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Pelican Point Real Estate Market Analysis - 2009 Mid-year Report

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Pelican Point Real Estate Market Report

2009 Mid-year Report

This mid-year report is the result of my analysis of data retrieved from the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors MLS
database. Only data relating to detached single family (DSF) homes were included. None of the townhome sales were included in this
analysis as they represent a different product. As I have done in the past, I made a distinction between new construction and previously owned (re-sale) homes.

While the projected overall unit sales in Pelican Point are down from 2008, we can see improvement in new construction units sold.
Sales of previously owned homes are down from last year but, at current absorption rates, will be ahead of sales in the pre-Katrina year
of 2004. The following chart illustrates this point.

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Overall, previously owned homes in the subdivision have held their value. The average price per square foot of living area has held
at $121.56/sq.ft. This is about even with 2008 sales but down from the selling prices in the years immediately following hurricane
Katrina. At $121.56, however, homes are selling well ahead of pre-Katrina prices. Homes in Pelican Point are diverse but,
in general, similar homes are on a given street. For that reason, I’ve analyzed the re-sale data by looking at sales by street. The following
chart shows selling $/sq.ft. and unit sales by street.

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The next chart again shows that re-sale prices have held steady between 2008 and 2009. New construction prices, however, have declined
a bit from the high seen in 2008 but have remained higher than the average $/sq.ft. for the years 2004-2007.

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Fewer than 2 homes per month are being sold in the re-sale market segment. With 29 homes currently listed, it is clearly a buyer’s market.
At current absorption rates there is a 15.8 month supply as the next chart illustrates.

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The new construction segment has a 9.6 month supply at the current absorption rate of 0.8 homes per month. Drilling down through price
range, one can see that so far this year no homes over $400K have been sold yet there are four available. I would encourage builders
to refrain from building homes in this price range until the market for them rebounds.

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Comments and suggestions are encouraged. Readers wishing to have a more in-depth discussion welcome to contact me directly.

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