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November 2nd, 2009 10:59 AM by David W. Welch
October closed out our fifth month in a row with over 2,000 closed sales. So far 2,004 have been posted for the month with a median sales price of $130,500. We have been hovering around $130,000 for seven months now ranging between $125,000 and $135,000. Of the 2,004 closes sales 832 or 41.5% were bank owned, almost 21% were short sales with 415 and the remaining 757 were "normal" sales. As usual we are seeing a pretty big difference in the median prices of these three groups. REO's came in at $80,000 while short sales were just under the over all median with $127,000 and "normal" sales had a median sales price of $180,000. The 415 short sales closed represent only about 7.5% of the total number of short sales under contract.
Total pending sales stand at 9,072 with 1,782 being REO'snd a whopping 5,544 classified as short sales. That leaves on 1,746 "normal" pending contracts. The "normal" sales tend to be higher priced homes, but also tend to close a bit more quickly once they are under contract. Short sales continue to be a drag on the entire real estate system taking six to eight months to obtain approval. The total inventory is down slightly to 15,778 with 1,255 bank owned properties and 5,583 short sales. Combined distressed properties represent just over 43% of our active inventory.
My blog post about the extension and expansion of the home buyer tax credit was featured on www.Talk.Realtor.com.
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