Chico, Paradise, Orland Market Update
The end of another quarter. . .as a recovering C.P.A., my life is no longer measured by quarterly closes, but old habits die hard and I am compelled at the end of every quarter to run numbers and analyze the trends The data is in for 3rd quarter, and it is safe to say that the market is shifting. We have had 6 years of double (or nearly) digit price appreciation and all time inventory lows, creating a major seller’s market. While median prices have continued to rise, albeit slightly more modestly, inventory levels and days on market are inching their way up. With inventory swelling, we are seeing an unprecedented number of price reductions. This isn’t to say that it’s a bad time to sell. . the buyers are still out there. It just means that sellers can’t price their home 5% above the last comp in the neighborhood and expect to have a bidding war. The market is flattening out. So, if you have been waiting to sell, wanting to ride the wave up, this may just be the time. Likewise, for those of you waiting to buy, with more inventory available, there will be far less competition and a lot more to choose from.
The median home price in Chico rose 6.9% to $337,000 for the 12 months ended September 30, 2018. The average days on the market increased slightly to 42 days, compared to...