Demand dropped in Orange County by 2% in the past couple of weeks.

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In the past two-weeks, demand, the number of pending sales over the prior 30-days, decreased by 44 pending sale, 2%, and now totals 2,350, the lowest demand reading for this time of the year since 2007. This year the emphasis of a supply problem, not enough homes on the market, has evolved to a demand problem, not enough pending sales. With higher mortgage rates and higher values, buyers are not as excited to purchase as they have been over the past 6-year run.

Last year at this time, demand was at 2,825 pending sales, 20% more than today, or 475 additional pending sales.

The expected market time, the amount of time it would take for a home that comes onto the market today to be placed into escrow down the road, increased from 86 to 89 days in the past two-weeks. Last year, the expected market time was at 62 days, substantially hotter than today.

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