An inside look at the residential real estate market in Southeast Texas including: the hottest neighborhoods, proven home selling strategies, home buying and negotiating tactics, median prices by neighborhood, average days homes are on the market, and professional advice on how to get the best deal when buying or selling a home.

Southeast Texas Single Family Home Sales Slow in September
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Home Sales in SE Texas 2010 vs 2011

As we start the fourth and final quarter of 2011, let's see  how home sales this year compare to home sales last year.  Raise your hand if you think sales are up.  Now, take a look at the chart.

2010v2011 sales

If your hand is down then you are right about home sales.  So far through the third quarter the total number of residential sales is lower than it was in 2010.  

"There have been approximately 10% fewer homes sold this year compared to the same time last year."

In fact only two months -January and September- of 2011 had a higher number of home sales than 2010.  According to the data the The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M gathers from the Beaumont MLS, there is currently a 12.3 month supply of inventory on the market. 

The number of homes for sale in Southeast Texas - also know as the amount of inventory- has been above 8 months since April 2009.  Its been in double digits since Feb. 2010.  Most experts would agree a 6-8 month supply of homes on the market is a fair and balanced market.  More than that tips the scale to the side of buyers.  Less than that tips the scale to the side of sellers. 

Interestingly enough the median sales price has not gone down even though inventory is up. 

  • September 2010 Median Sales Price = $121,000
  • September 2011 Median Sales Price = $123,800

What is the take away from all of this?  To put it in plain words, the market is complicated right now.  Fewer homes are selling but the pristine ones still are selling and selling at close to asking price. 

  • For buyers:  Don't assume every seller will come down 10% off their asking price.  There's more to it that than.  You need to know how well the home is priced to begin with. 
  • For sellers:  Plan to get your home in great shape before it goes on the market.  Coldwell Banker Southern Homes has a free home enhancement guide that will help you maximize your sales price and shorten your time on the market.

If you have more questions about the Southeast Texas residential housing market contact me.  Having a professional, local REALTOR on your side is one of the smartest decisions you will make when it comes to buying or selling a home.

 

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cole holmes

great article, although i think there is one thing that absolutely cannot be overlooked which is the induced home sales numbers as a result of the government incentive through april of last year which affected sales/closings, more or less, through July. you can see the surge from march, april, may, and june as the tax credit was nearing its sunset. after that the numbers are very comparable and more so realistic. i think our state is rockin' this year! www.accordingToCole.com

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Andy

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I enjoy looking through a post that can make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

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