Real Estate Report by m.s.Woods Real Estate, LLC. – The Carmel real estate market didn’t look especially great in October, 2012 versus the previous month. But compared to where the market was this same time 1 year ago, some solid gains were realized. Total sales, for example, fell 19 percent, from 137 closings in September to 111 in October. But versus last October’s total of just 80 this is a significant 38.8-percent improvement. And, from September through October of this year, an average of 143 closings took place each month, making for a 24.3-percent improvement versus this same period last year.
The latest stats for pending sales were improved, but not by much. October’s total of 101 was off by nearly 18 percent versus the previous month’s total of 123. But compared to last October’s total of 100 this is an improvement of 1 percent—not much to brag about, but also no worse. One big improvement could be seen in yet another comparison. From September through October of this year there were, on average, 124 pending transactions in the pipeline each month, or 19.2 percent more, compared to this same quarter in 2011.
Perhaps the best news came in the form of an 8.8-percent decrease in the total number of Carmel homes listed for sale, from 671 in September to 312 in October. Versus October of 2011, this is a very striking decrease of nearly 20 percent, and also a very healthy development for the market. What’s more, from September through October of this year there were 17.2 percent fewer Carmel homes on the market on average relative to this same 3-month period 1 year ago. Finally, of the 612 homes listed for sale in October, 130 were new listings altogether. This is just 7 fewer versus the previous month, and 11 percent below 1 year ago.
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