Gadsden-area home sales continue to rise in November

Sales: According to the Etowah-Cherokee Association of Realtors, November residential sales in the Gadsden area increased 29.9% year-over-year from 67 to 87 closed transactions. Sales decreased 17.9% from October, and are up 13.6% year-to-date. Two more resources to review: Quarterly Report and Annual Report.

For all of the Gadsden area’s housing data, click here.

Inventory: Following regional trends but to a greater degree, total homes listed for sale in November decreased 47.6% year-over-year from 387 to 203 listings. Months of supply dropped from 5.8 to 2.3, reflecting a market where sellers generally have elevated bargaining power.

Pricing: The area’s median sales price in November was $159,900, an increase of 52.3% from one year ago and an increase of 4.9% from October. 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.

Homes sold in November averaged 51 days on market, 39 days faster than November 2019.

Forecast: November sales were 23 units, or 35.9%, above the Alabama Center for Real Estate’s (ACRE) monthly forecast. ACRE projected 87 sales for the month, while actual sales were 64 units. ACRE forecast a total of 889 residential sales in the area year-to-date, while there were 980 actual sales through November, a difference of 10.2%.

NAR commentary: According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home sales nationwide decreased 2.5% from October (seasonally adjusted annual rate), ending 5 consecutive months of gains. However, sales did increase significantly from one year ago, rising 25.8%. Sales prices continued to grow at higher rates than before the pandemic, rising almost 15% year-over-year.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR said, “Home sales in November took a marginal step back, but sales for all of 2020 are already on pace to surpass last year’s levels. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s amazing that the housing sector is outperforming expectations. Circumstances are far from being back to the pre-pandemic normal. However, the latest stimulus package and with the vaccine distribution underway, and a very strong demand for homeownership still prevalent, robust growth is forthcoming for 2021.”

ACRE commentary: Home sales in Alabama increased for the sixth consecutive month in November, rising 23.3% year-over-year. The strong rebound in sales activity during the summer months has extended into the fall, with many buyers looking for more housing space due to more time spent at home. Low mortgage rates also played a significant role as they helped offset rising home sales prices, which increased almost 15% Y/Y in November. 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 33.8% in November.

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The Gadsden Residential Monthly Report is developed in conjunction with the Etowah-Cherokee 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 November 1 – 30, 2020. Thus, the performance represented is historical and should not be used as an indicator of future results, particularly considering the upcoming impact of COVID-19 on the housing market.

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