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Aiken Board of Realtors and MLS
1069 Silver Bluff Road
Aiken, SC 29803
Office: 803-648-1891
(F): 803-642-6044

 

Market Statistics – January 2019

January 2019

Prior Year

Current Year

+/-

Average Sales Price

$180,108

$294,649

+63.6%

Median Sales Price

$154,000

$186,500

+21.1%

Inventory of Homes for Sale

1,153

1,011

-12.3%

Days on Market

156

152

-2.6%

Closed Sales

151

128

-15.2%

Despite a strong U.S. economy, historically low unemployment and steady wage growth, home sales began to slow across the nation late last year. Blame was given to a combination of high prices and a steady stream of interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. This month, the Fed responded to the growing affordability conundrum. In a move described as a patient approach to further rate changes, the Fed did not increase rates during January 2019.

New Listings were up 2.7 percent to 265. Pending Sales increased 9.5 percent to 196. Inventory shrank 12.3 percent to 1,011 units.

Prices moved higher as Median Sales Price was up 21.1 percent to $186,500. Days on Market decreased 2.6 percent to 152 days. Month’s Supply of Inventory was down 15.3 percent to 5.0 months, indicating that demand increased relative to supply.

While the home affordability topic will continue to set the tone for the 2019 housing market, early signs point to an improving inventory situation, including in several markets that are beginning to show regular year-over-year percentage increases. As motivated sellers attempt to get a jump on annual goals, many new listings enter the market immediately after the turn of a calendar year. If home price appreciation falls more in line with wage growth, and rates can hold firm, consumer confidence and affordability are likely to improve.

 


 
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