Posted on January 10, 2012 by Corey Hart
Jan

10

2012

December Signed Contracts Down 18.3% from November, Consistent with Seasonal Patterns

Rockville, MD – (January 10, 2012) – The following analysis of the Baltimore, Maryland Metro Area housing market has been prepared by RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI), and is based on the December 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales Index™ released today.

 

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OVERVIEW

Baltimore Metro Area inventory ended 2011 at the lowest level since April 2006 with 12,758 active listings. There was a significant decline in the share of the active market made up by foreclosures compared to 2010, though short sale listings market share was up. The 1,827 new listings entering the market was the lowest level on record and marked a 32.1% decline from December 2010. Signed contract activity was consistent with seasonal expectations, decreasing 18.3% from November, while closed sales exceeded seasonal patterns with a 6.2% month-over-month increase. Sales prices remained stable with a nominal decline from November, though the median price for townhouses exceeded expectations with an annual appreciation of 8.1%. 

 

Posted on December 12, 2011 by Corey Hart
Dec

12

2011

Highest November Contract Activity in 5 Years, Inventories Continue to Shrink

Rockville, MD (December 12, 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 November 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales Index™ released today.

 

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OVERVIEW

The number of contracts signed in the Washington, D.C. metro area for the month of November outpaced the 5-year November average pace by 23.3%.  While month-over-month sales usually decline at this time of year in this market, with a 10 year average drop of 6.2% , there was actually a 3.9% month-over-month increase in closed sales this November. Median sales price also showed an improvement over seasonal patterns,  increasing 4.7% from October to $335,000, whereas the 10 year average change is a nominal 0.3% increase month-over-month. While the median sales price showed some resilience, due in part to a 13.6% decline in foreclosed sales from October, it slipped 3.0% year-over-year from November 2010.

 

Posted on December 12, 2011 by Corey Hart
Dec

12

2011

Significant Movement in Foreclosures and Short Sales

Rockville, MD (December 12, 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 November 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales Index™ released today.

 

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OVERVIEW

Baltimore Metro area listing inventory ended November at the lowest level in six years, yet new contract activity continued to remain above last year’s levels for the seventh consecutive month. While the November pending sales level of 2,078 was 6.0% below the October 2011 total of 2,210, the current decline was well below the 13.5% average October to November average decline of the past 10 years. Median sales price also outpaced seasonal patterns, rising 1.5% to $222,250 in November from $219,000 in October.  For the past five years, median sales price has slipped an average of 1.7% from October to November. The market share of foreclosed listings in both sales and inventory continued the previous month’s trend of sharp year-over-year declines.

 

 

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. 

 

 

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