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.
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.
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.