November was largely another encouraging month for residential real estate. Our attention has shifted from multi-year high prices and sales volumes to seller activity, inventory levels and building permits. And let's not forget the calendar effect. As families gather together, fewer house hunters are scheduling showings and writing offers. Watch for month-to-month activity to moderate while year-over-year comparisons remain strong.
New Listings in the Milwaukee region decreased 8.8 percent to 1,213. Pending Sales were down 24.1 percent to 741. Inventory levels shrank 6.6 percent to 7,206 units.
Prices got a lift. The Median Sales Price increased 5.4 percent to $165,500. Days on Market was down 16.2 percent to 84 days. Absorption rates improved as Months Supply of Inventory was down 12.8 percent to 5.4 months.
Recent economic and jobs data have surprised to the upside by exceeding expectations. This likely keeps the new Federal Reserve leadership on track for March 2014 tapering. Non-farm payrolls grew by 204,000 jobs in October, outperforming Wall Street expectations. In another bullish sign, August payrolls were revised upward to a 238,000 job gain – positive momentum that should support housing recovery. Just in time for the holidays.
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