September 2016 Real Estate Market Trends

Market Trends

As we near the end of 2016, real estate market trends for the Triangle and surrounding areas are improving: closed sales are up; median and average prices are up; days on market (DOM) are down; list-to-sales price ratio (how close sellers get to the list price) is up; and inventory is down. This is all good news.

It helps to take a deeper dive and look at the numbers by market area – there are real differences.


Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill Real Estate Market Data

Real Estate Market Trends

Homes for sale in Chapel Hill are up 11.5%, plus average and median sales prices are up 2.9% and 3.2%, respectively. But Chapel Hill homes average the longest number of days on the market, 79, compared to 39 in Wake County, 37 in Raleigh, and 29 in Cary/Apex/Morrisville. Chapel Hill also has the second largest inventory on the market, next to Chatham County.

Durham real estate is doing very well. Closed sales are up over 10%, median and average prices are up close to 10%, and days on the market is under 40! In addition, inventory is hovering at around two months. Clearly, we need more inventory come on the market in Durham.

The real estate market in Cary, Apex, and Morrisville is smoking hot. All indicators are up, and the average days on the market is 29, with less than two months of inventory on the market. This is amazing!

The third quarter indicators for the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill real estate market are strong:

  • Inventory is down 12%
  • Pending sales are up 6%
  • Closed sales are up 9%
  • Days on market is 50
  • Average prices are up 6%

There’s no doubt that the market has improved in 2016. If you have been thinking about selling, give me a call today at 919-697-5014. I am happy to do a complementary analysis and inform you how your house stacks up against these averages.  Circumstances vary in different locations and price ranges. As a real estate expert with 20 years of experience in analyzing the Triangle real estate market, I tell it like it is. My role is to give my clients honest feedback as to whether it makes sense to sell or sit tight. I’m here for you!

For more information on the real estate market, visit