Gastonia NC Housing Market Statistics Through May 2020

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Here are the monthly messages for May 2020 sales throughout the Charlotte Region:

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• Restrictions and slow opening of the economy continued to impact pending contracts, new listings, and closed sales in May. Closed sales or the number of units sold in the month of May 2020 compared to May 2019, were down 30.4 percent. However, sales compared to the month of April 2020 are up 1.8 percent, which means the market is trying to recover as agents are knowable to conduct business following strict state and CDC guidelines.

• Overall closed sales saw a deep contraction (-30.4 percent) after two months of negative pending sales activity in March and April. Sales are not at the level we usually see headed into the summer selling season.

• However, up until the COVID-19 crisis, pending contracts also known as pending sales, have been historically strong in our region. Pending contract activity is an indication of buyer demand.

• Pending contract activity has started to recover throughout the region and rose 14.8 percent year-over-year in May. And when we compare contracts in May to April 2020, pending contracts are up substantially, 46.5 percent.

• We are currently in the state’s Phase 2 of reopening. We believe buyers and sellers will re-enter the market in stronger numbers as all parties to the sale continue to adjust to this new normal.With pending sales increasing, we see evidence of buyers adjusting to the stronger lending standards imposed in April and May.

• Month-over-month increases in new listing activity and pending contract activity show the market recovering. We need to see continued growth in pending contracts over the next few months and those contracts will lead to closings.

• Buyers will be challenged by strong seller’s market conditions which include faster days on market, where homes are sold as quickly as they are listed as well as extremely low inventory.Inventory is down 37 percent and the 16-county region has 1.6 months of supply compared to nearly 3 months of supply last May 2019. This means that buyers may encounter multiple offer situations.

• Though we are currently in a seller’s market, sellers must understand that pricing the home according to the local market, which means down to the neighborhood/subdivision level is key to getting the home sold quickly. The original list price to sales price ratio in May was percentile, which means sellers are getting closer to asking prices

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