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News Article From: 11-22-2006


October ARMLS Reports



Resale Listings 


The listing count reported in the October ARMLS Reports, which were released on November 15th, was 47,588—down 855 listings from the September reports.  This is the first drop in listings in thirteen months, although the number remains extremely high.  The record level of listings prior to January 2005 was 30,046 listings in February 2003.  The monthly listing quantity dropped 1.8% over the September report.



If your clients do not believe that the market has changed, and they expect multiple offers and selling prices exceeding the listing prices, use this information.  Tell them, “Compared to twelve months ago, listings have increased 24,105!” 



Resale Sales


ARMLS-reported sales for October remained basically the same as the September sales figure with a decrease of 37 sales.  On an annually adjusted basis sales were down 2,477 or about 31% from October 2005.  October sales quantity is typically very similar to those for September, so this quantity is not abnormal based upon the calendar cycle.  In this normal calendar cycle, sales tend to be highest in the summer and then gradually taper off over the next few months before resuming the climb during the first quarter of each year.  The winter months are consistently the lowest in sales. 


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Our sources of data for these displays are the ARMLS reports.  In these, there are three months, January – March 2005, for which we have not shown listing data because of apparent discrepancies.  Additionally, ARMLS notes that the listing information for March through August 2002 may contain errors, but we have chosen to display this reasonable data above.




Our Assessment of the Resale Market



Supply and demand are interrelated variables in the Real Estate Market, but changes in the current market are being driven almost exclusively by the supply variable.  Sixteen months ago demand was the primary driver.  We expect sales to continue at a pace similar to 2002 and 2003 for several months.



With the current over-supply situation, resale housing prices have started to decline and appear to be entering an ongoing downward adjustment mode.  This emerging adjustment will help to realign the supply and demand variable.



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