Total home sales in Richmond for May 2013 totaled 375 units were 7% higher than the 350 sales recorded a month ago. Higher home sales the past 2 months helped to improve the housing market in Richmond slightly. The slow down in new listings, and improved sales helped to improve the market outlook for townhomes and condos. The slow down in the supply of new listings the past 3 months helped to improve the housing market in Richmond significantly.
Total active listings in May at 2,230 units was at around the same level compared to the previous month’s total listings of of 2,225 homes. With an average past 3 months home sales of 335 units, the MOI for homes in Richmond at 6.66 months for May is a vast improvement compared to the previous 2 months.
The situation for detached homes in Richmond did not improve much. The MOI for Richmond detached homes for May at 9.35 months will continue to exert pressure on home sellers. The only way out for home sellers who must sell is to reduce their prices significantly.
Richmond detached home prices are under pressure to decline further due to the high supply of homes and lower than expected demand from home buyers.
Currently, there are 642 detached homes over $1,000,000 for sale in Richmond. The average monthly sales the past 3 months for homes over $1.0 million was 49 homes. With 13 months of supply, detached home sellers are not seeing much demand for their homes.
The situation for detached homes over $1.5 million is far worst. With 357 homes listed for sale and average monthly sales of 17 homes, these home sellers are confronted with 17 months of supply, with little hope of finding buyers. The demand for detached homes over $1.5 million is not expected to improve much.
There are not signs of the market changing for the better for million dollar homes in Richmond.
The market for townhouses in Richmond appeared to have stabilized and home prices are holding at current level.On the face of it, decent news.
How about condo owners?
On the other hand, resale condo sellers in Richmond are in a dire situation trying to sell their condos. The Richmond condo MOI for May at 6.6 months is not a true reflection of the market situation for condos in Richmond. When the unlisted inventories of new condos are added to the pool of resale condos for sale on the MLS® system, there are far more condos for sale than buyers. The competition for buyers by resale condo sellers and new condo developers will inevitably result in lower condo prices in the coming months.
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