Orange County Real Estate Market Update 8/1/17

The housing market in Orange County has continued to get a little more difficult for home buyers. The inventory of homes for sale has continued to go down over the last few months. So buyers have less options and more competition especially in the lower price ranges. Sellers are getting high prices for their home’s but there are fewer owners choosing to sell. One reason for this is that would-be sellers are not sure they will be able to find a suitable replacement property if they do sell. The uncertainty is really creating a self-fulfilling prophecy where sellers cannot find homes because sellers do not want to list homes. About 30-35% of buyers are opting to buy a home directly from homebuilders because they cannot find what they want on the resale market. The low inventory and high buyer demand is continuing to push prices higher, so far around 5-6% this year.

Amid the lowest housing inventory levels of the year, existing home sales in California took off in June to their highest pace in nearly four years as existing home sales and median home price recorded strong gains on both a monthly and annual basis for the second straight month, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today. “With active listings 13.5 percent lower than last June, we’ve now experienced a full two years in which active listings have fallen on a year-over-year basis and the lowest inventory level this year. Would-be sellers aren’t listing their homes as many of them would also face an inventory challenge if they were to turn around and buy another property.” Says C.A.R. President Geoff McIntosh.

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