Inventory remained low in the South Jersey Shore real estate market in July, 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.
In Atlantic County, the median sale price rose by 16 percent in July, although the number of homes sold in the county fell by 16 percent. Cape May County experienced a 6 percent decrease in the number of homes sold, and a 4 percent decrease in median sale price.
Active inventory levels in the region declined in July. In Cape May County, inventory fell by 20 percent, while it decreased by 14 percent in Atlantic County. The days on market (DOM) average for Atlantic County was 92 days, and in Cape May County the DOM average was 144 days.
“While many feel optimistic about the U.S. economy as a whole, the issue of low inventory continues to curb the efforts of many who are in the market to buy a home, including homebuyers in the South Jersey Shore region,” said Jeffrey S. Detwiler, chief operating officer of The Long & Foster Companies. “The good news is that new home construction has been gradually but steadily increasing, which should help provide some relief, and mortgage rates remain low as we head toward the end of summer.”
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