February Huntsville Area Real Estate Shows Signs of Improvement

Huntsville/North Alabama Area MLS Observations: Residential Real Estate Market February 2010

February sales increased 8% to $85,720,785 vs. January $79,018,442. This was 15% above last year of $74,485,153. The twelve month moving average line on the total dollar sales chart is pretty flat, which is an encouraging sign for the future.

Total unit sales increased from 500 in January to 539 in February, an increase of 39.

New sales increased from 101 homes last month to 109 this month, an increase of 8.

Used sales increased from 399 homes last month to 430 this month, an increase of 31 (Sect E  p.3).

Used inventory levels remain high at 11 months with the situation particularly challenged in the higher price ranges. Used homes over $200,000 are still over a year of inventory. Over the last five months we are seeing a reduction in the number of active listings. Prices continue to be pressured, although average prices seem to have stabilized somewhat.

New homes are at 7 months of inventory overall, and homes priced under $100,000, are at 20 months of inventory. Greater than $500,000 are over two year’s worth of inventory. (E-1).

There continue to be a large number of housing permits issued, given the market conditions. January showed 65 vs. 74 in December.

Total Active listings decreased by12% this month to 7,316 compared to last month’s 8,142, which is 17% below than last year at this time, at 8,626 (Sect A p.4 and Sect E p.3). For the 1st time in a while New homes sales were more than New home New listings (good news). (Sect B p.1). Active New listings decreased from 1,317 last month to 1,077 in February, down 240. (Sect E p.3). Active Used listings decreased from 6,825 last month to 6,239 this month, down 586. This is below last year’s amount at this time of 7,084. (Sect E p.3).

Absorption for New homes was 7 months of inventory in February. This is better than 8 months in January and 10 months last year at this time (Sect E p.8). Absorption for Used homes was 11 months of inventory in February, which is about even with last month at 12, and last year’s 12 months (Sect E  p.8).

Average Days on Market for Sold New homes was 200 vs. 154 days last month, with Used at 177 in February compared with 168 in January (Sect A p.18).

Average sales price for Sold New homes was $228,554 vs. $212,534 last month. (Sect A p.2)

Average sales price for Sold Used homes was $141,415 vs. $144,242 last month. (Sect A p.2)

Since I make it a point to get the report out the Monday prior to the 15th, and this month the 15th falls on a Tuesday, we are a little early this month which means there will be a modest upwards adjustment of sales as late ones are reported next month.

TWB 3/06/11


2 thoughts on “February Huntsville Area Real Estate Shows Signs of Improvement

  1. AlabamaSnape

    Your blog is very useful, but it would be much more helpful to include year over year changes. It is typical for people to move during certain seasons, such as spring when the weather warms and they have income tax rebates to spend, and I’d much rather see what sales were like this month versus a year ago instead of this month versus last month. It can be dangerous to draw a conclusion like “sales increased 10% in May–market rebounds” when it could just be that sales in May are always 10% higher than April because people postpone moving until the school year is over.

    1. Tom Brander Post author

      If you read carefully, I make it a point to cite year over year stats for most statistics, in addition to the month to month data.. I agree that it is necessary to look at both the month to month as well as year to year to get the overall picture.


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