August Numbers Show An Active -- But Slower -- Real Estate Market
Sept. 17, 2021
The pace of real estate sales slowed in August as all five counties in the region showed a drop in sales. A total of 336 residential units were sold last month, down from 423 the same period a year ago. That figure is actually the lowest number of sales for the month dating back to 2015.
The tight market is keeping prices growing, however. While the total sales volume of $148,858,163 is less than last August’s $162,661,657, it represents an increase in the average price, at $443,030 versus $383,542. That average price is the highest on record.
Another market indicator demonstrates the region’s continued attractiveness to buyers. The average number of days a home was on the market dropped to 63, far below any previous August, all of which were above 100. The decrease was most notable in Benzie County, where it dropped to 63 days compared to 159 in August 2020.
Year-to-date figures show unit sales are up from last year, at 2,109 compared to 1,915, though still lagging behind figures from 2019, 2017 and 2016. Again, though, the dollar volume is up considerably: this year’s average of $405,059 dwarfs last year’s average of $328,565, which had previously been the only figure above $300,000.Comment