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ABQ’s Housing Market Trends Remain Positive in Off-Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:                   

Jon Schnoor, President, 505-385-2154, president@gaar.com

Kent Cravens, Executive Vice President, 505-724-3481, kent@gaar.com

ABQ’s Housing Market Trends Remain Positive in Off-Season  

Albuquerque, NM  (December 12, 2016) – The Greater Albuquerque housing market has remained consistent throughout 2016.  In year-over-year comparisons, the number of homes for sale has dropped in most Central New Mexico communities while homes sold faster and for higher prices. The housing market improvements in Albuquerque have occurred with enough regularity and time to make it a trend for the entirety of 2016.

The 798 detached homes sold in November 2016 marked an 18.2 percent increase over the same period last year, and the 79 attached homes sold represented a 23.4 percent increase over 2015. Pending sales are also up 25.7 percent for detached homes and 34.3 percent for townhomes and condos, indicating that the market is not slowing down much for the market’s typical cold-weather off-season.

While the total inventory of homes for sale in the Albuquerque metro market was down again to 18.8 percent compared to the same period last year, the 979 detached homes newly-listed for sale in November represented only a 6.4 percent year-over-year decrease. Newly-listed townhomes and condos increased by 5.7 percent compared to November 2015.

The median sales price in the metro area increased 2.8 percent to $185,000 for detached homes and increased by 23.8 percent to $151,000 for townhomes and condos. The average sales price for detached homes increased by 2.7 percent to $218,795 as the average price for townhomes and condos jumped 21.4 percent to $164,526.

“Financial markets were volatile in the days surrounding the presidential election,” said Jon Schnoor, 2016 President of the Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors. “The market has since self-corrected and reached new heights. Long-term indicators of what it will be like to have a real estate developer for a President remains unclear. Prior to the election, a national shift in housing trends was hard to come by, and unemployment rates have not budged since August 2015.” He also noted, “Post-election, mortgage rates are up and opinions in the industry are that a national, and possibly local, trend shift is likely in the near future.”

To see the full market indicator report for November 2016 market statistics, go to GAAR.com and click on Market Statistics.

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About GAAR

The Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS® (GAAR) is the largest local professional trade association in Central New Mexico with over 3000 members pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Established in 1921, GAAR is the Voice of Real Estate for the Greater Albuquerque Area and the trusted source for accurate real estate market data and trends.

REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.

For media assistance, please contact Eva Medcroft at 505-724-3461 or eva@gaar.com.