How To Graph A Market Correction
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and if that is the case, today's blog is going to be about 1,200 words. I have produced a graph that shows the number of Tallahassee home sales each year, sorted by type and style, that clearly demonstrates the market correction in which we are still languishing. While it is no fun to see the Leon County real estate market down 50% from the top of the market, it is nice to know that this is a natural part of the real estate sales cycle and that we will see an opposite reaction in the future.
Tallahassee Homes Sales Down 50% From 2006
Note that this graph reads from right to left and that it includes all types of residential real estate including single family detached (RS) as well as condominiums and townhouses (CT). The blue bar shows new home sales, the garnet bar shows resales, and the gold bar is the total of the two. Letting your eyes walk from right to left, the yellow bar represents all Tallahassee home sales through July of each year, and you can see how the market moved upwards for six straight years, then plummeted over the next two years. While it is no fun to see the market correct this sharply, one must also recognize the downward move is much sharper than was the upward move, meaning we are correcting this on a fairly rapid pace and the end of the downward spiral is near. We are already observing receding inventories (though inventories are still way too high) and if the real estate market trends that we are tracking now hold throughout the end of the year, I think 2009 will be considered the year that the market came back. Time will tell.... I'll be here.
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