Absorption rate and the London Ontario real estate market.
The absorption rate is a simple measure of supply and demand. In its least complicted form it is calculated by dividing the number of active listings by the number of sales. For example. If a given month had 250 sales and 1000 listings then the calulation would be 1000/250= 4 months supply of inventory.
As a guide line; less than 4 months supply is thought of as a seller’s market, 4 to 6 months supply is a balanced market and greater than 6 months supply is a buyer’s market.
In the graph below:
- early 2009 was inthe doldrums following the financial crisis of late 2008
- Supply levels are higher in 2011 than 2010
With a higher “inventory” of homes in our market, home sellers will have to be increasingly aware of their home’s appeal, pricing and market conditions.
Attractive homes at a fair price are still in demand, but they may take longer to sell than last year. To find out how your home fits in today’s market, get a Free Market Evaluation
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