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June 2008 New Albany, Ohio Market Update

New Albany Home sales in June increased over May by 45% (31 homes in June vs. 21 homes in May).   “Low interest rates, high inventory and competitive pricing continue to fuel the housing market here in central Ohio,” says Greg Hrabcak, President of the Columbus Board of REALTORS®. “As long as we have these three critical factors in place, home buyers and investors are actively pursuing a home purchase.”

There remains a large selection of homes for sale in New Albany.  Despite an increase in unit sales, inventory levels rose slightly in June.  When inventory is high as we see now, homes will take longer to sell and will sell for less than they would in a market where inventory is low.  In general, an 8 – 9 month supply of homes represents a balanced market.  Currently, New Albany has a 13 month supply of homes based on six month sales and a 10 month supply based on June sales.  If the unit sales trend continues, we will start to see a balanced market before the end of the 3rd quarter.  We’ll keep you posted!  Contact us at katet@newalbanyrealty.com or call 614-939-1234, if you would like specific information on your neighborhood or your home in particular. 

June 2008 New Albany, Ohio Market Update:

 
Neighborhood
Active
Listings
In
Contract
Sold
June 08
Sold YTD
June 08
Sold YTD
June 07
Average
$/Sq.Ft
 Average
DOM 
The Preserve 27 3 4 13 18  $    111 132
Albany Park 6 0 1 7 7  $    109 161
Windsor 8 8 1 3 5  $    116 120
Hampsted Village 47 5 8 26 17  $    122 143
New Albany Links 37 6 4 13 14  $    118 154
Tidewater/Enclave 8 2 0 2 3  $          193
NACC < $1 million 65 10 7 31 26  $    155 182
NACC > $1 million 42 2 2 10 9  $    214 296
Total Plain Local
School District
304 46 31 13 135  $    130 155

 

Absorption Rate in New Albany

Yes, absorption is the correct term for Sponge Bob’s ability to soak up water and the same holds true in the real estate industry. In real estate, the absorption rate is the amount of time, generally expressed in months, that it will take a market to “absorb” the current inventory based on recent history. In other industries, this measurement may be called turnover rate or simply weeks or months of supply.

As I’m sure most of you know, Kate and I have a background in retail where you live and die by turnover rate. If the inventory is turning too fast, you’re going to run out of stock and have empty shelves; too slow and it’s time to pull out the red pen and take a mark down!

In real estate, you often hear references to it being a Buyer’s Market or a Seller’s Market. The National Association of REALTORs suggests that a market is in balance when there is a 7-9 month absorption rate. When inventory is six months or less – it’s a seller’s market as there is more demand than inventory. Homes sell quickly and for close to or sometimes above list price. When the months of supply exceed 9 months, it’s considered a buyer’s market. Homes take longer to sell and the list price sales price ratio slides.

How do you figure the absorption rate? It’s a simple formula:

Inventory ÷ # Units Sold x Time = Absorption Rate

For example, if the market you are evaluating (subset) has 12 homes on the market and 6 homes sold in the past six months, the absorption rate would be 12 months.

The key is to understand the subset. In New Albany, there are many subsets, defined by price, neighborhood, age, location etc. Remember, real estate is local…very local. The absorption rate of a $1M brick home has little to do with understanding the market or absorption rate for a $400,000 vinyl sided home in a different neighborhood.

If you are interested in the absorption rate in your neighborhood, try out our free MLS Market Snapshot feature and have a look. Of course you can always drop me an email at tonyt@newalbanyrealty.com or call 614-939-1234 and I can run some quick numbers for you.

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