Inventory Remains Low in South Jersey Shore Region in December 2016

January 17, 2017

Market Minute LogoInventory remained low in the South Jersey Shore real estate market in December, according to the Long & Foster Market Minute reports. The South Jersey Shore market includes Atlantic and Cape May counties. The Long & Foster Market Minute reports are based on data provided by the South Jersey Shore and Cape May County multiple listing services and their member associations of Realtors and include residential real estate transactions within specific geographic regions, not just Long & Foster sales.

JerseyShore MarketMinute Chart Dec2016

The Cape May County area of the South Jersey Shore experienced an 8 percent increase in the number of homes sold, while in Atlantic County the number of homes sold fell by 11 percent. Similarly, the median sale price rose by 7 percent in Cape May County and declined by 12 percent in Atlantic County.

Active inventory levels in the region declined by 11 percent in Cape May County and by 4 percent in Atlantic County. The days on market (DOM) average for Atlantic County was 106 days in December, and Cape May County saw a DOM average of 156 days.

“The positive trends we’ve been seeing in the U.S. economy continued in December, and though the real estate market is in its typical winter slowdown we still saw some good things happening, including in the South Jersey Shore region,” said Jeffrey S. Detwiler, chief operating officer of The Long & Foster Companies. “We anticipate a strong 2017 real estate market where buyers will be able to take advantage of a number of factors like better FHA loan terms and mortgage rates ranging from 4-5 percent.”

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