Saturday, June 12, 2010

May Residential Sales Statistics

The Tucson Association of Realtors has announced the Residential Sales Statistics for May.

Average sale price in Tucson in May was $194,838 and median sale price was $151,000. This was a decline of 3% in average price and 5% in median price from April.

This decline may indicate the increased prices we saw in April were due to the first time home buyer tax credit that expired April 30. Buyers needed to have an accepted contract by April 30, and they need to close by June 30, so we will continue to see the effects of the federal stimulus for another month. Because lenders are overwhelmed with buyers trying to get that $8,000 tax credit, some of the sales in escrow will not close by June 30. For this reason, the deadline to close may be extended.

The 6,603 active listings outnumbered the 1,227 sales in May 5.38 to 1. This is below the magic 6:1 ratio that is considered a balanced market. When we get below a six month supply of listings--which is another way of saying a ratio of six listings to one sale--we have what is considered a seller's market. Sellers of homes priced over $300,000 may find that hard to believe, but here's the explanation: 87% of the sales were of houses priced below $300,000 and 55% of the sales were under $160,000.

We had 2,080 active listings priced over $300,000 in May, of which only 164 sold, indicating a one year supply of houses in this price range. We have a 23 month supply of listings priced above $500,000.

First time home buyers and investors still dominate the market. Government-insured loans--VA and FHA--accounted for 36% of the sales, and 23% of the sales were cash.

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