Sales-to-Active Listings Ratio

The Sales-to-Active Listings Ratio is a popular method in determining if the housing market is a "buyers market" or a "sellers market".  It's calculated by dividing the number of sales by the number of active listings for a given period.

Example 1: 500 sales / 5000 active listings last month = 10% sales-to-active-listings-ratio

Example 2: 1250 sales / 5000 active listings last month = 25% sales-to-active-listings-ratio

The following chart indicates how various boards measure that ratio:

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A buyers market of 14% or less means that buyers are at an advantage when purchasing a property.  Greater then 20% sellers are at an advantage when selling their property.