Sep 201721

Delaware Valley/Lehigh Valley Region Sees Growth in Home Sales

Sep 201721

Delaware Valley/Lehigh Valley Region Sees Growth in Home Sales

Market Minute Logo 2017Home sales rose in the entire Delaware Valley/Lehigh Valley region of New Jersey in August. Despite low inventory, the region’s real estate market continues to show signs of growth, according to the Long & Foster Market Minute reports. The Delaware Valley/Lehigh Valley region includes Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties.

NJ Suburbs Market Minute Chart Aug 2017

 

Home sales rose in all counties in the Delaware Valley/Lehigh Valley region in August. Camden County experienced a 16 percent increase, followed closely by Gloucester County with a 14 percent increase. Median sale prices of homes varied, and Camden and Mercer counties saw increases of 6 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

“Though all of Long & Foster’s market areas have been solidly consistent in recent months, the Delaware Valley/Lehigh Valley region has seen a bit more growth in home sales,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate. “The area’s market continues to do well, despite facing the same inventory difficulties that are being seen in markets across the country.”

Active inventory declined throughout the Delaware Valley/Lehigh Valley region last month. The largest decrease was in Camden County, which dropped 24 percent. Homes in the region sold in about nine weeks on average.

“Inventory continues to be a challenge in every market in which we operate, and we believe inventory is an issue that will probably not go away overnight,” Scott said. “There are a lot of people who have financed, refinanced or purchased at very favorable interest rates in recent years, and their motivation is different than it was for many in the past – they’re staying put.”

The inventory shortage is making purchasing a home particularly difficult for millennial buyers, Scott said. That’s not necessarily because millennials and older generations are competing to purchase the same homes, but more due to homeowners and investors choosing not to sell homes that millennials would be interested in purchasing, he said. Although new construction has increased, homebuilders are having a hard time meeting the demands of the market, he said.

“More people are moving toward smaller more effective, more efficient housing than the big boxes,” Scott said. “There are many millennials looking for maintenance-free, convenient living – like condos and townhomes – that is close to retail, entertainment and work opportunities.”

The best thing that homebuyers can do, Scott said, is to have their financing lined up, have an agent who is an expert negotiator at the ready and remember that real estate is hyperlocal. Within a single large subdivision, it’s possible to see homes in one part of the neighborhood sell quickly while homes in another part sell at a slower pace, he said. Long & Foster’s Market Minute reports allow consumers to view market data for individual communities and neighborhoods. Combining the information from regional and local reports, along with the neighborhood insight and expertise of a Long & Foster agent, can provide a much more rounded and accurate picture of the market, Scott said.

The Long & Foster Market Minute is an overview of market statistics based on residential real estate transactions for more than 500 local areas and neighborhoods and over 100 counties in eight states. The easy-to-read, easy-to-share reports include information about each area’s units sold, active inventory, median sale prices, list to sold price ratio, days on market and more.

Information included in this report is based on data supplied by TREND multiple listing service and its member associations of Realtors, which are not responsible for its accuracy. The reports include residential real estate transactions within specific geographic regions, not just Long & Foster sales, and they do not reflect all activity in the marketplace. Information contained in this report is deemed reliable but not guaranteed, should be independently verified, and does not constitute an opinion of TREND or Long & Foster Real Estate.