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LBI Market Statistics

 LBI Market Data from 2012 to Current

(Data below is based on the LBI single family market)

YEAR Units  Pending Total Units Sold Avg. Sales Price




Average Days on Market Sold as % of List Price
2012 62 369 $939,150 766 176 93%
2013 55 306 $904,813 804 157 93%
2014  52 377 $974,864 992 145 94%
2015 59 425 $1,027,591 950 181 95%
2016 56 473 $990,184 958 161 95.4%
2017  59 540 $1,106,290 1,018 119 96.1%
2018 48 490 $1,116,102 971 114 95.7%
2019 40 496 $1,159,300 934 102 95.9%
2020 75 720 $1,322,376 823 109 97.2%


2021 – 3rd Quarter

Although the market is still moving along nicely with buyer activity, it is showing some signs of cooling off. Inventory is rising and as buyer’s are having more choices, they are not feeling the pressure to jump at any listing that comes their way or to overbid for the property.

2021 – 2nd Quarter

Milestones continue to be made in the LBI real estate market. Average Sales Price showing nearly a 28% increase over this time last year. Average Sales Price is at $1,521,875. Inventory levels remains low; however, the last few weeks are showing a slight rise. According to our MLS, some areas are showing a slight decline in buyer activity. The market has been COVID driven and with more people returning to work and school, some pressure might be off to have a safe haven at ‘The Beach’. Also, there is talk about changing tax laws such as: higher top tax bracket, raising long term capital gains rate and capping 1031 Exchanges exemptions from taxation. These may impact some buyer’s decisions on 2nd home purchases and the value of investment properties at the shore.

2021 – 1st Quarter

The LBI Market continues it’s wild ride through the first quarter of 2021. Never has inventory been so low on LBI. Prices continue to rise as buyer demand still remain strong.

2020 Year End Analysis

Certainly a wild ride this year. LBI real estate market was slowly moving in an upward fashion in the beginning of the year. In March, when COVID forced shut downs so did the market for a while. As more folks were sheltering in place and working from home, LBI looked like a great place to work from or to become a respite.

By June the market took off. The LBI market remains a very hot market. Inventory is extremely low and buyer activity is quite high. Leading sometimes to bidding wars. Prices are rising obviously as the demand is far outpacing the supply.

2019 Year End Analysis

Steady is the key word for 2019. We had a few more houses sell and Average Sales Price was up 3% over 2018. Days on the market also remained fairly steady as did Sold Price as a Percentage of the List Price. Buyer activity remains strong and our inventory levels are lower than usual.

2018 Year End Analysis

The first quarter started off strong, mainly due to the high activity levels of the last quarter of 2017. By 2nd Quarter, the pace of sales slowed down a bit and and our Average Sales Price held steady. Inventory levels continue to be lower than normal. Our pending inventory coming into the year was lower than usual, which most likely will translate into a slower 1st Quarter of 2019.

2017 Year End Analysis

The Market continued at a brisk pace throughout the year. Inventory was low and activity levels were  high creating an even smaller inventory of homes. Prices climbed and will continue to do so if the supply continues to lag behind the demand. The new Tax Reform will the item to watch in 2018 as well as the continuous ‘show’ in Washington, DC.

2016 Year End Analysis

Buyer activity has been impressive all year long. 2016 ended with a higher number of units closed than 2015. This is putting pressure on inventory which is running a bit behind normal levels. Days on market decreased slightly and % of final list price to sale ratio is staying roughly at 95%.  All points toward a healthy market as we head into 2017.

2015 Year End Analysis
LBI experienced one of the coldest winters on record as well as our surrounding area. This weather put a damper of potential buyers coming to look at homes during the first quarter. However, as we progressed towards March we saw activity pick up and a very nice rebound. Inventory increased slightly throughout the year as did sales activity. 2015 ended the year on the upbeat with increased sales and increased prices.

2014 Year End Analysis
The year ended on a high note, with more units sold and a slightly higher average sales price than 2013. Inventory levels remain a bit low so the pressure is on and a continued price increase is expected for 2015. LBI seems to have bounced back from Sandy’s visit and is getting back to pre Sandy levels.
 2013 Year End Analysis
 Overall the LBI market handled our visit from Sandy rather well. It should be noted that from last quarter of 2012 through the first quarter of 2013 the LBI real estate market was at a relative stand still due to the aftermath of the storm and the many unknowns facing LBI. By the end of the second quarter of 2013, the press and the public began to realize that LBI was very much alive and beginning to return to pre storm status.
Buyer activity picked up late in the second quarter. Considering that LBI lost almost 6 months of sales activity we closed the year out with only a 17% decrease in units closed over 2012 and the Average Sales Price was down 4% over the prior year.

Inventory Levels

Inventory levels remain low with mid year having 452 single family home available for sale.


Historic Inventory Levels:



Long Beach Island is not immune to the various economic cycles that all real estate markets go through as can be seen in the above graph. However, over the years LBI has weathered rather well. LBI  real estate is usually the last to feel the effects of an economic downturn and one of the first markets out of a recovery cycle. There are very few other markets that can offer the stability that LBI  offers a real estate investor.