Nationwide, the 2021 housing market was one for the history books. After three consecutive months of increases recently, existing home sales are on pace to hit their highest level in 15 years, with an estimated 6 million homes sold in 2021 according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Sales prices reached new heights, inventory hit rock bottom, and homes sold in record time, often for well above asking price. Mortgage rates, which began the year at historic lows, remain attractive, and homeowners who choose to sell in the coming months can expect to see plenty of buyer activity due to pent-up demand during the pandemic.
In Washtenaw County, new Listings decreased 15.1 percent for Single Family homes and 41.7 percent for Townhouse/Condo homes. Pending Sales decreased 4.6 percent for Single Family homes but increased 61.0 percent for Townhouse/Condo homes. Inventory decreased 45.2 percent for Single Family homes and 60.4 percent for Townhouse/Condo homes. Median Sales Price increased 10.4 percent to $340,000 for Single Family homes but decreased 2.0 percent to $250,000 for Townhouse/Condo homes. Days on Market decreased 13.8 percent for Single Family homes and 19.6 percent for Townhouse/Condo homes.
Monthly Supply of Inventory decreased 50.0% for Single Family homes and 69.0 percent for Townhouse/Condo homes. Looking ahead, experts anticipate many of the housing market trends of 2021 will continue in 2022, albeit at a more moderate level. Strong buyer demand and inventory shortages are likely to persist over the next year. Home sales are projected to remain strong but will be tempered by the limited supply of homes, higher sales prices, and rising interest rates, with the Federal Reserve planning multiple rate hikes in the new year. Price growth is expected to slow somewhat as a result, but affordability will likely remain a top constraint for some homebuyers.
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~Courtesy of the Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS