As I write this on Sunday evening, I can’t know what the statistics will be at the end of August, so I ran some numbers for the first 28 days of the month to see how they compare to the previous 12 months. The result of that number crunching is in the chart below, and it confirms what we have all been feeling — that the real estate market in the metro area is indeed slowly abruptly.
The chart, limited to REcolorado listings within an 18-mile radius of the state Capitol, shows four metrics which I consult regularly to read the temperature of the market: the average and median days that a listing is active before going under contract, the ratio of sold price to listing price, and the average sold price. As you can see on the bottom four lines of the chart, the market started coming off its peak in May, slipping seriously by July.
During the seller’s market triggered by low mortgage interest rates and the pandemic, we saw the median days on the MLS in the mid single digits, as shown in column two. The average days on the MLS was higher, but not as high as in pre-pandemic times when it was in the 30s and 40s. Amazingly, that metric slipped into the single digits this April and May.
The last time the ratio of sold price to listing price was below 100% was in January 2020. In April of this year, before the impact of rising mortgage interest rates, it peaked at 106.1%, but it fell to 100% in July for the first time in 18 months, and during the first 28 days of August, it slipped to 99.57%.
The average sold price, which fell almost $30,000 in July, fell an unprecedented $58,136 during Aug. 1-28, a 9.2% drop in just one month. When the full month is tabulated, it could well be worse.
For buyers who have cash or are not scared away by 5% interest rates, this represents an opportunity, and I have had my busiest open houses in a long time over the past three weekends, so I think buyers are ready to capitalize on that opportunity.
This is not to say there will be a market rebound anytime soon. There is a lot of uncertainty in the air in terms of politics, economics, and other matters, which will continue to keep many buyers on the sidelines.