Home Sales Up 15% in January

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The 4-county Metropolitan Milwaukee housing market started 2013 in the same fashion it ended 2012, increasing sales over the previous year.  Sales in January were 15% above January of 2012.

January marked the 19th month in a row that home sales increased over the previous year.  The 874 January sales were the most for that month since 2007 (971), before the Great Recession began.

While there is a substantial amount of relief in the continued success of the housing recovery, there is also concern over the paltry level of inventory the market is carrying as we approach the spring selling season. 

The market has 11.0-months of inventory (calculated by the number of active listings divided by the previous month’s sales), which is well below the 15.4-months from January 2012.  To put that in perspective, over the last 6-years the number of months of inventory was usually in the upper teens or low 20s in January.

Only 1,889 homes were listed in January 2013, down 13.7% from a year earlier.  January’s listings were the fewest the market has had in that month since 2000, when 1,784 homes were listed.

A major reason for the lackluster level of listings is sellers’ fear of not getting a good price for their home.  Certainly, sellers will probably not fetch prices from the peak of the market, however, prices are starting to stabilize in many areas – though buyers are demanding concessions to complete a sale.

We cannot say with confidence that the Milwaukee market will see prices rise universally in 2013, but with consumer confidence and employment stable, and with interest rates historically low, many areas of our market could see some appreciation as we move through the year.

Sellers need to consult with their REALTOR® to determine the appropriate listing price for their home given current market conditions in their neighborhood and community.

Days on Market

While listings are lagging, buyers are very active.  Of the closings in the 4-county area in January, 40.8% sold in less than 60-days.  An additional 15.7% sold in under 90-days, for a total of 56.5% of sales from properties listed since October or November.

Distressed sales (foreclosures, short sales, etc.) still account for approximately 20% of area sales and take the longest to sell.  Distressed properties comprised a significant portion of the almost 1/3rd of the homes that were on the market for more than 120-days.

                                                Days on Market

 

Milwaukee

Waukesha

Washington

Ozaukee

4-County

1-30 Days

105

24.4%

39

20.9%

12

25.0%

3

7.5%

159

22.5%

31-60 Days

80

18.6%

33

17.6%

9

18.8%

7

17.5%

129

18.3%

61-90 Days

69

16.0%

33

17.6%

7

14.6%

2

5.0%

111

15.7%

91-120 Days

53

12.3%

19

10.2%

5

10.4%

7

17.5%

84

11.9%

+ 120 Days

124

28.8%

63

33.7%

15

31.3%

21

52.5%

223

31.6%

Total

431

 

187

 

48

 

40

 

706

 

Price Ranges

37.6% of sales in the 4-County Metropolitan area were among units priced under $100,000.

Milwaukee County had 58.3% of all regional sales.  Over half, 55.7%, of the county’s sales were among properties under $100,000.

Waukesha County had 27.5% of the region’s sales.  9.4% of sales were in the $100,000-range, but sales in the $200,000-range ($200,000 – $299,999) made up 40.9% of the county’s total.

                                Price Ranges

County

MKE

WAUK

WASH

OZ

4-CTY

Units < $100K

278

55.7%

22

9.4%

17

23.6%

5

10.0%

322

37.6%

$100K Range

142

28.5%

96

40.9%

39

54.2%

22

44.0%

299

34.9%

$200K Range

45

9.0%

51

21.7%

11

15.3%

15

30.%

122

14.3%

$300K Range

15

3.0%

29

12.3%

2

2.8%

3

6.0%

49

5.7%

$400K Range

9

1.8%

18

7.7%

1

1.4%

0

0.0%

28

3.3%

Units $500K +

10

2.0%

19

8.1%

7

2.8%

5

10.0%

36

4.2%

     499    235       72      50  

% of Region

58.3%

27.5%

8.4%

5.8%

* The total unit sales may not equal other reported totals, because this report does not include 2- and 4-family units, which are reported in the regular MLS statistics.

Financing

47.9% of all residential buyers and 47.3% of condominium buyers utilized conventional 30-year mortgages to finance their purchases.  That is no surprise given the historically low rates currently available.

The next most common source of financing was cash, accounting for 29.6% of residential purchases and 37.3% of condos.  Cash purchases among condo buyers has been a common theme through the recession due to lenders having difficulty securing condominium loans.

                                             Financing in the 4-County Area

Units by Finance Type

Residential

Condo

Res

Condo

Adj Rate Mtg

40

8

5.7%

5.3%

Assumable FHA

3

0

0.4%

0.0%

Assumable VA

0

1

0.0%

0.7%

Cash


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