Weekly Market Activity Report 11.24.08
By MAAR on Monday, November 24th, 2008
For 19 weeks out of the past 20, pending sales have been higher than during the equivalent week in 2007. There were 649 pending sales for the week ending November 15, up a healthy 19.1 percent from the same week last year. Of these newly signed purchase agreements, 53.5 percent were for lender-mediated foreclosure or short sale properties and 41.9 percent were listed at $150,000 or below. Over the last three months, there have been more than 25 percent more pending sales than during the same time in 2007. A healthy portion of these sales have been in the lower price ranges.
On the supply side, the inventory of homes for sale currently sits at 29,365, which is 9.0 percent lower than this time last year. New listings for the most recent reporting week were 9.0 percent lower than a year ago, and only 41.7 of new listings were lender-mediated.
The fact that a much higher proportion of sales are lender-mediated (53.5 percent) compared to new listings (41.7 percent) is an indication that foreclosures and short sales are not languishing on the open market. Although we still have a ways to go, this is a hopeful sign. The sooner the lender-mediated inventory is absorbed, the sooner our market can return to a traditional recovery process.
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