The Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors has released the July 2020 real estate market update for Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties. Below is their market report.
"Healthy buyer demand and constrained supply continue to be the story for much of the country. Nationally, showing activity in July remained substantially higher than a year before and multiple offer situations are a frequent experience in many markets. With the inventory of homes for sale still constrained, a competitive market for buyers shows little sign of waning.
New Listings decreased 15.0 percent for single-family homes but increased 27.3 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales increased 24.6 percent for single-family homes and 53.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 44.2 percent for single-family homes and 40.1 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
The Median Sales Price was up 10.6 percent to $350,000 for single-family homes and 4.7 percent to $269,725 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market increased 12.0 percent for single-family homes but decreased 35.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 46.8 percent for single-family homes and 48.1 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
While the number of unemployment insurance weekly initial claims have been far lower in recent weeks than their peak in March and April, more than 1 million new claims are still being filed each week and more 31 million were claiming benefits in all programs as of early July, compared to fewer than 2 million in July 2019. Despite this significant economic impact, home buyers remain extremely resilient. With mortgage rates remaining near record-low levels and home purchase mortgage applications up from a year ago, high buyer activity is expected to continue into the late summer and early fall market."
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