Waterfront home sales on Lake Martin rise in October

Sales: According to the Lake Martin Area Association of Realtors, October waterfront sales increased 43.8% year-over-year from 32 to 46 closed transactions. Additionally, sales decreased 17.9% from September, and are now up 28% year-to-date.

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Inventory: Total homes listed for sale declined 47.5% year-over-year from 221 to 116 listings. Months of supply declined from 6.9 to 2.5, reflecting a market where sellers generally have slightly elevated bargaining power.

Pricing: The median sales price in October was $625,375, an increase of 34.9% from one year ago and an increase of 0.7% to September. The differing sample size (number of residential sales of comparative months) can contribute to statistical volatility, including pricing. ACRE recommends consulting with a local real estate professional to discuss pricing, as it will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Lake homes sold in October averaged 89 days on the market (DOM), 103 days faster than October 2019.

Forecast: October sales were 24 units, or 109.1%, above the Alabama Center for Real Estate’s (ACRE) monthly forecast. ACRE projected 22 sales for the month, while actual sales were 46 units. ACRE forecast a total of 258 residential sales in the area year-to-date, while there were 416 actual sales through October, a difference of 61.2%.

NAR commentary: According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home sales nationwide increased 4.3% from September (seasonally adjusted annual rate), rising for the fifth consecutive month, and increased 26.6% from one year ago. Sales prices continued to grow at higher rates than before the pandemic, rising almost 16% year-over-year.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR said, “Considering that we remain in a period of stubbornly high unemployment relative to pre-pandemic levels, the housing sector has performed remarkably well this year. The surge in sales in recent months has now offset the spring market losses. With news that a COVID-19 vaccine will soon be available, and with mortgage rates projected to hover around 3% in 2021, I expect the market’s growth to continue into 2021.”

ACRE commentary: Home sales in Alabama increased for the fifth consecutive month in October, rising 32.2% year-over-year. Sales usually begin to slow in the fall months, but low mortgage rates and demand for more housing space has resulted in significantly elevated sales activity. For additional context, year-over-year sales gains in October averaged 6.7% during the last 5 years, and it is unlikely that the large gains seen in recent months will continue long-term. Sales prices continue to grow at a faster rate than before the pandemic, which could motivate more potential sellers to list their homes going forward. Tight inventory has played a large role in driving sales prices upwards, with total listings down 32.3% in October.

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The Lake Martin Area Waterfront only report is developed in conjunction with the Lake Martin Area Association of Realtors to better serve area consumers.

Editor’s Note: All information in this article reflects data provided to the Alabama Center for Real Estate for the time period October 1 – 31, 2020. Thus, the performance represented is historical and should not be used as an indicator of future results, particularly considering the impact of COVID-19 on the housing market.

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