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13 RETURNING TO A MORE BALANCED MARKET? According to a new report from RE/MAX, November through February is a four-month stretch during which home sales usually bottom out during a given year. Seasonality was just one factor contributing to November's 12% drop in home sales from October in the report's 53 tracked metro areas, with fluctu- ating interest rates and ongoing economic uncertainty weighing heavily on the market. "We've been seeing a return to a more balanced market, where not just sellers are in the driver's seat. Sellers and buyers are each able to negotiate, with neither having a built-in upper hand," said Nick Bailey, RE/ MAX President and CEO. "is is especially good news for long-suffering buyers, who are still dealing with affordability issues. Buyers welcome having more choice as there are more homes on the market, and they are taking longer to sell. More good news for buyers: prices are flattening and actually decreasing in some markets. ings may bounce around a bit longer, especially into the first half of 2023, but it seems like the market is shaking off the last vestiges of the 2021 overheating. Balance seems to be returning—as it usually does." "After several years of what can only be considered abnormal selling and buying seasons, it seems the nine Bay Area counties are starting to experience a more normalized market," said RE/MAX Gold Manager and Realtor Angelo Gallo, who is based in Cu- pertino, California. "Yes, inventory levels have increased, and sales are down, but we must ask ourselves, 'Compared to what?' We are now seeing the market return to pre-pandemic lev- els. at's not a bad thing. Balance has returned to the Bay Area real estate market, and this is healthy for all consumers." New listings tumbled 21.4% from October—reaching their lowest point of the year—as home sellers saw the Median Sales Price drop to $394,000. at was 1.3% less than in October though still 3.7% higher than in November 2021. e average Close-to-List Price Ratio in November was 98%, meaning that homes sold, on average, for 2% less than the asking price. e ratio was 101% a year ago and flat compared to October 2022. Other notable metrics include: • Homes sold in November were on the market for an average of 39 days. at was four more days than in October and a full week more than in November 2021. • November's 2.5 months' supply of inven- tory was up from 2.3 in October and more than double the 1.2 of one year ago. • ough the fourth-highest year-to-date total, November's 2.5 months' supply of inventory was down 5.9% from October following month-to-month inventory increases of 3.9% in September and 2.9% in October. Highlights and local market metrics for November include: New Listings Of the 53 metro areas surveyed in Novem- ber 2022, the number of newly listed homes was down 21.4% compared to October 2022, and down 14.3% compared to November 2021. e markets with the biggest decrease in year-over-year new listings percentage were: • Phoenix at -33.4% • Portland at -32.3% • San Francisco at -29.8% Leading the year-over-year new listings percentage increase were: • Washington, D.C., at +25.7% • Baltimore, Maryland, at +24.7% • Dover, Delaware, at +15.7% Closed Transactions Of the 53 metro areas surveyed in Novem- ber 2022, the overall number of home sales was down 12.0% compared to October 2022, and down 37.0% compared to November 2021. e markets with the biggest decrease in year-over-year sales percentage were Bozeman, Montana, at -55.1%; Las Vegas at -53.6%; and Salt Lake City, Utah, at -50.2%. No metro area had a year-over-year sales percentage increase in November. Median Sales Price In November 2022, the median of all 53 metro area sales prices was $394,000, down 1.3% compared to October 2022, and up 3.7% from November 2021. e markets with the biggest year-over-year decrease in median sales price were Des Moines, Iowa, at -4.2%; San Francisco at -1.7%; and Pittsburgh at -1.0%. Five metro areas increased year over year by double-digit percentages, led by Fayetteville, Arkansas, at +19.6%; Omaha, Nebraska, at +12.2%; and Orlando, Florida, at +11.6%. Close-to-List Price Ratio In November 2022, the average close-to-list price ratio of all 53 metro areas in the report was 98%, flat compared to October 2022, and down from 101% compared to November 2021. e close-to-list price ratio is calculated by the average value of the sales price divided by the list price for each transaction. When the number is above 100%, the home closes for more than the list price. If it's less than 100%, the home sold for less than the list price. e metro areas with the lowest close-to-list price ratio were a tie between Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Miami at 95%. e highest close-to-list price ratios were Burlington, Vermont, at 102%, followed by a four-way tie between Hartford, Connecti- cut; Manchester, New Hampshire; Richmond, Virginia; and Trenton, New Jersey, at 101%. Days on Market e average days on market for homes sold in November 2022 was 39, up four days from the average in October 2022, and up seven days from the average in November 2021. e metro areas with the lowest days on market were Bal- timore, Maryland, and Dover, Delaware, tied at 15, followed by Philadelphia at 17. e highest days on market averages were in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at 72, Seattle at 62, and Bozeman, Montana, at 59. Days on market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and a sales contract is signed. Months' Supply of Inventory e number of homes for sale in Novem- ber 2022 was down 5.9% from October 2022 and up 48.7% from November 2021. Based on the rate of home sales in November 2022, the months' supply of inventory increased to 2.5 compared to 2.3 in October 2022 and increased compared to 1.2 in November 2021. In November 2022, the markets with the lowest months' supply of inventory were Manchester, New Hampshire at 1.0, followed by a tie between Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Trenton, New Jersey at 1.1. Journal

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