Ascension Parish Real Estate Market Stats for August 2010 Saturday, Oct 16 2010 

Monthly Sales were 75 units. Comparison to last month:  Increased 5% from 71 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 32% from 110 Units.

Average Sold Price was $216,581.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased 2% from $221,460.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 2% from $221,891.

Current Inventory is 9.53 months.  Comparison to last month:  Increased from 10.26 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased from 5.68 months.

Average Days on Market were 88.  Comparison to last month:  Increased from 113 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased from 93 days.

So what do all these numbers mean?   

Our activity and sales prices in Ascension Parish are leveling out. September numbers will be interesting to view. Most buyers were trying to close before school started in August.

These stats are for areas 90, 91 & 92 in Ascension Parish. Information used from Greater Baton Rouge MLS.  They include only single family dwellings.  Mobile home and land sales are not part of these numbers.  If you would like information on either of these, feel free to let me know.

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Ascension Parish Real Estate Market Stats for July 2010 Friday, Aug 27 2010 

Monthly Sales were 71 units. Comparison to last month:  Decreased 51% from 145 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 32% from 105 Units.

Average Sold Price was $221,460.  Comparison to last month:  Increased 14% from $194,341.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased 2% from $217,878.

Current Inventory is 10.11 months.  Comparison to last month:  Increased from 4.9 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased from 5.80 months.

Average Days on Market were 113.  Comparison to last month:  Increased from 61 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased from 109 days.

So what do all these numbers mean?   Remember, the tax credit expired.  Most closings happened by the June 30 deadline. (A few stragglers were able to take advantage of the extended deadline.) What I do see as encouraging is that the average sales price was up.  If you are a seller, you have a lot of competition out there.  Make sure that your home is is top notch condition and price it well.  An overpriced home will only help to sell the competition.

These stats are for areas 90, 91 & 92 in Ascension Parish. Information used from Greater Baton Rouge MLS.  They include only single family dwellings.  Mobile home and land sales are not part of these numbers.  If you would like information on either of these, feel free to let me know.

Ascension Parish Real Estate Market Stats for May 2010 Wednesday, Jun 30 2010 

Monthly Sales were 153 units. Comparison to last month:  Increased 16% from 128 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased 25% from 115 Units.

Average Sold Price was $188,863.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased 13% from $216,252.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 9% from $206,806.

Current Inventory is 4.45 months.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased from 5.14 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 5.46months.

Average Days on Market were 73.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased from 81 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 102 days.

So what do all these numbers mean?  Many first time homebuyers were taking advantage of the tax credit.  We will see lots of homes closing in the next month as well. 

Remember, the tax credit expired on April 30, 2010 and those buyers have until June 30, 2010 to close on those homes.  Knowing that, I wondered what the pending activity was for May.  93 properties in Ascension Parish went under contract compared to 120 in May of 2009.  To show you how the tax credit helped stimulate sales, there were 177 homes to go under contract in the month of April 2010.  That was a 47% drop in sales… Ouch! The medicated market will now take a few months to level out.  Watch closely for the interesting times ahead.

These stats are for areas 90, 91 & 92 in Ascension Parish. Information used from Greater Baton Rouge MLS.  They include only single family dwellings.  Mobile home and land sales are not part of these numbers.  If you would like information on either of these, feel free to let me know.

Ascension Parish Real Estate Market Stats for April 2010 Wednesday, May 26 2010 

Monthly Sales were 126 units. Comparison to last month:  Decreased 5% from 133 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased 13% from 110 Units.

Average Sold Price was $215,954.  Comparison to last month:  Increased 4% from $206,398.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased 4% from $206,370.

Current Inventory is 5.13 months.  Comparison to last month:  Increased from 4.86 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 5.91 months.

Average Days on Market were 81.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased from 92 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 91 days.

So what do all these numbers mean?  Average sales prices are up and average days on the market are down… Looks like real estate in Ascension Parish is still holding its own!

Remember, the tax credit expired on April 30, 2010.  Knowing that, I wondered what the pending activity was for April.  185 properties in Ascension Parish went under contract compared to 146 in March.  I think we will see the average sales prices fall in May because of the number of First Time Home Buyers that took last minute advantage of the tax credite.  Interesting times ahead!

These stats are for areas 90,91 & 92 in Ascension Parish. Information used from Greater Baton Rouge MLS.  They include only single family dwellings.  Mobile home and land sales are not part of these numbers.  If you would like information on either of these, feel free to let me know.

Ascension Parish Real Estate Market Stats for March 2010 Monday, Apr 19 2010 

Monthly Sales were 132 units. Comparison to last month:  Increased 28% from 95 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Increase 23% from 101 Units.

Average Sold Price was $206,632.  Comparison to last month:  Increased 5% from $197,059.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 5% from $216,217.

Current Inventory is 4.73 months.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased from 6.45 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 6.91 months.

Average Days on Market were 92.  Comparison to last month:  Held steady at 90 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 107 days.

So what do all these numbers mean?  The June 30, 2010 closing deadline for the tax credit is nearing!  The early risers are closing on their new homes so that they are sure to meet the deadline for the tax credit. 

In March, the hottest price range was the $160,000 to $169,999 range. 

Remember, the tax credit expires on April 30, 2010.  Purchasers must be under contract by this date and must close by June 30, 2010 to qualify for the credit.

These stats are for areas 90,91 & 92 in Ascension Parish. Information used from Greater Baton Rouge MLS.  They include only single family dwellings.  Mobile home and land sales are not part of these numbers.  If you would like information on either of these, feel free to let me know.

Ascension Parish Real Estate Market Stats for February 2010 Wednesday, Mar 31 2010 

Monthly Sales were 95 units. Comparison to last month:  Increased 26% from 70 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Increase 8% from 87 Units.

Average Sold Price was $197,038.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased 5% from $207,896.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 9% from $217,229.

Current Inventory is 6.34 months.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased from 8.91 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 7.95 months.

Average Days on Market were 90.  Comparison to last month:  Held steady at 91 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased at 109 days.

So what do all these numbers mean?  The tax credit is fueling the first time homebuyers to make their leap into homeownership.  This is indicative of the average sales price.  The smaller homes are flying off the shelves!

Monthly sales are up due to the tax credit incentive as well.  I predict that we will see monthly sales rise until the close deadline of  June 30, 2010

Remember, the tax credit expires on April 30, 2010.  Purchasers must be under contract by this date and must close by June 30, 2010 to qualify for the credit.

These stats are for areas 90,91 & 92 in Ascension Parish. Information used from Greater Baton Rouge MLS.  They include only single family dwellings.  Mobile home and land sales are not part of these numbers.  If you would like information on either of these, feel free to let me know.

Ascension Parish Market Stats for December 2009 Thursday, Jan 21 2010 

Monthly Sales were 91 units. Comparison to last month:  Increased 3%  from 88 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Increase 11% from 81 Units.

Average Sold Price was $186,413.  Comparison to last month:  decreased  2% from $191,023.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 10% from $207,090.

Current Inventory is 6.48 months.  Comparison to last month:  Holding steady from 7.05 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 8.92 months.

Average Days on Market was 67.  Comparison to last month:  decreased from 78 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 87 days.

So what do all these numbers mean?  The Average Sold Price being down is again indicative of the type of buyers we are seeing.  First time homebuyers are still fueling the market. The inventory is slowly being eaten up and homes are not sitting on the market as long.  This is all great news in the recovery of the housing market.  I feel as if we have hit the bottom and are on our way up.  FHA has announced some changes that will not make the climb easy. But as the old fable goes…SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE.

As I am sure you are aware, the tax credit has been extended to having an accepted contract in place by April 30, 2010 and closing by June 30, 2010.  It has also been expanded to include “long time homeowners”.  These homebuyers will receive $6,500 on a new purchase.  For more information about these credits, click here.

These stats are for areas 90,91 & 92 in Ascension Parish. Information used from Greater Baton Rouge MLS.  They include only single family dwellings.  Mobile home and land sales are not part of these numbers.  If you would like information on either of these, feel free to let me know.

September 2009 Market Stats Tuesday, Oct 13 2009 

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Ascension Parish Market Stats for September 2009

Monthly sales were 120  units. Comparison to last month:  Increase 8%  from 110 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Increase 50% from 55 Units.

Average Sold price was $191,387.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased  14% from $221,891.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 10% from $213,272.

Current inventory is 4.69 months.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased from 5.53 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 14.87 months. 

 Average Days on market were 78.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased from 93 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased from 116 days.

So what do all these numbers mean?  First let me say, “Don’t Panic!”  I can tell you this because while I was working these numbers, I felt a wave of panic flow through me.  How will I report this?  Then I did a little investigating.

Yes, Average Sales prices are down.  Let’s take a closer look.  The units were up.  First Time Homebuyers are buying right now to get their $8,000 stimulus monies.  The biggest range of homes sold were in the $140,000-$149,900 and the $160,000 to $169,900 range.  Throw a few of these in the mix and the average sales prices go down.  As I have been saying…homes in this price range that are in good condition and are priced right are SELLING!

Remember, this month last year we were hit with Hurricane Gustav.  You see the effects by looking at units sold and the inventory.  We are doing much better, thank goodness!

Our inventory is declining and the sellers are getting 98.32% of their asking price!

Happy Buying and Selling 🙂

These stats are for areas 90,91 & 92 in Ascension Parish. Information used from Greater Baton Rouge MLS.  They include only single family dwellings.  Mobile home and land sales are not part of these numbers.  If you would like information on either of these, feel free to let me know.

July 2009 Market Snapshot Saturday, Aug 15 2009 

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Ascension Parish Market Stats for July 2009

Monthly sales were 104  units. Comparison to last month:  Decrease 19%  from 129 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Decrease 11% from 117 Units.

Average Sold price was $217,742.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased  1% from $219,525.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 7% from $235,014.

Current inventory is 5.64 months.  Comparison to last month:  Increased from 4.68 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 6.93 months. 

 Average Days on market were 110.  Comparison to last month:  Increased from 98 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased from 85days.

So what do all these numbers mean?  Sales were not as high as last month.  Lots of families take vacations during the month of July.   There is usually a decrease.  You will see another decrease in the next couple of months.  Why?  Because school has started and all of us parents are BROKE!  Averages sales prices held steady.  This is a good thing.   We will continue to hold steady and start to rise in the near future.  Is it a good time to sell your home?  The simple answer is Yes.  We have good market values and homes priced correctly are selling quickly. 

I again encourage buyers to buy now.  If you are a first time homebuyer you have to close on your new home by November 30, 2009 to receive the tax credit.  Lots of people have taken advantage of this and are now happy homeowners with a little extra cash in their pockets!

These stats are for areas 90,91 & 92 in Ascension Parish. Information used from Greater Baton Rouge MLS.  They include only single family dwellings.  Mobile home and land sales are not part of these numbers.  If you would like information on either of these, feel free to let me know.

June 2009 Market Snapshot Thursday, Jul 9 2009 

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Ascension Parish Market Stats for June 2009

Monthly sales were 126  units. Comparison to last month: Increase 9%  from 115 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Increase 14% from 108 Units.

Average Sold price was $218,770.  Comparison to last month:  Increased  4% from $210,806.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 4% from $227,809.

Current inventory is 4.70 months.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased from 5.29 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 7.71months. 

 Average Days on market were 96.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased from 102 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 98 days.

 

What does this mean to you as a homeowner?  The number of units sold are up and the current inventory is down.  Houses are moving!  There was a decrease from last year in the average sales price and again,  I attribute that to a correction in the market from the inflated “Hurricane Katrina” sales.  I also attribute the lower average sales price to homebuyers buying homes in a lower square footage range.  The “McMansions” are not as trendy as they used to be.  The average days on the market are in line with last year…this is good, homes are not sitting on the market for an indefinite amount of time.

What does this mean to you as a homebuyer?  It is a great time to buy.  If you are looking to purchase a home and stay there for at least 3 years…now is the time!  Rates are low and if you are a first time homebuyer, the government is offering you a true $8,000 tax credit!

 Having said that, I have a good feeling for our real estate economy. I predict that home sales will continue to rise and values will also rise in the fashion they are intended to. (You know I have the magic crystal ball!)

These stats are for areas 90,91 & 92 in Ascension Parish. Information used from Greater Baton Rouge MLS.  They include only single family dwellings.  Mobile home and land sales are not part of these numbers.  If you would like information on either of these, feel free to let me know.

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