The Average Sales Price (ASP) increased 15.2% from May to June! Hollister’s ASP in June was $287,900 whereas a month earlier the average was $249,900. Compared to June 2008 however, Hollister’s ASP was down 14.7% .
A valuable indicator: the “Closed Sales to New Listings ratio” (CS:NL) is actually in conflict with the jump in ASP. June’s CS:NL ratio dropped to 56.9% from May’s 89.6%. We saw the same drop in Gilroy for June however, their ASP also dropped. The harbinger of things to come, may lie in the nice increase of Hollister’s CS:NL over 6/08’s ratio of 40.2%. Just wait and see. As our CS:NL ratio increases so will our ASP.
Nearby Morgan Hill’s homes experienced an increase in both the CS:NL ratio and ASP.
My strong advice: if you plan to buy a home this year do it now. We see nothing that suggest prices will drop or even level off in the foreseeable future. Likewise I think interest rates for home loans are about as low as they are going to get.
For your own study of the actual Multiple Listing Service figures go onto “Client Portfolio” on the navigation bar. There you can see a great deal of real-time data. Enjoy.