Orange County Housing Market Summary: April 21, 2020

David Deem
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The active listing inventory increased by 161 homes in the past two-weeks, up 4%, and now totals 4,344. In the past four-weeks, 52% fewer homes were placed on the market compared to the prior 5-year average. Last year, there were 6,933 homes on the market, 2,589 more than today, a 60% difference.

Demand, the number of pending sales over the prior month, decreased by 504 pending sales in the past two-weeks, down 32%, and now totals 1,080. In the past 5-years, demand has increased an average of 4%. The drop is due to the Coronavirus. Last year, there were 2,724 pending sales, 152% more than today.

The Expected Market Time for all of Orange County increased from 79 days to 121, a slight Seller’s Market (between 120 and 150 days). The increase is due to the Coronavirus. It was at 76 days last year, much better than today.

For homes priced below $750,000, the market is a slight Seller’s Market (between 60 and 90 days) with an expected market time of 77 days. This range represents 36% of the active inventory and 56% of demand.

For homes priced between $750,000 and $1 million, the expected market time is 96 days, a Balanced Market (between 90 and 120 days). This range represents 19% of the active inventory and 24% of demand.

For homes priced between $1 million to $1.25 million, the expected market time is 185 days, a Buyer’s Market (greater than 150 days).

For luxury homes priced between $1.25 million and $1.5 million, in the past two weeks, the Expected Market Time increased from 120 to 205 days. For homes priced between $1.5 million and $2 million, the Expected Market Time increased from 140 to 252 days. For luxury homes priced between $2 million and $4 million, the Expected Market Time increased from 323 to 363 days. For luxury homes priced above $4 million, the Expected Market Time increased from 903 to 1,118 days.

The luxury end, all homes above $1.25 million, accounts for 35% of the inventory and only 13% of demand.

Distressed homes, both short sales and foreclosures combined, made up only 0.9% of all listings and 1.7% of demand. There are only 18 foreclosure s and 23 short sales available to purchase today in all of Orange County, 41 total distressed homes on the active market, down 4 from two-weeks ago. Last year there were 59 total distressed homes on the market, slightly more than today.

There were 2,383 closed residential resales in March, 5% more than March 2019’s 2,277 closed sales. March marked a 17% increase compared to February 2020. The sales to list price ratio was 98.4% for all of Orange County. Foreclosures accounted for just 0.4% of all closed sales, and short sales accounted for 0.5%. That means that 99.1% of all sales were good ol’ fashioned sellers with equity.

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