Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Fairfield County Real Estate Market Update

Fairfield County Real Estate Market Update
The positive increase in market activity we saw in August held true in the month of September. We experienced a small decrease in the supply of homes active on the market and witnessed a smaller decline in unit sales this year versus the first 9 months of 2008.

There is a healthy, active inventory of 7,556 single family homes on the consolidated multiple listing service. To date, we have had 4,755 closed sales. This represents a unit sales decrease of 15% vs. the first 9 months of 2008. The result is a 14.3 month supply of homes currently on the market. The median selling price county-wide is $376,500, which is an over-all decrease of16% vs. last year. This number is down slightly from August. This is a county-wide number and not the case in every town. Remembering that all real estate is local, there are definitely differences between towns within Fairfield County. It is very important that you talk to your REALTOR® about the towns in which you have specific interest about the advantages of buying or selling at this time.

As has been the case over the past 9 months, sales among the upper price tier are slower than other price ranges. Sales over $2MM represent just 3% of homes that have sold but 9.5% of homes on the market waiting to sell. Sales over $3MM represent less than 1% of the total homes sold but 5% of homes currently listed for sale.

There are 1000 properties with fully executed contracts waiting to close. The median price of those homes is $350,000.

There are 565 properties with accepted offers. The median list price of those with accepted offers is $394,500.

With the healthy inventory of homes on the market, we stress to our sellers the importance of making their home stand out above the competition. This includes staging as well as competitive pricing. Sellers should talk to their REALTOR® about steps they can take to help put their home at the top of the buyer’s list!