October 2020 Housing Market Update

Bright MLS Real Estate

OCTOBER 2020
Data as of November 5, 2020

October 2020 D.C. Metro Market Activity

D.C. Metro: October Home Sales and Median Prices

SUMMARY

Strengthened by low interest rates and a recovering local economy, the DC Metro area continued to see record-setting median sales prices, with gains particularly among higher-end homes.

Demand remained strong: new pending sales of condos/co-ops achieved double-digit increases for the fourth straight month, as the volume of new listings for the category continued to gain. As well, the days on the market for sold listings held at all-time lows.

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW:
MEDIAN SALES PRICE

The month was an October ten-year record, as the number of homes selling for $600K – $999K rose 44.2%.

  1. October was the fourth straight month prices increased by double-digit percentages on a year over year basis. However, prices may be starting to level off, dipping -0.4% month to month dip compared to the typical 2.0% September to October gain.
  2. Washington, DC, single-family homes crossed the $1.0M monthly median price level for the first time ($1.1M, +24.2%). In the Palisades subdivision, detached units sold for a median sales price of $2.1M (+69.6%).
  3. Alexandria City set a ten-year overall high. Notably, the 22305 Beverly Hills / Warwick zip code reported a median sales price of $1.1M for single-family homes (+23.4%).
  4. Montgomery County median sales prices returned to a ten-year high mark of $500.0K set in April and July. Poolesville homes sold for a decade high of $693.5K (+17.1%).
  5. Prince George’s County saw townhomes hit a ten year best of $320.0K (+16.4%). Bowie townhomes sold for $352.0K (+21.8%).

MEDIAN SALES PRICE FOR THE MONTH VS. SAME MONTH YEAR-AGO

D.C. METRO TEN YEAR TREND: MEDIAN SALES PRICE

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW:
CLOSED SALES

While closing volume reached a ten year October high, month to month levels came in under seasonal norms (+1.0% vs. +3.8%)

  1. Attached unit sales (2,987, up +21.9%) stayed strong. However, the -0.6% September to October dip was well below the +6.2% five-year norm.
  2. Alexandria City marked a new ten-year best for attached home sales (247, +39.5%). The 22304 / Landmark / Cameron Station zip code reported 83 attached unit closings, up +56.6%.
  3. While Washington DC condo/co-op sales (448) improved 17.3%, the month declined -7.6% from September, compared to the norm of 14.2%. In the 20002 Capitol Hill/North zip code, condo/co-op sales (40) improved +53.9% but fell -37.5% month to month.
  4. Prince George’s County earned an October decade best closing volume. Activity in Upper Marlboro (160) rose 15.1%.
  5. Montgomery County registered an October high 605 attached home sales (+27.9%). Silver Spring saw 143 attached unit closings (+28.8%).

CLOSED SALES FOR THE MONTH VS. SAME MONTH YEAR-AGO

D.C. METRO TEN YEAR TREND: CLOSED SALES

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW:
NEW PENDING SALES

With mortgage interest rates ending the month near record lows, new pending home sales remained robust, hitting an October decade high.

  1. October was the fourth consecutive month of double-digit year-over-year gains. Condo/co-op pending sales (1,577) improved 21.5%.
  2. Montgomery County attached home new pending sales marked their second-highest level on record (707, +23.0%). Germantown had an October best 122 new pending attached home sales (+43.5%).
  3. Prince George’s County marked a new decade high for condo/co-op new pending sales (175, +15.9%). Laurel climbed to a ten-year record of 50 condo/co-op new pendings (+66.7%).
  4. Fairfax County found an October best for new pending sales. Reston new pending activity reported a ten year best for the month (113, +4.6%).
  5. Alexandria City attached unit new pendings (209) saw a notable 25.1% improvement. In the 22310 zip code, attached unit new pending sales (23) gained +21.1%.

NEW PENDING SALES FOR THE MONTH VS. SAME MONTH YEAR-AGO

D.C. METRO TEN YEAR TREND: NEW PENDING SALES

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW:
NEW LISTINGS

New listings of Condos/Co-ops (2,626, up 49.2%) remained at a ten-year high.

  1. October was the second straight month condo/co-op new listings hit a decade best. Activity improved by 2.8% compared to last month, when it typically declines -13.2% from September to October.
  2. Washington DC saw new listings of attached homes (1,481 – up 25.9%) hit a ten-year peak. Attached home new listings in Foggy Bottom (20) doubled.
  3. Alexandria City experienced a decade high for new condo/co-op listings (225, up +99.1%). The 22310 zip code gained +133.3% for condo/co-ops (14).
  4. Montgomery County hit a new ten-year overall peak for attached home new listings (883, +25.6%). Laurel yielded 124 new attached home listings (+45.9%).
  5. Prince George’s County posted a new decade best for condo /co-op new listings (211, +54.0%). In the county’s Laurel portion, new listings of these units (50) improved 56.3%.

NEW LISTINGS FOR THE MONTH VS. SAME MONTH YEAR-AGO

D.C. METRO TEN YEAR TREND: NEW LISTINGS

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW:
MEDIAN DAYS ON THE MARKET

For a third straight month, days on the market held at record lows.

  1. Days on the market for single-family homes also remained at an all-time low seven days for a third consecutive month. Townhomes returned to the record low of six days set in August.
  2. Alexandria City claimed a ten-year record low five days on the market for single-family homes. In the 22305, Beverly Hills/Warwick zip code, units stayed up for sale for only one day (-5 days).
  3. Washington DC townhomes reported a record low seven days on the market for the second straight month (-5 days). In the 20011 zip code, townhomes reported a median of 7 days on the market, nearly two weeks lower (-13 days).
  4. Prince George’s County saw townhomes sell in a record seven days, down -5 days from last year. Capitol Heights townhomes sold in six days, twenty days earlier than last October.
  5. Fairfax County townhomes came off the market in a record low five days for the fourth straight month (-5 days this month). Reston townhomes (26 days on the market) left the market 21 days earlier than last October.

MEDIAN DAYS ON THE MARKET VS. SAME MONTH YEAR AGO

D.C. METRO TEN YEAR TREND: MEDIAN DAYS ON THE MARKET


Data provided by MarketStats by ShowingTime based on listing activity from Bright MLS.

About the DC Metro Housing Market Update

The DC Metro Area Housing Market Update provides unique insights into the state of the current housing market by measuring the number of new pending sales, trends by home characteristics, and key indicators through the most recent month compiled directly from Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data in ShowingTime’s proprietary database. The DC Metro Area housing market includes: Washington, D.C., Montgomery County and Prince George’s County in Maryland, and Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Falls Church City in Virginia. Data provided by MarketStats by ShowingTime, based on listing activity from Bright MLS.

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