Posted on November 17, 2011 by Corey Hart
Nov

17

2011

Here is the October video for Northern Virginia. Click on the Videos tab above to find the latest video for your region.

 

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Posted on November 10, 2011 by Corey Hart
Nov

10

2011

Pending Sales Up from Last Year, but Median Sales Price Dips

Rockville, MD (November 10, 2011) – The following analysis of the Washington, D.C. Metro Area housing market has been prepared by RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI), and is based on the October 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales Index™ released today.

 

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OVERVIEW

October 2011 contract activity in the Washington, D.C. metro area outpaced seasonal patterns, attaining a level that was 18.6% higher than the 5-year October average. There were 4,125 new contracts written in October 2011, 10.4% ahead of the September 2011 total of 3,829. For the past 10 years, new contract activity has averaged a 4.3% increase from September to October.

 

The median sale price of $320,025 was 5.9% lower than October 2010. This, combined with the marked 23.3% month-over-month decrease in new listings, can partially be attributed to the lower jumbo mortgage limits which took effect October 1. There is evidence that the lowered jumbo mortgage limits may have kept potential high-end sellers out of the market and decreased the number of buyers willing or able to go after the higher priced home segment. New listings were down over 13.2% compared to October 2010 and down 20.3% from the 5-year October average. The attached home segment (townhouses, condos and coops) saw only a slight dip of 1.7% in median sales price year-over-year, with a $285,000 level in October 2011. This is consistent with the fact that the majority of jumbo mortgages are associated with detached properties.

 

 

Posted on November 10, 2011 by Corey Hart
Nov

10

2011

 

Conforming Loan Limit Reduction Impacts High-End Market Segment

 

Rockville, MD (November 10, 2011) – The following analysis of the Baltimore, Maryland, Metro Area housing market has been prepared by RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI), and is based on the October 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales Index™ released today.

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OVERVIEW

There were 2,210 new pending sales in the Baltimore metro area for the month of October, 20.2% more than the same month last year, but the median sales price fell 8.2% compared to October 2010, marking the tenth straight month of year-over-year declines.  The reduced conforming loan limits, effective October 1, appear to have had a negative impact on higher priced home sales with the number of homes sold above $600,000 falling 45.3% from September. Home sales below $600,000, on the other hand, saw an 11.7% decline in sales. The drop-off in settlements for higher priced homes had a negative impact on the median sale price for October and is something to keep an eye on in the months ahead. 

 

 

Posted on October 18, 2011 by Corey Hart
Oct

18

2011

The 9 regional MarketWatch videos are up, visit the Videos section to watch our analysis of your region and/or grab the relevant embed code.

 

 

market analysis, videos
Posted on October 10, 2011 by Corey Hart
Oct

10

2011

Pending Sales Activity Follows Expected Seasonal Trends

Rockville, MD (October 10, 2011) – The following analysis of the Washington, D.C. Metro Area housing market has been prepared by RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI), and is based on the September 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales Index™ released today.

 

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OVERVIEW

Home sales in the Washington, D.C. metro area headed into the slower fall market losing some momentum as expected following the end of Washington’s seasonal summer peaks. There were 3,829 new contacts written in September 2011 beating September 2010 by 12.4% and 11.7% ahead of the five year September average. The total September contracts were 8.2% less than the 4,169 contracts signed in August 2011, consistent with the decrease in seasonal activity.  At $338,000, the median sales price for September 2011 showed some resilience as it was the highest September level since 2008.

 

 

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