Frederick County Real Estate Market Update
Provided by Chris Highland ~ September 2017
Real Estate Market Trends in Frederick Md
Average Home Sales Price: $313,500: up 6% from last year at this time.
- Average Single-Family Sales Price: 358,128: up 7% from last year at this time.
- Average Attached Home Sales Price: $244,358, up 9% from last year.
- 220 single-family homes sold, down 4% from last year.
- 142 townhomes and condos sold, up 4%.
- A total of 362 homes sold, down 1% from last September.
All signs of a healthy market at the beginning of fall! Demand is still strong for the season, so if you’re considering selling your home this fall, it’s still a good time.
Median Home Sales Price: $294,500, up 9% from last year.
Average Days on Market (DOM) the time it takes to get a home under contract: 41 days, down 29% from last year (58 days). This is a direct reflection of supply and demand in our market…low supply/higher demand, homes are selling quicker in this market.
Number of Homes Under Contract: There were 330 new pending contracts (homes that went under contract) 10% lower than last September.
Total Listings in Frederick Md: 1195, up 2% from last year. The inventory is a low number for Frederick County, especially when you consider that roughly 240 – 250 of these listings are new homes and to-be-built. That really means that there are about 950 resale homes. We’re in a seller’s market until the inventory increases, with a 2 to 3 month absorption rate.
Frederick Real Estate Trends for September 2017 [Video]:
If demand is still strong for the season and inventory is just barely keeping up with demand, this is a good time to sell! Find Out What Your Home is Worth.
Sellers got 97% of original list price on average, compared to 97% at this time last year. We also can count on a healthy price appreciation in 2017.
Keep in mind: In some price ranges, in some areas of the county, there is naturally a higher demand and the market is more competitive for buyers. Some neighborhoods, like Urbana, Middletown and several in the city of Frederick, are in high demand and sell much quicker. We are seeing multiple offers on homes that are in great condition and priced to sell.
In a hot seller’s market, buyers must be prepared before they find a home. You must be pre-approved by a reputable local lender. If you have a house to sell, you need to get it on the market first, before you make an offer. Better yet, have your home under contract if you want to win in a multiple offer situation.
What’s Notable for Buyers:
- If you are a buyer, get prepared before you enter the market. Get ready to make quick decisions. 57% of the homes sold went under contract in less than 30 days, and 40% went under contract in less than 2 weeks.
- The majority of homes sold were in the $200,000 to $300,000 range. The competition is stiffest in the $200,000 to 299,000 price range.
- Interest rates are still incredibly low! See today’s rates.
What’s Notable for Sellers:
- All indications are that the market is healthy and serious buyers are still entering the market, even if in smaller numbers than in the spring and summer. If you’ve been waiting for the right market to sell, this could be it. High demand and low inventory = seller’s market.
- We will expect multiple offers on the homes that are in great condition and priced to sell…which means at market… and this will continue to put upward pressure on home prices. Homes that are priced well and in the best condition, and in areas of demand, are sold in weeks or even days. This doesn’t mean that seller’s can expect huge increases…they need to remember that the home must still appraise about 90% of the time. Pricing your home too aggressively will cause it to sit on the market longer, and you’ll need to do a price adjustment eventually, often losing more than if it had been priced correctly at the start.
- Appraisers are projecting a 4% increase in home values for the average home in Frederick County…homes in the $300,000 range, maybe as much as 6% by the end of the year. Less appreciation, if any, for homes in the higher price ranges. But the good news is that homes above $600,000 are selling again. There is an 12 month absorption rate for homes in the upper price ranges.
- Cash deals were 12% of sales. As appreciation is expected, we’re still seeing Investors and flippers in the Frederick market.
- The majority of loans were with Conventional financing.
September 2017 Market Statistics provided by MRIS (Mid-Atlantic Regional Information System – A Bright MLS)
*MRIS – Metropolitan Regional Information System – These statistics are not guaranteed but are considered accurate. Frederick County Real Estate Market Trends for September 2017.
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