Market Update

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Well, the federal home buyer tax credit we’ve been talking about for the last 18 months has finally expired. All good (or bad, depending on your opinion) things must come to an end. Unfortunately, we won’t have definitive evidence of how wild the final days of the credit were for another week as we wait for activity to be recorded in the MLS system.

In the meantime, we can still see that home sellers were far more active than home buyers for the week ending April 24, continuing a recent trend. There were 2,147 new listings during the week, an increase of 19.1 percent from a year ago. That’s the seventh week of the last eight to show double-digit percentage increases in new listings.

Signed purchase agreements were also up but in a less extreme fashion. The 1,184 pending sales for the week were a 9.8 percent increase from a year ago.

As a result of the growth in new listings, we’re projecting that the Supply-Demand Ratio for May 2010 will be 5.69 homes per buyer, a healthy balanced number but a smidge higher than the 5.23 mark of May 2009. Why point out such a subtle difference? Because that would be the first time we have seen a year-over-year increase since June 2008.