Ridgefield Market Report : Year in Review 2014

Holding Our Own

Diverse weather conditions delayed the 2014 Spring Market nearly 8 weeks, which was extremely difficult to recapture. Even though our unit sales volume fell short 14.7% when compared to the record 2013 sales levels, I feel we were able to protect much of the gains made. This forward movement also seems to be continuing as we enter the 2015 Spring Market. We must remind ourselves that 2014 posted the second best sales figures seen in Ridgefield over the past seven years.

Despite the decline in units, we experienced an increase of 1.8% in Median Sales Price, which supports our prediction for slow, steady growth going forward. This slight up-tick also suggests that there are more buyers in the market at higher price points.

Great Expectations

2014 proved that the market continues to be driven by value, therefore proper pricing is critical. Today’s buyer also measures value based on the condition of the home. Buyers respond most positively to homes that have been updated and are in pristine condition. The foundation of Real Estate is built upon the principle of “supply and demand.” There have been many examples this year, across a number of price points, demonstrating that when a home is in absolute turn-key condition, recently updated, and in a desirable location, multiple offers can be expected. Close-to-town properties continue to be particularly popular and tend to sell more quickly and at a higher price per square foot.

Positive Outlook

With increasing consumer confidence and strong financial indicators, I am optimistic that 2015 will continue the trend towards market stability and increased values. The recent dip in mortgage rates should bring more buyers into the market, especially as banks start to loosen credit and offer more programs for well qualified people.


Neumann Real Estate Leads The Way In Ridgefield Sales

Once again, Neumann Real Estate – Christie’s dominated the Ridgefield real estate market closing $162,947,834 in sales and exceeding the closest competitor by more than $86 million. Neumann Real Estate- Christie’s also leads the competition with 180 closed transactions, outpacing the nearest competitor by 78 sales. Also of note, in terms of closed sales volume, three out of the four top producing agents – including myself – are with Neumann Real Estate.

For more information about what the Neumann Real Estate – Christie’s partnership can do for you, contact me for a comprehensive free market analysis of what your home’s worth. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to list or buy with the best!

Ridgefield Market Report for December 2014

December showed mixed results in the Ridgefield single family home market. Although the Median Sales Price was slightly decreased at months end, 2014 finished strong with a higher Median Sales Price overall than the previous year. The Days On Market for both December year over year and 2014 overall was lower than previous, and the number of Closed Sales actually increased in December 2014 compared to December 2013. For full recap and analysis of the 2014 home market, please read our “Interpreting The Market Report” found in the February issue of Ridgefield Magazine, or come back and visit KarlaMurtaugh.com to download it.

December 2014 saw the median sold price of a property in Ridgefield decrease from $650,000 in 2013 to $640,00 in 2014, representing a 1.5% drop. The number of closed sales actually increased to 35 in December 2014, compared to 34 during the same time period last year. Overall, on the year-to-date, the median price has increased 1.8% over 2013, rising from $650,000 to $661,500. Closed sales are lower than the same time period last year with a total of 331 properties closing since the beginning of the year compared to 389 this time least year; a decrease of 14.9%.

Reflecting strong interest by buyers in December of this year, the number of properties under contract increased by 30.0% over the same time last year, with 26 entering escrow compared to 20 last year. In the year-to-date figures, 346 properties have opened escrow since the beginning of 2014, as compared to 369 last year.

The Average Days On Market decreased in December 2014 with properties spending an average of 187 days as compared to 218 days during the same time last year. Overall, in year-to-date figures, the days on market has decreased by 21.0%. The months supply of inventory has also decreased to just 10.1 months, down from 14.3 months during the same time last year.

The number of new properties listed in December totaled 12, which is down from last year’s 21 properties. In the year-to-date figures, 2013 outpaced 2014 for properties listed 654 to 622, a decrease of 34.9%.

For a full graphical analysis of Ridgefield’s December 2014 real estate market, click here. You can also take advantage of my complimentary Comparative Market Analysis to find out what your home’s worth.