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December 2018 Market Report

Looking Local as we close out 2018. MLS Data shows market-wide Months-of-Inventory at 3.6, and down to 7.5 in the Luxury space. This is consistent with 3.9 in the same period of 2017. December also gave us a fourth month of Average Sold Prices above $200k ($205k in...

November 2018 Market Report

National commentators are having discussions around affordability. While Professor Schiller focuses on housing prices and calls the current market a great boom, others point out that in real terms housing activity doesn’t match up. In other words, you can price your...

October 2018 Market Report

Only local this month. Lubbock MLS data showed 1377 “For Sale” listings at the end of October. This is up from 1298, YoY. In a hint as to market-size and velocity, the 3.7 Months of Inventory is exactly the same as October 2017. Not so on the Luxury space (>$400k),...

September 2018 Market Report

Permit me a few thoughts on matters well outside the local market – namely tariffs and trade with China. Macroeconomic theory holds that the equilibrium-price between trade partners can be found – and even be relatively stable – despite trade tariffs when the market...

August 2018 Market Report

We will combine national and local observations this month. First, the National Association of Home Builders runs a survey to judge their respondents’ confidence in general market condition. If the confidence scores is above 50, you may assume that there is a general...

July 2018 Market Report

It’s interesting how interconnected our economy is. We measure and watch one part of it hoping for clues as to other parts. Sometimes it feels like science (sometimes it feels like phrenology!) For example, if we posit that we are near “full employment” or have...

June 2018 Supplemental Market Report

A quick update on New Homes listed on Lubbock MLS. At the end of June local builders reported 225 new-construction homes listed. These included: 79 between $200k-300k 75 between $300k-400k 18 between $400k-500k 8 between $500k-600k 0 between $600k-700k 1 between...

June 2018 Market Report

Let’s stay local again this month. Local MLS market data shows a 120 unit increase, to 1385 For Sale Properties in June 2018. That bumps Months of Inventory across the price spectrum to 2.7. June saw 521 homes sold, with an Average Sold Price of $195,000, and a June...

May 2018 Market Report

Some focused, local info in this month’s report. Local MLS market data shows 1265 For Sale Properties in May 2018. That amounts to 2.6 Months of Inventory across the price spectrum. 491 homes sold in May. Average Sold Price was $186,000, with a Median Sales Price of...

April 2018 Market Report

Last month I mentioned the spread between new-home and existing-home inventory. In keeping with that theme, we are starting to see real evidence of producer-inputs becoming more expensive – see here for charts on lumber, concrete, and steel. These costs are a...