February 2021 Real Estate Update

Bright MLS Real Estate

FEBRUARY 2021
Data as of March 4, 2021

February 2021 D.C. Metro Market Activity

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

SUMMARY

Condo/co-op and townhome units continued their record run across the D.C. Metro: condo/co-op closings (1,379) hit a February best and the second-highest level in a decade, while upcoming sales (1,590) climbed to a new peak for the month. Condo/co-op listings (1,961) also improved 24%. Townhome median prices reached an all-time monthly high of $512.7K.

Inventory levels for single-family homes continued to narrow. New listings (1,892) fell -26%, the steepest since the pandemic outbreak during May 2020. The shrinking inventory led to fewer upcoming sales (1,817), down -19.6%, as days on the market for available single-family homes fell back to an all-time low seven days.

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW:
MEDIAN SALES PRICE

Townhome sale prices climbed to a ten year-record.

  1. Townhomes sold for an all-time monthly record of $512.7K. Prices rose by +$57.7K.
  2. Alexandria City townhomes sold for a decade-high median price of $751.0K; this was a $61.0K gain (+8.8%) from last February. In the Old Town Greens area, units sold for $985.0K, up by +$170.0K (+20.9%).
  3. Montgomery County townhomes had a decade-high $400K median sales price (+$30.0K). Gaithersburg units sold for $410.0K (+$40.1K)
  4. Arlington County townhomes hit a monthly median sales price of $875.0K. It was a February record and the second-highest overall in ten years.
  5. Heading into March, median sales prices gain 5% from February.

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

Brisk condo/co-op sales continued. February was the seventh straight month of double-digit gains

  1. Condo/co-op unit sales (1,379) remained strong. Activity gained 43.5% (+418), and nearly matched the September 2020 record (+43.7%).
  2. Prince George’s County condo/co-op sales grew impressively. Closing volume (227) hit an all-time monthly high. Sales nearly tripled from last year (+178%, +145). College Park’s 8125 48th Avenue address – near the University of Maryland campus – sold 114 condo/co-op units alone.
  3. Fairfax County condo/co-op sales (258) rose a record-high 53.6%. In the 22201 Ashton Heights zip code, sales (40) were two and half times greater than a year ago.
  4. Arlington saw 140 condo/co-op units change hands last month, up 72.8%. McLean sales (16) improved 45.5%.
  5. March kicks off the start of the spring buying season in the metro. Sales typical improve 30% from February.

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

Upcoming sales of condos/co-ops remained strong. However, single-family homes lagged for the first time since last spring due to shrinking available inventory.

  1. The month saw a February-best 1,590 new pending condo/co-op sales (+15.9% / +218). However, the single-family home category fell -19.6% (1,817, -444).
  2. Washington, D.C. had a February ten-year high on condo/co-ops (519, +17.2%). Pendings in the Petworth area (30) nearly tripled (+172.7%)
  3. Prince George’s County saw a February best 162 new pending condo / co-op sales (+18.2% / +25). Laurel reported 52 (+160.0% / +32).
  4. Montgomery County (455) declined -20.5% on single-family homes. Kensington (16) fell -44.8%.
  5. Fairfax County (571) slid -17.1% in detached unit new pendings. Herndon (40) dipped -24.5%.

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

D.C. METRO TEN YEAR TREND: NEW PENDINGS

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW:
NEW LISTINGS

Condo/co-ops improved as the D.C. Metro had fewer new listings overall.

  1. New listings of condos/co-ops (1,961) rose +24.0% (+379) from last February. However, single-family homes (1,892) declined -26.4% (-677).
  2. Washington D.C. continued to advance on condos/co-ops. February (751, +39.6%) was the ninth month of year-over-year double digit gains. Columbia Heights added 63 new listings (+16.7%).
  3. Fairfax County gained 12.4% on condo / co-op new listings (381). However, single-family homes (615) dropped -32.9%. Herndon (+40.0%) had 35 new condo / co-op listings. Vienna (52) shed -58 detached new listings.
  4. Prince George’s County gained 26.5% on condo / co-ops (167), but declined -17.1% on detached units (554). College Park had 37 newly listed condo/co-ops (+32). Oxon Hill’s five detached home listings were a -55% decline.
  5. Montgomery County detached home new listings (466) dropped -29.0%. Rockville (49) listed half as many as last year.

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

Single-family homes returned to ten-year low levels.

  1. Declining detached home inventory pushed buyers to make deals faster. Single-family homes spent one week up for sale, which matched the all-time lows set in the fall 2020 months.
  2. Prince George’s County attached homes had an all-time low six days on the market (-14 days). Clinton attached homes (six days) came off the market six weeks earlier.
  3. Montgomery County marked a seventh straight month at an all-time low seven days on the market for single-family homes. Gaithersburg detached units (7 days) came off the market 67 days sooner.
  4. Fairfax detached domiciles claimed a February-best six days up for sale. Springfield marked five days on the market on the category (-10 days).
  5. Looking to March, the start of the spring buying season sees a sharp drop in days on the market. Homes tend to come off the market ten days earlier than February. Potentially, days on the market across all housing types could fall even lower than current levels.

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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