DC Metro Reaches New May Median Price Record of All Time

Closed Sales Decrease from May 2013 for 5th month in a row

In the DC Metro Area, May buyer activity continued to be lower than in 2013, but median prices soared to a new record high. Median sales price increased 1.2% and reached the highest May-level on record with data going back to 1997.

Active & New Listings in DC Metro Real Estate

Active listings increased 30.6%, the highest level in two years, but inventory remains tight at 40.3% of the 2007 peak.  New listings increased by 9.8% from May 2013, the sharpest year-over-year gain in seven months.

CLOSED SALES

Fifth consecutive month of YoY declines; higher May-level than 2012 and 2011.

DC Metro Area’s May 2014 closed sales decreased from the prior year for the fifth consecutive month.  There were 4,551 sales in the region in May, 10.6%, or 537 sales, fewer than this time last year.  While closed sales were higher than in May 2012 and May 2011, they were lower than both the 5-year and 10-year May-level averages.  All property segments had fewer closed sales than last year.  Condo properties declined the least, falling 2.7 percent, or by 35 sales, from May 2013.  The number of closed sales for townhomes decreased 13.0%, or by 165 sales, and those for single-family detached home sales decreased by 13.3%, or by 337 sales.  As compared to April 2014, the number of sales increased 17.2%, steeper than the 10-year average April to May change of 14.2%. 

PRICES

Highest May-level on record; 28th month in a row of year-over-year increases.  At $430,000, the median sales price in the Washington, DC Metro Area increased 1.2 percent, or by $17,500, from this time last year.  This is the 28th consecutive year-over-year increase and the highest May-level on record, with data starting in 1997.  The increase for each property segment was higher than that of the overall median sales price which was affected by the property mix of sales.  The median sales price for condo properties had strongest growth from last year, rising 5.1 percent, or by $15,000, to $310,000.  At $420,000, the median sales price for townhomes increased by $20,000, or 5.0 percent, from last year.  The median sales price for single-family detached homes rose 2.3 percent, or by $12,364, from May 2013 to $552,634. 

Falls Church City had the highest growth in in median sale price of the jurisdictions and increased 24.1 percent.  However, the jurisdiction had 16 sales making the median price more responsive to property type and size variations.  Three jurisdictions in the area had declines in median sales price as compared to last May: the City of Alexandria (-9.5 percent), the city of Fairfax (-4.5 percent) and Fairfax County (-0.4 percent).

NEW CONTRACTS

Sixth consecutive year-over-year decrease; declines in all property segments.  There were 5,683 new contracts signed in May, 4.5 percent, or 268 contracts, fewer than this time last year.  This is the sixth consecutive month of year-over-year decreases, but the number of contracts was above the May-levels in 2006 through 2012.  All property segments had fewer new contracts than May 2013.  New contract for condo properties fell the least and declined 0.6 percent, or by 9 contracts, from last May.  Those for detached single-family homes decreased 5.6 percent, or by 164 contracts.  There were 6.2 percent fewer new contracts for townhome properties, which is a decline of 94 contracts.  New contracts increased 0.7 percent from last month, which is a steeper increase the ten-year average April to May change of -2.0 percent. 

INVENTORY

Highest number of active listings in two years; increases in both active listings and new listings.  There were 10,446 active listings in the Washington, DC Metro Area at the end of April, which is 30.6 percent, or 2,448 listings, more than this time last year.  Active listings have now increased from the prior year for eight months in a row.  Even with this increase, active listings are 59.7 percent lower than their September 2007 peak.  Active listings for condo properties increased 38.5 percent, or by 712 listings and led all property segments in growth.  Active listings for townhomes increased by nearly as much, rising 35.2 percent, or by 471 listings.  There were 6,059 single-family detached home active listings, 26.2 percent, or 1,259 listings, more than last year.

New listings have increased from the prior year for three consecutive months.  There were 7,986 new listings in May, an increase of 9.8 percent, or 710 listings, from May 2013.  New listings for condo properties had the highest growth of the property segments and increased 17.1 percent, or by 296 listings.  New listings of single-family detached homes rose 10.3 percent, or by 386 listings, from this time last year and those for townhomes increased 1.1 percent or by 20 listings.  At 11 days, the median days-on-market is two days higher than last year but remains lower than the 10-year May-level average of 24 days.

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