Housing market continues to stabilize in 2014
Inventory is steadily rising, while prices have also increased
We’re now halfway through 2014, and as anticipated, the market has slowed down from the brisk pace of last year. It’s a stabilization of the industry that was predicted by our team here at Long & Foster, and it’s attributed to a variety of developments—three of which stand out as the most significant to me.
Regardless, we have seen many positive developments in the market this year. For example, while inventory remains low, it’s steadily increasing. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported a 5.6-month supply as of May, which is much closer to normal than last December’s 4.6-month supply. Sales prices also have been on the rise across the country. Both NAR and the Mortgage Bankers Association predict this growth will continue through the year, and we’ve seen such developments at Long & Foster.
While we’re down year-to-date about 6 percent in volume and 7 percent in units, our sales are quite similar to the overall market. I’m confident our performance will continue to improve, and I’m appreciative of all you’ve done to help Long & Foster bring the homeownership experience to buyers and sellers across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this year. Let’s keep up the good work as we move toward the future!
By the Numbers Wrap-up for June 2014
News from Keller Williams Companies, Jeff Detwiler, President and Chief Operating Officer