Nov 201722

Inventory Fell and Home Prices Were Up in the Philadelphia Market in October

Nov 201722

Inventory Fell and Home Prices Were Up in the Philadelphia Market in October

MarketMinuteLogo2017smallThe Philadelphia market saw strong demand for homes in October, with robust home sales across much of the region. Inventory declined and prices were up overall, according to Long & Foster Market Minute reports. The Philadelphia region includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
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More homes were sold in Bucks, Delaware and Philadelphia counties, while Chester and Montgomery counties saw slight decreases in volume compared to a year earlier. Median sale prices increased in most parts of the region, including by 10 percent in Philadelphia County and by 6 percent in Bucks County.

“October was a good month – even better than we expected,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate. “It was a solid for sales, listings and closings.”

The number of available homes continues to decline compared to a year ago. Inventory was down by 10 percent in Chester County and 23 percent in Delaware County.

The next year is expected to bring more of the same conditions that currently characterize the residential market: low inventory, low-but-increasing interest rates and strong demand.

Many homeowners bought or refinanced at historically low interest rates in recent years, and they won’t be eager to sell if the costs of borrowing go up, even as those entering the market hope to take advantage of still-low rates. Rising values might raise concerns about affordability, but they could also play a role in alleviating inventory challenges, as more homeowners who bought before the downturn gain equity and decide to sell.

“We believe the economic indicators will be very similar to what they have been,” Scott said. “Every month, more people in our regions are gaining equity because of increasing property values. So price appreciation is a positive, but it also has an adverse impact on affordability.”

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.