Apr 201628

Median Sale Prices Increase in Much of Suburban Maryland in March 2016

Apr 201628

Median Sale Prices Increase in Much of Suburban Maryland in March 2016

Market Minute LogoMarch brought an increase in median sale prices to much of the suburban Maryland real estate market, according to The Long & Foster Market Minute reports. The Maryland suburbs include Charles, Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The Long & Foster Market Minute reports are based on data provided by Metropolitan Regional Information System and its member associations of Realtors and include residential real estate transactions within specific geographic regions, not just Long & Foster sales.

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Median sale prices increased in most of the suburban Maryland real estate market compared to the same month in 2015, with Prince George’s County experiencing a 5 percent increase and Charles County experiencing a 4 percent increase. In Frederick County, the median sale price rose by 1 percent, while it declined by 3 percent in Montgomery County.

The number of homes sold varied in the suburban Maryland region in March 2015 when compared to the same month last year, with Charles County experiencing the largest increase of 12 percent and Frederick County experiencing a 2 percent increase. Prince George’s and Montgomery counties saw the number of homes sold decline by 2 percent and 3 percent respectively.

Inventory declined in most of the suburban Maryland market in March, dropping by 29 percent in Prince George’s County, by 12 percent in Charles County and by 11 percent in Montgomery County. In Frederick County, active inventory did not change from the previous year.

Homes are continuing to sell at a solid pace throughout the region, with many selling in two and a half months or less on average. Prince George’s County experienced the shortest marketing period of 54 days on market (DOM), followed by Montgomery County at 55 days on market. Frederick County had an average DOM of 68 days, and Charles County had a days on market average of 75 days.

“The real estate market has been off to a good start this year and although low inventory has impacted many areas, homes are continuing to sell at a steady pace, including in the suburban Maryland region,” said Jeffrey S. Detwiler, chief operating officer of The Long & Foster Companies. “Across Long & Foster’s markets we’ve seen modest overall growth in sales in the first quarter of 2016 and we expect to see even more positive trends in the months ahead.”

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