Posted on February 10, 2015 by Corey Hart
Feb

10

2015

January home prices, contracts and closed sales up over 2014 levels

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

 

OVERVIEW

The Washington DC Metro housing market started 2015 on a good note, with increases in sales, prices, new contracts and inventories compared to January 2014.  Closed sales increased by 4.5% from January 2014, and all property segments increased year-over-year.  While single-family detached prices remained flat at $450,000, townhomes and condos increased by 1.4% and 4.7% respectively.

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Corey Hart
Dec

10

2014

Mild increase in contract activity

OVERVIEW

The November performance of the Washington DC Metro Area housing market continued to follow the patterns seen through most of 2014. Closed sales decreased 1.0 percent from November 2013. While this is a milder increase than in prior months, housing performance in November 2013 was affected by the shutdown of the Federal government in October 2013. Between November 2013 and November 2014, the region’s decrease in closed sales was driven by three jurisdictions: Alexandria City (-11.9 percent), Fairfax County (-9.2 percent) and Montgomery County (-2.3 percent). For the region as a whole, not all property segments had fewer closed sales than last year, and single-family detached home sales increased by 6.3 percent.

Posted on October 10, 2014 by Corey Hart
Oct

10

2014

Median sales price increases less than one percent; Contracts and closed sales both exceed five-year September averages

OVERVIEW

The Washington DC Metro area housing market in September continued the trends seen throughout the year, with buyer activity lower than its year-ago levels and seller activity continuing to rise.  Closed sales decreased 2.2 percent from September 2013, but were higher than their 2010, 2011 and 2012 totals.  Year-to-date closed sales are 4.3 percent lower than in the same period in 2013, but 7.2 percent higher than in 2012 and 12.4 percent higher than in 2011.  In September, there were increases in closed sales in four jurisdictions: Falls Church City (+122.2 percent), Arlington County (+10.3 percent), Montgomery County (+1.5 percent), and Washington, DC (+0.7 percent). 

Posted on September 10, 2014 by Corey Hart
Sep

10

2014

Continued declines in contract activity and closed sales; No change in median sales price

OVERVIEW

Buyer activity in the Washington DC Metro area continued to be lackluster in August.  The number of closed sales decreased 9.3 percent from August 2013 and all property segments had fewer closed sales than last year.  Every jurisdiction in the region had declines in closed sales as compared to last year, which is the second time in 2014 for every jurisdiction to do so.  The largest decreases occurred in Fairfax City (-26.3 percent), Falls Church City (-25.0 percent), and Arlington County (-19.9 percent).  The number of new pending contracts also fell for all property segments and the total number declined by 6.0 percent from last August.  It should be noted, however, that both closed sales and pending sales continue to be above their 2010, 2011 and 2012 levels. The median sales price was unchanged from last August but both townhomes and condo properties had higher median sales prices than in August 2013.  The number of homes for sale continues to rise, but remains low.  Active listings reached their highest August-level in three years, but are only 43.1 percent of their peak-level.  New listings also rose from last year, marking the sixth consecutive month with year-over-year increases.

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Posted on August 10, 2014 by Corey Hart
Aug

10

2014

Sales down from July 2013; Listing Activity up

OVERVIEW

The Washington, DC Metro Area continues to have lower levels of buyer activity than in 2013.  Closed sales have now decreased from their prior year during every month in 2014, and decreased 8.4 percent from last July.  New pending contracts have had year-over-year decreases for eight consecutive months.  In July, new pending contracts fell 4.8 percent, with decreases in each property segment.   Despite the lower buyer activity relative to 2013, closed sales and new pending contracts continue to be higher than in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  The median sales price increased modestly from last year, rising 0.7 percent.  This increase was driven by townhomes and condo properties, with condos reaching their highest July-level since 2007, and townhomes reaching their highest level on record, with data starting in 1997. 

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