Orange County Housing Market Summary:
• The active listing inventory increased by just 31 homes, or 1%, in the past couple of weeks, and now totals 5,936, knocking on the door of the 6,000 home level. Last year, there were 7,104 homes on the market, 1,168 more than today.
• There are 39% fewer homes on the market below $500,000 today compared to last year at this time and demand is down by 17%. Fewer and fewer properties are now priced below $500,000. This price range is slowly disappearing.
• Demand, the number of pending sales over the prior month, decreased by 2% in the past couple of weeks, declining 52 pending sales and now totals 2,885. The average pending price is $830,508.
• The average list price for all of Orange County remained at $1.6 million. This number is high due to the mix of homes in the luxury ranges that sit on the market and do not move as quickly as the lower end.
• For homes priced below $750,000, the market is HOT with an expected market time of just 38 days. This range represents 39% of the active inventory and 62% of demand.
• For homes priced between $750,000 and $1 million, the expected market time is 59 days, a hot seller’s market (less than 60 days). This range represents 18% of the active inventory and 19% of demand.
• For homes priced between $1 million to $1.25 million, the expected market time is at 79 days, a tepid seller’s market.
• For luxury homes priced between $1.25 million and $1.5 million, the expected market time increased from 96 to 120 days. For homes priced between $1.5 million to $2 million, the expected market time increased from 148 to 155 days. For luxury homes priced above $2 million, the expected market time increased from 253 to 266 days.
• The luxury end, all homes above $1.25 million, accounts for 34% of the inventory and only 12% of demand.
• The expected market time for all homes in Orange County increased from 60 days to 62 in the past couple of weeks, a tepid seller’s market (60 to 90 days). From here, we can expect the market time to slowly rise throughout the Summer Market.
• Distressed homes, both short sales and foreclosures combined, make up only 1.3% of all listings and 2.2% of demand. There are only 27 foreclosures and 49 short sales available to purchase today in all of Orange County, that’s 76 total distressed homes on the active market, 5 more than two weeks ago. Last year there were 135 total distressed sales, 82% more than today.
• There were 3,147 closed sales in May, an 18% increase over April 2017 and a 4% increase over May 2016. The sales to list price ratio was 97.8% for all of Orange County. Foreclosures accounted for just 1.1% of all closed sales and short sales accounted for 1.7%. That means 97.2% of all sales were equity sellers.

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