Cherokee County Real Estate Market Heading into 2016

    We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand is high and the supply of that item is limited. The last two major reports issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now is a great time to sell your house.

    Let’s look at the data covered by the latest Pending Home Sales Report and Existing Home Sales Report.

    THE PENDING HOME SALES REPORT

    The report announced that pending home sales (homes going into contract) are up 3.9% over last year, and have increased year-over-year now for 14 consecutive months.

    Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist, expects demand to remain stable through the final two months of the year, and “forecasts existing-home sales to finish 2015 at a pace of 5.30 million – the highest since 2006.” 

    Takeaway: Demand for housing will continue throughout the end of 2015 and into 2016. The seasonal slowdown often felt in the winter months hasn’t started and shows little signs of being near.

    THE EXISTING HOME SALES REPORT

    The most important data point revealed in the report was not sales but instead the inventory of homes on the market (supply). The report explained:

    • Total housing inventory decreased 2.3% to 2.14 million homes available for sale
    • That represents a 4.8-month supply at the current sales pace
    • Unsold inventory is 4.5% lower than a year ago

    What does the Cherokee County market look like?

    MARKET UPDATE Dec 2015

    Bottom Line

    If you are going to sell, now may be the time.

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