In December, median sale prices increased in most parts of the Baltimore region real estate market compared to the previous year, according to The Long & Foster Market Minute reports. The Baltimore real estate market includes Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Howard and Harford counties and the city of Baltimore. 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.
Median sale prices increased in much of the Baltimore region last month, with Carroll County seeing a 14 percent increase and both Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City experiencing an 8 percent increase. In Baltimore County, the median sale price rose by 6 percent, while in Howard County it increased by 5 percent. In Harford County, the median sale price fell by just 1 percent.
The number of homes sold in the Baltimore region increased in many areas compared to last December as well, and Carroll County experienced a 10 percent increase. In Harford County, home sales increased by 6 percent, followed by Baltimore City and Howard County with a 2 percent increase each. In Anne Arundel County there was no year-over-year change in the number of homes sold, and Baltimore County saw a 2 percent decrease.
Active inventory fell throughout the Baltimore region in December compared to the same month last year. Carroll County experienced a decline of 28 percent, and Harford County experienced a decline of 26 percent. Both Anne Arundel and Howard counties saw active inventory fall by 24 percent, and in Baltimore County inventory declined by 21 percent. In Baltimore City, active inventory declined by 18 percent.
Many homes in the region are selling in about two and a half months or less on average. Howard County experienced the lowest days on market (DOM) average at 46 days. Homes in Baltimore County experienced a DOM average of 57 days, and homes in Anne Arundel County experienced a DOM average of 61 days. In both Baltimore City and Carroll County, the DOM average was 62 days. Harford County experienced a DOM average of 70 days.
“The positive trends we’ve been seeing in the U.S. economy continued in December, and though the real estate market is in its typical winter slowdown we still saw some good things happening, including in the Baltimore region,” said Jeffrey S. Detwiler, chief operating officer of The Long & Foster Companies. “We anticipate a strong 2017 real estate market where buyers will be able to take advantage of a number of factors like better FHA loan terms and mortgage rates ranging from 4-5 percent.”
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