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Have Home Values In Fairhill At Bluebonnet Highlands Declined in 2008? Baton Rouge Real Estate
Fairhill At Bluebonnet Highlands Market Direction: Stable, Increasing or Declining?
By: Bill Cobb, CREA
Fairhill At Bluebonnet Highlands Market Direction: Stable, Increasing or Declining? I was recently contacted by a Fairhill homeowner, whom I had performed a home appraisal for in February 2008, and told that their lender had informed them that their home value has declined from my appraised value in February 2008. This homeowner's home is 1 year old, approx 2,300sf living with several custom features and located on 1 of the choicest and largest lake lots in the entire Fairhill Development. My question was: Based on what information/
Solds In Fairhill from 1/1/07 to 1/1/08 revealed:
Average Sales Price: $265,906
Average Sold Price Per Sq. Ft.: $127.73/sf
Median Sold Price: $265,000
Low Sales Price: $220,000
High Sales Price: $320,000
# of Sales: 25
Average # of Days On Market: 46
Solds In Fairhill from 1/1/08 to 11/15/08 reveal:
Average Sales Price: $258,574
Average Sold Price Per Sq. Ft.: $129.01/sf
Median Sold Price: $263,500
Low Sales Price: $205,000
High Sales Price: $310,000
Average # of Days On Market: 54
# of Sales: 19
Therefore, based on the median sale price barometer (the barometer used by the NAR National Association of Realtors) within Fairhill At Bluebonnet Highlands, the market direction appears to be decreasing slightly. The median sale price between the 2 periods declined a modest -$1,500. The average sales price decreased -$7,332. However, the average sold price per sq. ft. increased +$1.28/sf, from $127.73/sf up to $129.01/sf. Also, the 4 latest sales in Fairhill were for $139/sf (new home), $139/sf (new homes), $127/sf (5 yr old home) and $140/sf (new home). It is a fact that since late August 2008, 3 buyers have paid $139/sf to $140/sf for new construction in the 1,926sf to 2,225sf range. One year ago, these homes would have sold in the $128/sf range. Therefore, based on the subject's characteristics noted above, I don't see any significant price decline in Fairhill upper end home values, especially when 3 buyers since late 8/2008 have paid $139/sf to $140/sf. When the average sales price is $129.01/sf and the last 3 buyers paid $10/sf to $11/sf more than the average, then values wouldn't necessarily be falling.
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