Monday, June 05, 2006

Anchorage Home Sale Prices Top $300,000

The average year-to-date selling price of a home in Anchorage has just topped $300,000. At the same time last year it was a little under $270,000. By contrast with the Lower 48, however, Anchorage homes are less costly. Average home values in many equivalent markets are closer to $400,000 at this time.

The year-to-date total of closed sale reports reaching Alaska MLS Inc. through April is lower this year: 822 vs. 899. These are reports of contracts agreed to a month or two earlier in most cases. The data through May should be available in about two weeks.

Meanwhile, the number of homes listed for sale at the end of every month this year has been higher than most years since 2002. For the past four years the springtime inventory has been around 500. This April the inventory rose to 622, higher than any late winter and spring inventory levels since 2001.

Given that prices are continuing to rise, I would say that inventories have not yet reached levels where supply exceeds demand.

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