Posted on June 10, 2011 by Corey Hart



May Pending Sales Show Seasonal 6.5% Rise From April;  43.1% Year-Over-Year Surge Reflects Last Year’s Lull After Tax Credit Deadline. Median Sales Price Rises 5.9% To Last Summer’s Levels

Rockville, MD (June 10, 2011) – The following analysis of the Washington, D.C. Metro Area housing market has been prepared by housing market expert Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel, based on the May 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales Index released today:


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There were 5,506 new purchase contracts signed in May 2011, 6.5% more than the 5,170 total in the prior month and 43.1% more than the 3,849 total during the same month last year.  However, the year-over-year jump in new pending sales overstates the consistent improvement in the Washington, D.C. metro area housing market.  In May of 2010 the contract signing deadline for the federal homebuyers tax credit had just expired and pending sales had fallen sharply because they had been “stimulated” to higher levels in the preceding months.  Median sales price continues to show seasonal stability, rising 5.9% in May 2011 to $353,606 – 5.9% higher than April 2011 and 3.5% higher than May 2010.


Posted on June 03, 2011 by Jonathan Miller



On May 31st, I wrote about the DC version of the Case Shiller Index and how it doesn't reflect the actual Washington, DC metro area housing market like RBI data does.

Yesterday and this morning I also posted a three part series on the MRIS Blog with more specifics. Take a look:


DC Metro Area
Posted on May 27, 2011 by Corey Hart



Good news for those of you that follow RBI's monthly press releases and have asked why the DC Metro region didn't have a corresponding stats page - you can finally follow along at home!  Like fellow press release subject Baltimore Metro, the DC region now has a standalone page complete with heat maps ("choropleths" for the pedantic type), Interactive Charts, etc.  Non-subscribers can view summary statistics and download the detailed report each month.  The market area includes: Washington, D.C., Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Falls Church City.


Small Sampler of DC Metro Stats (embeds courtesy of an rbiPRO subscription)




DC Metro Area
Posted on May 20, 2011 by Corey Hart



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Posted on May 14, 2011 by Corey Hart



Courtesy of a rainy day and a "No TV Week" policy from my kids' Kindergarten class (thankfully this is the last day - Tremé and Game of Thrones tomorrow!), I had a few idle moments to play with RBI's interactive charts. Thought I'd share a quick analysis of what I looked at - I'll leave out the ZIP level stuff, considering that even these 5 counties are not entirely relevant to the wider MRIS customer base!

First I took a look at sales totals for the 5 most active RE markets in Northern VA:


I then looked at the Median DOM for these sold units...


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