Winter weather dampens buyer activity though price gains continue; Active listings increase across all property segments
The DC Metro Area was off to an unusually cold and snowy start, likely affecting buyer activity in the region. Closed sales decreased 2.1 percent from last January with declines in both single-family detached home and townhome sales. New contracts also decreased from last year, falling 10.5 percent with declines across all property segments. However, seller activity continues to improve and both active listings and new listings increased from January 2013. Active listings rose 11.5 percent from this time last year, marking the fourth consecutive month of increases for this indicator. For the first time in over two years, there were gains in active listings for all property segments. Even with this increase, supply remains tight and is only 26 percent of its 2007 peak level. New listings increased 1.7 percent from last year which is a milder increase than in prior months. The median sales price increased from the prior year for the 24th month in a row, rising 7.8 percent from last January. While sellers are returning to the market, winter weather may dampen buyer activity in the remaining winter months.
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