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Ridgefield’s 2017 Mid-Year Market Report

The first half of 2017 had sellers chomping at the bit to get their homes on the market early and take advantage of the relatively mild weather. Buyers were also out in full force looking to move when the school year ended and take advantage of the increased inventory. A very wet spring curtailed some of the action but unit sales have still surpassed 2016 by 17%, which is encouraging for steady growth. While home values have not risen, we have seen a competitive marketplace with multiple offers and homes selling for more than the asking price on numerous occasions. Also interesting is the segmentation that seems to be occurring in the market with the greatest gains seen in the $500,000-$600,000 and the $800,000-$900,000 categories. This is encouraging for middle-class families who are looking to upsize, downsize or move to the area for our wonderful schools, low crime, superb cultural offerings, family-friendly lifestyle, and proximity to major commerce centers.

Ridgefield Market Snapshot
Overall, the first half of 2017 has been a success for the Ridgefield Real Estate market. Unit sales increased 17.1% from January to June 2017 with 178 parcels selling compared to 152 in the first half of 2016. Total sales volume was also up 6.1% from $118,218,854 last year to $125,453,815 in 2017. The majority of home sales were priced under $1 million. If the market continues at its current pace, we are on track to match or exceed last year’s results.

Sellers Or Buyers Market
Inventory hit a record low in June 2017 with only six months worth of housing available for purchase. While this would suggest a sellers market, it does not yet seem to be playing out that way. The mid-year Sales-to-List Price Ratio held steady at 96.8%, slightly up from 2016’s 96.2%. However, pricing and the condition of the home still seem to be the key to selling with buyers using technology to assess for themselves what they think a property is worth. Sellers are also becoming increasingly savvy by staging and upgrading their homes for a quicker, more profitable sale.

Prices Holding Steady
The Median Sales Price for a single-family home in Ridgefield decreased by 5.0% from $660,000 in the first half of 2016 to $627,000 during the same time period in 2017. The average sales price also decreased from $772,672 to $704,797. Most of the growth in the first half of 2017 was seen in the $500,000 to $900,000 sector with 101 homes sold as compared to only 71 last year.

The Luxury Market
The luxury market – generally defined as homes selling for $1.5 million and above – saw a marked decrease in activity over the first half of 2017. Only two homes sold in this price range – one for $2.9 million and one for $3.1 million. There were no home sales between $1.5 and $2 million, which is unusual. Currently, as of July 1st there are four additional homes in this price range that are either under deposit or under contract to close by Labor Day, and anecdotally activity has picked up with more showings occurring in this price point. Sales were strong in the $1 million to $1.5 million category mimicking 2016 with 21 sales as compared to 22 last year.

Where Are People Buying?
Using Town Hall as the center of the Village, 37% of all sales occurred within a 2 mile radius in what would be considered “in-town” properties. Additionally, these in-town properties commanded a Median Sales Price of $739,000 and an Average Sales Price of $807,288, which is well above the town as a whole. The results support a continuing trend towards more walkable residences. We expect to see in-town properties remain desirable as both younger families escape the city and empty-nesters downsize. Upper end condominiums were also in high demand with five sold that were priced over $700,000, including one priced at $1,860,000.

Sales Up Across The Board
All Fairfield County towns experienced significant growth in the number of homes sold during the first half of 2017, reiterating the fact that individuals and families still consider Fairfield County a great place to live. However, it was a mixed message when it came to median home values with some towns showing double-digit increases, while others saw prices remain relatively flat or somewhat decreased. Traditionally more affordable towns like Stamford and Norwalk saw gains in pricing, while Wilton, Ridgefield and Redding saw values slip. Surprisingly, Westport experienced an almost 10% increase in median home value after seeing decreases during the past two years. Overall, slow but steady growth seems to be what we can expect throughout the county in the upcoming year.

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Ridgefield’s 2016 Year End Market Report

What a year! The Ridgefield Real Estate market rallied resulting in the best year since 2013’s banner season. Overall sales volume was up at $259,407,724 as compared to $241,208,027 in 2015. Unit sales increased 8.1% with 348 homes selling in 2016 compared to 322 the year before. With the uncertainty of an election year behind us, as well as steady increases seen in financial markets and slowly rising interest rates, there is reason to believe that this trend towards slow and steady growth in the Ridgefield Real Estate market will continue.

A Buyer’s Market
Buyers were out in force in 2016, and they had a lot to choose from. Armed with a plethora of information at their fingertips, historically low interest rates and a 12.5% increase in Ridgefield home inventory over 2015, they were able to make better, more informed decisions than ever before. The fourth quarter of 2016 was unusually busy and set up a strong pipeline into the first quarter of 2017. This is reminiscent of what happened at the end of 2012 and into 2013. Predictors suggest continued growth and improving sales throughout 2017.

No Bump In Price
The median sales price for a Ridgefield home remained relatively the same in 2016, decreasing
by only 1.9% to $640,000 from last year’s 2015 $652,500. The average sales price was $745,424
compared to $749,093 in 2015, while the sale to list price ratio was 96.4%. The rise of the “HGTV -phenomenon” placed a burden on sellers with buyers expecting homes to have kitchen and
bathroom upgrades, as well as more current design elements. We see this trend continuing.

Looking Ahead
While there has been no appreciable increase in home values, the market indicators continue to point to a stable real estate market. With inventory increasing, and interest rates slowly climbing, buyers will continue to look to invest in homes they feel offer real value. As always, location plays a key role in purchasing decisions with homes residing in-town or in good commute locations creating the greatest demand. As baby boomers become empty nesters, all indicators point to a demand for more functional homes that can be easily maintained. At the same time, we have seen upward movement in the market from Ridgefield residents moving their families into more spacious homes, as well as from buyers moving into Ridgefield to take advantage of our highly-ranked schools and great community.

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Ridgefield Market Report October 2016

Fall 2016 has started off with strong sales in the month of October. Year-to-date the total number of closed sales has surpassed last year, but median sales price is slightly down.

MEDIAN SALES PRICE and CLOSED SALES
The number of closed sales was up 18.5% at 32 compared to 27 last year, and we are up 10.8% overall in the year-to-date with 298 properties sold compared to 269 by the same time in 2015. There was a decrease in median sold price for this month from $672,500 to $617,000 representing an 8.3% decrease compared to October 2015. We are also slightly down from last year’s year-to-date with the median price standing at $643,150 compared with $665,000 by this time last year.

PROPERTIES UNDER CONTRACT
We are seeing a strong fall selling season with 54 properties going under contract in October, compared to only 28 during the same time last year – an increase of 92.9%. Overall, the fall market is up 21.1% compared to the same time in 2015 with 338 properties in escrow compared to 279 last year.

DAYS ON MARKET and INVENTORY
The number of days on market increased from 158 in October, 2015 to 202 this year. However, months supply of inventory is only 7.2 months compared to 15.3 months at this time last year.

See a full graphical analysis of Ridgefield’s October 2016 real estate market report, and take advantage of my complimentary Comparative Market Analysis to find out what your home’s worth.

For a breakdown of the Ridgefield Real Estate Market by price, view the October 2016 price snapshot.

* All data taken from Greater Fairfield County CMLS as of 06/01/2016

Ridgefield Q3 2016 Market Report

July through September 2016 showed strong sales figures on track with the sales we saw in 2015. 112 single-family homes sold in Ridgefield in Q3 this year, compared to 103 during the same time in 2015. The median sales price dropped 7% from $688,000 in Q3 2015 to $640,000 this year, but homes are still selling at 96.7% of asking. The average time a house spent on the market was 148 days during this quarter. In the luxury segment of homes priced over $1.5 million, there continues to be a slow but steady demand. Condo sales were strong with 22 selling during Q3 at a median price of $286,000. There are currently 39 condos on the market with an average market time of 154 days. Tracking sales compared to mid-year, the number of homes sold is up, but values remain flat or declining at certain price points. As we move into the final quarter for 2016, October has seen more market movement and we hope to see a strong fall market. Buyers continue to demand updated, pride-of-ownership homes and pricing seems to be the key in creating a successful sale.
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Ridgefield Market Report : Mid Year Review 2016

Holding Steady

Coming off a mild winter, we were anticipating a better than average Spring Market and unit sales were actually up 9% over the same period last year. While the median sales price remained somewhat flat, the average price for a single family home experienced a 4.3% increase.

News of GE moving its headquarters out of nearby Fairfield, CT was disappointing, but has not had a negative effect on the property values here in Ridgefield. Fairfield County continues to be one of the most desirable regions in the tri-state area to live, and Ridgefield in particular continues to offer great value with the award-winning schools, vibrant downtown, numerous cultural destinations, strong community presence, beautiful landscapes, amazing quality of life and a reputation as of being one of the safest towns in the US.

Supply and demand will continue to drive the market. Most of our growth occurred in the under $1 million segment, but we did experience a small increase in units sold in the upper segments as well. We saw more demand in the $600,000- $800,000 segment outpacing the inventory available during the spring market. At the same time, inventory grew in the luxury segment, where demand was not as high. It remains a buyers market, which keeps raising the bar in terms of expectations. Buyers respond favorably to properties that reflect the latest design trends, are in “turn-key” condition and are priced properly, therefore portraying good value.

Looking Ahead

Another strong indicator of a healthy market is the number and value of pending sales. As of July 1st – based on the number of properties already in contract and under deposit – we have the potential to sell an additional 100 properties before Labor Day. This should keep us on track until the end of the year – and at a minimum – it will keep us on par with 2015. The fourth quarter is a bit tricky to predict considering the upcoming Presidential Election and the mitigating economic factors such as Brexit and other international influences. With interest rates still historically low, we should see serious buyers strongly seeking out the best value.

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Ridgefield Market Report for April 2016

Overall, April 2016 was a good month for Ridgefield real estate. The large number of properties opening escrow, along with the increase in the number of closed sales and the low inventory levels mean properties are definitely selling. Unfortunately, the median sales price still lags behind that of last year’s market. Hopefully, increasing demand for properties priced well and in good condition will drive market prices up.

MEDIAN SALES PRICE and CLOSED SALES
For April, the number of closed sales was up 33.3% at 24 compared to 18 last year, and we are up 19.7% overall in the year-to-date with 79 properties sold compared to 66 at the same time in 2015. Unfortunately, the median sales price for April continues to lag behind the same time last year at $658,500 in 2016, compared to $750,000 in 2015. Overall, in the year-to-date, the median sales price is down 10.2% over the same time last year.

PROPERTIES UNDER CONTRACT
We continue to see a strong spring selling season with 66 properties going under contract in April, compared to only 32 during the same time last year. Overall the spring market is up 55.2% compared to the same time in 2015 with 135 properties in escrow compared to 87 last year.

DAYS ON MARKET and INVENTORY
The number of days on market decreased from 260 to 153 in April, 2016. Overall, the days on market has stayed relatively the same as during the same time period last year. Months supply of inventory is only 6.6 months compared to 13.1 months at this time last year, indicating a strong market.

See a full graphical analysis of Ridgefield’s April 2016 real estate market report, and take advantage of my complimentary Comparative Market Analysis to find out what your home’s worth.

For a breakdown of the Ridgefield Real Estate Market by price, view the April 2016 price snapshot.

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* All data taken from Greater Fairfield County CMLS as of 05/01/2016

Neumann Posts Largest Brokered Sale in Redding History

NEUMANN REAL ESTATE AND CHRISTIES INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE SELL
‘DEER RUN’ FOR $13.6 MILLION

Deer Run, located at 26 Giles Hill Road in Redding, CT, was sold for $13.6 million to a family from Manhattan, NY on March 17, 2016 by real estate agents Jane Tullo and Karla Murtaugh of boutique brokerage Neumann Real Estate in Ridgefield, CT. The property was listed for sale by Tullo and Murtaugh, in conjunction with David Ogilvy of David Ogilvy & Associates of Greenwich, CT, and offered a sprawling 16,000 square foot manor home and just over 300 acres of pristine contiguous land including a 7 acre lake, fishing pond, a boathouse, miles of riding and hiking trails, and lush fields. It is the largest contiguous parcel of privately-owned land in Fairfield County. Neumann Real Estate represents nine area towns as the exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, the world’s leading luxury real estate network

“Our company was honored to represent such an extraordinary property and I was pleased to assist our team and be an integral part of its sale. After months of negotiation, Deer Run now has a new owner, “ says Russ Neumann, broker and partner at Neumann Real Estate. “This deal represents the best in a real estate transaction and the commitment and cooperation amongst brokerages, agents and attorneys to bring it to completion was commendable. Jane Tullo and Karla Murtaugh did such a wonderful job of marketing the property both locally and nationally, and with Christie’s as our partner internationally, we knew we would attract the right buyer.”

“This was the perfect opportunity for someone who values privacy over all else,” says Tullo, “The scenic, unspoiled land is a nature lover’s paradise.”

“It is extremely rare to find such a spectacular, expansive setting in such close proximity to New York City. Deer Run offers a wonderfully sophisticated lifestyle for the family who has an appreciation of natural beauty, but prefers to live under the radar,” continued Murtaugh.

Located in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains just over an hour from Manhattan, the grand estate features a striking stone and shingle Manor house. With seven bedrooms and spanning 16,000 square feet, the home blends a relaxed ambience with grand architecture. A veritable outdoor paradise, seven trails lace the grounds, imparting abundant opportunities for hunting, fishing, bird-watching, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and hiking. On the northeastern side of the property, Mirror Lake is large enough to canoe or boat on, and its crystal-clear waters are perfect for swimming. A boathouse with a 15-foot deck, a ramp, and a dock rests beside the lake. Miles of riding trails begin at the barn, while an apple orchard and bountiful fields framed by fieldstone walls also adorn the grounds. Indoor and outdoor heated pools, a tennis court, a gymnasium with an indoor basketball, and a billiards room, afford additional recreational diversions. Sequestered above the four-car garage, a private one-bedroom guest apartment is ideal as a caretaker’s wing or a studio.

About Neumann Real Estate

Founded in 1969 by Harry & Lorraine Neumann, the company has two locations, in Ridgefield and New Fairfield, CT. Today, the business is owned and operated by the second generation – Chip, Russ, Jeff, Bob & Shaylene Neumann. Neumann Real Estate’s service area includes all of mid/northern Fairfield County, southern Litchfield County and Westchester County, NY. The company represents both buyers and sellers, and tenants and landlords in all aspects of the real estate transaction and also handles much of the corporate relocation business for many area companies. With more than 30 active agents, Neumann Real Estate has excelled to become the dominant real estate firm in the area.

About Christie’s International Real Estate

Christie’s International Real Estate is an invitation-only affiliate network composed of the world’s most proven and qualified real estate specialists in the luxury residential sector. The company has offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Beverly Hills, Chicago, and Palm Beach, and approximately 135 global affiliates with 25,000 real estate professionals in 45 countries. For additional information about Christie’s International Real Estate, please visit www.christiesrealestate.com.

Ridgefield Market Report : Year In Review 2015

Staying The Course

When reviewing the 2015 sales results, one can interpret that the real estate market is flat when compared to 2014. I think that is an accurate statement, but it is also safe to say that we are staying the course when it comes to market stabilization, avoiding the large swings in value or unit sales seen in previous years. Essentially, Ridgefield real estate sales showed 100 more homes sold than in 2009, and only 9 less than in 2014. In both 2014 and 2015 we did not experience a traditional spring market surge, partly due to the severe and extended winter weather, and consumer confidence still seems to be the driver in bringing buyers to the market. Observationally, when analyzing sales by price point, the typically consistent $1.5- $1.75 million struggled in 2015. Conversely, we had a nice uptick in the $2 million and higher category.

The Power Of Proper Pricing

Pricing your home properly from the start is one of the key factors in achieving the best possible outcome for sale. Buyers are savvy and intuitive and can easily determine if they need to act quickly or wait to see if a price adjustment is imminent. We are not seeing many low ball offers, therefore do not feel like you need to build in a cushion. An equally important factor is making sure that your home is “turn-key”. Focus on a few important rooms. For example, if you are a few years away from listing your home for sale and feel that your kitchen is in need of some updating – don’t wait! If at all possible – do the updates now, and enjoy living with them until you are ready to sell.

No Longer A Wild Ride

Since 2013, the Ridgefield real estate market has been steady in both price and unit sales. Fairfield County as a whole has experienced that same stability. Moving into 2016, I see a trend of increasing consumer confidence that real estate is once again a stable investment.

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Ridgefield Market Report For November 2015

November brought good results for Ridgefield’s real estate market. The number of new properties for sale, number of properties that went under contract, number of properties sold and the median sales price all increased over the same time last year. This puts us on track to exceed 2014’s total real estate sales and indicates a market that is stable or even growing slightly.

MEDIAN SALES PRICE and CLOSED SALES
The median sales price for November 2015 was $640,000, which exceeds the median sales price of $538,500 seen in November 2014 by 18.8%. Year to date was slightly lower at $660,000 compared to $666,000 during the same time period in 2014 – a decrease of 0.9%. There were also 26 closed sales in November 2015 compared to 14 during the same time last year. In the year to date there is only a 0.3% decrease in the number homes sold from 296 in 2014 to 295 so far this year.

PROPERTIES UNDER CONTRACT
In continued good news, 42 properties went under contract in November 2015, as compared to only 27 during November 2014 representing an increase of 55.6%. Overall, 323 properties have gone under contract in 2015 as compared to 317 during the same time period last year.

DAYS ON MARKET and INVENTORY
The average number of days on market increased by 2.0% from 152 days in November 2014 compared to 155 days this year. Months of inventory decreased by 29.7% from 11.8 months last year as compared to 8.3 months in 2015.

NEW PROPERTIES FOR SALE
There was an increase in the number of homes listed for sale this month, jumping from 16 in October 2014 to 41 during the same time period this year. This represents an increase of 156.3%. Year to date, there was also an increase in the number of new properties for sale from 610 in 2014 to 689 in 2015.

For a full graphical analysis of Ridgefield’s October 2015 real estate market, click here. You can also take advantage of my complimentary Comparative Market Analysis to find out what your home’s worth.

November price snapshot

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