly. Low interest rates, declining supply and stabilizing prices are beacons of hope in the harbor, but the recovery still needs wind in its sails.

-Article Courtsey of CLMS

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