Alabama statewide home sales in February up 11 percent from one year ago
The statewide median home sales price in February was $157,319, an increase of 3 percent from one year ago. (Getty Images)
Sales: Alabama statewide home sales totaled 4,222 units during February, up 10.9 percent from 3,807 sales in the same month a year earlier. February sales were up 25.7 percent compared to 3,358 sales in January. Results were 23.9 percent above the five-year February average of 3,409 sales. Two more resources to review: Quarterly Report and Annual Report.
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Inventory: Homes listed for sale statewide during February totaled 21,051 units, a decrease of 8.9 percent from February 2018’s 23,106 units, and a decrease of 4.4 percent from January 2019’s 22,029 units. February months of supply totaled 5 months, a decrease of 17.8 percent from February 2018’s 6.1 months of supply. February’s months of supply also decreased from January’s 6.6 months of supply.
Pricing: The statewide median sales price in February was $157,319, an increase of 3 percent from one year ago and an increase of 4.2 percent from the prior month. This direction is consistent with historical data (2014-18) indicating that the February median sales price on average increases from January by 0.6 percent. The homes selling in February spent an average of 99 days on the market (DOM), a decrease of 21.8 percent from 126 days in February 2018 and a 7.4 percent decrease from 106 days in January. This indicator can fluctuate from month to month because of the sampling size of data and seasonal buying patterns.
Forecast: February sales were 184 units, or 4.6 percent, above the Alabama Center for Real Estate’s (ACRE) monthly forecast. ACRE projected 4,038 sales for the month, while actual sales were 4,222 units. ACRE forecast a total of 7,576 residential sales year-to-date in 2019, while there were 7,580 actual sales through February, a difference of less than 0.1 percent.
NAR’s national perspective: During February, total existing-home sales nationwide declined 2.2 percent from approximately 319,000 closed transactions one year ago to 312,000 currently. The nationwide median existing-home price increased 3.6 percent in February, marking 84 consecutive months of year-over-year gains. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, said, “It is very welcoming to see more inventory showing up in the market. For sustained growth, significant construction of moderately priced homes is still needed. More construction will help boost local economies and more home sales will help lessen wealth inequality as more households can enjoy in housing wealth gains.”
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Source: Alabama Center for Real Estate