Market Indicators – May 2018

Market Overview

Just like last year at this time, prospective home buyers should expect a competitive housing market for the next several months. With payrolls trending upward and unemployment trending downward month after month in an extensive string of positive economic news, demand remains quite strong. Given the fact that gradually rising mortgage rates often infuse urgency to get into a new home before it costs more later, buyers need to remain watchful of new listings and make their offers quickly.

New Listings in the Triangle region increased 12.2 percent to 5,247. Under Contract Sales were up 9.6 percent to 4,322. Inventory levels fell 6.4 percent to 8,197 units.

Prices continued to gain traction. The Median Sales Price increased 5.4 percent to $266,748. Days on Market was down 19.4 percent to 25 days. Sellers were encouraged as Months Supply of Inventory was down 11.1 percent to 2.4 months.

Local Market Stats - May 2018

Although home sales may actually drop in year-over-year comparisons over the next few months, that has more to do with low inventory than a lack of buyer interest. As lower days on market and higher prices persist year after year, one might rationally expect a change in the outlook for residential real estate, yet the current situation has proven to be remarkably sustainable likely due to stronger fundamentals in home loan approvals than were in place a decade ago.

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

Durham County
Orange County

For information about how the local market affects your real estate needs, contact any of the real estate experts at Peak Swirles & Cavallito Properties.


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