September Brings Rise in Median Prices, Units Sold Across Delaware Valley/Lehigh Valley Region

October 23, 2020
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The median sale price of homes continued to increase across the Delaware Valley/Lehigh Valley Region in September, according to the Long & Foster Real Estate Market Minute Report. Increases of 29% were seen in Mercer County, followed by 24% in Camden County.  

The number of units sold also increased throughout the region with Mercer County exhibiting a 31% increase, compared to last year at this time. Inventory continued to drop in the double digits and homes sold quickly with days on market number ranging from 29 to 41. 

The Long & Foster Real Estate Market Minute report for the Delaware Valley/Lehigh Valley region includes Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties.  

New Jersey Suburbs Market Minute Chart September 2020

Historically, the uncertainty of an election year creates fear and a decline in consumer confidence, causing fewer people to buy homes – but this year everything is different. “The usually strong spring real estate market shifted to summer and is now extending into fall,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate. “The strength of low interest rates is stronger than concerns over the election.” 

When asked to provide advice to homebuyers in this multiple offer environment, Scott offered several effective strategies for navigating our current hot real estate market. “Be ready to buy, don’t play games, use a lender like Prosperity Home Mortgage to get an underwritten pre-approved loan without a property, be prepared to pay over asking price, be ready for the inspection process to be less robust than it’s been in the past, bring your highest and best offer first,” said Scott. “And you need a great Long & Foster agent to represent you.” 

Scott added the pandemic and telework capability are causing consumers to think about travel and vacation very differently and there’s been a shift in buying patterns. “COVID-19 has caused everyone to reflect on their lives,” said Scott. “With the stock market high, interest rates low, and the ability to telework several days a week, there’s a shift to buying a bigger house further away from the office, such as at the beach and using it as a vacation home as well as a primary residence.” 

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