Seeing The Good News In Tallahassee Housing

Posted by Joe Manausa on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 at 10:57am.

Yesterday was a busy day, as we posted the 6th edition of the Tallahassee Real Estate Newsletter. You can subscribe to the newsletter (in the sidebar to the right) in order to have it delivered right to your email inbox when it is published.

I noticed after publishing the newsletter yesterday that a few people quit their subscription. One in particular commented that I was writing "too much doom and gloom" and he no longer wished to receive the newsletter. So with this in mind, I'm changing the news .... just kidding. But I will work harder to point out the good news that is out there when I find it.

Positive Signs In The Tallahassee Real Estate Market

One real estate graph that we feature at The Market Bulletin is called the "Key One-Year MLS Trends." It measures the one-year trend on some important ratios as well as the overall housing inventory change trend. In the graph below, the yellow line (measured on the right vertical axis) shows what the one-year home inventory change trend is doing in the Tallahassee Board of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

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Right now, our graph shows us that we currently have 954 fewer homes on the market than we did one year ago. That is GOOD NEWS for the Tallahassee real estate market. Reduction of the glut of inventory is very important in getting this market back on stable ground. So what else is the real estate graph telling us?

  • Homes Coming "Back On The Market" are happening more often, up 86% since December. The blue line in the graph shows that we are seeing a much higher percentage of homes that failed to sell get re-listed for sale on the market. We track this number to get a feel of what percentage of the market has "been here before."
  • Homes that "Failed To Sell" have risen 10% since December. The red line in the graph shows that over the past year, the number of homes that did not sell (meaning the listing period ended without a sale) divided by the homes that were listed for sale, was 79%. One could generally conclude that over the past twelve months, 79% of the home listed failed to sell.
  • Homes that "Sold" have dropped by 15% just since December.  The green line in the graph depicts our rate of sales versus our rate of new listings is getting worse, due primarily to the incredible reduction in the number of buyers in the Tallahassee real estate market. This is not good news, but the declining green line in the real estate graph should not be ignored. We need to see increased buyer activity for this market to turn.

The reason that the federal government continues to talk about "stimulus" is because buyer activity has slowed in nearly every market, not just real estate. The good news for us in real estate is that even though we are seeing incredibly slow buyer activity, real inventory levels are falling. The Tallahassee housing market will recover when buyer confidence is again restored.

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Joe Manausa is a real estate investor and the Broker and Co-Owner of Joe Manausa Real Estate. He can be reached via e-mail through the Tallahassee Real Estate Website or catch his latest writings on the Tallahassee Florida Real Estate Blog , or by calling (850) 386-2001.
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Joe Manausa, MBA is a 26 year veteran of real estate brokerage in Tallahassee, Florida and has owned and managed his own company since 1992. He is a daily blogger with content that focuses on real estate analytics and providing his clients with a tactical advantage in today's challenging market.

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