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Market stats for Suwanee, GA, March, 2012 indicate that there were 420 properties on the market (down from 443 last month).  Overall, there was about a 6.2 month supply of properties (down from 7.3 last month).  March had 100 sales.  Compared to March, 2011 (53), this year was a stronger.  Inventory was down compared to 2011 (621).  There were 64 sales last month.  This is the first time that I have noted decreasing inventories this time of year.  Combined with the increasing sales, especially at the entry level, the market is looking strong.

In the Under $200k arena, there were 115 listings in Suwanee, GA, with about a 43.9 month supply (133 and 4.3, respectively last year).  This March’s sales were WAY up, at 42 (19 last year, 30 last month).  This was definitely the strongest price segment in Suwanee.  And one of the strongest in the whole county.  The next level up is coming up fast, though.

Between $200k and $400k, there were 195 listings for sale (299 last year, 195 last month), and 6.9 months of supply.  Sales in March, 2012 were 42 (27 in February), compared with 28 for the same period in 2011.  Sales have been bouncing between very strong and average for the last few months.  I’d like to see some consistency around 40-50 sales for the next couple of months.  This shouldn’t be a “peaky” market/price segment.  Unlike most of the county, this is the largest price segment in the area, and its direction plays a major part in how the area looks.  And for the last few months, despite there being more listings in this segment, the under $200k segment has had more sales.

From $400k to $600k, there were 59 homes on the market.  The absorption rate was at 9.3 months (12.4 in February).  There were 10 sales in March (4 in February)… up by 5 compared to last March.  Looking at the three month average, there were 19 sales this year and 11 for the same period last year.  This segment had gotten dramatically stronger in the last couple of months, but stayed sort of weak this month.  I was looking for close to 12 sales for March… we pulled out 10.  That isn’t bad.

In the $600k to $800k arena, there are 21 listings, with about a 10.5 month supply.  Sales at this level are not consistent, but there were 3 this month (3 last month).  Looking at one month makes the numbers jump around.  For the last three months, sales were 6… For the same time last year, the sales were 3.  With the huge decrease in listings over the last couple of months, I was looking for this to become one of the strongest $600k-$800k area in the county.  But until I see 3-5 sales a month on average, I can’t call this one strong.

The range from $800k to $1m, there are 5 homes listed and 15 months of inventory on the market.  There were only 4 sales at this price level last year (1 in April, 2 in July and 1 in August) .  This is a tough segment to try to sell in right now, but if inventory stays low, it won’t be quite as rough.  But there still needs to be some more sales activity.

In Suwanee, GA, Above $1m, there are 25 properties listed.  The current absorption rate indicated about 18.8 months of inventory, but because of the smaller numbers of sales, this could be significantly impacted by just a couple of sales (only 1 for December, 2 for January and 2 for March).  In this segment, we should be seeing reduced inventories…  There were 26 homes listed in this segment at this time last year.

Suwanee, GA is a suburb of Atlanta in Gwinnett, Forsyth and (just a little bit) in Fulton Counties. The population is 2000 was 8,725, but that only included the area inside the city limits, and it had seen tremendous growth since that census. Money Magazine rated Suwanee in the “Top 10 Best Places to Live” in 2007, and it is one of the wealthiest parts of Georgia. Recently, the City of Suwanee has revamped their old town, adding a large park with a bandshell, condos, town homes and small businesses. It is also home to North Gwinnett High School, Peachtree Ridge and Collins Hill. I have a page dedicated to Suwanee Market Data.

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