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    New Jersey Real Estate Market Shows Signals of Recovery

    ByJames Forsyth

    Feb 3, 2024
    New Jersey Real Estate Market Shows Signals of Recovery

    The real estate market in New Jersey experienced a mix of positive and negative trends in January. While all 21 counties saw an increase in home prices compared to the previous year, only half of them had an increase in new home listings. These contrasting trends present both opportunities and challenges for potential homebuyers and sellers in the state.

    Among the positive signs, Bergen County stood out with the highest number of new listings in North Jersey and the third-highest in the entire state. The county experienced a 1.9% increase in new listings, offering more options for homebuyers. Similarly, Hudson County saw a notable rise of 9.32% in new listings, providing further opportunities for those in search of a new home. Essex and Sussex counties also witnessed an increase in new listings.

    However, some counties experienced a decrease in new listings, such as Passaic County with a 2.17% decline and Morris County with the greatest decrease of 2.16% statewide. This scarcity of new listings could potentially limit choices for homebuyers in those areas.

    The housing inventory situation also affected the length of time homes remained on the market. In January, homes in several New Jersey counties spent less time on the market compared to the previous year. However, in Bergen and Morris counties, homes typically stayed on the market for an average of 54 days. Passaic and Morris counties had slightly longer durations of approximately 52 and 59 days, respectively. It’s worth noting that in these four counties, homes stayed on the market for a longer period in January than in December, indicating a possible shift in buyer demand.

    Regarding median listing prices, all 21 counties in New Jersey witnessed an increase in January compared to the previous year. Bergen and Morris counties experienced the highest increases in North Jersey, with median listing prices of $785,250 and $691,225, respectively. Sussex and Hudson counties also saw significant price increases, further reflecting the upward trend in the market.

    In conclusion, the real estate market in New Jersey is showing signs of recovery with increasing home prices and a mixed picture of new listings across the counties. Homebuyers will need to navigate a competitive market, with some areas experiencing limited inventory. However, for sellers, the rising home prices present an opportunity to capitalize on the current market conditions.

    FAQ:

    1. What were the trends in the New Jersey real estate market in January?
    In January, all 21 counties in New Jersey saw an increase in home prices compared to the previous year. However, only half of the counties had an increase in new home listings.

    2. Which county in North Jersey had the highest number of new listings?
    Bergen County had the highest number of new listings in North Jersey and the third-highest in the entire state.

    3. Did all counties experience an increase in new listings?
    No, some counties experienced a decrease in new listings. Passaic County had a decline of 2.17% and Morris County had the greatest decrease of 2.16% statewide.

    4. How did the housing inventory situation affect the length of time homes stayed on the market?
    In several New Jersey counties, homes spent less time on the market compared to the previous year. However, in Bergen and Morris counties, homes typically stayed on the market for an average of 54 days.

    5. Did all counties experience an increase in median listing prices?
    Yes, all 21 counties in New Jersey witnessed an increase in median listing prices in January compared to the previous year.

    Key Terms:
    – Homebuyers: Individuals or families looking to purchase a home.
    – New listings: Newly listed homes available for sale in the market.
    – Housing inventory: The number of homes available for sale at a given time.
    – Median listing prices: The midpoint of all the listing prices for homes in a particular area, where half of the homes are priced above and half are priced below that amount.

    Related Links:
    New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
    New Jersey Realtors
    NJ.com Real Estate