Portsmouth NH Real Estate – Absorption Rates and Why They Are Important

Portsmouth New Hampshire Real Estate Absorption Rate Information

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If you’re a property owner in the
Portsmouth New Hampshire area
, or anywhere for that matter, one of the
things that’s really important to know in today’s real estate
is the absorption rate for your area. 

What is that, and more importantly, why should you care about

The real estate absorption rate tells you
just how long it would take for the buyers out there in the market to absorb the
current inventory of homes or condos with no more new listings coming on the
market.  We start with the number of sales that took place within a specific
period of time, and then we look at the number of properties currently for sale,
and come up with amount of time it would take to sell every property currently
on the market.

I’ll show you how we figure it out.  Let’s take Portmouth New
Hampshire homes
as an example:
In the last 5 months, we had 42 homes
sell, and we currently have 80 homes for sale.  If you divide 42 (homes sold)
by 5 (months – the time period I used in this example), we get 8.4, which is the
average number of homes sold per month in the last 5 months.  So, if we’ve got
80 homes currently on the market for sale, it will take almost 9 1/2 months to
absorb that amount of inventory, assuming no new listings come on the market to
increase that inventory. 

So, now why is knowing that number important to you?    

Would you like information on the Portsmouth New Hampshire real estate market? Do you have questions about the buying or selling process? Give me a call at 1-888-349-5678 x 3839 or send me an email and let’s talk real estate!


  1. Very few people use absorption rates. I know when I bring it out at
    listing appointments I’ve seen blood drain from the sellers face. 
    It is pivotal information and wreckless to not know how to calculate it
    and present it to sellers and buyers, for that matter.  I now
    present the absorption rate with every offer, also.  

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