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Belmont Real Estate - June 2012

August 9th, 2012

It's Looking Like a Seller's Market

Sales are way up, many homes are receiving offers above their list price and the average price per square foot is up about 5% — the real estate market in Belmont is tilting towards a seller's market.

At the halfway point in 2012, there have been 123 homes sold in Belmont, up 40% from 2011.

Sales may have been buoyed by a jump in new listings, which are up 23% for the year. However, with sales rising faster than new listings, inventory has fallen. There were 27 unsold homes on the market at the end of June 2012, down from 47 homes in June 2011.

With fewer homes available at the same time that buyer demand is increasing, many homes are receiving multiple offers, culminating in an offer above the list price. This can be seen in the ratio of the average sales price to list price. The ratio has been above 100% in each of the last six months, meaning that the average home sold for more than its final asking price. In the prior six months it was above 100% in only one month.

When buyers bid above asking prices it is often a sign that prices either are or will be rising. We have already seen some signs of increasing prices. The average price per square foot has been just over $500 in 2012, up about 5% over what we saw in 2011. In each of the last three months it has also been over $500. There has not been a 3 month stretch like that since the end of 2009.

Average and median prices remains in the $900,000 range.

By The Numbers - Belmont Real Estate for 2012

Current Month YTD Total or Average
June 2011 June 2012 Jan - Jun 2011 Jan - Jun 2012
Sales 15 28 88 123
Days on Market 35 32 39 36
Months of Supply 3.1 1.0 2.5 1.5
Average Price $877,000 $1,023,000 $908,261 $928,699
Median Price $846,000 $1,025,000 $860,159 $901,415

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