- After setting a record high of $389,000 in July, the Reno-Sparks median home price pulled back dramatically in August — falling to $370,000, or a nearly a 5 percent one-month decrease. Did home prices gain anything back in September? Let’s take look…
September’s median sales price came in at $373,500; for a gain of 0.9 percent over August’s median sales price. Year-over-year, September’s median sales price is up 10.9 percent.
Despite the slight increase in median sales price, September’s median sold price per square foot (PPSF) fell slightly to $210.74/sq.ft., down 0.4 percent from August’s median sold PPSF of $211.67/sq.ft. September’s median PPSF is up 8.3 percent year-over-year.
Lack of available for-sale inventory continues to take its toll on the number of homes sold in the Reno and Sparks markets. Units sales in September totaled 438 homes sold for the month — down a staggering 22.3 percent from the 564 homes sold in August.
Now, to be fair, there is some seasonality at work here (i.e. homes sales are cyclical — typically peaking in June/July and bottoming in December/January [ See Chart] ). However, consider that last year 613 homes were sold during the month of September 2017. This means that this year’s September sales were down a whopping 28.5 percent year-over-year.
And, as another comparison, last year’s August-to-September’s drop in sales was 14.9 percent — compare that to the aforementioned 22.3 percent this year, and you’ll see this year’s drop in sales from August to September is nearly 50 percent greater than last year’s.
Many factors are contributing to the low number of sales: lack of inventory (especially affordable inventory); rising interest rates; homebuyer uncertainty; and, again, a bit of seasonality.
The good news is currently available inventory continues to increase. Presently 1,332 homes are available for purchase in the Reno-Sparks market. Given the current rate of home sales, available inventory equates to just over three months supply — inching us closer to a “balanced”, rather then “buyers”, market.
Currently available inventory is up 10.3 percent over the 1,208 homes for sales this time last month. Year-over-year, the current number of available homes for purchase is up a whopping 44 percent.
Despite the gains in the number of homes available for purchase, less than one-third (31.4 percent) are priced at, or below, the current median sales price.
The persistent issue of lack of affordable homes for sale in Reno and Sparks continues to weigh on pending sales, as well. Presently 725 homes are pending sale in the Reno-Sparks market. That number is down 8.2 percent from the 790 homes pending sale this time last month. Again, there is some seasonality to take into account, but consider this: year-over-year, current pending sales are down 18.4 percent from September 2017.
September’s median days on market (DOM) came in at 60 days — an increase of three days over August’s DOM. September’s DOM is in line with last year’s 59 days.
September sales by type, break out as follows:
- REO sales: <1% – unchanged from August’s <1%
- Short sales: <1% – unchanged from August’s <1%
- Subject to Court Approval sales: <1% – unchanged from August’s <1%
- Relocation sales: <1% – unchanged from August’s <1%
- Equity sales: 97% – down from August’s 98%
September sales by price band, break out as follows in the table below…
|sales price ($000’s)||units sold||cumulative % of sales|
|0 – 99||0||0.0%|
|100 – 199||3||0.7%|
|200 – 299||93||21.9%|
|300 – 399||168||60.3%|
|400 – 499||80||78.5%|
|500 – 599||34||86.3%|
|600 – 699||28||92.7%|
|700 – 799||12||95.4%|
|800 – 899||1||95.6%|
|900 – 999||4||96.6%|
15 homes sold for over $1,000,000 in September. Last year a total of 143 homes sold for over $1,000,000 — for an average of 12 per month. Thus far, year-to-date, 172 $1M+ homes sales have occurred. If this pace continues, 2018 will see well-over 200 sales of $1M+ homes. [ See related post: Reno, Nevada Luxury Home Prices Gain Momentum in First Half of 2018.]
September’s median sold price for houses and condos combined was $351,000 — unchanged from August’s median sold price for combined sales of houses and condos.
The table below contains the past 13 months of data…
|Month Year||# Sold||Median Sold Price||Sold Price per Sq Ft||Median DOM||# of Actives||# of Pendings|
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1. 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 – October 3, 2018. For historical home sale data back to 1998 click here. Note: This information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.