Pending home sales jumped 34.3 percent in the DC area between February and March, according to data released today by RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI), the research arm of Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS).
Specifically, 5,432 homes went under contract in the area last month compared to 4,044 in February. The area that MRIS analyzes includes DC, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Falls Church City.
While the increased sales activity is positive news for the region, RBI analyst Jonathan Miller sees the sales surge as a return to the seasonality of the market, not a second coming of the housing boom.
“I would describe this as a signal of a more normal, seasonal market,” Miller told UrbanTurf. “Compared with what we have seen in recent years, this data is representative of a market that is far less manic.”
Nevertheless, Miller was not surprised by the pending sales numbers (homes that went under contract), which were the highest for March since 2006. He noted that much of the housing data from indexes like Case-Shiller are representative of the market several months ago.
As for where the local market is heading, Miller was cautious with his predictions.
“Nobody really knows,” he said. “The success of any local housing market will depend on what happens with mortgage financing, the availability of credit and unemployment.”
Here are a few other highlights of the report:
- Median home sales price rose 3.2 percent in the DC area between March 2010 and March 2011.
- New listings represented 49.5 percent of the active inventory for the region in March.
- The highest subsequent total number of contracts signed in a month during the last few years was 6,150, reached last April during the final month of the federal homebuyers’ tax credit program.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/dc_home_sales_surge_in_march_represents_return_to_normalcy/3307.
Most Popular... This Week • Last 30 Days • Ever
Harry Wardman is responsible for developing huge swaths of northwest DC, from row hou... read »
The neighborhoods where prices have risen the most have one thing in common.... read »
UrbanTurf reached out to a local economist to see which direction home prices are hea... read »
Here are some precautions to take before buying real estate with a buddy.... read »
An updated look at the residential units on the boards at Union Market.... read »
With interest rates reaching their highest levels in 14 years, it is critically impor... read »
Before deciding to build an addition to your rowhouse, find out whether you'll need t... read »
A stately five-bedroom Woodley Park house has been home to not one, not two, but thre... read »
A look at the residential projects in the works within a block or two of Dave Thomas ... read »
The most active developer in the Union Market has more plans on the boards.... read »
With this weekend's DC houseboat tour a day away, UrbanTurf thought it only fitting t... read »
President Obama travels to Denver this morning to sign the stimulus bill that has bee... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader wonders if there is a rule for h... read »
As The Wharf prepares to begin construction, DC's houseboat community heads to its ne... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader asks a fairly common question th... read »
DC Real Estate Guides
Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market
We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Visit guides.urbanturf.com or start browsing below!
Intro guides for first-time home buyers
Awesome and unusual real estate from across the DC Metro