The Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors has released the May 2020 real estate market update for Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties. Below is their market report.
“While the effects of COVID-19 in the broader economy continue, real estate activity is beginning to recover across much of the country. According to Freddie Mac, mortgage rates have been below 3.3 percent for more than four weeks and are hovering near all-time lows, spurring strong interest by buyers and lifting showing activity up 4% nationally versus a year ago in the final week of May.
New Listings decreased 31.2 percent for single-family homes and 12.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales decreased 4.1 percent for single-family homes but increased 19.5 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 34.2 percent for single-family homes and 28.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
The Median Sales Price was down 2.3 percent to $315,000 for single-family homes and 0.5 percent to $237,450 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market increased 35.5 percent for single-family homes but decreased 21.2 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 38.6 percent for single-family homes and 32.0 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
Buyers have been quicker to return to the housing market in force than sellers, who have been showing a bit more reluctance to list their homes than is typical for this time of year. But trends are improving and as states and localities continue to moderate their COVID-19 policies, real estate activity is expected to continue to improve in the coming weeks.”
From this recent activity we remain optimistic about the summer real estate market. In the last 2 weeks we have listed 13 properties, 13 properties are under contract and we have had 8 closings. There is high buyer demand and low inventory making this a sellers market. If you’re thinking about selling your home now is the time! We are here to help you reach your goals. If you have any questions about the current market or want to learn more about listing your property please contact us.