January Residential Highlights
Although closed sales dragged to a new low in January, pending sales rose 52.5% over December’s total. Comparing January 2009 with the same month in 2008, closed sales dropped 32.5%. Pending sales also fell 26.1%. New listings decreased 15%. On the other hand, when comparing January 2009 with December 2008, pending sales grew 52.5% (1,235 v. 810) and new listings increased 123.2% (4,196 v. 1,880). Closed sales continued to lag, dropping 25.8% (732 v. 987) – a new record low for closed sales in a month since record keeping began in 1992. As a result of the low sales total, and a rising number of active listings (14,076), housing inventory also hit a new high of 19.2 months.
The average sale price for January 2009 was down 13.3% compared to January 2008, while the median sale price dropped 10.7%. Month-to-month, the average sale price and median sale price are both down when compared with December levels; the average sale price dropped 1.2% ($297,200 v. $300,800) and the median sale price was down 1.1% ($250,000 v. $252,900).
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