Local Market Update – October 2018

Market Balance Emerging

If the last few months are an indication of the temperature of housing markets across the country, a period of relative calm can be expected during the last three months of the year. A trend of market balance is emerging as we approach the end of 2018. Prices are still rising in most areas, and the number of homes for sale is still low, but there is a general shrinking of year-over-year percentage change gaps in sales, inventory and prices.

New Listings in the Triangle region increased 1.4 percent to 3,666. Under Contract Sales were up 11.2 percent to 3,286. Inventory levels fell 4.0 percent to 8,590 units.

Prices continued to gain traction. The Median Sales Price increased 3.5 percent to $258,721. Days on Market was down 3.0 percent to 32 days. Sellers were encouraged as Months Supply of Inventory was down 3.7 percent to 2.6 months.

October 2018 Market Indicators

Stock markets experienced an October setback, but that does not necessarily translate to a decline in the real estate market. The national unemployment rate has been below 4.0 percent for three straight months and during five of the last six months. This is exceptional news for industries related to real estate. Meanwhile, homebuilder confidence remains positive, homeownership rates have increased in the key under-35 buyer group and prices, though still rising, have widely reduced the march toward record highs.

Click on the links below for more detailed information about the Real Estate Markets in Durham & Orange counties:

Durham County
Orange County

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*All data from Triangle Multiple Listing Service, Inc. ©2018