Hatteras Island
Real Estate Newsletter







Tom & Louise Hranicka - P.O. Box 280 - Avon, NC 27915 
Spring 2018 

CHANGES IN BUYER PREFERENCES

By: Tom Hranicka, Associate Broker, Outer Beaches Realty

My sense is that most analyses tend to focus on snapshots of what is taking place in the current real estate market when a moving picture of what is happening over time can often contribute to our understanding of market trends. With this perspective in mind, I thought it might be interesting to look at some of the ways in which the Hatteras Island real estate market has changed over the past five years.

The following tables compare how a few key market indicators have changed since 2013.

2013 BUYER PREFERENCES

Residential – 73% of Total Sales

Land – 26% of Total Sales

Commercial – 0.8% of Total Sales

Single Family Detached Homes

Oceanside Homes

Avon, Hatteras, Salvo & Frisco

3-Bedrooms

<1500 sq. ft. & 2000-3000 sq. ft.

2000 & Newer

$200,000 - $300,000

Waterfront -35%

Foreclosures & Short Sales - 35%

Median Home Sale Price - $285,000

Median Lot Sale Price - $63,200

CURRENT BUYER PREFERENCES

Residential -77% OF Total Sales

Land – 22% of Total Sales

Commercial – 0.6% of Total Sales

Single Family Detached Homes

Oceanside Homes

Avon, Hatteras, Salvo & Frisco

3-Bedrooms

<1500 sq. ft. & 2000 – 3000 sq. ft.

2000 & Newer

$200,000 - $300,000

Waterfront – 39.2%

Foreclosures & Short Sales – 8.4%

Median Home Sale Price - $292,400

Median Lot Sale Price - $82,500

Overall, this comparison suggests that buyer preferences have remained fairly consistent. There are few more residential sales in today’s market and a few less lot sales, and buyers seem to be taking advantage of lower prices to increase their purchases of prime waterfront properties.  The island’s commercial market remains very limited. In addition, buyers continue to focus their attention on properties at the lower end of the price spectrum.

The major change that we have seen has been a dramatic decrease in the number of distressed property sales over the past few years. The wave of foreclosures and short sales that we saw after prices plummeted beginning in 2005 has just about run its course. At one point, distressed properties represented almost 50 percent of sales on the island.

Looking at data for the 1st Quarter of 2018, the residential real estate market on the island showed some signs of weakness. The average and median selling prices of homes were down in relation to the first three months of 2017, and the total dollar value of sales declined by almost 7 percent. On the other hand, the undeveloped lot market that has languished for years showed increases in all major indicators, hopefully signaling a long-awaited turnaround in this market segment.

When looked at from an historical perspective, now appears to be an excellent time for buyers to purchase the island home or building site of their dreams before prices and interest rates rise in the cyclical patterns that they have followed in the past.

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Questions and comments may be sent to Tom Hranicka at P.O. Box 280, Avon, NC 27915 or by e-mail to hranicka@hatterasisland.com.

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Tom & Louise Hranicka
Associate Brokers
Outer Beaches Realty
Avon, NC 27915
252.305.1556
hranicka@hatterasisland.com
http://www.hatterasisland.com/

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