In Bethesda, MD, the sales activity in November 2015 suggests a softening condo market – bad for sellers but good for buyers. This conclusion on my part is supported by the fact that a new high rise construction project in downtown Bethesda on Norfolk Avenue changed from a condo buildng to apartments within the last two months, I feel certain that the market is changing to a buyer market.
The median sold price for Condo & Coop properties for November was $311,000, representing a decrease of 9.2% compared to last month and a decrease of 17.1% from Nov 2014.
The average days on market for units sold in November was 54 days, 15% below the 5-year November average of 63 days. There was an 11.1% month over month decrease in new contract activity with 24 New Pendings; an 8.8% MoM decrease in All Pendings (new contracts + contracts carried over from October) to 31; and a 2.4% decrease in supply to 83 active units.
This activity resulted in a Contract Ratio of 0.37 pendings per active listing, down from 0.40 in October and a decrease from 0.39 in November 2014. The Contract Ratio is 31% lower than the 5-year November average of 0.54.
A higher Contract Ratio signifies a relative increase in contract activity compared to supply, and indicates the market is moving in the seller’s favor. A lower Contract Ratio signifies a relative decrease in contract activity compared to supply, and indicates the market is moving in the buyer’s favor.
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