Tuesday, August 22, 2006

North Jersey July Home Sales

I'm posting this additional data based on a comment made to me on another forum. Someone accused me of selecting the date ranges I use in such a way as to accentuate the decline we are seeing. The comment made to me is one being made throughout the media, it is that the market is simply returning to normal. The author of the comment implied that the years I selected for my comparison, 2003-2005, do not represent a normal market, and that any kind of "normalization" in the market would be illustrated as a decline (Year-over-year or Multi-year).

In response, I'm going to post a multiyear comparison of July sales for the counties listed, the source is GSMLS. Data prior to 2000 is no longer available, so 2000 is the earliest comparison I can include. Thanks go out to the individual who provided me the July comparison numbers on such short notice.

Overall Total:

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By County:

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The Numbers:

Year - # Sales
2000 - 3063
2001 - 3271
2002 - 3216
2003 - 3458
2004 - 3688
2005 - 3338
2006 - 2428

Caveat Emptor!
Grim

19 Comments:

Blogger grim said...

Repost of the Bergen NJMLS data:

Here are the numbers for July, Bergen County ONLY. These numbers include SFH, Condos, Co-Ops & Twnhses.

The numbers mean the following:
Year Avg$ Med$ Sold UnderContract

1995 $229,172 $205,000 450 598*
1996 $269,956 $218,000 890 741
1997 $265,457 $218,000 1014 826
1998 $282,631 $222,500 1101 878
1999 $321,389 $250,000 1093 850
2000 $324,754 $260,000 986 842
2001 $381,572 $300,000 1059 855
2002 $416,943 $335,000 1069 893
2003 $469,366 $380,000 1130 1138
2004 $608,696 $455,000 1282 967
2005 $588,485 $480,000 1082 944
2006 $607,368 $490,000 902 751

*1995 data may be incomplete as I believe this is the first year this data becomes available.

8/22/2006 07:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know what to say except great job and thank you!

8/22/2006 07:52:00 PM  
Anonymous UnRealtor said...

Excellent!

Nothing much to say, except "Read 'em and weep" greedy grubbing sellers and realtors.

8/22/2006 07:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are some builder incentives. How many pre-owned sellers can match these incentives??

1. Pay lease breakage fee
2. home buyback if prices fall
3. will pay mortgage upto one year if you lose job
4. will pay refinance costs upto 3 years
5. They will even buy your present home from you.
http://www.thinkkaplan.com/

8/22/2006 08:10:00 PM  
Blogger jts2010 said...

Does anyone have county information for Hudson County? I didn't see it in the info provided. I have been following the jersey city market for a while now.. and it does seem to be slowing down. Just curious on how much it slowed.

8/22/2006 09:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grim,

Incredible work. A chart tells the whole story. We know it is happenning but to see it illustrated so clearly makes it more meaningful. What is amazing to me is the July 2006 sold #'s, you have to go back to 1996 for comparable #'s. Not only did this market come to a screaching halt, it also has accelerated its domnside move. Very powerful stuff!!!!! Thanks again!!!!

BC Bob

8/22/2006 09:05:00 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

grim, next time instead of wasting your precious time tell them to stick it. by now if people can't recognize the walk, bark and smell of the dog for what it is, they're blind

8/22/2006 09:12:00 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

i believe we'll see a slight uptick in august and september (based upon my own personal tracking) and then back to a plunge through the rest of the year. many have reports unsubstantiated evidence that august saw some uptick in sales, probably due to getting in before school season starts. still it won't change the trend which is down down down. prices are following but still lagging transactions. it'll catch up.

8/22/2006 09:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grim
Fair and balanced.

The middlesex county had 100% rise in inventory YOY. I am guessing the fall will be more dramatic here.

great job

Central Jersey Observer

8/22/2006 09:15:00 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

let's not forget about NYC, the anchor of the NJ real estate market with all those high paying jobs and wall street bonuses. remember it's different there. NOT!

http://www.nypost.com/business/unsold_manhattan_apartments_at_10_yr__high_business_tom_bawden.htm

8/22/2006 09:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.minyanville.com/articles/index.php?a=11044

If any one interested, please read the above article. It tells the bottom line.

Central Jersey Observer

8/22/2006 09:37:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Oliver said...

As always, Grim, thanks.

8/22/2006 09:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice article
When sales fall, they call St. Joe
http://tinyurl.com/qmsep

CNS

8/22/2006 10:14:00 PM  
Anonymous dreamtheaterr said...

Here are some builder incentives. How many pre-owned sellers can match these incentives??

1. Pay lease breakage fee
2. home buyback if prices fall
3. will pay mortgage upto one year if you lose job
4. will pay refinance costs upto 3 years
5. They will even buy your present home from you.
http://www.thinkkaplan.com/

8/22/2006 09:10:06 PM


I am a renter in one of their apartment complexes in North Brunswick. Well maintained properties but I would not buy the rental if it went condo. I can hear the neighbor pissin..... (ok that was a joke) ...but you get the idea.

8/23/2006 07:16:00 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

>> I can hear the neighbor pissin

that's no joke. my former apartment i could hear everything that went on in the bathroom above me through the vent, pissing, crapping and all. no way to live.

8/23/2006 07:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez, if all the people living in N. NJ who claim to hate it so much would just leave, it'd be a whole lot less crowded.

Less full of malcontents and bitter displaced Manhattanites, too. :)

-Jamey

8/23/2006 08:18:00 AM  
Blogger grim said...

i believe we'll see a slight uptick in august and september (based upon my own personal tracking) and then back to a plunge through the rest of the year.

I agree, we're probably going to see a repeat of the trend we saw last year. August will increase from July levels, and we'll trend downward via the traditional seasonal trend to the February low-point.

grim

8/23/2006 09:01:00 AM  
Blogger RichInNorthNJ said...

Here is what I've found so far in Bergen County (SFH,Condo,Co-Op,Twnh) comparing 8/1 - 23, 2005 to 2006.

Year Sold UnderContract
2005 928 769
2006 564 593

REMEMBER: This is August 1 to August 23 as of 2:00 PM EST.

8/23/2006 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger chicagofinance said...

I agree, we're probably going to see a repeat of the trend we saw last year. August will increase from July levels, and we'll trend downward via the traditional seasonal trend to the February low-point.
grim
8/23/2006 10:01:01 AM

Not unless prices are cut, or there is a drop in mortgage rates [which to some extent there has been].

8/23/2006 02:09:00 PM  

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