June Housing Report For Tallahassee

Posted by Joe Manausa on Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 8:42am.

The new numbers are in for home sales in the Tallahassee real estate market, and unfortunately there is little good news to be gleened from the reports. Average prices are still dropping, unit sales are still dropping, and year-over-year home sales just posted the 36th consecutive month of declining home sales.

One of the most important trends that we can watch is the year-over-year home sales report. This real estate graph is created by comparing each new month with its corresponding month in the previous year. So June of 2009 was compared to June 2008, June 2008 compared to June 2007, etc.

If you look at the following graph, you will see that we just posted 36 straight months of declines. Statistically, this is unthinkable. Nowhere else on this graph can you see a run, whether positive or negative, exceed 9 consecutive months.

36 Consecutive Months of Home Sales Declines In Tallahassee

Year over Year Home Sales In Tallahassee

If there is one positive result above that we can claim for June, it is the fact that Tallahassee home sales in June of 2009 were "only" down 13% compared to June of 2008. With recent declines in the high twenties and mid thirties, this makes me think we might be on pace to find the bottom of the market by the end of November of this year (see previous reports on the bottom of the Tallahassee housing market).

Average Real Estate Prices Continue To Fall In Tallahassee

Another real estate graph pulled from the recent Tallahassee housing report shows that our average real estate prices continue to fall.

Average Real Estate Prices In Tallahassee

The red line shows single family homes have trended below $200K for the first time since 2005, townhomes in green have dropped below $150K for the first time since 2006. The yellow line shows the continued declining trend of lot prices back to their mid $70K levels from 2005, while mobile home prices are fairly stable near their highs from 2008, coming in near the mid $50Ks.

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2 Responses to "June Housing Report For Tallahassee"

brad wrote: Joe,
I have a quick question for you. Before I start I just want to say I've never sold a house so I don't really know the process but here is my question.

Who is responsible for setting the ultimate price of a house?

Do realtors ever turn down sellers because they are not asking a reasonable price or do realtors take any listing they can get?

I'm asking this because I see many houses listed out there that are priced so high compared to comps I doubt anyone has ever asked to see them. It seems like a waste of the realtors time and money advertising the home for sale.

Thanks for taking the time to answer this. Maybe I'll see if I can send some examples a little later.

Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 4:36pm.

Joe Manausa wrote: Thanks Brad, that's a great question. The short answer is that ultimately, the homeowner sets the price. The REALTOR advises them about the market value, and the seller then sets the asking price.

There are some REALTORs who will take a listing at any price. Some take over-priced listings because they are ignorant of market activity. Others do it with the intent to get the homeowner to lower the price once the home is rejected by the market.

Personally, I think it is unprofessional and poor service to put a home on the market at a price that will produce no sale. It usually ends up costing the homeowner more than pricing it correctly right away.

Posted on Sunday, July 19th, 2009 at 2:35pm.

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