2016 has so far turned out to be one of the hottest years in real estate in the past decade. We are perhaps seeing some leveling to the pace this month. Highlights for this October include:
Autumn is the time of the year we typically see home sales slow - at least
unit-volume-wise; and this year seems to be no different in that respect.
The short-term moving average for unit-sales has the current level at 4 homes
per month higher than at the same time last year. Are we at a market-top?
- at this point it is hard to say.
Our custom charts are displayed below, and the first one shows the Unit-Sales trends for the Short Term (red line) and Long Term (blue line) up to the current month.
Seeing the long-term trend-line in a relatively narrow range for the past few months strongly suggests that we have reached the area's capacity limit for pre-owned home sales. Further confirming that view is the increasingly steep rise to the average sales price, as shown below.
This next chart shows the trends for the average sales-price. We now see both the short-term and long-term trend-lines rising more steeply, with the short-term line in a relatively long, un-broken segment this year.
This month 52 properties (13.1%) closed at $200,000 or less when sold; with 113 (23.7%) sold that were priced $200,000 to $250,000. In comparison with the 2015 measurement, 51.7% of the October 2015 sales were at $250k or below; while this October that reading is now at 36.6%.
The final three charts we show below are from the Regional Multiple Listing Service and show the most recent 12 months real estate market action for Unit Sales, Average & Median Prices; and Days on Market:
The first chart clearly shows how the past 8 months the closed sales have been at about 400 units or better, with the New Listings dropping, as typical in the Autumn season.
The second chart for this month is showing the strong upward spurt in the Average Sales price, which even exceeds the average new listing price for the month!
Finally, the Average Days on Market compares to last month at the same level, while the Median Days on Market moved up by several days. Still a fast-moving market.
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This report and custom charts (prepared by John Slocum Realtor®, our resident statistician) are based on home sales posted in the Vancouver MLS system (RMLS), excluding sales of mobile home; and shows the purchase activity since 2009; charting the 3 month Moving average number of sales, and the 12 month Moving average. This "smoothing" of the trend-data helps illustrate the short-term and longer term trends in Vancouver WA's real estate market.
Disclaimer: as with any real estate statistics, we do our best to provide the best representation at the time the data was acquired. We deem the data and reports reliable but not guaranteed.