Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Real Estate Sales Soar in Collin County

October sales of homes in Collin County and surrounding areas are projected to be 23 percent higher than in October 2008, reports the Collin County Association of Realtors (CCAR). In addition, "under contract" listings also increased by 27 percent from a year ago.

"This is a tremendous rebound for real estate sales in this area, especially for this time of year," says Steve Haid, CCAR member services director.

The CCAR Pulse, which delves into the real estate markets of 36 local communities, also reports that the time it took to sell a home in October decreased 8.2 percent from 100 days a year ago to 92 days.

Year-to-date, median sales price is approximately 1 percent less than the same time last year, which is mostly due to the large number of sales of foreclosure listings.

"As we continue to absorb the large number of lower-priced foreclosure properties that were listed earlier in the year, we can expect those sales to continue to impact the overall median sales price," notes Haid. "However, sales prices have held pretty steady because the prices of non-foreclosure listings has increased and offset the impact of the foreclosure sales."

In addition, buyers continue to enjoy record low mortgage interest rates and very affordable homes. In fact, the Housing Affordability Index is up 18.4 percent over the same time a year ago. This means that most people in this area could afford to purchase the median priced home -which is not the case in many other parts of the country.

Collin County and surrounding areas remain in an overall balanced market, as has been the case all year. However, there is a shortage of homes priced below $200,000 and an oversupply of houses priced above $500,000.

"Overall, we are enjoying a strong rebound in our local market," says Haid. "Closed sales and homes going under contract are very brisk for this time of year. And, homes in the area are very affordable with low mortgage interest rates. These are the right ingredients for a strong local real estate market."