January median sales price and other market metrics

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January’s median sales price jumped ahead of December’s to begin the year at $360,000. January’s median sales price for homes sold in Reno and Sparks, Nevada surged 4.3 percent over December’s median of $345,000. Year-over-year, January’s median is up a whopping 19.2 percent over January 2017’s median sales price of $301,975.

Not only does January 2018’s median sales price surpass 2017’s high median of $355,000 set in July last year, but it also sets a new post-bubble high. Our market’s median sales price is currently off only 1.4 percent from the housing bubble record high of $365,000 set twelve years in January 2006. That record is very close to being broken.

On a price-per-square foot (PPSF) basis the median sales price began the year at $191.42/sq.ft. Despite the increase in the median sales price for the month, the PPSF number represents a 1.5 percent decrease from December’s median sold price per square foot of $194.37/sq.ft., but is an 9.7 percent increase year-over-year.

Lack of available inventory continues to be the major issue plaguing the Reno-Sparks housing market. Presently there are only 514 homes available for purchase in the Reno-Sparks market. Not only is that number down 15.0 percent from the 605 homes available for sale this time last month, but even more telling, year-over-year, available inventory is off a staggering 41.0 percent. Yes, last year at this time 872 homes were available for sale, presently there are only 514.
[For a more detailed analysis of the inventory problem our market is experiencing, see Reno, Nevada’s Housing Shortage — How Bad Is It?]

Pending home sales, on the other hand, are up substantially for the month. Presently there are 782 homes pending sale in the Reno-Sparks Market. That number represents a 35.3 percent increase over the 578 homes pending sale this time last month. Year-over-year, current pending sales are down 3.5 percent from January 2017. Look for February units sold to increase over January’s.

Speaking of the number of houses sold, as expected January sales decreased for the month. January’s 401 houses sold was 18.5 percent fewer than the 492 houses sold in December; however, year-over-year, January’s unit sales were 10.2 percent higher.

January’s median days on market (DOM) came in at 68 days — subtracting one day from December’s median DOM.

January sales by type, break out as follows:

  • REO sales: 1% – unchanged from December’s 1%
  • Short sales: 1% – unchanged from December’s 1%
  • Equity sales: 97% – unchanged from December’s 97%

January sales by price band, break out as follows in the table below…

Sales by Price Segment
sales price ($000’s) units sold cumulative % of sales
0 – 99 0 0.0%
100 – 199 11 2.7%
200 – 299 90 25.2%
300 – 399 150 62.6%
400 – 499 65 78.8%
500 – 599 32 86.8%
600 – 699 17 91.0%
700 – 799 9 93.3%
800 – 899 7 95.0%
900 – 999 4 95.8%
1M+ 17 100%
total 401

An unusually high 17 homes sold for over $1,000,000 in January. Last year a total of 143 homes sold for over $1,000,000 — for an average of 12 per month.

January’s median sold price for houses and condos combined was $342,750 — a 5.5 percent one-month increase over December’s median sold price of $325,005 for combined sales of houses and condos.

The table below contains the past 13 months of data…

Happy New Year!

Past 13 Months of Home Sales Data
Month Year # Sold Median Sold Price Sold Price per Sq Ft Median DOM # of Actives # of Pendings
Jan 2018 401 $360,000 $191.42 68 514 782
Dec 2017 492 $345,000 $194.37 69 605 578
Nov 2017 533 $353,000 $196.66 62 767 713
Oct 2017 554 $345,000 $191.54 64 851 843
Sep 2017 613 $336,900 $194.62 59 925 889
Aug 2017 721 $347,900 $190.53 61 952 1,032
Jul 2017 641 $355,000 $192.15 57 1,002 1,034
Jun 2017 763 $340,000 $188.82 56 963 1,127
May 2017 680 $334,950 $182.46 60 903 1,240
Apr 2017 518 $324,287 $183.03 60 896 1,149
Mar 2017 558 $319,000 $178.04 71 840 1,009
Feb 2017 387 $319,950 $173.78 90 857 896
Jan 2017 364 $301,975 $174.53 89 872 810

Note: The medians table above is updated on a monthly basis. The median home price data reported covers the cities of Reno, Nevada and Sparks, Nevada [NNRMLS Area #100]. Residential data includes Site/Stick Built properties only. Data excludes Condo/Townhouse, Manufactured/Modular and Shared Ownership properties. Data courtesy of the Northern Nevada Regional MLS – February 6, 2018. Note: This information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

Related post: December median sales price and other market metrics

Click here for historical data back to 1998.

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2 Responses to January median sales price and other market metrics

  1. Vale Trujillo says:

    I like the new visualization. If you ditched the grid lines (especially vertical) it would look really good 🙂

  2. Guy Johnson says:

    Thank you for your feedback, Vale. I appreciate it.

    I’m using a new graphing tool called Infogram.

    I have removed the vertical gridlines. Refresh your page and take a look.

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