The Absorption Rate is an important concept, and it's used by many real estate related businesses to attempt to predict home prices and sales activity going forward

The current absorption rate in your market. Here’s how you find that:­

  • First, determine the number of homes closed in your market over a specific period — say, 6 months.
  • Next, divide the number of homes by the number of months in the period — in this case, 6. This calculation gives a per month absorption rate.
  • Last, divide the rate into the number of current listings. This yields the months’ supply of homes.

6 months of ­supply is considered a balanced market — when the number of listings roughly equals the number of buyers. Numbers over six represent a buyers’ market and those below a sellers’ market.


August 2018 thru January 2019 data used for this chart or the last six months.

August 2018 thru January 2019 data used for this report
Town Solds Average Sold/Month Months of Supply
Alexandria Twp.  31  5.17 8.32
Bethlehem Twp.  32  5.33 4.5
Bloomsbury Boro  16  2.67 2.62
Califon Boro  1.17 5.98
Clinton Town  26  4.33 1.39
Clinton Twp.  95  15.83 2.97
Delaware Twp.  22  3.67 8.45
East Amwell Twp.  26  4.33 4.85
Flemington Boro  22  3.67 4.63
Franklin Twp.  15  2.5 7.2
Frenchtown Boro  0.67 14.93
Glen Gardner Boro  19  3.17 4.1
Hampton Boro  1 12
High Bridge Boro  21  3.5 6
Holland Twp.  28  4.67 5.57
Kingwood Twp.  25  4.17 4.8
Lambertville City  29  4.83 4.55
Lebanon Boro  1 7
Lebanon Twp.  35  5.83 6.35
Milford Boro  1.5 6.67
Raritan Twp.  159  26.5 3.58
Readington Twp.  88  14.67 5.39
Stockton Boro  0.5 4
Tewksbury Twp.  39  6.5 11.69
Union Twp.  38  6.33 4.74
West Amwell Twp.  12  2 2.5
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The Do's and Don'ts of Credit

Here are some important credit related facts that everyone who would like a higher credit score should know! 

1. Don't Apply For New Credit. Every time that you have your credit pulled by a potential creditor or lender, you can lose points from your credit score immediately. ** Exception to the Case- When pulled for mortgage purposes or car loans, multiple credit pulls will not have a negative impact on a score, if done within a certain time frame**

2. Don't Pay Off Collections or "Charge Offs". If you want to pay off old accounts, do it through escrow, making sure that the debt is yours. Request a "letter of deletion" from the creditor. 

3. Don't Close Credit Card Accounts. If you close a credit card account, it may appear that your debt ratio has gone up. Closing a card will affect other factors in the score, including credit history.

4. Don't Max Out or Over Charge Credit Card Accounts. Try to keep your credit card balances below 40 percent of their limit during the process. Pay Down balances if possible

5. Don't Consolidate Your Debt. When you consolidate all of your debt onto one or two credit cards, it will appear that you are "maxed out" on that card and you will be penalized.

6. Do join a credit monitoring service like www.myfico.com or www.creditchecktotal.com. These inquires won’t affect your credit score and can alert you early to any potential inaccuracy or action needed to improve your credit score.

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