Median sale prices rose throughout the entire South Jersey Shore real estate market in July, according to the Long & Foster Market Minute reports. The South Jersey Shore region includes Atlantic and Cape May counties.
Last month, median sale prices increased by 9 percent in Cape May County, followed by a 1 percent increase in Atlantic County. The number of homes sold varied in the region, with Atlantic County seeing a 20 percent increase and Cape May County seeing a 7 percent decrease.
Active inventory fell throughout the region, declining by 18 percent in Atlantic County and by 7 percent in Cape May County. Days on market averages in the South Jersey Shore region ranged from 71 days in Atlantic County to 131 days in Cape May County.
Looking at the data, a number of regions in Long & Foster’s market performed better in July than in the previous spring months.
“This year’s spring market happened at different times in different regions – July was spring for some of them,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate. “It’s likely that the springtime transactions that were not happening were simply delayed, not lost.”
It’s because of these differences from one location to another that it’s important to make sure consumers aren’t taking any singular statement and applying it to any one market, Scott said.
“The media makes very general statements – ‘Prices are Appreciating’ – which feels good if I’m a seller,” Scott said. “But if the media is looking at averages, many people still fall outside of the average. Your real estate professional can help you disarm and interpret the media on a local scale.”
“Sellers in particular have to be very careful about using listing prices as comparables when putting their house on the market,” Scott said. “It’s really important to look at the sales in your area as opposed to listing prices, because listing process are more irrelevant today than they’ve been in a long time.”
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 South Jersey Shore and Cape May County multiple listing services and their 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 SJS, CMC or Long & Foster Real Estate.