Real Estate Homes On Market Taking Much Longer To Sell In Past Six Months

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On average, the length of time required from real estate listing to contract has increased dramatically in the U.S. in the past six months, according to HouseHunt’s latest national “Current Market Conditions” homes for sale activity survey. Seventy-five percent of respondents said it is now taking more than 30 days. Of that figure, 30% said it is taking more than 60 days.

Three months ago, 52% of survey respondents said the average time on the market required for a home to sell was more than 30 days on the real estate market. Six months ago, only 35% said it was taking more than 30 days as buyer frenzy continued unabated.



“Current Market Conditions” 4th quarter survey also found:

Home sales prices remain firm. Currently, 82% say they are getting 95% or more of asking home prices. This compares with 80% in the third quarter and 90% in the second quarter of 2005.

Solid appreciation. One-half of all respondents report home price appreciation of 10% or more in the fourth quarter, year-to-year. This compares with 46% in the third quarter and 42% in the second quarter.



Multiple offers down. Currently, only 50% of respondents report multiple offers. This is down from 70% in the second and third quarters of this year.

Buyers-sellers demand nearly equal. A more balanced real estate market between buyers and sellers demand has emerged in many parts of the country. This compares with a 61-39% buyer ratio in the third quarter.

First-time buyers. Currently at 35%, this percentage has stayed about the same for the last six-nine months despite price and appreciation spikes on the East and West coasts and in Florida, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Greatest first-time buyer activity continues to be in the South and Midwest. Repeat and move-up buyer activity remains strong. Investor and second-home demand has slowed.

Inventory of unsold homes growing. Sixty-five percent said the trend is up in local real estate markets. Fifty-five percent report a good supply in all price ranges. Only 38% reported a good supply six months ago.

Market Growth. Overwhelmingly, survey respondents said job and population growth continues to fuel housing demand in local markets.



“Our latest random survey findings are consistent with both nationwide housing sales data and forecasts of top industry economists,” said Michael Bearden, President and CEO of HouseHunt, Inc. “Our strong economy and consumer demand made record homes for sale possible in 2005 despite destructive hurricanes, rising mortgage interest rates and higher energy costs. We’re optimistic that a sustainable, more balanced housing market will be the cornerstone of the U.S. economy in 2006.”

A sampling of individual survey results:


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