Houses Price Index and Sales Statistics

HPI

The House Price Index, or HPI, takes into consideration more than just the sale price. The data is cleaned up to remove extreme outliers, and the final data gives a trend in the market. There is more data below to consider. These graphs will be best viewed on a large computer screen. Large detailed graphs with up to date data will render.

The median sale price

is usually chosen over the mean as it is not effected by extreme outliers. There is an equal number of sales both below and above the median sale price.

Sales volume

when read with the other data, can help you to glean what is going on with the market. At times when the prices are rising and inventory is low, if sales are strong, then you could infer that the market is strong. If, however, sales volume is slowing while prices are rising, it could indicate that a shift is coming to the market. Read together with the rest of the data.

Days on Market

, or median listing to contract days. The fewer days on market, the hotter the market tends to be. However, the longer it is taking for properties to sell, the more it leans to a buyers' market.

New Listings

gives and idea of what you can expect in the market. If there are lots of listings coming to market, the market may settle. If there are few new listings while there is strong demand, then you could expect more multiple offers, and other indicators of a hot market.

Condos Median Price Per Square Foot.

Townhouses Median Price Per Square Foot

Total inventory

shows the number of listings available compared to the listings inventory of the past few years. Generally, if prices are rising, price per square foot is rising, you could expect to see that the inventory is low. If inventory is high, then buyers have lots to choose from and prices are not usually climbing.

Sales to Active Listing Ratio

is the final piece. This shows the relationship between the total sales volume and current active listings. The higher the ratio, the stronger the market is for sellers. The lower the ratio, the better it is for buyers. Anything over approximately 0.2 is a pretty strong market.  At 1, the ratio indicates that the sales volume matches the listings volume, which is a very strong selling market, and a great time to sell. Higher than that is when it starts to get ridiculous.