The market is slowing. Most who work in real estate have sensed this and felt a “disturbance in the force” so to speak (Star Wars). The signs are clear, but sellers are slow to catch on because they’re stuck on “hot” headlines. Anyway, let’s talk briefly, and then for those interested I have a big market update.
1) Slowing isn’t a surprise: You know what would be odd? If the market didn’t slow down for the season. Real estate tends to be cyclical and at some point each year it’s no surprise to see prices begin a downward descent after a high-altitude spring flight.
2) Not everything is slowing: Some markets throughout the country are in a stage of softening, but that’s not true everywhere. Moreover, let’s remember different price ranges, neighborhoods,and property types could be experiencing different trends.
3) Being an expert: For real estate professionals wanting to position themselves as market experts, it’s critical to be able to recognize the symptoms of a slowing market and to be able to communicate those to clients. It’s far too easy to speak in clichés or write in boiler plate, but the market is always changing, so let’s say something different as it does change.
4) Sellers: Are you listening?
I hope that was helpful. Feel free to use the image above as you see fit.
—–——– Big local monthly market update (long on purpose) —–——–
The market is slowing. I’m not saying it’s cold or declining. And this doesn’t mean it’s not competitive either. It is. But there are clear signs the market is shifting for the season. Housing inventory is increasing. It’s starting to take longer to sell. Many prices metrics softened slightly or flattened in June. We’re seeing more price reductions. The sales to list price ratio declined 1%, and even the number of multiple offers declined last month from the previous month in Sacramento County. No matter how we look at it, the market is slowing.
EARLY SLOWING: When real estate begins to slow people often freak out because it’s easy to think the market is starting to crash. Right now the stats look consistent with what we’d expect to see at t his time of year though, so I’ll keep saying this is a normal seasonal slowing unless I have a reason not to. Yet it’s interesting to see the market did begin cooling about a month early this year (that could be due to having more inventory so far in 2018).
LOTS OF INVENTORY: Housing supply in the region is up almost 20% this year compared to last year at the same time, and that makes a difference with how the market feels. Keep in mind inventory is still very low, yet this is something to watch because changes in inventory really do affect the feel and pace of the market. For any “bubble hunters” out there, be cautious about comparing this increase in housing supply with 2005 because so far the market is handling the listings that are out there (besides the overpriced ones). In 2005 housing supply literally doubled in Sacramento County in about 90 days, and sales volume dropped 40% over one year. That’s not the same thing as today.
MY FAVORITE CHART EVER: I made this visual a few days ago and I think it’s fascinating to see price changes like this. You like?
SALES VOLUME RHYTHM: Sales volume has seemed to find a rhythm lately. Before 2005 there was a huge uptick in sales, but then volume crashed when the market imploded. In recent years it looks more stable. As you can see during the first two quarters of the year the market has tended to have somewhere around 13,000 or so sales lately.
I could write more, but let’s get visual instead.
SACRAMENTO COUNTY (more graphs here):
SACRAMENTO REGION (more graphs here):
PLACER COUNTY (more graphs here):
Questions: In what ways if any are you seeing the market slow? What are you hearing buyers and sellers saying about the market? I’d love to hear your take.