Posted on November 10, 2015 by Corey Hart
Nov

10

2015

Median sales prices fall slightly, inventories down for second straight month

Rockville, MD – (November 10, 2015) – The following analysis of the Baltimore Metro Area housing market has been prepared by Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. of RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI) and is based on October 2015 MRIS housing data.

OVERVIEW

The Baltimore Metro housing market experienced strong increases in sales and pending contracts, with both at decade-high levels and both also showing double-digit increases year-over-year.  Median sales prices declined slightly.  Inventory growth has declined for the second consecutive month, although buoyed up somewhat by the continuing rise in new listings. 

There were 2,965 closed sales in October, a one-unit increase from last month, but up 15.7% from October 2014.  The number of new contracts increased 15.5% from the prior year to 3,595.  The overall median October sales price of $235,000 was unchanged from last month, but down $4,000 or 1.7% from last year.  Compared to last year, the median sales price for single-family detached rose 0.6% to $299,900, townhome prices also rose 0.6% to $169,000, while condo prices slipped 0.7% to $197,500. Total sold dollar volume across the Baltimore Metro region in October was up 16.3% from last year to slightly more than $823 million.

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Posted on October 12, 2015 by Corey Hart
Oct

12

2015

Median sales prices fall, inventory declines for first time in two years

Rockville, MD – (October 12, 2015) – The following analysis of the Baltimore Metro Area housing market has been prepared by Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. of RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI) and is based on September 2015 MRIS housing data.

OVERVIEW

The Baltimore Metro housing market enjoyed a strong start to the fall season, with closed and pending sales at their highest September levels in a least a decade and both exhibiting double-digit growth over the prior year. Median sales prices were down slightly, while median days on market inched up.  For the first time in two years, inventory growth was negative, even though new listings rose. 

There were 2,964 closed sales in September, an increase of 17.9% from September 2014, although down 10.7% from last month.  The number of new contracts increased 24.4% from the prior year to 3,495.  The overall median September sales price of $235,000 was down $9,700 or 4% from last year, and down $15,000 or 6% from last month.  The median sales price for single-family detached declined 4.1% to $290,000, townhome prices remained unchanged at $175,000 and condos increased 2.5% to $205,000.  Month-over-month prices were down 7.9% for single-family detached and 5.5% for townhomes, but up 8.0% for condos.  Total sold dollar volume across the Baltimore Metro region in September was up 13.4% from last year to nearly $805 million.

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Posted on September 10, 2015 by Corey Hart
Sep

10

2015

Closed sales and new pending sales up 17% and 13% respectively; Prices up slightly, led by townhomes

Rockville, MD – (September 10, 2015) – The following analysis of the Baltimore Metro Area housing market has been prepared by Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. of RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI) and is based on August 2015 MRIS housing data.

OVERVIEW

The Baltimore Metro housing market enjoyed strong sales in August, with double-digit increases in sales and pending contracts and slight growth in inventory levels and new listings.  Although single-family detached and condo median sales prices fell slightly, the increase in townhomes more than compensated, leading to an overall 2% increase in median sales prices in the region.

Closed sales of 3,318 increased by 17.0% from August 2014, although down 8.4% from last month.  New contracts increased 12.9% to 3,552 and are at their highest August level in a decade. The median August sales price of $250,000 was up $5,000 from last year. The median sales price for single-family detached declined 0.9% to $315,000, while townhome prices rose 2.9% to $185,200 and condos decreased 0.1% to $189,750.  Total sold dollar volume across the Baltimore Metro region in August was nearly $960 million, up 17.2% percent from last year, although down 10.7% from last month.  Inventories increased by 1.1% to 14,093 total active listings.

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Posted on August 10, 2015 by Corey Hart
Aug

10

2015

Prices up slightly compared to last year

Rockville, MD – (August 10, 2015) – The following analysis of the Baltimore Metro Area housing market has been prepared by Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. of RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI) and is based on July 2015 MRIS housing data.

OVERVIEW

In July, the Baltimore Metro housing market saw double-digit increases in sales and pending contracts, slight growth in in inventory levels, and a small increase in year-over-year median sales prices.  Closed sales of 3,623 increased by 23.0% from July 2014, although down 6.5% from last month.  The number of new contracts increased 15.7% from the prior year to 3,959, and reached the highest July level in a decade. The median July sales price of $259,900 was up $3,900 from July 2014, and unchanged from last month.  Total sold dollar volume across the Baltimore Metro region in July was nearly $1.1 billion, up 20.8% percent from last year.

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Posted on July 10, 2015 by Corey Hart
Jul

10

2015

Contracts high, days-on-market low; Prices down slightly

Rockville, MD – (July 10, 2015) – The following analysis of the Baltimore Metro Area housing market has been prepared by Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. of RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI) and is based on June 2015 MRIS housing data.

OVERVIEW

The Baltimore Metro housing market saw large increases in sales, continued slowing growth in inventory levels, and a slight decline in year-over-year median sales prices.  Closed sales of 3,873 increased by 22.8% from June 2014 and by 19.9% compared to May 2015.  The number of new contracts increased 19.7% to 4,067 from the prior year, and are at their highest June level in a decade. The median June sales price of $259,900 was down $8,100 from June 2014, but up $9,900 compared to last month.  The $289,000 median sales price for “non-distressed” sales (those not involving a short sale or foreclosures) is down $6,000 from the non-distressed median sales price of $295,000 last June and but remains steady from last month.  Total sold dollar volume across the Baltimore Metro region in June was more than $1.16 billion, up 19.6% from last year and up 24.3% from last month.  At a local level, Baltimore City’s housing market appears to be experiencing impacts from the civil unrest of April as its 7.5% gain in June contract activity is well below the 19.7% gains experienced across the region.

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