Insane. Crazy. Irrational. The housing market has been described this way in many places around the country lately. But in the midst of freakishly high demand there is still a seasonal rhythm to see in the background. Let’s talk about that.
Today’s post seems long, but it’s mostly images.
BIG POINT: Understanding what the market normally does throughout the year helps us give good advice, make plans, do a better job with valuations, and spot when something abnormal is happening.
WHAT DOES THE MARKET DO DURING THE YEAR?
Seven years in one graph? Yep. This visual looks at the average of seven years worth of sales for each month, so even though there is just one line we end up with a solid visual of how the market behaves throughout the year. This is so important because being a real estate expert involves lots of things, but one big factor is understanding how the market moves.
Tutorial: I’m actually game to do a video tutorial on how to make this visual. If I get a number of people interested I’d be glad to do that. Let me know.
Here is 2020 showing an abnormal trend…
NOT THE SAME:
Many markets have a similar pattern to the one above, but others look totally different because of weather, being a vacation destination, etc…
MARKET UPDATE VIDEO: Here are a few things on my mind right now.
Here’s a different way to look at sales volume. Check out this year in black compared to previous years. What is volume doing?
The black line shows sales volume looks like it hit its peak for the year a couple months ago, so even though we are calling this market white hot, we can still see a slowing trend creeping in the background. This doesn’t mean the market is dull (I didn’t say that). In short, this year we’re beginning to see a change in volume, but overall the fall season hasn’t been normal because by now prices are usually cooling off and it should be taking longer to sell rather than fewer days.
Okay, two more counties…
PLACER COUNTY & EL DORADO COUNTY
Check out the rhythm of the market in these two counties. This is a really good picture for how the market tends to behave through the year.
Now check out the black line. Do you see the increase lately? Like I said a few weeks back we’ve seen a huge influx of buyers in Placer & El Dorado County. In other words, the black line shows an abnormal amount of buyers lately. Also, we see what looks like a seasonal slowing of volume as the black line looks to be curving down.
Anyway, I hope this was helpful or interesting.
Thank you again for all of your support in my life these past months. I am fully back to work and doing my best to pace myself.
Questions: Do you think this fall we’re going to see a big slowing or barely any slowing? What are you seeing out there? I’d love to hear your take.