Saugatuck MI area residential real estate market, October 1, 2017

Information below is residential data for the four lakeshore real estate subareas in Allegan County, Michigan:
H20 - Laketown Twp, City of Holland south of 32nd St, Fillmore Twp west of M-40
H23 - Saugatuck Twp, City of Saugatuck, City of Douglas, Manlius Twp west of 58th St
H27 - Ganges Twp, Clyde Twp west of 56th St, City of Fennville south of M-89
S93 - Casco Twp

The information presented here is as recorded in our local MLS, SWMRIC. In September 2017 the inventory of homes decreased. 274 homes were available Sept 1st in these four subareas, while 261 were available on Oct 1. The highs and lows of available monthly inventory in the last two years were a high of 352 on July 1, 2016, and the low was 209 on January 1, 2017. A year ago on Octt 1, 2016 the available inventory was 310, so we presently have about 88% the number of homes available than we did a year ago. The median list price of homes offered for sale was down 21% month to month in H20, was down 1% in H23, was up 2% in H27 and down 1% in S93.

49 homes sold last month, as opposed to 44 in Aug 2017. A year ago, 44 homes sold in September 2016. In most months median list prices are above median sold prices. This means that those that sold are less expensive than those that are on offer. You can see this on the graph, where the blue lines (sold) are mostly below the red lines (list). Last month median sold prices were lower than median list prices in all subareas. In H20 those that sold were worth about 68% of list, in H23 it was 88%, in H27 it was 58%, and in S93 it was 38%.

Inventory turnover numbers for last month were: for H20 19 of 46 (41%), for H23 20 of 123 (16%), for H27 it was 3 of 38 (8%), and for S93 7 of 64 (1%). H20 usually has a faster turnover than the other subareas. A 41% turnover like we have in H20, means that we have a 2 1/2 month supply of homes at the current sales rate there. Lower percentages mean we have more months of supply available, higher percentages mean we have fewer months of supply available.

How do September’s sold prices compare to previous months? In H20, last month’s median sold price ($245,000) was higher than the median sold price for the last twelve months ($199,000) by about 24%. H23’s median sold price ($351,000) was higher by about 21% than the median sold price over the last twelve months ($290,575). H27’s median sold price ($245,000) was higher by about 5% than the median sold price over the last twelve months ($232,500). S93’s median sold price for last month was $128,500, lower by about 29% than the median sold price over the last twelve months ($179,900). Aggregating all four subareas, last month’s median sold price was $245,000, exactly the same as the median of the last twelve months.

Let’s compare today’s statistics to those of a year ago. A year ago there were 310 homes listed, at a median list price of $349,950. Today there are 261 homes listed at a median list price of $425,000. In September 2017 49 homes sold at a median price of $245,000 while in September 2016 44 homes sold at a median price of $203,850.

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