Alabama statewide home sales rise 7.8% year-over-year in November

Sales: According to the Alabama Association of Realtors, November home sales in the state increased 7.8% year-over-year (Y/Y) from 5,713 to 6,161 closed transactions. Following seasonal trends, sales decreased 3% from October. Sales are up 11.1% year-to-date. Two more resources to review: Quarterly Report and Annual Report.

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Inventory: November listings (10,018) decreased 5% from October 2021 and 24.4% from one year ago. At the current sales pace, all the active inventory on the market would sell in 1.6 months, down from 1.7 in October and down from 2.3 months in November 2020. The equilibrium point where buyers and sellers have roughly equal bargaining power is 6 months of supply.

Pricing: The statewide median sales price in November was $220,189, an increase of 13.1% from one year ago and a decrease of 0.8% from October. The differing sample size (number of residential sales of comparative months) can contribute to statistical volatility, including pricing. ACRE recommends consulting with a local real estate professional to discuss pricing, as it will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Homes sold in November averaged 54 days on the market, selling 14 days faster than one year ago.

Forecast: November sales were 273 units, or 4.6%, above the Alabama Center for Real Estate’s (ACRE) monthly forecast. ACRE projected 5,888 sales for the month, while actual sales were 6,161 units. ACRE forecast a total of 72,260 sales in the state year-to-date, while there were 73,517 actual sales through November, a difference of 1.7%.

New construction: The 773 new homes sold represent 12.5% of all residential sales in the state in November. Total sales decreased 8.3% from October and 9.5% from one year ago. The median sales price was $311,085, an increase of 5.7% month-over-month (M/M) and an increase of 16.3% Y/Y. New homes sold in an average of 31 days, 25 days faster than in November 2020.

NAR commentary: According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home sales increased 1.9% M/M in November, marking the third consecutive month of gains (seasonally adjusted annual rate). However, November sales decreased 2% from one year ago. The median sales price for all housing types was $353,900, rising 13.9% year-over-year and marking 117 consecutive months of year-over-year gains. Rising home prices are largely a result of low housing inventory amid sustained demand. Supply retreated in November, down 9.8% from October and down 13.3% from one year ago. November’s 2.1 months of supply was down month-over-month and year-over-year.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR, said, “Determined buyers were able to land housing before mortgage rates rise further in the coming months. Locking in a constant and firm mortgage payment motivated many consumers who grew weary of escalating rents over the last year.”

Yun added, “Mortgage rates are projected to jump in 2022; however, I don’t expect the imminent increase to be overly dramatic.”

NAR forecasts the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage to average 3.7% during 2022.

Yun also said inflation and home-price gains are expected to moderate next year. “Supply-chain disruptions for building new homes and labor shortages have hindered bringing more inventory to the market,” Yun said. “Therefore, housing prices continue to march higher due to the near-record-low supply levels.”

ACRE commentary: Home sales in Alabama rebounded in November, rising 7.8% from one year ago and bringing the year-to-date gain to 11.1%. Nineteen of the 24 markets reporting sales data to ACRE reported sales gains from one year ago.

The statewide median sales price gained 13.1% Y/Y in November, up from 11.3% in October and 9.5% in August. Price growth has accelerated as supply trended downward in recent months. Properties listed for sale declined 5% from October and 24.4% from one year ago. Unsold inventory is at 1.6 months of supply, down from 1.7 in October and down from 2.3 months in November 2020.

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The Alabama Residential Monthly Report is developed in connection with the Alabama Association of Realtors.

Editor’s note: All information in this article reflects data provided to the Alabama Center for Real Estate for Nov. 1-30. Thus, the performance represented is historical and should not be used as an indicator of future results.

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