Belmont had an interesting month this March.
The big newsâ€”which shouldnâ€™t be news at allâ€”is that the median price of homes in Belmont shot up 24% from $800,000 last month to $994,750 in March. Alas the size home also shot up 43% which more than negates any increase in the real median price of homes.
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That said, other factors are showing indication of a more robust sellers market than in previous months.
Not to be overlooked is the home on Bayview which listed for $688,000 and sold for $914,500â€”a whopping 133% of the asking price. Of course the home had many multiple offers and many which bid far above the original asking priceâ€”apparently grossly underpriced.
Thatâ€™s only $390/square foot with the average Belmont home selling at $417. If this home had sold at what the agent had listed it fo,r it would have sold for $294/square foot a ridiculously low amount.
The time it took to sell a home was down a little bit form 81 days in February to 76 in March.
The exact same (ten) number of homes sold in March which was down from 13 a year ago. Thatâ€™s a bit of a surprise since the market should be getting better. Our take on this is that in January and February of 2009 sales were so lowâ€”a combined ten for the two monthsâ€”that in March of 2009 there were was a slight pent-up demand caused by the slow start to the year, increasing Marchâ€™s sales figures.
Four homes sold under asking again and on average each took around a $50,000 price reduction. Three of those had to accept an even lower price of on average $40,000 more from where they had already lowered the price.
Watch for rate hikes to initially spur home sales as buyers scramble like musical chairs to get into a home before the rates start to climb. The Fed has halted its purchasing of mortgage backed notes which means it up to the public appetite for these investments to set the pace and the rates. If rates climb too much too fast, watch for homes sales to drop off and values to continue to dip.