Posted on September 12, 2011 by Corey Hart
Sep

12

2011

Pending Sales Activity During Month Showed Seasonal Trends

 

Rockville, MD (September 12, 2011) – The following analysis of the Washington, D.C. Metro Area housing market has been prepared by housing market expert Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel, based on the August 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales Index™ released today:

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OVERVIEW

The summer home sales season in the Washington, D.C. metro area market finished with the highest number of signed contracts for August in four years.   There were 4,169 contracts signed in August 2011, 8.6% less than the 4,563 contracts signed in July, but consistent with seasonal trends.  New pending sales were 19.9% above the August 2010 level but that increase is exaggerated due to the dearth of activity in the months following the expiration of the federal homebuyers tax credit in April 2010.   The median sales price for August 2011 showed a similar seasonal pattern, declining 3.8% to $356,000 from $370,000 in July 2011 but was essentially unchanged from August 2010. 

 

Posted on August 17, 2011 by Jonathan Miller
Aug

17

2011

In my Three Cents Worth column today on Curbed DC that looks at new pending home sales by month for DC Metro over the past decade.  Seasonality in full force.  

Signed contract activity appears to be "Goldilocks-like" because it is not too hot and not too cold.

Posted on August 11, 2011 by Corey Hart
Aug

11

2011

The Wall Street Journal picked up on the slight slippage in the DC Metro market, as reported by RBI, and posted the following: 

Is the Turmoil in D.C. Hobbling Its Housing Market?

The article quotes RBI contributor Jonathan Miller's idea that “the debt ceiling debate dominating media coverage for most of the month probably caused consumers to pause before making a purchase decision.” Real estate agent Pamela Dubois scoffed at the idea, expressing how busy she's been in Montgomery and noting that her fellow agents have been as well.

It's impossible to say for certain whether there has been any immediate impact from last month's three-ring circus, but it's certainly worth paying attention to what happens in the "super committee" later this year. If massive cuts to the federal workforce are included, we could certainly see a hike in the 3.3 month absorption rate reported in July as demand eases alongside the number of local jobs.  Not many metro areas (if any) can report a slight dip in activity like we did in July, yet still have such a strong sales pace per number of active listings. 

Posted on August 10, 2011 by Corey Hart
Aug

10

2011

Home sales down more than normal for this time of year; still strong when compared to July 2010 reports

Rockville, MD (August 10, 2011) – The following analysis of the Washington, D.C. Metro Area housing market has been prepared by housing market expert Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel, based on the July 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales Index™ released today:

 

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OVERVIEW

The number of contracts signed for the month of July fell 10.9% from June, a larger decline than the 7.5% ten year average.  While month-over-month contract activity tends to decline in July, the debt ceiling debate dominating media coverage for most of the month probably caused consumers to pause before making a purchase decision.  Even with the hesitation, new pending sales reached their highest June total in six years.   The 29.3% year-over-year July increase in pending sales activity was a result of last year’s lull in market activity in the months that followed the April 2010 contract signing deadline to qualify for the federal homebuyer tax credit.  Median sales price slipped in July to $370,000, consistent with seasonal patterns after reaching a three year high of $379,990 in June.

 

Posted on July 11, 2011 by Corey Hart
Jul

11

2011

 

June’s Pending Sales Total Hit 5,124 – Highest Since 2005; Median Sales Price Increased 7.3% Year-over-Year, Highest Level in Nearly 3 Years

 

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Rockville, MD – (July 11, 2011) – The following analysis of the Washington, D.C. Metro Area housing market has been prepared by housing market expert Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel, based on the June 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales Index™ released today:

 

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