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Clarkston MI Home Sales Up- AGAIN!! Can we stop calling this a declining market?

I’ve been hearing on the news lately how foreclosure filings are up in the Detroit area. I wish the media would separate Oakland County from the Detroit area. What exactly is the “Detroit Area” anyway? When listening to the news it seems to range from anywhere in Southeast Michigan to all of Michigan. Sometimes I think they just make stuff up.

The “true” housing stats are as follows- at least for the Clarkston area.

Sales are up from last year. Sales are up from 2010 and 2009.

The first quarter sales for the “Clarkston area” which I define by searching the MLS for Clarkston schools with sales over $10,000 to weed out the lease sales are as follows:

2012: 129 units sold 2011: 101 units sold 2010: 106 units sold 2009: 65 units sold

The average sales price in 2012 was $180,975 The average sales price in 2011 was $178,612 The average sales price in 2010 was $170,918 The average sales price in 2009 was $164,820

The amount of bank owned sales and short sales were about the same each year but considering the total unit sales have been up, the per cent of distressed sales are down. The average sales price for the distressed sales are also down.

In 2012 bank owned sales made up 33% of the total sales and short sales made up 16% of the total sales. In 2011 bank owned sales made up 47% of the total sales and short sales made up 23% of the total sales.

The average sales price of the bank owned sale in 2012 was down to $97,745 opposed to $134,139 in 2011.

As of yesterday (May1) there were only 164 active listings in the Clarkston school district. On Jan 5, 2009 there were 359 active listings in the Clarkston school district.

So basically unit sales are up 22% from last year and up 50% from 2009. The average sales price is up 1.3% from last year and up 9% from 2009. Distressed sales are down from last year and there is a huge shortage of homes for sale. Cash sales made up 23% of the total sales in the first quarter of 2012 and 9% of non-distressed sales were cash sales.

Thinking of selling? This is a great time- we have buyers and no houses to sell them. I’ve been showing a LOT of crap. Just because the inventory is low does NOT mean you can ask any price. Properly priced homes sell quickly – the trick is to price in a manner that you can get top dollar for this market and still sell quickly.

If you are thinking of selling your Clarkston MI home, please don’t hesitate to call.

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Jackie Hawley
ReMax Encore, Clarkston MI
Jackie@JackieHawley.com
Cell: 248-736-6407
www.MiRelocation.com

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