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. 

 

 

Posted on October 10, 2011 by Corey Hart
Oct

10

2011

Sales Volume Beats Last Year’s Levels with Modest Increases

Rockville, MD (October 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 September 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales Index™ released today.

 

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OVERVIEW

September 2011 home sales in the Baltimore metro area edged out the September 2010 totals by the thinnest of margins. September sales this year of $513 million were a 0.7% increase over September 2010 sales of $509 million. And total units sold this September of 1,873 were 1.35% higher than the 1,848 units sold in September 2010.  However, new contacts written in September 2011 were 2,022, ahead of September 2010 by 11.9% and ahead of the last five year September average by 3.4%.

For the rest of 2011, year over year comparisons will continue to see the impact of last year’s tax credit.  The tax credit incentive moved sales ahead of the seasonal buying cycle and sales which would have otherwise occurred in Q3 and Q4, were incented to go under contract by April 30, 2010 to receive the credit.

 

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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