Real Estate November 15, 2023

October Market Trends & Year to Date

We are nearing the end of 2023 and there are so many questions on how the market will perform in 2024. The market’s direction hinges on two critical factors: inventory levels and mortgage rates. Despite our active inventory being down double-digits compared to the previous year, buyers are still buying! For the month of October, the average days on market of 38 was the lowest of this year. Notably, out of the 114 properties sold in October, 54 sold for at or above 100% of the original asking price indicating buyers remain undeterred by the prevailing high-interest rates.

October Highlights:

  • 36% of the closings were cash transactions
  • On average, property sold for 95% of the original asking price
  • The average DOM of 38 is the exact same as last October!
  • Of the 178 residential listings in October, 32% are already under contract (51) or have been sold (6).
  • The average sales price for the month was the highest since June of this year!
  • 23 single family homes sold for $500k or less
  • 4 homes sold for over $2 Million including an oceanfront in the Palmer’s Island section of Duck which sold for close to $5.7 Million making it the highest sale of the month!
  • 10 oceanfront homes sold for an Average Sales Price of $1,926,580

Click to view our Monthly Market Video to see how the different areas of the OBX performed in October.

*All stats based on information from the Outer Banks Association of Realtors MLS 10.1.23 – 10.31.23 for Dare & Currituck County

Year to Date:

Home values are holding relatively steady. Year to date, the Average Sales Price, at $712,126, reflects only a modest 6% decrease, indicating a level of stability in our market. The number of units sold, on the other hand, has experienced a consistent downward trend, declining by 31%, a pattern that has remained relatively stable throughout the yea

  • The Median Sales Price has remained consistent throughout the entire year, standing at $583,000 as of the end of October. This reflects only a marginal 1% decrease from the year-end value in 2022.
  • The Average Days on Market of 51 is the same as it was at the end of 2021
  • Active inventory is down 16% in Dare and 26% in Currituck County

YTD Waterfront highlights:

Currently, oceanfront and soundfront homes are experiencing a more significant decrease in value compared to the overall real estate market. Oceanfront properties have seen a substantial decline of 55%, while soundfront homes have also decreased by 34%. In contrast, the total residential market has seen a decrease of 31% in terms of unit sales

  • The Average Sales Price of an oceanfront home was $2,002,335 and the Median Sales Price was $1,700. On average, they sold for 90% of the original asking price. 11 homes sold for 100% or higher!
  • The Average Sales Price of a soundfront home is $1,200,771. The Median Sales Price is $1,149,900
  • 107 canalfront homes sold this year (108 last year) with an Average Sales Price of $626,525 and a Median Sales Price of $579,900

Top 10 Areas by Increase in Average Sales Price, year over year:

Areas with the top 10 highest decreases in units sold YTD. This is good news for sellers in these areas!