Hilton Head area Market Overview

Dated: May 12 2022

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The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage exceeded 5% in April, the highest level since 2011, according to Freddie Mac. The recent surge in mortgage rates has reduced the pool of eligible buyers and has caused mortgage applications to decline, with a significant impact on refinance applications, which are down more than 70% compared to this time last year. As the rising costs of homeownership force many Americans to adjust their budgets, an increasing number of buyers are hoping to help offset the costs by moving from bigger, more expensive cities to smaller areas that offer a more affordable cost of living.

  • New Listings were down 14.4 percent to 646.
  • Pending Sales decreased 27.8 percent to 529.
  • Inventory shrank 8.4 percent to 596 units.
  • Prices moved higher as Median Sales Price was up 27.1 percent to $499,000.
  • Days on Market decreased 4.0 percent to 97 days.
  • Months Supply of Inventory was up 22.2 percent to 1.1 months.

Affordability challenges are limiting buying activity, and early signs suggest competition for homes may be cooling somewhat.

Nationally, existing home sales are down 2.7% as of last measure, while pending sales dropped 1.2%, marking 5 straight months of under contract declines, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Inventory remains low, with only 2 months supply at present, and home prices continue to rise, with the median existing home at $373,500, a 15% increase from this time last year. Homes are still selling quickly, however, and multiple offers are common in many markets.

As always, I'm available to answer your questions or to provide you with a complimentary Market Evaluation of your Lowcountry home, villa or homesite.

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Willy Fanning

Willy is originally from Southampton, New York, where his family roots date back to the 1600’s. While vacationing on Hilton Head Island in 1989 he and his family fell in love with the natural beaut....

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