The Price of Silver and Real Estate

Real Estate and Silver Prices

Silver demand is up but silver prices are down. Real estate sales are down, yet home prices are up.

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UPDATE September 5, 2013: Sales of U.S. Silver Eagles reach 33,750,000 year to date, passing 2012 total sales of 33,742,500 and heading towards 2011’s record 39,868,500.

UPDATE November 26: sales of U.S. Silver Eagles pass 41,0000 year to date setting an all time annual record/pending home sales fall for fifth month in a row-hit ten month low

Source U.S. Mint

The price of silver is declining while real estate values are climbing.

Sales of U.S. Silver Eagles are at a record pace. Sales of new homes are at relative historic lows.

Silver at $18.79 an ounce today is trading below its 1980 high of $50 an ounce. The median new home price now is at an all time high.

Here are your apples to oranges silver/real estate morning charts:

Year # U.S. Silver Eagles Sold by the U.S. Mint January-June
2006 6,521,000
2007 3,477,000
2008 9,060,000
2009 13,824,500
2010 18,168,000
2011 22,403,500
2012 17,392,000
2013 25,043,000

Year Average Price per Ounce
2006 $11.54
2007 $13.38
2008 $14.99
2009 $14.67
2010 $20.19
2011 $35.12
2012 $31.15
2013 $26.69

Current price of Silver – 6/28/2013: $18.78

Source: U.S. Mint

For comparison here are the average prices of silver from 1979-1981 prior to the minting and sale of U.S. Silver Eagles that began in 1986:

Year Average Price per Ounce
1979 $21.79
1980 $16.39 -Silver hit a high of $49.45 per ounce in January of 1980
1981 $8.43

Silver Price Source: Kitco

Here is a chart showing the number of new homes sold:

Year # of new homes sold
1979 709,000
1980 545,000
1981 436,000

2005 1,283,000
2006 1,051,000
2007 776,000
2008 485,000
2009 375,000
2010 323,000
2011 306,000
2012 368,000

Source: US Census

Here are charts showing the Median New Home Price by Year

Year Median New Home Price
1979 $62,900
1980 $64,600
1981 $68,900

2005 $240,900
2006 $246,500
2007 $247,900
2008 $232,100
2009 $216,700
2010 $221,800
2011 $190,000
2012 $211,312

New Home Price Source: US Census

Median Home Price Source 2011, 2012: Zip Realty
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