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September 2020 Preston Report

The upward trend is still rolling.
September saw a high of up 47.29% over last last September. with 175 more closings that last year.
That brings year to date sales up 11.73% with 431 more closings through September.
Pending contracts are up 52% from last year and active listings are down 42%. So actually about the same number of houses coming on the market but they are just selling that quick.
Inventory is hard to find in some price ranges and almost impossible in a few.
Absorption rates are at all time lows some are measured in days when a few years ago they were all measured by months. Even over a Million dollar homes are almost down to a year were they use to range 2 to 3 years. New Homes are enjoying a huge rebound after the down years since 2014. and the big ones are having the best year ever. with an absorption rate better that then the existing market.
With the pending contracts we should make a new record of 5000 homes sold in a year for 2020. 
We only need 611 more closing in the last quarter to beat last years record, we have more than that already under contract. If they all close.
Looking back we need to thank state and local leaders that said real estate was an essential business. Of course the old saying of essentials "food and shelter". Pennsylvania, did not and completely shut down the real estate industry. I wonder where we would be this record year if We had done that here. 

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August 2020 Preston Report

What a year it is turning out to be for Edmond Real Estate. Back in April amid the shut down, I did not see this as our future for 2020. Low interest rates and maybe the fact that instead of traveling and vacations, people have time to fix up their homes and/or time to move.
August was a record setting august with 589 closed transactions so far. Up 22.9% from last year for 110 more closed transactions. That brings year to date sales to 3554 for 2020. Compared to 3303 for the same time period in 2019, which was a record setting year. that is 251 more closed transactions and an increase of 7.6%. Not bad being we were down the two months of stay at home this year. We are also $104 million dollars ahead in closed sales volume, a 10% increase.
The graphs will show the last four months for pending contracts and three months for closed contracts have far exceeded previous months, for the last six years on graph, and pretty much any time before that. The price range charts will show the increases even in upper price ranges.
Active Listing are at an all time low. Until this year, the record low of active listing was January 2005 with 1051. This January beat that with 1003. and they increased to 1114 in March. For the first time ever in June they dropped below 1000 with 978. In July they dropped to 867 and August to 771. This August we have 529 fewer active listings than last August for a decrease of 40%. and half as many as previous years and 1000 less that 2016. 
Even the upper prices had a great August. With 25% of the year to date sales over $500,000 were in August. We should set a record this with the most homes closed over a million. 
New home sales had been in a slump since 2014, that is over this year. with record setting numbers. 844 Closed transactions through August. Record high pending numbers and record low active listing. The last decade of active new homes we hung around 400 through 2014 that increased and held steady around 600 since 2015 and started dropping back to 400. This month the fell to 296, the lowest mark fir a decade. even the over million dollar homes is setting a record with 10 closed already this year.
It has been a busy time, also why it took so long to get the report out.

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July 2020 Preston Report

What a month, some milestones have been set for July.
First, last year we had our first month with over 500 closed transactions, and a couple more since, including last month. This month, July 2020, we broke the 600 mark with 620 closed Transactions. July was up over last years record setting July by 89 transactions for an increase of 16.7%. Year to date sales thru July are up 135 deals for an increase of 4.7%. We almost broke the $200 million volume in a month. Since I did last months report we have had another 20 closings for June and 3 more for May. I guess they are so busy they can not get data entered on time. 

The second milestone is we are under 900 active listings for the first time in 21 years of this report. 867 Active listings. There are more pending sales and even more closed sales than active listings in every price range from $225,000 and down. Last month was the first time we dropped under a 1000 active homes and it only took one month to drop under 900. Same number of homes coming on the market we are just selling them that fast. Except for the bottom and top price ranges all active listing dropped and one remained the same. 

Pending contracts are down from the month before by 46 from 922 to 876 for July. But that is 304 more than last July, for an increase of 53% from last year, so we are way up for this month. With those numbers we have set our third milestone, for the first time we have for our entire market, and not just a price range, we have more homes under contract than active Listing to choose from. 

New homes have had a couple great months. July had 141 closed deals which is 39.6% more than last year with 40 more deals. When I did June's report last month there were 130 closed deals. Well, those 20 closed deals added since last month I mentioned, 18 of them were new homes. So the current total for June is 148, up 40.9% from last June with 43 more deals than last year. 

Lets hope this keeps up

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June 2020 Preston Report

This months reports have a bunch of firsts. June 2020 was an all time high for the number of closings in a single month with 549. We have hit five hundred only twice before, both times last year. This has put this year 23 transactions over last years record setting pace. With 2316 closed deals compared to last years 2293. 1% increase, but all we have been through to be ahead of last year at all is a blessing. 
Another first is we are over 900 pending contracts for the first time ever. There are 922 contracts waiting to close. Last month's record did not last long. Another first is that for the first time in 21 years of doing this report we have under 1000 active listings in Edmond with 978 active homes on the market. We have almost as many home under contract as we do available properties to buy. if they all close we would have a one absorption rate. Even with the current closings we have under a two month absorption rate.
New Homes had a great month and the upper price ranges have come back from the Covid slump.

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May 2020 Preston Report


We have just had the most pending contracts at one time for Edmond, 886. This coming during Covid-19, or right after opening up. That is 191 more than we had this time last year, a 27.4% increase. And 142 more than we had last month which is an increase of 19%. So the pending contracts during the three months of Covid, were down 20.9 the first month, down 6.9% the second month and up 27.4% the third month compared to the same months last year. We can have a better rebound than what we had fall from this. Unless a second round comes about.

Closed sales are lagging behind the pendings of course. May was not a good closing Month, with 397 closed transactions as of now for May. compared to 512 last year. I say "as of now" because i was trying to get this out early this month and more closing were added between Wednesday last week and Friday, and even more between Friday and Wednesday of this week. Making me run the numbers and redoing the report three times to make it as accurate as possible. Get your data entered on time!!! So we may still have some more sales waiting to be entered.  But May was down 22.5% from last year.  So the closings for the same three months of Covid was up 9.7% the first month, down 6.4% the second month and down 22.5% the third month. we should see good numbers next month with the number of pending contracts we are at now unless they have 45 plus day closings. 

We started off ahead of last years record setting year for the first three months of the year and even with the down turn of the last couple of months, we are only down 2.5% in year to date sales through May. and that is off a record setting year.

Active inventory is down about 50 overall, and most of that is in lower price ranges under $400,000. We even have more pending homes than active listings in the two price ranges between $200,000 and $250,000 which I think is a first time in those ranges. Even the $300,000 to $350,000 almost passed those numbers with 123 active listing and another 120 homes with pending contracts. The active listing price ranges above $450,000 grew. but so did Pending contracts. This is reflected in the absorption rates for the different price ranges. Every price range dropped under $450,000 and the four above went up. The top tow above $700,000 jump by three months, with closing down and inventory up in the last 30 days.

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April 2020 Preston Report for the Edmond market

It not take as long as I thought to rebound. Last month Pending contracts were down 20% from last year. This month we are only down 6.9% from last year, 744 compared to 799 last year. Last year was a record setting year too. We are ahead of the previous four years in contracts pending for this time of year. April was down 8.4% in closed sales from last April, with 34 fewer closing than last April. Not bad at all being the situation we face this year and that we were down 20% in contracts.
Inventory is down as well. especially in the lower price ranges. There are only six active listings under $150,000 at the time of this report. None in the $100,000 to $125,000 price range. All absorption rates under $200,000 is less that one month and most are just days to two weeks. 

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March 2020 Preston Report for the Edmond Real Estate Market

March was another good Month with 415 closed transactions, the best for years. Up 35 from last March. We are 93 transaction ahead of last years Year to date sales through March. up 10.4% from last years record setting year. But as you suspect, the trend will not go on. With the stay at home policy for Covid-19 our pending contracts are down. But they are not as bad as i would have thought. 594 pending contracts at this time. that is down 131 contracts from last month and down 157 from last March. but only down 29 from 2018. People are still out buying, but in a very different way. I missed my first closing in 32 years, because only buyer and sellers were allowed in he building. I had to wait in parking lot if there was a problem, and did not even go to my last one. When we are able to get back out full steam, we should see some big numbers, i have people waiting to buy and put their homes up for sale until this passes. 

New homes pending contracts are down about the same amount. from 253 in February to 200 in March. one good thing is we all should be catching upon paperwork. there were 13 new closings for January and February that were not there when i searched last month. Guess they had time to enter them. All new homes but one. Everyone stay safe and hope this comes to an end soon. And when it does make sure you have your running shoes on because we will be busy.

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February 2020 Preston Report

February 2020 was up 10% from last years record numbers and an increase of 8% for year to date sales. So we started off great for 2020.

It will be interesting to see what the next few months will bring with everyone following the precautions for the Coronavirus. I have had many calls and emails asking me what the numbers are because of it. We will not see how that effects us until April or even May. March should still be good for closing because they were under contract in Early February or most in January, having a 30 to 45 day average closing time. Pending contracts are up right now, Listings are up so not that many have taken their homes off the market so far. Next month will give a better picture of how this effects the real estate market. Could be a total shut down, depending on some actions that have been talked about. Hopefully this will not take long. Everyone take care and be safe.

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January 2020 Preston Report

January 2020 is like most January's. a slow start compared to the rest of the year. 225 closed transaction of which 53 were new homes. Slightly up from last year with 14 more closings. 
Pendings are up to 622 contracts waiting to close. the previous four years have run between 540 and 570 for January. Hopefully that is a sign. 41 of those pending are between $500,000 and $700,000, a strong start.
Double digit pendings over a million dollars with 11 contracts, and 4 of those are new homes. That may the highest we have had for new homes in seven figures. But even with four pendings, our active inventory did not change from new ones coming on the market, or a price change to move them into that category.

Here is the big news. This is starting the 21st year of doing this report, and the active inventory for January is the lowest it has ever been, with 1003 active listings. The lowest month before this was January 2005 with 1051. It has been hard to find homes in the lower price ranges and will be more so this year. It will be interesting to see what inventory does as the year rolls on. Even with the drop overall in active listings the top five price ranges did not change much. Like the $500,000 to $700,000, even with the jump to 41 pending contracts I talked about, the active listings went up by 3. So enough new ones came on the market to replenished the ones we sold plus a couple extras.

New homes had a usual January Closing month, but pendings are strong. Accounting for over a third of total pending contracts.

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2019 December Preston Report

We finished the year for Edmond, Deer Creek and Oakdale School systems with 4714 closed Residential Closings! which is 304 more transactions than last year for an increase of 7%!!! Way to go Edmond!
And being last year was a record setting high, that big increase is the new record.
We were on our way to record setting year at the end of the third quarter, but the last three months were the best for last 6 years and maybe ever. Making even a better record year by up 7% instead of 2%. we had 7 months in 2019 that were the best in last six years. 
Total sales volume for the area was 1.44 billion dollars, with 354.56 million dollars in new construction. So existing homes alone hit the billion dollar sales volume for the first time.
Another first, was the annual average price was over $300,000 for the first time, with an year ending amount of $306,944. Median price for the year was $257,000, the first time over $250,000.

Active inventory is still down overall at 1073. Even though we have more homes than usual in the upper price ranges, we have absorption rates lower in this price ranges compared to previous years. because more are selling. We had 49 homes sell for over a million dollars, just missing that 50 milestone. And we still have quite a few homes under contract in the higher brackets to start off the year.  Come a long way from 1995 when highest sale was around $730,000.

New homes had a good year in 2019 as well, coming back from the record year of 2014. It was still not a record but the first up year since 2014.
New home Sales
It helped having 5 months this year with over a 100 closings for the month, including December. the last such 100 closing month was in 2015.

Congrats to everyone on the record year highs and hopefully we can break it again in 2020.

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