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The Importance Of Accurate Home Price Data And The Danger Of Bad Data






Ok, I’ll admit it, I know I’m sort of a big data nerd and not everyone is, so I may be in the minority when it comes to the attention I give, and time I devote, to market data, stats, trends and the like. However, while not everyone wants to study this stuff, anyone in the market to buy or sell real estate either needs to be up to date on what is going on in the market in terms of price (and the other stuff I mentioned) or be represented by a real estate agent that is. Otherwise, without this information or, worse yet, with bad information, home buyers and sellers can make some really bad decisions. […]

St Louis Home Sales and Home Prices Are Both Up Over 5 Percent From A Year Ago






St Louis continues to enjoy a pretty robust real estate market, albeit it a challenging one for buyers due to the low inventory of homes for sale in most areas, with St Louis home sales, during the past 12 months, up over 5 percent from the prior 12-month period and St Louis home prices up over 5 percent for the same period as well. […]

St Louis Home Sales Fall Slightly in May From Year Ago – Prices Up






There were 2,707 homes sold during May within the St Louis 5-county core market down slightly from May 2016 when there were 2,736 homes sold according to the latest data from MORE, REALTORS (see chart below). The median price of homes sold in the St Louis core market during May 2017 was $125 per square foot, an increase of 2.5% from May 2016 when the median price of homes sold in the St Louis core market was $122 per square foot. […]

St Louis Real Estate Market Update VIDEO – May 2017

The St Louis market continues to be hot although there is a little downward pressure on pricing. This month, as the video below shows, the St Louis real estate market continues to be low on competition and favoring sellers although the home buyers out there are savvy and are not reacting to over-priced listings. […]

St Louis Spring Real Estate Market Snapshot






We are about half way through the spring real estate market in St Louis, normally the most active time of the year for the St Louis real estate industry, and, thus far, the 2017 spring market is shaping up pretty good! As our chart below illustrates, there were 4,582 homes sold in the 5-county core St Louis market during March and April of this year, an increase of 2.4% from last year when there were 4,473 homes sold and the median price per foot of those homes sold was $126 per foot in April, an increase of 6.8 percent from April 2016 when the median price per foot was $118. […]

St Louis Home Sales Increase in March






As the chart below shows, there were 2,880 homes sold last month within the 5-county core St Louis market (city of St Louis and counties of St Louis, St Charles, Jefferson and Franklin) an increase of 6.5% from March 2016 when there were 2,705 homes sold. […]

St Louis Real Estate Market Update VIDEO – April 2017






The supply of homes for sale continues to be a major impediment to the St Louis real estate market! This month, as the video below shows, every county in the St Louis core market area has seen the inventory of homes for sale (in terms of months of supply) decline from last month and last month was already low! In spite of the low, low inventory, home prices have remained reasonable and, in fact, we are seeing a little bit of a downward trend price-wise in some areas. With these things in mind, along with the fact that interest rates are sure to go up, there’s no better time to buy or sell than now! […]

St Louis Home Prices Increase Over 5 Percent In Past 12 Months; Sales up over 7 percent






The median price of homes sold in the St Louis core housing market (city of St Louis and counties of St Louis, St Charles, Jefferson and Franklin) was $179,900 for the past 12 months, an increase of 5.2% from the prior 12 month period when the median price of St Louis homes sold was $171,000. […]

St Louis Real Estate Market Update VIDEO – March 2017






There just aren’t enough homes for sale in many price ranges! This month, like many months before, you will see that all five counties in the St Louis core market (city of St Louis and the counties of St Louis, St Charles, Jefferson and Franklin) all have less than a 6 month supply of homes for sale (a few less than half of that), so it remains a sellers market in many areas! While the market is doing well, you will notice the trend over the past 24 months, as I describe in the video is down a little in terms of number of homes sales which is due simply the lack of homes available for sale. There doesn’t appear to be a shortage of buyers at this point, just a shortage of sellers. […]

Midwest Home Builders Optimism About New Home Market Hits Record High in March






Happy home builders? Wow, I remember those days, back before the real estate bubble and market collapse, boy were those the days! Well, the good news is, while builders still have their challenges, according to the latest survey by the National Association of Home Builders, builders in the Midwest are more optimistic about the new home market than they have ever been! (or, at least since the beginning of the regional level index records that are published). […]

The Fastest Selling Neighborhoods In St Louis






The St Louis real estate market continues to be strong and, thanks for a low inventory of homes for sale in many areas, competitive. Accurately priced homes in popular neighborhoods often sell within a day or two of coming on the market. Listings in the fastest selling cities in St Louis spend an average of less than 30 days on the market. As the table below shows, the fastest selling city currently is Glendale (which has spent a lot of time at the top of this list over the last few months) with an average of just 23 days on the market for current listings, followed by Valley Park with an average listing time of 26 days. […]

Moderate Priced Homes In St Louis Out Perform Luxury Home Sales






St Louis is known as an affordable place to live so it is not surprising that there is a fairly robust housing market for affordable and moderate priced homes. When it comes to luxury homes in St Louis however ($500,000 and above for the sake of discussion here), the market is much cooler. […]

St Louis Real Estate Market Off To A Good Start For 2017






Last year was a good year for the St Louis real estate market and, thus far, 2017 is off to a pretty good start in St Louis as well! As the chart and tables below illustrates, home prices in the St Louis area have been trending upward over the past couple of years and sales are holding pretty steady. […]

Are Ranch Style Homes A Better Investment?

The ranch-style home has been around a long time with it’s origin going back to 1920’s but this style of home became extremely popular in the 1940’s carrying through the 1970’s. Ranch-style homes are normally much wider than deep and feature open floor plans with a casual style. Over time, as incomes increased, as […]

Top Ten Buyers Markets In St Louis






While the bulk of the St Louis area spent most of the past year as a sellers market, real estate is very local and very seasonal, so there are still neighborhoods where buyers markets exist! So where are the buyers markets? Well, they are a constantly moving target due to the fluctuations I just mentioned, however, currently, as the list below illustrates, […]

Franklin County Has Largest Increase In Both Median Home Prices And Sales In Past 12 Months






The median price of homes sold in Franklin County during the most recent 12 months was $146,000, an increase of 9.57% from the prior 12 month period when the median price was $133,250 marking the highest year over year increase of any of the St Louis area counties. […]

St Louis Condominium Market Going Strong






The condo market in the St Louis area is doing well with condo’s that sold in the past 12 months selling in a median time of just 27 days in the 5-County St Louis Core market. As the chart below shows, the median price for condo’s sold in the 5-county core market during this period went from $125,000 back in February 2016 to $139,500 in January 2017. There is currently a 3.3 month supply of condominiums for sale in the this market. […]

St Charles County Homes With Finished Basements Sell Faster and For More Per Foot






When considering making an improvement to their home, homeowners often look at it from both the enjoyment value it will give them and their family as well as the investment value of what they are doing. Granted, there are few, if any improvements, you can make to a home that will give you a 100% return on investment, meaning that, for every dollar you spend, your homes value will go up by a dollar, but there are certainly some improvements that come closer than others. […]

What Are The Fastest Selling Zip Codes In St Louis?






The winter months may be the “slow” season for real estate but there are plenty of areas throughout St Louis where homes are still selling fast! So, where are homes selling the fastest in St Louis? As the table below shows, the 63143 zip code area which is the Maplewood area, is currently the fastest selling neighborhood with an average of just 40 days on the market for current listings. […]

Homeownership Rate In U.S. Rises In 4th Quarter of 2016; Slips in Midwest Slightly






After the homeownership rate in the U.S. fell to 63.1% during the 2nd quarter of 2016, the lowest level since the U.S. Census Department began tracking this data in 1968, it rose to 63.4% during the 3rd quarter and then to 63.5% during the 4th quarter of 2016, according to data just released by the U.S. Census Bureau. […]

St Louis Real Estate Market 2016 Recap and Outlook for 2017






St Louis home sales during 2016 hit the highest level in years! Home prices rose as well while the inventory of homes for sale remained low during the year. […]

Which St Louis Area County Saw Biggest Increase In Home Prices & Sales During 2016?






As I have reported over the past couple of days, the St Louis MSA as well as all of the counties that make up the St Louis, Missouri house market, saw an increase in home sales and prices during 2016 from the year before. But which county fared the best during 2016, seeing the highest increase in the median price of homes sold as well as the biggest increase in the number of homes sold? Well, at the top of the list is… […]

St Louis 5-County Core Market Home Prices Increase Over 5 Percent in 2016, Sales Increase Over 8 Percent






During 2016, the median price of homes sold in the St Louis 5-County Core Market was $179,000, an increase of 5.29 percent from 2015 when the median home price of homes sold in the St Louis 5-County Core Market was $170,000, according to MORE, REALTORS and depicted in the table below. There were a total of 27,231 homes sold in the St Louis metro area during 2016, an increase of 8.1 percent from 2015 when there were 25,191 homes sold. As the chart below the table illustrates, St Louis home prices and sales have been trending upward at a fairly consistent rate over the past two years. […]

St Louis Median Home Prices Increase Over 5 Percent in 2016, Sales Increase Over 3 Percent






During 2016, the median price of homes sold in the St Louis MSA was $167,400, an increase of 5.68 percent from 2015 when the median home price of homes sold in the St Louis MSA was $158,400, according to MORE, REALTORS and depicted in the table below. There were a total of 35,571 homes sold in the St Louis metro area during 2016, an increase of 3.3 percent from 2015 when there were 34,434 homes sold. […]

Number of Distressed Home Sales In St Louis Declines Nearly Forty Percent In 2016 From Two Years Ago

The number of distressed home sales in St Louis has been on the decline while distressed home prices have remained relatively flat. For the purposes herein, a “distressed” home sale includes short sales, foreclosures, bank-owned and government-owned homes. Thus far, as the chart below illustrates, there have been 2,170 distressed home sales in the […]

Home Affordability Falls Throughout St Louis Area






Home affordability throughout the St Louis area declined in the fourth quarter of this year from the same time last year according to a report released this morning by Attom Data Solutions. As the table below shows, the affordability of homes in the St Louis area, as well as every major county in Missouri, declined during the current quarter meaning that it now takes a larger percentage of a persons income (based upon average wages for the county) to buy the “typical” home in that county (based upon a median-priced home). […]

St Louis Home Prices Increased Over 7 Percent In Past Year and Sales Up Over 8 Percent






St Louis home prices rose 7.22 percent in the past 12 months (through the end of November 2016) compared with with prior 12 months, according to newly released data by MORE, REALTORS. As the tables below show, for the St Louis MSA, the median price of homes sold during the 12 month period ended November 30, 2016 was $169,408. For the prior 12 month period, the median sales price of homes sold in the St Louis MSA was $158,000. Home sales increased in the St Louis Metro Area as well during the period with 36,973 homes being sold in the 12 month period ended November 30, 2016, an increase of 8.57% from the prior 12 month period when there were 34,056 homes sold in the St Louis MSA. […]

St Louis Real Estate Market Update VIDEO – December 2016

All five counties in the St Louis core St Louis market are still “seller’s markets” all with under 6 months supply of homes for sale. The best sellers markets in town have a one month, or less, supply of homes for sale making this a great time to sell a home in spite of […]

Existing Home Sales In St Louis Increase Six Percent In Past 12 Months!






Yesterday, the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) released their existing home sales data for October 2016 which revealed home sales in the U.S. during that month were at a, seasonally-adjusted, annual, rate of 5.6 million homes, an increase in rate of 2 percent from the month before. We track St Louis home sales data in a little different manner, comparing the most recent 12 month period with the prior 12 month period, so a rolling 12 month average of sorts, and, as the table below shows, home sales in the St Louis MSA for the 12-month period ending October 31, 2016, increased 6.64% from the prior 12 month period and we have branded the St Louis MSA housing market as a “Hot Seller’s Market”. […]

St Louis Home Prices Rose Three Percent In Past Year






Home prices in St Louis rose in the past 12 months compared with with prior 12 months, according to newly released data by MORE, REALTORS. As the report below shows, for St Louis City and County, the median price of homes sold during the 12 month period ended October 31, 2016 was $169,900, an increase of 3% from the prior 12 month period when the median sales price of homes sold in the city and county of St Louis was $164,900. Home sales increased as well during the period with 16,233 homes being sold in the 12 month period ended October 31, 2016, an increase of over 7% from the prior 12 month period when there were 15,149 homes sold in the city and county of St Louis. […]