Property Value Trends and Market Stats for September 2010

The real estate market, in general, is bipolar. Ups and downs keep home buyers and sellers guessing. Sometimes, all people can rely on are statistics and trends that can lead them in the correct direction.

While sales and prices may be on the rise -- a good indication of recovery -- the same can be said for repossessions and interest rates, which is not a good sign. Furthermore, other factors such as unemployment, underemployment and a rise in foreclosures seriously impact the health of real estate.

It’s important to know all the market facts before buying or selling a home if you want to have a successful and profitable experience. More particularly, there are ten market numbers that everyone should know even before listing your house. These include:

Property Taxes – Though sometimes overlooked, property taxes can really cost you. So if it’s higher than normal in your neighborhood, simply emphasize all the incredible perks like school, parks and other features that make the area more valuable.

Interest Rate – This number is vital when it comes to knowing when to sell, and the tiniest increase can alter your mortgage more than you would think.

Average Sale Price – In real estate, conformity is wise when it comes to matching the price of other houses in your area, or even on your street. So keep tabs on the average sales price of homes within the last couple months.

Average Listing Price – Again, be sure to keep your house within 5% of other listings in your area, otherwise you home is sure to be pushed aside when buyers recognize it as overpriced!

Average Days on Market - Often times, buyers have other factors like work, the kids’ school schedule or move-out deadlines that impact the speed at which they must purchase. This useful statistic comes in handy in such situations, and provides the average number of days houses have been on the market.

Marketing Fee – You might be dying to get that house sold, but it’s important to be aware of how much it will cost you to get it the attention it deserves. Whether you’re selling it yourself or with the aid of a professional, extra marketing efforts could affect your final profit deeply if you don’t pay close attention.

Absorption Rate - This rate is the number of weeks it takes to sell the current inventory at the present rate of sales. It is not an exact science; it is based on real estate market trends in your area. You need two figures: the number of listings and the number sold last month. The absorption rate will give you a better idea of how much time will need to be invested in the selling of your home.

Sell Price to List Price Ratio– After figuring the average selling and listing prices, comparing them side-by-side will help you to better expect what to list the house for and what offers to expect.

Inventory – Knowing exactly how many properties are for sale in your area will give you a better grasp on your competition.

Seller’s Net – You obviously want to know how much you’ll be walking away with after everything is said and done. Incorporating all the selling and buying factors into a functional equation of your net profit is of the utmost importance to you and can be done with the assistance of a professional.

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Obviously there are many elements that play into the market equation, and many facts that are more important to know than others. Don’t you wish someone else could sort it all out for you in one, convenient database so you can better utilize these patterns in the buying or selling of your home?

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