Ridgefield Market Report for February 2015

February continues to show increased momentum over the same time last year with an increase in the number of single family homes sold, number that entered escrow and the number of new properties listed.The median price continues to remain mostly flat however, with a 2.7% decline over February 2014.

MEDIAN SALES PRICE and CLOSED SALES
February 2015 saw the median sold price of a property in Ridgefield decrease from $610,750 last year to $594,000 this year. This represents a 2.7% drop. Overall in year-to-date figures, the median price has dropped from $686,000 to $619,500 representing a 9.7% reduction. The number of closed sales actually increased to 12 from 10 during February, and overall sales up are up for the year-to-date from 26 in 2014 to 30 in 2015.

PROPERTIES UNDER CONTRACT
Reflecting continued strong interest by buyers, the number of properties that went under contract in February 2015 soared by 125% over the same time period last year, with 36 properties entering escrow compared to just 16 last year. In year-to-date figures 2015 has seen 57 properties enter escrow compared to 37 in 2014, representing an increase of 54.1%

DAYS ON MARKET and INVENTORY
The Average Days On Market decreased in February 2015 with properties spending 135 days on the market as compared to 199 days during the same time last year. The Months Supply of Inventory has also decreased to just 6.8 months, down from 16.3 months during the same time last year.

NEW PROPERTIES FOR SALE
The number of new properties listed in February totaled 47, which is up from last year’s 31 properties. So far in 2015 a total of 96 properties have been listed for sale, compared with 74 during the same time last year.

For a full graphical analysis of Ridgefield’s February 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.

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Ridgefield Market Report for January 2015

The single family home real estate market in Ridgefield for January 2015 has started out strong with an increase in the number of properties sold, number that went under contract, and number of new listings available compared to January 2014. The median home sales price, however, dropped 14.4% when compared to the same time last year.

MEDIAN SALES PRICE and CLOSED SALES
January 2105 saw the median sold price of a property in Ridgefield decrease from $707,500 during the same time last year to $619,500 this year. This represents a 14.4% drop. The number of closed sales actually increased to 18 in January 2015, compared to 16 during the same time period last year.

PROPERTIES UNDER CONTRACT
Reflecting continued strong interest by buyers, the number of properties under contract increased by 42.9% over the same time period last year, with 30 properties entering escrow compared to 21 last year.

DAYS ON MARKET and INVENTORY
The Average Days On Market decreased in January 2015 with properties spending an average of 123 days as compared to 204 days during the same time last year. The months supply of inventory has also decreased to just 8 months, down from 12.3 months during the same time last year.

NEW PROPERTIES FOR SALE
The number of new properties listed in January totaled 49, which is up from last year’s 43 properties.

For a full graphical analysis of Ridgefield’s January 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.

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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.

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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.

MEDIAN SALES PRICE and CLOSED SALES
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%.

PROPERTIES UNDER CONTRACT
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.

DAYS ON MARKET and INVENTORY
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.

NEW PROPERTIES FOR SALE
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.

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Ridgefield Market Report for November 2014

Overall, sales figures are down for single family home sales in November 2014 as compared to the same time last year. This is also true in the overall year to date.

MEDIAN SALES PRICE and CLOSED SALES
November 2014 saw the median sold price of a property in Ridgefield decrease significantly from $757,000 in 2013 to $538,500 in 2014, representing a 28.9% drop. The number of closed sales also decreased to 14 in November 2014, compared to 18 during the same time period last year. Overall, on the year-to-date, the median price has increased 2.5% over 2013, rising from $650,000 to $666,000. Closed sales are lower than the same time period last year with a total of 296 properties closing since the beginning of the year compared to 355 by this time least year, a decrease of 16.6%.

PROPERTIES UNDER CONTRACT
Reflecting strong interest by buyers in November of this year, the number of properties under contract increased by 52.0% over the same time last year, with 38 entering escrow compared to 25 last year. In the year-to-date figures, 330 properties have opened escrow since the beginning of 2014, as compared to 349 over the same time period last year.

DAYS ON MARKET and INVENTORY
The days a listed home spends on the market increased in November 2014 with properties spending an average of 152 as compared to 129 days during the same time last year. Overall, in year-to-date figures, the days on market has decreased by 22.4%. The months supply of inventory has also decreased to just 8 months, from 12.3 months during the same time last year.

NEW PROPERTIES FOR SALE
The number of new properties listed in November totaled 16, which is down from last year’s 23 properties. In the year-to-date figures, 2013 outpaced 2014 for properties listed 633 to 610, a decrease of 3.6%.

For a full graphical analysis of Ridgefield’s November 2014 real estate market, Comparative Market Analysis to find out what your home’s worth.

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Ridgefield Market Report for October 2014

October was a mixed month for Ridgefield single family housing sales. The median sales price
decreased significantly from $680,000 in October 2013 to $560,000 in October 2014, which represents a drop of 17.6% The number of properties that sold also decreased from 23 in October 2013 to 12 during the same time this year – a 47.8% decrease. However, the good news is that the properties entering escrow/under contract rose sharply to 35 from 23 in October 2013 – an increase of 52.2%. Overall, sales and median price are still lagging behind last year’s numbers as we head into the Holiday season.

MEDIAN SALES PRICE and CLOSED SALES
October 2014 saw the median price of a property in Ridgefield decrease significantly from $680,000 in 2013 to $580,000, and the number of properties sold also decreased to 12 in October 2014, compared to 23 during the same time period last year. Overall, on the year-to-date, the median price has increased 3.5% over 2013, rising from $650,000 to $672,500. Closed sales are lower than the same time period last year with a total of 282 properties closing since the beginning of the year compared to 337 by this time least year, a decrease of 16.3%.

PROPERTIES UNDER CONTRACT
Reflecting strong sales, the number of properties under contract in October 2014 increased by 52.2% over the same time last year, with 35 entering escrow compared to 23 last year. In the year-to-date figures, 311 properties have opened escrow since the beginning of 2014, as compared to 324 over the same time period last year.

DAYS ON MARKET and INVENTORY
The days a listed home spends on the market continues to decrease in 2014 with properties spending an average of 152 days on the market during October 2014, as compared to 172 days last year. Overall, in year-to-date figures, the days on market has decreased by 24.2%. The months supply of inventory has also decreased to just 9.5 months, from 14.7 months during the same time last year.

NEW PROPERTIES FOR SALE
The number of new properties listed in September totaled 39, which is down from last year’s 46 properties. In the year-to-date figures, 2013 outpaced 2014 for properties listed 610 to 594, a decrease of 2.6%.

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

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Ridgefield Market Report for September 2014

September was a positive month for Ridgefield single family housing sales. The median sales price held fairly steady, while the number of units sold increased. The number of days a property spent on the market decreased by 45% over the same time last year, indicating properties are still in demand by buyers, and the number of properties that entered escrow (went under contract) increased by 144%! The number of closed sales year-to-date is still lagging behind the same time last year, but the overall median sales price is up over 2013. In my opinion, it’s a strong fall market for sellers, and as interest rates remain low, a great time to invest as a buyer.

MEDIAN SALES PRICE and CLOSED SALES
September 2014 saw the median price of a property in Ridgefield decrease very slightly to $697,500 from $702,000 in 2013 (0.6%), while the number of properties sold increased to 33 in September 2014, compared to 27 during September of last year. Overall, on the year-to-date, the median price has increased 6.0% over 2013, rising from $642,250 to $681,000. Closed sales are lower than the same time period last year with a total of 270 properties closing since the beginning of the year compared to 314 by this time least year, a decrease of 14%.

PROPERTIES UNDER CONTRACT
Reflecting a good end to the quarter, the number of properties under contract in the month of September increased by 143.8% over the same time last year, with 39 entering escrow compared to 16 last year. In the year-to-date figures, 276 properties have opened escrow since the beginning of 2014, as compared to 301 over the same time period last year.

DAYS ON MARKET and INVENTORY
The days a listed home spends on the market continues to decrease in 2014 with properties spending an average of 127 days on the market during September 2014, as compared to 232 days last year. Overall, in year-to-date figures, the days on market has decreased by 24.6%. The months supply of inventory has also decreased to just 9.3 months, from 21.0 months during the same time last year.

NEW PROPERTIES FOR SALE
The number of new properties listed in September totaled 59, which incidentally almost equaled the 58 new properties that were listed for sale in September 2013. In the year-to-date figures, 2013 outpaced 2014 for properties listed 564 to 555, a decrease of 1.6%.

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

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Ridgefield Market Report : 2014 Mid-Year Review

The Housing Recovery Continues.

At first glance it appears the momentum over the past two years has stalled. We need to remind ourselves that 2013 was a breakaway year for the local real estate market here in Ridgefield. We experienced a 37% increase in unit sales when comparing the first 6 months of sales in 2013 vs. 2012. We ended 2013 with a 45% increase in unit sales over 2012. Those are signs of significant shifts, further demonstrating the market is in recovery mode. The 15.2% decrease in 2014 sales for the first 6 months is a direct reflection of an extremely harsh winter. Q1 2014 unit sales were 27.4% below the same three-month period in 2013. Typically, by March the Spring Selling Season should be in full swing, but we did not start to see business pick-up until mid-late April. Unit Sales from April through June 2014 fell short 7.8% when compared to the same period in 2013, proving that fewer buyers were in the market this winter, and resulting in fewer Q2 closings. Most promising, however, is that the Median Sales Price for a home in Ridgefield increased by nearly 17% to $690,000 when compared to the median price of $590,000 in the first 6 months of 2013. The Unit Sales by Price Category Chart reveals that we are selling a greater number of higher priced homes than we did in 2013 indicating consumers are confident about investing in Ridgefield.

Supply and Demand.

Inventory is down slightly when compared to June 2013. Many predicted there would be a significant number of new homes hitting the market this spring, but this did not materialize. With lower than expected inventory levels in the more popular price segments, homes that were priced properly, updated and show ready sold quickly.

Going Forward.

I predict that the current trend of steady, reasonable growth will continue through the end of the year. With consumer confidence at its highest since 2007, and interest rates remaining historically low, buyers still feel the urge to buy – especially those properties which reflect good value. Ridgefield continues to attract families looking to settle in a community that offers a wonderful quality of life, award winning schools and a vibrant downtown center with many new destinations.

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Ridgefield Market Report : 2013 Year In Review

The Housing Recovery

After the worst housing downturn since the Great Depression, we are back in full force. After 8 years of correction as a result of the “housing bubble”, it is safe to say all the characteristics of a normal real estate market have returned. Prices remain stable, median selling prices are improving and overall market activity is the highest it has been in 5 years. Consumer confidence has increased, which has brought more buyers into the market, and sellers are feeling more confident that they are not selling their home in a sliding market. All price segments posted positive gains, while homes valued up to $800,000 continue to dominate the market. The popular price category of $900,000 – $1,000,000 tripled in volume when compared to 2012. The market for homes priced over $1 million grew 46% – a strong indicator of buyer confidence.

Connecticut’s #1 Town.

Ridgefield unit sales were up 45%. This demonstrates confidence that Ridgefield is a destination for many new buyers, while some sellers are also trading up or down to stay here. Buyers see the outstanding value Ridgefield has to offer – quality lifestyle, cost of living, top rated education and a vibrant community. In fact, Ridgefield experienced the highest increase in annual unit sales when compared to all towns in Fairfield County.

The Road Ahead.

We saw buyers react to the uptick in interest rates this summer, though interest rates are still low by historic averages. Since values are on the incline, we expect the buyer pool to increase in a last ditch effort to catch the market before prices and interest rates rise. Sellers are feeling more confident as they prepare for the Spring Selling Season, but realize that certain fundamentals still apply. Homes in “turn-key” condition will continue to outpace the competition in terms of achieving the maximum selling price and lowest days on market. A fair number of sellers who used this strategy had multiple offers on their home – from wonderful starter homes to sophisticated properties priced in excess of $1 million. Supply and Demand will continue to drive the Real Estate market.

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