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Absorption Rates For The Big Bear Real Estate Market – October 2008

Big Bear Absorption SpongeIf you are thinking of buying or selling a home in Big Bear, you may want to take a look at the absorption rate of homes that are currently for sale. This is a good way to become more informed on the most current real estate market conditions in a particular area.

There is an easy to understand article here describing what the absorption rate is and what it means for the real estate market. In simplistic terms, it is a mathematical equation that tells the amount of time it will take for a specified set amount of properties to be absorbed under current real estate market conditions.

To get the most accurate reading for the Big Bear real estate market, you take the number of properties sold in the past month and divide that into the number of properties currently on the market for sale. Some other ways to figure out absorption rate include looking at it from a weekly and yearly basis.

I find the monthly time frame to be the most representative. You can also tinker around with this by looking at different price ranges, locations, beds & baths, features and so on. The more you tinker, the more accurate your calculations should be for that type of property. If you wanted to know the absorption rate of 3 bed, 2 bath homes in Moonridge or Fox Farm for example, you could.

That said, there were a total of 73 residential sales in Big Bear during the month of October 2008. Currently, there are 1081 residential properties for sale, which translates into an absorption rate of 14.81 months.

See the breakdown by area & price range below.

Absorption Rate By Price Range

Price Range Residential Properties On The Market Residential Sales Last Month Absorption Rate – # Of Months It Will Take To Sell
$300,000 & below 503 44 11.43
$300,001 to $500,000 318 17 18.71
$500,001 to $800,000 138 8 17.25
$800,0001 to $1,000,000 44 1 44
$1,000,001 & above 78 3 26
Totals 1081 73 14.81

Absorption Rates By Area

Area Residential Properties On The Market Residential Sales Last Month Absorption Rate – # Of Months It Will Take To Sell
Big Bear Lake West 42 2 21
Big Bear Lake Central 109 8 13.63
Big Bear Lake East 92 6 15.33
Fox Farm 86 2 43
Moonridge 207 14 14.79
Whispering Forest 27 4 6.75
Fawnskin 38 3 12.67
Big Bear City 209 18 11.61
Sugarloaf 132 10 13.20
Erwin Lake 92 6 15.33
Baldwin Lake 42 0 N/A
Lake Williams 5 0 N/A
Totals 1081 73 14.81

From these two charts, we can see that properties priced under $300,000 are selling the best while those $800,000 and up are not faring so well. In fact, there were only 4 sales of residential properties sold in the whole month of October in that price range.  When you have 122 homes for sale in Big Bear that are priced over $800,000, that means the absorption rate is 30.50 months.  If you are looking to buy a home in this price range, make sure to be diligent as there should be a lot of options and a good deal can be found. If you are selling a home in this range, make sure your property stands out.  Price is the best way that I know of to make a property stand out.

From a location perspective, the properties in Whispering Forest, Big Bear City, & Big Bear Lake Central sold better as compared to Fox Farm, Erwin Lake, Lake Williams, & Baldwin Lake.

These numbers do change on a monthly basis.  One month a particular area may perform better than others and then not so good the following month.  Click here if you are interested in seeing the absorption rates for Big Bear from some of the previous months.

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