Real Estate Market Watch - August 2022

August 2022 Market Statistics

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty provides this monthly analysis of the real estate market in Sussex County, Delaware.  Whether you are buying, selling or just have an interest in the market, we hope you will find this analysis useful. As a Buyer, this can be a valuable tool for making an offer on a property. Having up-to-date information on selling prices of comparable properties will allow you to make the smartest offer. As a Seller, having the knowledge to determine the listing price for your property, can help you to obtain the best possible sale price in the shortest amount of time. Contact one of our agents for reliable information on the real estate market.

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The statistics referenced here and in the attached newsletter are based on detached single-family homes, derived from the Bright Multiple Listing Service.

Active Listings/Current Inventory
As of the end of August, there were a total of 1,000 homes on the market, a decrease of 0.1% from the previous month's end inventory of 1,001.    Of the 1,000 homes on the market at month’s end, 44% of them are new construction homes.  The current homes on the market represents slightly less than a 3-month's supply of inventory, with a current absorption rate of 355 homes sold per month thus far in 2022.  There were 434 new listings of single-family homes put on the market in August, with 32% of them going under contract by the month’s end.

Closed Sales
For the month ending August 2022 YTD, sales of single-family homes in Sussex County are down 13% compared to the same timeframe as last year, with 2,843 homes sold compared to 3,275 for the month ending August 2021 YTD.  All areas experienced a decrease in the number of homes sold.  The area with the largest decrease was the Georgetown Area, down 33%.

Over the last 5-years (2017-2021), annual sales have increased from 3,495 back in 2017 to 5,034 in 2021, a 44% increase over 5-years, or almost 9% per year.

Home Prices
The average sales price of single-family homes in Sussex County are up over last year through August YTD, $582,345 compared to $514,420, a 13% increase.  The median sales price was also up over YTD 2021, $469,904 compared to $390,000, a 20% increase.

Over the last 5-years (2017-2021), the average sales price has increased from $380,213 in 2017 to $525,687 in 2021, a 38% increase, or just over 7% per year.  The median sales price has increased over the last 5-years from $285,900 in 2017 to $400,00 in 2021, a 40% increase, or 8% per year.

Pending Sales
Pending sales for the month ending August 2022 YTD were down by 23% compared to the same timeframe as last year, with 2,622 homes going under contract through August 2022 YTD, compared to 3,415 through August 2021 YTD.

Days on Market
The average days on market for homes to go under contract has decreased by 24% for homes that have closed through August of this year compared to last.  In 2022, the current average days on market for these closed homes is 31 days, compared to 41 days through August of 2021.

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