Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS® (NSAR) numbered 945 units in May 2013. While this was still down 11 per cent from a stronger May last year, it did stand on par with the month of May in the previous three years.
Additionally, although year-over-year declines continue to reflect both a quieter market now and a very active market last year in the Halifax-Dartmouth region, the monthly trend shows a marked improvement in demand from the low reached just two months ago.
The average price for residential activity in the area served by NSAR was $240,773 in May 2013. This was down three per cent from a last year’s record, but was still the third highest monthly average price on record.
At $229,646, the provincial average price was also down three per cent on a year-over-year basis.
New listings on the Association’s MLS® System numbered 2,187 units in May 2013, up five per cent from levels recorded a year earlier.
Active supply remains at historically elevated levels. There were 8,141 active residential listings on the Association’s MLS® System at the end of May 2013, rising 15 per cent from levels at the end of May 2012.
There were 8.6 months of inventory at the end of May, up from 6.7 months in May 2012 and above the long run average for this time of year as well. The number of months of inventory is the number of months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of sales activity.
The total value of home sales reported through the Association’s MLS® System was $227.5 million in May 2013, down 13 per cent from record year-ago levels. The monthly dollar volume of residential sales in all of Nova Scotia was also down 13 per cent from the previous May.
Total sales activity numbered 1,051 units, a decline of 10 per cent from a year earlier. The value of all property sales in May 2013 amounted to $239.4 million, a decrease of 12 per cent from year-ago levels.
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