St Louis Real Estate Market Update VIDEO – March 2019 – Sales off pace from last year

The St Louis real estate market is still doing well however, home sales are off to a slower start this year than last year. Find out more, as well as get information on some of St Louis’s best resources for home buyers and sellers in our just-released market update video. In our MORE, REALTORS, 5 Minute St Louis Real Estate Market Update video below, you can quickly and easily get the latest information on home prices, home sales, trends and more for the entire St Louis area!  
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Is The St Louis Housing Inventory Down 25 Percent Or Up 10 Percent? The Importance Of Understanding The Data.

I promise not to turn this article into one of my boring, lengthy diatribes that only a data nerd could enjoy, however, I do want to discuss something that I think is very important for all home buyers, sellers and investors.  Given that today there is a plethora of “data” and “information” available to us thanks, in large part, to the internet, and that home buyer, sellers, and investors (as well as the real estate agents working with them) make decisions based, at least in part, to those things, it is imperative to know you have the right data and that it is the relevant data or information.  Making a large financial decision, such as one related to buying or selling a house, on inaccurate, misunderstood or mispresented date or information, can literally cost you thousands of dollars.

A quick, and current, example…The St Louis Housing Inventory…

A report was released this past week from within the real estate industry that indicated there was an “inventory of homes for sale” of 3,272 in the City and County of St Louis combined and that this was “down 24.9% from 2018“.  I saw many well-meaning real estate agents copy and paste the graphic or data on Facebook with messages that, if a buyer would create a little bit of a panic or concern on “missing out” and, if a seller, thinking competition is down so now is a good time to list your home and name your price.

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.   As the table below shows, in the 5-county core St Louis market, there were 27,437 homes sold in the 12-month period ending May 31, 2017, an increase of 5.13% from the prior 12-month period when there were 26,099 homes sold.

Year-over-year for the month of May looks good as well…

As I frequently comment, looking at home prices and sales activity for a 12-month period is the best way to get a realistic view of the market, less affected by timing of sales due to weather, day of the week the last day of the month falls on etc, it’s still worth looking at the most recent month and comparing it to the prior month, as well as prior year, to help spot trends or changes in the trend.  With this in mind, as the chart below shows, for the St Louis core market there were 3,070 homes sold in May, 2017, an increase of 21.2% from the month before when there were 2,533 homes sold, and an increase of just under 1% from May 2016 when there were 3,042 homes sold.  As the chart also reveals, homes sold in St Louis during May, 2017 were sold for a median price of $185,000, an increase of 2.8% from the month before when the median sales price was $180,000 and a slight increase of just one-half of one-percent from May 2016 when the median price St Louis homes sold for was $184,000.

Franklin County has the largest increases in home prices and sales during past 12 months…

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St Louis Home Prices and Sales Market Update VIDEO – August 2015

The St Louis Real Estate market continues to be strong!  Homes are selling quick in St. Louis and at prices that show solid appreciation over the past couple of years.  Get the details on the current St Louis real estate market, as well as where in St Louis are the hottest markets as well as the coldest ones, and much more in our newly released, 5-minute, market video update for August 2015, below.

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St Louis Home Prices and Sales Market Update VIDEO-July 2015

The St Louis real estate market, like the weather,  is HOT!  Many of our listings are selling the first day and then for full price or above!  Naturally though, this is not true for all areas of St Louis nor all prices ranges.  Find where the hot seller’s markets, as well as cold buyer’s markets are in St Louis in our newly released, 5-minute, market video update for July 2015, below.

If you have considered selling your home, or perhaps tried and failed in the past year or so, now is the time to consider it again.  Give us a call and we’ll be happy to let you know the value of your home in today’s market or, try our new online home valuation site and find your homes value in under a minute – go to StLouisHousePrices.com and find your home’s value now!

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St Louis Home Prices and Sales Market Update VIDEO-January 2015

St Louis home sales in 2014 failed to keep pace with the year before however St Louis home prices rose during the same period. How much they rose as well as how much St Louis home prices are expected to increase (or decrease) in 2015 are just two of the important pieces of information you will find about the current St Louis real state market in our newly published, 5-minute, market video update for January 2015, below.

There are neighborhoods throughout St Louis that are low on inventory and high on demand creating a seller’s market!  If you have considered selling your home, or perhaps tried and failed in the past year or so, now is the time to consider it again.  Give us a call and we’ll be happy to let you know the value of your home in today’s market or, try our new online home valuation site and find your homes value in under a minute – go to StLouisHousePrices.com and find your home’s value now!

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St. Louis is the 5th most affordable metro area to buy a home

st-louis-real-estate-realtor-dennis-normanAccording to a report released this week by Interest.com, St. Louis is the 5th most affordable metro area in the U.S. with a median-income household having 23 percent more income than needed to buy a median priced home.  Number one on the list is Detroit where a median-income household has 45 percent more income than needed to buy a median priced home and, at the opposite end of the spectrum,  the least affordable metro is San Francisco where a median income is almost 33 percent less income than necessary to afford a home. Continue reading “St. Louis is the 5th most affordable metro area to buy a home

St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update;  May 2012

dennis-norman-st-louis-realtor-real-estate-Below is a video update on the St. Louis Real Estate Market that I prepare monthly. In this video I do a quick recap of the news in the St Louis real estate market for the month as well as an overview of the St Louis housing market itself. The update includes charts with up to the date data on the St Louis housing market including St Louis home prices, average time to sell a home in the St Louis area as well as other data and charts to show where the St Louis real estate market is and where it is headed. (Check out all our market update videos on our YouTube Channel – click here. Continue reading “St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update;  May 2012

St. Louis Real Estate Market and St. Louis Home Prices Update; May 2012

dennis-norman-st-louis-realtor-real-estate-Below is a video update on the St. Louis Real Estate Market that I prepare monthly. In this video I do a quick recap of the news in the St Louis real estate market for the month as well as an overview of the St Louis housing market itself. The update includes charts with up to the date data on the St Louis housing market including St Louis home prices, average time to sell a home in the St Louis area as well as other data and charts to show where the St Louis real estate market is and where it is headed. (Check out all our market update videos on our YouTube Channel – click here. Continue reading “St. Louis Real Estate Market and St. Louis Home Prices Update; May 2012

Report shows home prices stabilizing;  St Louis home prices in March increase almost 3 times national rate

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A report released this morning by CoreLogic, one of the nations leading providers of property information shows that home prices in the U.S. fell in March 0.6 percent from the year before and increased by 0.6 percent from the month before.  Excluding distressed sales, month-over-month home prices increased for the third month in a row. If we take distressed sales out of the picture then the year-over-year home prices increased 0.9 percent.  According to the report, St. Louis home prices declined by 3.4 percent in March 2012 compared to March 2011. Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices increased by 1.7 percent in March 2012 compared to March 2011. Continue reading “Report shows home prices stabilizing;  St Louis home prices in March increase almost 3 times national rate

St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update; April 2012

dennis-norman-st-louis-realtor-real-estate-Below is a video update on the St. Louis Real Estate Market that I prepare monthly.  In this video I do a quick recap of the news in the St Louis real estate market for the month as well as an overview of the St Louis housing market itself. The update includes charts with up to the date data on the St Louis housing market including St Louis home prices, average time to sell a home in the St Louis area as well as other data and charts to show where the St Louis real estate market is and where it is headed. (Check out all our market update videos on our YouTube Channel – click here. Continue reading “St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update; April 2012

St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update; March 2012

dennis-norman-st-louis-realtor-real-estate-Below is a video update on the St. Louis Real Estate Market that I prepare monthly.  In this video I do a quick recap of the news in the St Louis real estate market for the month as well as an overview of the St Louis housing market itself. The update includes charts with up to the date data on the St Louis housing market including St Louis home prices, average time to sell a home in the St Louis area as well as other data and charts to show where the St Louis real estate market is and where it is headed. (Check out all our market update videos on our YouTube Channel – click here. Continue reading “St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update; March 2012

St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update; February 24, 2012

dennis-norman-st-louis-realtor-real-estate-Below is a video update on the St. Louis Real Estate Market that I prepare weekly. In this video I do a quick recap of the news in the St Louis real estate market for the week as well as an overview of the St Louis housing market itself. The update includes charts with up to the date data on the St Louis housing market including St Louis home prices, average time to sell a home in the St Louis area as well as other data and charts to show where the St Louis real estate market is and where it is headed. (Check out all our market update videos on our YouTube Channel – click here. Continue reading “St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update; February 24, 2012

Babies and jobs key to real estate market recovery

st-louis-realtor-dennis-norman-real-estate-Two things are driving home buyers into the real estate market; babies and jobs, according to a survey just released by Coldwell Banker. According to the survey, 70% of real estate professionals surveyed say the “most common” reason buyers are searching for a new home today is a result of a new baby or growing family, followed closely by a relocation for a job. Other things driving buyers into the market include marriage, divorce and retirement. Continue reading “Babies and jobs key to real estate market recovery

St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update; February 10, 2012

dennis-norman-st-louis-realtor-real-estate-Below is a video update on the St. Louis Real Estate Market that I prepare weekly. In this video I do a quick recap of the news in the St Louis real estate market for the week as well as an overview of the St Louis housing market itself. The update includes charts with up to the date data on the St Louis housing market including St Louis home prices, average time to sell a home in the St Louis area as well as other data and charts to show where the St Louis real estate market is and where it is headed. (Check out all our market update videos on our YouTube Channel – click here. Continue reading “St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update; February 10, 2012

St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update; February 3, 2012

dennis-norman-st-louis-realtor-real-estate-Below is a video update on the St. Louis Real Estate Market that I prepare weekly. In this video I do a quick recap of the news in the St Louis real estate market for the week as well as an overview of the St Louis housing market itself. The update includes charts with up to the date data on the St Louis housing market including St Louis home prices, average time to sell a home in the St Louis area as well as other data and charts to show where the St Louis real estate market is and where it is headed. (Check out all our market update videos on our YouTube Channel – click here. Continue reading “St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update; February 3, 2012

St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update;January 27, 2012

Below is  a video update on the St. Louis Real Estate Market that I prepare weekly.  In this video I do a quick recap of the news in the St Louis real estate market for the week as well as an overview of the St Louis housing market itself. The update includes charts with up to the date data on the St Louis housing market including St Louis home prices, average time to sell a home in the St Louis area as well as other data and charts to show where the St Louis real estate market is and where it is headed. (Check out all our market update videos on our YouTube Channel – click here. Continue reading “St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update;January 27, 2012

St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update;January 20, 2012

Weekly I produce a short video update on the St. Louis Real Estate Market that is published on various web sites. I do a quick recap of the news in the St Louis real estate market for the week, then an overview of the St Louis housing market itself. The update includes charts with up to the date data on the St Louis housing market including St Louis home prices, average time to sell a home in the St Louis area as well as other data and charts to show where the St Louis real estate market is and where it is headed. (Check out all our market update videos on our YouTube Channel – click here. Continue reading “St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update;January 20, 2012

St Louis Home Sales Increase in December; Inventory down to near normal level

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St Louis home sales in December increased 2.3 percent from the month before and were up 3.3 percent from a year ago.  The increase in St Louis home sales follows suit with the trend in U.S. home sales as reported today by the National Association of REALTORS® which shows existing home sales in December were at at a seasonally adjusted-annual rate of 4.61 million units, an increase of 5.0 percent from the month before and an increase of 3.6 percent from a year ago.

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Where is the St Louis Real Estate Market Headed in 2012?

dennis-norman-st-louis-real-estate-market-forecast-2012Shortly after finishing my video recap of the 2011 St Louis Real Estate Market I began analyzing our market data and giving thought to the 2012 St. Louis Real Estate market.  The end result?  The MORE St Louis Market 2012 Forecast.   For a link to my 15 minute video as well as a downloadable report, please submit your name and email address here and you will receive it immediately. Continue reading “Where is the St Louis Real Estate Market Headed in 2012?

St Louis Real Estate Market 2011 Recap

I just finished producing a video recapping the 2011 St. Louis Real Estate Market which includes, charts, graphs and facts about what took place in the St. Louis Real Estate market last year as well as where it ended up at year end.

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St Louis home prices fall in November at higher rate than U.S. average

Dennis Norman, St Louis REALTOR - U.S. Home Prices - September 2011A report released this morning by CoreLogic, one of the nations leading providers of property information shows that St Louis home prices fell in November 4.7 percent from the year before and declined by 3.8 percent from the month before.  In November, the decline of home prices in St. Louis outpaced U.S. home prices which were down 4.3 percent from a year ago and 1.4 percent from the month before. Continue reading “St Louis home prices fall in November at higher rate than U.S. average

Mortgage Rates Finish 2011 Near Historic Lows

Dennis Norman St Louis Realtor, mortgage ratesFreddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS), showing average fixed mortgage rates finishing the year near their all-time historic lows. Thirty-year fixed rate mortgages averaged 3.95 percent and have been at or below 4.0 percent for the past nine consecutive weeks keeping homebuyer affordability at a near all-time high. Continue reading “Mortgage Rates Finish 2011 Near Historic Lows

St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update – December 16, 1011

Weekly I produce a short video update on the St. Louis Real Estate Market that is published on various web sites. I do a quick recap of the news in the St Louis real estate market for the week, then an overview of the St Louis housing market itself. The update includes charts with up to the date data on the St Louis housing market including St Louis home prices, average time to sell a home in the St Louis area as well as other data and charts to show where the St Louis real estate market is and where it is headed. (Check out all our market update videos on our YouTube Channel – click here.

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National Association of REALTORS says "Sales were weaker than people thought"

Dennis Norman, St Louis Realtor - National Association of REALTORS Home Sales Downward AdjustmentToday CNBC reported that the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), the country’s leading source of existing home sales data, will be revising their home sales numbers from 2007 through October of this year downward because of “double counting, indicating a much weaker housing market than previously thought”. This is not a new thought though, as, back in February of this year, I reported that there was data to support that the National Association of REALTORS’ existing home sales was overstated by 15 percent to 20 percent. Continue reading “National Association of REALTORS says "Sales were weaker than people thought"

St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update – December 9, 1011

Weekly I produce a short video update on the St. Louis Real Estate Market that is published on various web sites. I do a quick recap of the news in the St Louis real estate market for the week, then an overview of the St Louis housing market itself. The update includes charts with up to the date data on the St Louis housing market including St Louis home prices, average time to sell a home in the St Louis area as well as other data and charts to show where the St Louis real estate market is and where it is headed. (Check out all our market update videos on our YouTube Channel – click here.

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St Louis Foreclosure Rate Increases In September;  Up 9.5 percent from a year ago

St. Louis REALTOR, Dennis Norman foreclosuresThe St Louis foreclosure rates was 1.72 percent for September 2011, up from 1.67 percent the month before and increased 9.6 percent from September 2010 when the rate was 1.57 percent, according to a newly released data from CoreLogic. As usual, the St Louis foreclosure rate is significantly lower than the national foreclosure rate, which was 3.48 percent for September 2011. Continue reading “St Louis Foreclosure Rate Increases In September;  Up 9.5 percent from a year ago

St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update – December 2, 1011

Weekly I produce a short video update on the St. Louis Real Estate Market that is published on various web sites. I do a quick recap of the news in the St Louis real estate market for the week, then an overview of the St Louis housing market itself. The update includes charts with up to the date data on the St Louis housing market including St Louis home prices, average time to sell a home in the St Louis area as well as other data and charts to show where the St Louis real estate market is and where it is headed. (Check out all our market update videos on our YouTube Channel – click here.

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St. Louis Real Estate Market and Home Prices Update – November 25, 2011

Weekly I produce a short video update on the St. Louis Real Estate Market that is published on various web sites. I do a quick recap of the news in the St Louis real estate market for the week, then an overview of the St Louis housing market itself. The update includes charts with up to the date data on the St Louis housing market including St Louis home prices, average time to sell a home in the St Louis area as well as other data and charts to show where the St Louis real estate market is and where it is headed. (Check out all our market update videos on our YouTube Channel – click here.

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St Louis home sales increase in October;   home prices decline

Dennis NormanToday’s metro area home sales report from the National Association of REALTORS® shows St. Louis metro area home sales in October increased 7.8 percent from a year ago while St. Louis home prices declined in October 0.8 percent from the year before. I took a little closer look at the St. Louis real estate market, focusing on what I call the five “core” counties; St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, Franklin and the City of St Louis, and found that home sales increased in October 13.5 percent from a year ago, and home prices declined 2.1 percent from the year before. Continue reading “St Louis home sales increase in October;   home prices decline