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The Impact Of Fewer Home Sellers In Tallahassee

Fewer homeowners are entering the market this year to sell their homes. This is actually "news" for the Tallahassee real estate market, and it might be the most significant news of the year for our ailing market should it continue.

If you saw The Weekly Special Report this morning, than you likely understand the impact on home values as the imbalance between supply and demand for homes in Tallahassee improves.

But I'm wondering how the market will react to this in the early stages of 2016, as it appears that homes priced below $300,000 will either be in-balance or actually entering a seller's market (after 8 long years, it's nice to type the words "seller's market" again).

Number Of Fresh New Listings Declines 

For the purpose of evaluating seller behaviors, we often categorize listings into one of two groups.

  1. Fresh listings are homes that have not been on the market in the past few years
  2. Stale listings are homes that recently failed to sell and are being relisted, either by the same real estate company or by a new one.

Most real estate reports do not distinguish between these two groups, so they often mislead one to believe that new properties are available when in fact they have been trying to sell for  years.

The graph below shows fresh listings only, so it is a much more accurate view of new home seller behavior in the Tallahassee real estate market.

New Listings in the Tallahassee MLS

Currently, the average number of fresh listings each month is 367 (down 8% from the year prior).

In fact, all but one month so far in 2015 has seen fewer fresh listings enter the market when compared to the same months a year ago.

This is a good sign for the market, as we know many homeowners need values to continue to rise so that they can sell and move.

With fewer homes coming onto the market, this too is good as it will help reduce the glut of homes that are available and a diminishing supply will eventually push values higher.

The Future Of Our Real Estate Supply

Home sales continue to improve, but there is still a lot of upside remaining in the real estate market recovery. Our current rate of sales is consistent with what was recorded in 1997, yet our population has grown nearly 30% since that time. Either the rate at which people want to move has slowed, or we will start seeing more fresh inventory hit the market as values rise to levels that will allow for equity-based sales.

If you are one of those homeowners who purchases a Tallahassee home in the 2002 through 2007 time period and would like to move when your value returns, we offer a free home valuation service that will let you know your current status. All you need to do is drop me a note and we'll get our valuation team working for you!

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