ALABAMA REAL ESTATE JOURNAL

Calhoun County home sales down in July

Sales: According to the Calhoun County Board of Realtors, July residential sales in the area (Calhoun, Cleburne, and Talladega Counties) decreased 23.1% year-over-year (Y/Y) from 242 to 186 closed transactions. Sales decreased 19.5% from June, and are now down 0.2% year-to-date. Two more resources to review: Quarterly Report and Annual Report.  

For all of Calhoun County’s housing data, click here.

Inventory: July listings (574) increased 0.2% from June and decreased 0.5% from one year ago. At the current sales pace, all the active inventory on the market would sell in 3.1 months, up from 2.5 in June and up from 2.4 in July 2021. The equilibrium point where buyers and sellers have roughly equal bargaining power is 4-5 months of supply.

Pricing: The area’s median sales price in July was $178,500, an increase of 3.1% from one year ago and a decrease of 3.5% from June. 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 July averaged 21 days on the market (DOM), 11 days faster than July 2021. 

Forecast: July sales were 46 units, or 20%, below the Alabama Center for Real Estate’s (ACRE) monthly forecast. ACRE projected 232 sales for the month, while actual sales were 186 units. ACRE forecast a total of 1,379 residential sales in the area year-to-date, while there were 1,353 actual sales through July, a difference of 1.9%. 

Statewide Summary: Home sales in the state declined in July as rising mortgage rates sidelined some potential buyers. Sales declined 18.2% year-over-year and are down 5.6% year-to-date. Buyer demand has pulled back to pre-covid levels with July sales 4.8% below the 5-year average. Additional declines are likely in the months ahead, with a 5-10% slowdown expected from last year’s pace. 

Home sales price growth moderated in July with the statewide median sales price rising 13.4% Y/Y, down from an average of 16.0% during the first half of the year. Following a slight pullback in June (down 0.3% month-over-month), the statewide median sales price reached an all-time high of $247,706 in July. Going forward, slowing sales and rising inventory are likely to result in home price growth moderating to the 8-10% range. 

Much-needed inventory arrived in July with statewide listings rising 8.1% from June and 24.7% from one year ago. Inventory is still relatively tight as the 13,897 properties listed for sale is 30.9% below the 5-year average of 20,120. Unsold inventory was at 2.2 months of supply, up from 1.5 one year ago. 

National Summary: According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home sales declined for the sixth consecutive month in July, falling 5.9% from June (seasonally adjusted annual rate). All four regions of the country reported month-over-month declines. Sales decreased 20.2% year-over-year. 

The median sales price for all housing types increased 10.8% Y/Y to $403,800, the 125th consecutive Y/Y gain. Properties sold in an average of just 14 days, the fastest pace on record. Inventory is slowly trending upwards from the lows seen during the post-pandemic housing boom. The 1,310,000 listings at the end of July increased 4.8% from June and equal to one year ago. July’s 3.3 months of supply (MOS) increased from 2.9 during June and 2.6 one year ago.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR said, “”The ongoing sales decline reflects the impact of the mortgage rate peak of 6% in early June. Home sales may soon stabilize since mortgage rates have fallen to near 5%, thereby giving an additional boost of purchasing power to home buyers.”

Yun also commented on overall market conditions saying, “We’re witnessing a housing recession in terms of declining home sales and home building. However, it’s not a recession in home prices. Inventory remains tight and prices continue to rise nationally with nearly 40% of homes still commanding the full list price.”

All-cash sales represented 24% of all closed sales in July, down 1% from the prior month and up from 23% one year ago. Second-home buyers and individual investors purchased 14% of July home sales, down from 16% June and up from 15% one year ago. 

Foreclosures and short sales accounted for approximately 1% of July transactions, essentially unchanged from June 2022 and July 2021. 

Click here to view the entire monthly report. 

The Calhoun County Residential Monthly Report is developed in conjunction with the Calhoun County Board of Realtors to better serve area consumers.

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