Housing Market Statistics

 

May 12, 2020

Homes sales in the City of Lawrence rose by 12.3% in April compared to the prior year. Sales in April 2020 totaled 128 units, up from 114 in 2019.

Among existing homes, 116 units sold in April, an increase of 10.5% from 105 units that sold in 2019. The average sale price of existing homes was $238,497. This represents an increase of 12.6% from the April 2019 average price of $211,855.

For new construction, 12 sales occurred in April, up from 9 units the prior year, an increase of 33.3%. The average sale price of new homes in April was $366,161, down 3.8% from the same period last year.

According to Ryan Desch, President of the Lawrence Board of REALTORS®, “Real estate professionals, local lenders, title companies, home inspectors, etc… adapted quickly and swiftly in late March and throughout April to hold transactions together for buyers and sellers who have been under contract. Virtual and drive up closings, video showings and live-streaming open houses have enabled home sales to continue, albeit at a much slower pace right now.” 

A total of 99 contracts for sale were written in April 2020, down from 157 in April 2019. This is a decrease of 36.9%. Contracts written during the month reflect, in part, sales that will close in the near future.

The inventory of active listings in the City of Lawrence stood at 217 units at the end of April, which is down from 245 homes that were on the market at the end of April last year. At the current rate of sales, this figure represents 2.1 months' supply of homes on the market.

Added Desch, "We’re now able to start seeing the effects of the shutdown on the Lawrence real estate market, with very large impacts for the month of April. While 2020 began with an increase in inventory, April saw an almost 44% decrease in new listings from the same period in 2019. Expectedly, inventory is back down to historic lows of 2.1 months-of-supply. Almost all supply indicators are down, but prices continue to rise, reflecting predictions at the local and national level. Provided that the COVID-19 situation improves as stay-home-orders ease, most REALTORS expect the activity typically seen in Spring to emerge in Summer and remain throughout and into Fall. Public and consumer safety continue to be top priorities at this time."

For questions and/or comments, please contact LBOR President Ryan Desch at 7852181975 or ryan@exploringlawrence.com.

Three Year Comparison: April

Housing Market Statistics Archive:

City of Lawrence Report - April 2020
Douglas County Report - April 2020
Press Release - April 2020
City of Lawrence Report - March 2020
Douglas County Report - March 2020
Press Release - March 2020
City of Lawrence Report - February 2020
Douglas County Report - February 2020
Press Release - February 2020
City of Lawrence Report - January 2020
Douglas County Report - January 2020
Press Release - January 2020
City of Lawrence Report - December 2019
Douglas County Report - December 2019
Press Release - December 2019
City of Lawrence Report - November 2019
Douglas County Report - November 2019
City of Lawrence Report - October 2019
Douglas County Report - October 2019
Press Release - October 2019
City of Lawrence Report - September 2019
Douglas County Report - September 2019
Press Release - September 2019
Press Release - August 2019
City of Lawrence Report - August 2019
Douglas County Report - August 2019
Press Release - July 2019
City of Lawrence Report - July 2019
Douglas County Report - July 2019
Press Release - June 2019
City of Lawrence Report - June 2019
Douglas County Report - June 2019
City of Lawrence Report - May 2019
Douglas County Report - May 2019
Press Release - April 2019
City of Lawrence Report - April 2019
Douglas County Report - April 2019
City of Lawrence Report - March 2019
Douglas County Report - March 2019
Press Release - February 2019
City of Lawrence Report - February 2019
Douglas County Report - February 2019
Press Release - December 2018
City of Lawrence Report - December 2018
Douglas County Report - December 2018
Press Release - November 2018
City of Lawrence Report - November 2018
Douglas County Report - November 2018
Press Release - October 2018
City of Lawrence Report - October 2018
Douglas County Report - October 2018
Press Release - September 2018
City of Lawrence Report - September 2018
Douglas County Report - September 2018
Press Release - July 2018
City of Lawrence Report - July 2018
Douglas County Report - July 2018
Press Release - June 2018
City of Lawrence Report - June 2018
Douglas County Report - June 2018
Press Release - May 2018
City of Lawrence Report - May 2018
Douglas County Report - May 2018
Press Release - April 2018
City of Lawrence Report - April 2018
Douglas County Report - April 2018
City of Lawrence Report - February 2018
Douglas County Report - February 2018
City of Lawrence Report - December 2017
Douglas County Report - December 2017
City of Lawrence Report - November 2017
Douglas County Report - November 2017