CHESTER COUNTY Home Values, HAVE WE Hit BottoM?
Whether you’re already a homeowner or you’re looking to become one, the recent headlines about home prices may leave you with more questions than answers. News stories are talking about home prices falling, and that’s raising concerns about a repeat of what happened to prices in the crash in 2008.
One of the questions that’s on many minds, based on those headlines, is: how much will home prices decline? But what you may not realize is expert forecasters aren’t calling for a free fall in prices. In fact, if you look at the latest data, there’s a case to be made that the biggest portion of month-over-month price depreciation nationally may already behind us – and even those numbers weren’t significant declines on the national level. Instead of how far will they drop, the question becomes: have home values hit bottom?
Let’s take a look at the latest data from several reputable industry sources (see chart below):
The chart above provides a look at the most recent reports from Case-Shiller, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Black Knight, and CoreLogic. It shows how, on a national scale, home values have changed month-over-month since January 2022. November and December numbers have yet to come out.
Let’s focus in on what the red numbers tell us. The red numbers are the change in home values over the last four months that have been published. And if we isolate the last four months, what the data shows is, in each case, home price depreciation peaked in August.
While that doesn’t guarantee home price depreciation has hit bottom, it confirms prices aren’t in a free fall, and it may be an early signal that the worst is already behind us. As the numbers for November and December are released, data will be able to further validate this national trend.
SO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN CHESTER COUNTY?
However, it is true in politics and real estate that all the relevant action is local. So, lets take a look at what has happened to median single family home prices in Chester county. The below chart brings it home for a month by month comparison between 2021 and 2022.
|CHESTER COUNTY,MEDIAN SALES PRICES|
|2021 AND 2022|
|Month||Sale Price, Median 2021||Sale Price, Median 2022||Difference||Diff %|
|Chester County, Number of Sales, 2021/22|
|Month||Sales, Number of 2021||Sales, Number of 2022||Difference||Diff %|
If one is among the ankle biting nay sayers for whom there is never good news, you could make a case that the real estate market in Chester county has indeed gone to hell in a hand basket and that dramatic overall collapse must be on the way.
However, two other major indicators say no. Inventory is still low at only 2 months. That says there are still a lot more buyers than sellers (more demand than there is supply) which is very bullish for prices.
Also, Days on Market is at a low 12 days. That means that when a home comes on the market, if it is well priced and marketed, the seller can reasonably expect to have an acceptable offer in about 12 days. A “normal” market would be about 30 days. This again indicates that we have a lot more buyers than sellers (more demand than there is supply) which is very bullish for prices.
Nationally, home prices month-over-month have depreciated for the four months of July through October. However, that is not the case for our local market.
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