December 2008 Market Stats Available

MRIS (the consortium that owns our regional multiple listing service) has published the December 2008 stats, and I’ve updated graphs at my website (click on links below).

Arlington Market Stats – Arlington continues to post strong numbers. Only 4.91 months of inventory available, and of the homes that sold in December, an amazing 40% sold in under 1 month! Days on market held steady at 70, and average price increased slightly from the prior month.

Northern Virginia Market Stats – Of note here is the 37% increase in sales in December vs November, and an 8% decline in inventory, bringing the months of inventory down to 5.09 (6 months is considered a balanced market.) December 2007 was a 7.3 months inventory level.

DC Market Stats – Average price dropped significantly from prior month and prior year, which perhaps contributed to the amazing 34% increase in sales in December over November. And when it’s good, it’s good…almost 40% of the homes that sold in December had contracts in under one month.

Montgomery County Market Stats – MoCo continues to be a strong buyer’s market, with the average price almost 20% below the same month in 2007. And the buyers responded–sales increased 22% over the prior month.

The big picture: Still a buyer’s market in terms of price and selection, but drops in inventory and huge increases in contracts means the buyers are out there, circling, and ready to jump on good properties quickly if necessary.

If you’re thinking about listing your home for sale, contact me to discuss how we can make your home one of those that sells in 30 days. Or sign up for a free Selling Your Home class.

If you’re a buyer, give me a ring to talk about the stats in the specific neighborhoods you’re looking. Or sign up for a free first time home buyer class.

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