Posted on October 01, 2013 by Corey Hart
Oct

01

2013

The New York Times editorial concerning the housing recovery has received lots of national attention, and for good reason.  The editorial board raises important questions regarding just how much the recent improvements in the national housing market have resulted from buyers collective fear of looming interest rate hikes.  Hard to say, but this has certainly factored into some of the recent activity both nationally and locally.  It could be one of the main drivers behind the (welcome) increase in new listings over the last 5 months in the DC Metro market, which we elaborate upon in this recent blog post.

Another point made by the NY Times editorial hasn't reared its head in the DC Metro market...at least not yet. 

Similarly, home prices have gone up, rising 12.4 percent from July 2012 to July 2013. But month-to-month price gains have slowed considerably the last several months. This suggests that prices have begun to plateau, even as millions of homeowners who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth are counting on rising prices to restore their equity. [emphasis added]

The 10-year average July-to-August month-to-month price change is -2.5% for the DC Metro area.  The 2013 July-to-August percent change: -2.4%. We'll keep an eye on this indicator when the September stats are reported on the 10th, but don't be surprised if there is a month-to-month decrease again: The 10-year average August-to-September median sale price change is -5.2%.

Posted on September 20, 2013 by Corey Hart
Sep

20

2013

What's New?

  • Introducing Market Gauges  We've added nifty gauges that compare the most recent monthly indicators against their 5-Year Average, 5-Year Maximum and 5-Year Minimum for the most recent month. Easily see if nine different indicators are above or below their 5 Year Trends

  • Interactive Charts Update Tooltips, the magic boxes that show up when you mouse over a chart, now include the Year-over-Year change figures. While it might seem like a small change, we think this will be a big hit. No need to do the rough calculation in your head or get out your calculator, just look at the "magic box".

  • Page Redesign The page layout has been enhanced to streamline your experience, and give you quicker access to Interactive Charts, Reports, and a new Explore tab which provides stat comparisons of all locations within the area.

 

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They provide market knowledge in no time (well, in a few seconds). Our customers rave about the custom trends available via our game-changing Interactive Charts. Interactive Charts remain the best research tool every time you are discussing listing-specific market trends with a client or adding custom graphs to your website. But sometimes you just need to answer the general question: "How's the Market?" and don't want to dive too far into the weeds. The Local Market Insight Report and Year-to-Date Detailed Reports are obvious go-to tools, but Market Gauges provide an even faster way to put the most recent trends in perspective.

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Posted on September 10, 2013 by Corey Hart
Sep

10

2013

Pace of inventory decline slows, even as sales growth continues

OVERVIEW

Demand remained strong in the Baltimore Metro Region in August.  The number of sales and pending contracts increased.  Inventories continue to decline, but the pace has slowed to only a single digit year-over year decrease for the second consecutive month.  The decline in overall inventories has been mitigated by the continuing trend of increased new listing activity. Demand for condo and townhome properties continues to be strong.  Townhome sales drove the majority of the increases in both sales and new contracts.  Smaller units had the highest increase in median sales price, with units less than 800 square increasing by 20.5 percent, or four times the 5.0 percent increase for all units.  The overall high demand and low supply contributed to median sale price gains within the region and resulted in the highest August-level median sales price in since 2008.  The median days-on-market continues to be historically low, and is now at its lowest August-level in eight years.  Rising prices and strong demand should continue to encourage new sellers to enter the market, increasing new listings and helping to meet pent up demand.

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Posted on September 09, 2013 by Corey Hart
Sep

09

2013

Even with double-digit gains in new listings, overall inventory remains low

OVERVIEW

Demand remained strong in the Washington DC Metro Region in August.  The number of sales and pending contracts increased.  Inventories continue to decline, but the pace has slowed to a single digit year-over year decrease.  New listings continue to increase and mitigate the decline of inventories.  Demand for smaller units in the market continues to drive much of the overall sales.  Sales of units smaller than 800 square feet increased by 35.6 percent from last August, which is over double the 13.8 percent increase for all units.  Condo sales drove the majority of the increases in both sales and new contracts.  Units between 800 and 1,000 square feet had a median sales price increase of 21.7 percent, or nearly three times the 7.8 percent increase for all units.  The overall high demand and low supply contributed to median sale price gains within the region and resulted in the highest August-level median sales price in eight years.  The median days-on-market continues to be historically low, and is now at its lowest August-level since 2005.  Rising prices and strong demand may encourage new sellers to enter the market, increasing new listings and helping to meet pent up demand.

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Posted on September 06, 2013 by Corey Hart
Sep

06

2013

Considering the importance supply and demand have played in the DC Metro market's recovery, our pals over at UrbanTurf asked us for our predictions on inventory levels through the rest of this year.  You can read the UrbanTurf post here, but in a nutshell: The trends over the last 4-5 months of double-digit year-over-year gains in new listings appear to be slowing down the inventory free-fall and has lead us to predict the area might finally see an easing of the inventory pinch later this year. 

Here's the chart we provided UrbanTurf to complement our analysis:

 

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