MAINE HOME SALES UP 13.16 PERCENT IN MARCH
MEDIAN SALES PRICE INCREASES 0.19 PERCENT
SOUTH PORTLAND (April 19, 2012) — Sales of single-family existing homes in Maine increased by double-digits again in March.
According to the Maine Real Estate Information System, Inc., statewide home sales increased 13.16 percent, comparing March 2012 to March 2011.
This is the ninth consecutive month of positive unit sales increases. The median sales price (MSP) increased 0.19 percent to $160,000 in that same time period; the first increase since July 2011.
The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less.
The National Association of Realtors reports that nationwide, single-family existing home sales rose 5.9 percent and the national MSP increased 1.9 percent to $163,600, comparing March 2012 to March 2011. Regionally, sales in the Northeast were up 5.5 percent while prices slipped 1.9 percent to $228,300 in that same time period.
Tina Lucas of Lucas Real Estate in Portland explains,
“Considering the consistent increase in transaction volume over the past nine months, it seems the ‘wait and see’ attitude is waning. Many buyers recognize the real estate climate change and are now taking advantage of current market opportunities. Combined with the March increase in median sale prices — the first since mid-2011 — all signs are currently quite positive. A steady improvement in the market dynamic will lead to a more robust housing market, which will in turn lead to higher prices and lower inventory — both excellent reasons for potential buyers to act sooner than later.”
Lucas, who serves as 2012 President of The Maine Association of Realtors adds,
“Although the future of the market is challenging, if not impossible to predict, properties will sell if presented to the market in the best condition possible and are properly priced with the emphasis on accurate pricing. Choosing a Realtor with a keen knowledge of the local market area is instrumental in creating a successful transaction.”