October 2017

For residential real estate in 2017, the news has continued to provide a relative sense of calm for both buyers and sellers. The national unemployment rate registered in at 4.1 percent for October 2017, which means that joblessness has not been this low in the U.S. since December 2000. Another positive, mortgage rates have held steady at or near 3.9 percent. Historically, the average rate has been around 6.0 percent. These factors help t o keep the pool of potential buyers full, even during the so-called off-season of home sales.

Closed Sales were up 10.5 percent in October compared to October 2016. Pending Sales increased 15.6 percent to 2,759, and New Listings increased 1.0 percent.

Median Sales Price was up 7.2 percent to $164,000. Average Sales Price rose 7.6 percent in October. Absorption Rate was down 18.9 percent to 3.0.

Although inventory levels are low in many markets, there has largely been enough listing and building activity, or at least conversation about future activity, to maintain a positive attitude about the prospects of buying or selling a home. Low affordability has started to become a recent topic of conversation and is worth watching. But with a healthy economy, level of demand and national unemployment rate, sellers are going to continue to see strong prices for their homes.