As expected, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported a decline in existing home sales at the end of 2009, as first time buyers rushed to beat the tax credit deadline and close their transactions by November 30. Although Existing home sales fell by 16.7 percent in December, sales remained brisk enough to break the 5 million unit mark, bringing total the number of existing homes sales up to 5,156,000 for all of 2009. The 2009 sales figures were almost 5 percent higher than the year before, creating first year-over-year sales gain since 2005.
Chief NAR economist Lawrence Yun remains cautiously optimistic about the national housing market. “It’s significant that home sales remain above year-ago levels, but the market is going through a period of swings driven by the tax credit,” he said. ‘We’ll likely have another surge in the spring as home buyers take advantage of the extended and expanded tax credit. By early summer the overall market should benefit from more balanced inventory, and sales are on track to rise again in 2010. However, the job market remains a concern and could dampen the housing recovery – job creation is key to a continued recovery in the second half of the year.”
Anne Arundel County figures for January 2010 are shown below.
|Total Sold Dollar Volume:||$ 82,430,795||$ 76,187,655||8.19 %|
|Average Sold Price:||$ 378,123||$ 371,647||1.74 %|
|Median Sold Price:||$ 297,500||$ 304,000||– 2.14 %|
|Total Units Sold:||218||205||6.34 %|
|Average Days on Market:||126||142||– 11.27 %|
|Average List Price for Solds:||$ 427,628||$ 421,327||1.50 %|
| Avg Sale Price as a
percentage of Avg List Price:
|88.42 %||88.21 %|
Source: Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. – MLS Resale Data Copyright 2010 – Information deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed.
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