Weekly Market Activity Report 3.10.08

By MAAR on Monday, March 10th, 2008

The number of new listings on the market has been relatively small so far in 2008. Over the last eight weeks, there have been roughly 1,200 fewer listings put on the market than during the same eight weeks in 2007—a decline of 6.7 percent. The decline in purchase agreement activity during the same period is on a more extreme decline, however—falling by 17.8 percent for the same time period comparison.

What buyers need to hear about is the significant improvement in affordability. Despite an increase in mortgage rates, the Housing Affordability Index (HAI) shot up dramatically for March to 157, the highest figure in five years! The HAI increased thanks to a decline in sales prices in February and increased consumer income. The home buying environment has been getting exponentially more attractive with each passing month, which is great news for those waiting on a real estate market rebound.

This week’s MAAR Weekly Market Activity Report features updated figures for several important metrics. Days on Market Until Sale held steady at 165 in February, an increase of 12.2 percent from last year. The Percent of Original List Price Received at Sale increased slightly to 91.1 percent, and should continue to rise in the spring months as it does each year.

Do buyers recognize the improving affordability and what it means to their bottom line? Let us know what you think by clicking the "Comment" link below and sharing your thoughts.

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report.



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