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Solon Ohio Half Year Market Report

by The Schuman Team

 

 

Here is our Bi-Annual Market Report for Solon OH.

First, we will provide market statistics for the past month of June. Then we will offer a look at the statistics for the first half of the year and compare them to how we fared at the same time last year. Finally, we will provide commentary.

Also contained within this report will be information pertaining to the Solon luxury home market  ( those priced over $500,000 ).

 

SOLD HOME STATISTICS SOLON OHIO

 

Date                                         # of homes sold         Ave. Sales Price             

June 2014                                38                           $345,217

June 2013                                42                           $316,836

 

First Half  2014                        126                          $304,089

First Half  2013                        143                          $297,103

 

 

SOLON LUXURY MARKET

First Half  2014                             16                            $679,628

First Half  2013                             21                            $659,405

 

SALES BY PRICE POINT       2014                      2013

 

$100,000-199,999                   42                                  50

$200,000-299,999                   23                                  40

$300,000-399,999                   28                                  24

$400,000-499,999                   15                                   5

 

*source NEOHREX ( Regional MLS )

 

THE STATE OF THE MARKET

As we predicted in our Year In Review 2013, there has been a decrease in overall sales so far this year. We are down by about 12% compared to the first half of 2013. The average sales price has increased though.

This had been an interesting year in real estate for Solon. We got off to a much hotter start in 2013 thanks in part to unseasonably warm winter weather. The lack of inventory this year also kept us from starting fast out of the gate like we did in 2013.

Last year we saw 303 sales of single-family homes. So far this year, we have had 126 sales and an additional 70 homes are currently under contract.

Assuming these all close, that would put us at 196 sales,  leaving us needing to sell 107 more homes by the end of the year to match last year's numbers.  Is this possible?

INVENTORY

This is where inventory is so crucial. We currently have 100 active listings. Since statistically, 53% of all listings end up selling, we will still need a lot more inventory to come up over the next 100 days or so in order to match last years sales figures.

While there has been a lot of new homes coming on the market over the last 60 days, the slow start to the year didn't help. Inventory of available homes for sale is still historically low, giving buyers fewer choices.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Our feeling is that many home sellers have gotten cocky over the last year in terms of pricing their homes, with some pricing themselves out of the market. Yes, the market is certainly better, but values are still far off the 2006 peak levels. So, expecting to receive that for your home is simply unrealistic unless you have done significant updates.

Buyers are very educated today and want immediate gratification. Most do not want to do a lot of work to a home if they don't have to. Therefore, a nicely updated home, priced fairly, should fly off the market.  Homes that need a lot of work and/or are not priced correctly, will likely sit on the market for a while.

Last year was an exceptional year in real estate, so expecting to match those numbers is probably unrealistic. However, a decent fall market can help us end up with a fairly solid year.

Solon Market Statistics - Mid Year Review

by The Schuman Team

 

 

The following is our official mid year review for real estate in Solon, Ohio.  Here, we will provide statistics for the most recent month of June, offer a comparison between the first half of 2012 and the same time period in 2011 and also give specific statistics for the Solon luxury home market. We will also include a summary at the end of the report.

 

Date                   # of homes sold      Ave. Sales Price             

June 2012                33                        $313,531

June 2011                27                        $295,706

 

YTD 2012                 100                       $294,691

YTD 2011                 103                      $277,728

 

 

 

LUXURY HOME STATISTICS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date                   # of homes sold      Ave. Sales Price             

YTD 2012                   15                       $625,780

YTD 2011                   13                       $628,846

High Sale - $920,000

*source NEOHREX ( Regional MLS )

 

SO, IS THE MARKET FINALLY IMPROVING?

The statistics above are a decent reflection of the market, but don't quite tell the entire story. While overall sales are similar to last year, the inventory of available homes is down close to 30%. This is resulting in a more balanced market with multiple offer situations  ( bidding wars ) occurring on a regular basis.

In terms of Solon luxury homes, those that sell for at least $500,000, the numbers are similar to last year but moving in a positive direction. Not only is there increased activity in the higher-end market, but homes are selling much quicker as well.  The average days on the market for a luxury home in Solon has drastically decreased, from 224 days in 2011 to only 168 so far this year.

WE NEED MORE INVENTORY

Moving forward, we anticipate low inventory and historically low interest rates will help in the recovery of the local Solon real estate market. If you or someone you know is thinking of selling their Solon home, please call us! There really is a shortage of nice homes on the market, especially is a few specific price points.

Overall, while things certainly aren't where they were 5-6 years ago, we are seeing improvement, which is a good thing for all of us who call Solon home.

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The Schuman Team
HOWARD HANNA REAL ESTATE SERVICES
3550 Lander Road
Pepper Pike OH 44122
Dan: 216-346-3235
Amy: 216-403-9189
Fax: 216-456-2333