Jan-Apr 2021 Real Estate Update for Sussex County DE

The statistics referenced here are based on detached single-family homes, derived from the Bright Multiple Listing Service.

Active Listings/Current Inventory

As of the end of April, there were a total of 579 homes on the market, a decrease of 10% from the previous month’s end inventory of 646.  This represents less than a 2-month’s supply of inventory, with a current absorption rate of 357 homes sold per month thus far in 2021.  There were 527 new listings of single-family homes put on the market in April, with 72% of them going under contract by the month’s end.  Of the 579 homes on the market at month’s end, 46% of them are new construction homes.

Closed Sales

For the first four months of 2021, sales of single-family homes in Sussex County are up 22% from last year, with 1,428 homes sold compared to 1,173 for the first four months of 2020.  The areas with the largest increase were the Georgetown Area, up 67% and the Angola/Long Neck/Millsboro Area, up 47%.  The only area with a decrease is the Milford/Lincoln/Slaughter Beach Area, down 12%.

Home Prices

The average sales price of single-family homes in Sussex County are up over the first 4-month period of last year, $509,505 compared to $404,770, a 26% increase.  The median sales price was also up over the first 4-months of 2020, $374,900 compared to $315,000, a 19% increase.

Pending Sales

Pending sales for the first four months of 2021 were up by 38% over last year, with 1,725 homes going under contract through April of 2021, compared to 1,173 in 2020.  This large increase can be attributed to the pandemic, where the market was basically shut down between mid-March and April of last year.

Days on Market

The average days on market for homes to go under contract has decreased by 40% for homes sold through April of this year compared to last.  In 2021, the current average days on market is 53 days, compared to 89 days through April of 2020.