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Orange County Housing Report | It Is What It Is

Many buyers and sellers are holding out for a major shift in the market favoring their point of view, but housing is not changing anytime soon.

Status Quo: For the rest of the year, the housing market is not going to change much at all. 

What you see in the market today is ultimately what you are going to see for the rest of the year. More simply, it is what it is; what you see is what you get. Values are not going to grow much. The overall pace of housing is not going to change. Housing is going to move along at the same clip. Buyers think that the end of the year is the BEST time of the year to buy. Nope! What you see is what you get. Sellers think that the market is going to suddenly heat up. Nope! What you see is what you get.

Now that it is the Autumn Market, there will be fewer new homes that enter the fray. Combine that with many unsuccessful sellers throwing in the towel and pulling their homes off the market and you have the recipe for an active inventory that will continuously drop. As the year progresses, there will be fewer and fewer choices for buyers. That is normal. Last year, the inventory grew on the backs of rising rates, which is not normal. Current rates are at a three-year low. The inventory is going to do what it normally does at the end of the year, consistently drop. On average, it drops 37% after reaching a peak during the Summer Market.

With both supply and demand dropping at nearly the same rate, the velocity of the market will not change much as well. What you see is what you get. The Expected Market Time, the amount of time it would take from listing a home to placing it in escrow down the road, has increased, on average, by only 2% from August through December during years where housing peaks during the summer. The current Expected Market Time is at 86 days. A 2% change would be an increase to 88 days, nearly unnoticeable for anyone in the real estate trenches.

Orange County Housing Market Summary:

– The active listing inventory decreased by 181 homes in the past two-weeks, down 2%, and now totals 7,307. The inventory reached a peak for the year of 7,601 four-weeks ago. Last year, there were 7,001 homes on the market, 306 fewer than today, 4% less. Two years ago, there were 20% fewer homes on the market.

– Demand, the number of pending sales over the prior month, decreased by 81 pending sales in the past two-weeks, down 2%, and now totals 2,548. Last year, there were 2,350 pending sales, 8% fewer than today. Two years ago, demand was 11% stronger than today.

– The Expected Market Time for all of Orange County remained unchanged at 86 days, a slight Seller’s Market (between 60 to 90 days). It was at 89 days last year.

– For homes priced below $750,000, the market is a hot Seller’s Market (less than 60 days) with an expected market time of 57 days. This range represents 38% of the active inventory and 57% of demand.

– For homes priced between $750,000 and $1 million, the expected market time is 74 days, a slight Seller’s Market. This range represents 19% of the active inventory and 22% of demand.

– For homes priced between $1 million to $1.25 million, the expected market time is 117 days, a Balanced Market.

– For luxury homes priced between $1.25 million and $1.5 million, in the past two weeks, the Expected Market Time increased from 130 to 149 days. For homes priced between $1.5 million and $2 million, the Expected Market Time decreased from 244 to 162 days. For luxury homes priced between $2 million and $4 million, the Expected Market Time decreased from 280 to 249 days. For luxury homes priced above $4 million, the Expected Market Time increased from 404 to 509 days.

– The luxury end, all homes above $1.25 million, accounts for 34% of the inventory and only 13% of demand.

– Distressed homes, both short sales and foreclosures combined, made up only 0.7% of all listings and 1.4% of demand. There are only 20 foreclosures and 32 short sales available to purchase today in all of Orange County, 52 total distressed homes on the active market, down five in the past two-weeks. Last year there were 58 total distressed homes on the market, slightly more than today.

– There were 2,871 closed residential resales in July, 5% more than July 2018’s 2,734 closed sales. July marked a 6% increase compared to June 2019. The sales to list price ratio was 98.3% for all of Orange County. Foreclosures accounted for just 0.5% of all closed sales, and short sales accounted for 0.24%. That means that 99.3% of all sales were good ol’ fashioned sellers with equity.

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