Market Report December 2017

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The number of homes for sale, days on market and months of supply were all down in year-over-year comparisons in a majority of the country for the entirety of 2017, as was housing affordability. And although total sales volumes were mixed, prices were consistently up in most markets. Buyers may not benefit from higher prices, but sellers do, and there should be more listing activity by more confident sellers in 2018. At least that would be the most viable prediction for an economic landscape pointing toward improved conditions for sellers.

New Listings in the Central Mississippi area increased 17.2 percent to 429. Pending Sales were down 1.0 percent to 387. Inventory levels fell 11.1 percent to 2,583 units.

Prices were fairly stable. The Median Sales Price increased 0.3 percent to $165,500. Days on Market was down 10.3 percent to 97 days. Sellers were encouraged as Months Supply of Inventory was down 19.1 percent to 5.1 months.

Unemployment rates have remained low throughout 2017, and wages have shown improvement, though not always to levels that match home price increases. Yet housing demand remained incredibly strong in 2017, even in the face of higher mortgage rates that are likely to increase further in 2018. Home building and selling professionals are both cautiously optimistic for the year ahead. Housing and economic indicators give reason for this optimism, with or without new federal tax legislation.

Full report available here