The Real Estate Market - When Will We See The Turn?

Posted by Joe Manausa on Sunday, April 27th, 2008 at 1:44pm.

I have been doing a lot of research and reading lately, as I feel this is the toughest real estate market cycle that I have been through in my 17 years of brokering in the Tallahassee real estate market. It seems that many people have an opinion on real estate, and many have speculated that the worst is behind us. While I'm excited to think that some of the stories in the media could actually turn positive soon, I feel that some simple concepts can reveal where we truly are in this current real estate market cycle. Let us first define what a "good real estate market" is versus a "bad real estate market." A good real estate market is where Sellers can put their homes on the market and can fairly quickly sell them, while a bad real estate market is where most sellers will fail to sell their home. Fair enough? In a good market, home prices appreciate, and in a bad market homes depreciate. So how do we know which way the market is going? As simple as this question sounds, the answer is equally simple to tell. All you have to do is look at the flow of inventory over a period of time. Are more homes coming onto the market (creating inventory....creating glut)? Or, are more homes leaving the market (reducing inventory ... leaving demand unfulfilled)? That is all we have to measure real estate market cycles! The Tallahassee Real Estate Inventory Report, which can be found updated several times per week, shows that the inventory is still growing. We need to see the "yellow" portion of the chart move below the zero line on a consistent basis to know that market has turned.

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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.

4 Responses to "The Real Estate Market - When Will We See The Turn?"

Sara@KunaCountry wrote: Spelled it out pretty simply, but the question of when is still left unanswered. Too bad, you could make a million, if only you could see into the future.

Posted on Sunday, April 27th, 2008 at 8:02pm.

Kaye Thomas wrote: Great explanation and works in all markets. National markets and trends rarely relate to local market conditions.

Posted on Sunday, April 27th, 2008 at 11:11pm.

Joe Manausa wrote: Thanks Sara and Kaye. The "when" is the mystery question indeed. Is should be fairly obvious, though viewed in the rear-view mirror.

Posted on Monday, April 28th, 2008 at 9:28am.

jcorn wrote: People just aren't buying houses, period. It is like the perfect storm of factors, from rising gas and food prices to soaring real estate taxes (on depreciating homes) and even gas and electric bills.I don't know the unemployment statistics for our area but it isn't good.

Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2008 at 10:09pm.

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