Orange County Housing Report: Sitting on the Market

36% of the active listing inventory has been on the market for more than two months.

The ink is still wet. A homeowner has just signed the contracts that will allow the FOR-SALE sign to be hammered into the front yard. There is excitement in the air. This is the initial step in the goal of moving and ultimately finding a new home, a new beginning. With eager anticipation, their home is cleaned from top to bottom, new flowers and a fresh layer of mulch accent the landscape, every light is turned on, scented candles are lit. They are ready for potential buyers to come explore their personal residence. After a buyer tours the home, the sellers return and wonder whether the buyer liked it enough to bring an offer. After all, the market is incredibly hot, right? Yet, there is no offer. Showing after showing, day after day, week after week, there are no offers. Moreover, the number of showings has trickled down to only a couple per week after three months of market exposure. What is going on? The market is currently sizzling hot with an overall Expected Market Time (the time between the signed listing contract to opening escrow) of 46 days, the hottest market since 2013. Yet, many sellers are not finding success. Incredibly, 36% of all currently active listings have been exposed to the market for more than two months. Sitting on the market for over 60 days is to be expected in the luxury ranges, yet there are plenty of sellers having trouble selling in the lower ranges as well. Between 25% to 35% of all homes priced below $1 million have been listed FOR SALE for more than two months and are still waiting for the right buyer to bring an acceptable offer to purchase. For homes priced above $1.5 million, nearly 50% of all listings have been marketed for over 60 days.

 

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