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Charleston Housing Market: December 2021

by | Dec 9, 2021 | Buying, Selling

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As we approach the heart of winter, the temperature may be dropping, but the real estate market is as hot as ever. Fall saw a decrease in inventory across most markets, as is standard for this time of year. As inventory decreases it’s no surprise the market remains competitive as serious buyers search for new homes. 

Real estate across the country continues to see 10 to 15 showings per listing, showcasing just how much demand is outpacing supply. With that, as we approach year end, home values are up as much as 30% in some areas since this time last year. Many are wondering if the housing market will finally cool off in 2022, but as interest rates remain low, buyer competition will likely remain high. 

All stats below are based on End of Month in October vs November:

Charleston Housing Market

Supply and Demand: In November there were 4 weeks worth of housing inventory available, the same amount we saw in October. 

Median days on the market – In November houses spent 5 days on the market, a 16% increase over October when they averaged 6 days on the market.

New homes on the market – In November there were 1,676 new homes on the market, a 16% decrease from the 2,008 new homes we saw in October. 

Homes sold – In November, 1,655 homes sold, a decrease of 12% over October’s 1,874  homes sold.

Charleston homes are beginning to sell for list price, rather than thousands over it. In July of this year, homes were selling for at least 1% over list price on average. But in November, the average Charleston home sold for 98% of it’s list price and many buyers can breathe a sigh of relief. However, the housing market in this area remains competitive. Median list price in Charleston reached $415,000 in November 2021, an increase of 17.8% since November of 2020.

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Seller Suggestions 

While we are still facing a strong sellers market across the country, trends are beginning to show signs of small changes. Inventory is down across most markets as is typical of this time of year, but bidding wars are seeing fewer competitors and homes are selling for list price, rather than 2-4% over list price. However, home values have increased dramatically in 2021, and will likely continue to increase through 2022. Sellers will continue to get top dollar for their homes when priced correctly. It remains essential to do your research when pricing your home to ensure you can sell in a timely manner and make purchasing your next home more attainable. Consult a local Trelora agent for a free home valuation and learn where to start if you’re considering selling your home, or just want to better understand what your options are in this market.

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Buyer Suggestions 

Fall has brought with it cooler temperatures and some favorable trends for home buyers. While inventory has 2021 has seen a large jump in homes purchased with cash, especially in popular markets like Arizona. This indicates the increase in investors purchasing properties. For first time buyers trying to compete in an already tight market, this is an added challenge that can be overwhelming for many. With that, affordability concerns are growing amongst buyers as home values continue to increase across the country. However, low interest rates, a promising job market and increased savings can counteract this and help make home ownership more accessible.  So, if buying a home is on your list of goals for 2022, consider reaching out to an expert agent in your area now to learn how you can avoid buyer burnout and find the right home for you and your budget.

Here are a few blogs that might help you as a buyer: 

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