Once again if we are lulled into believing the raw numbers Belmontâ€™s median home price shot up 14.7% over last February and an unbelievable 23% since just last monthâ€”unbelievable being the operative word.

(click on the picture to see a larger image). * Yes. Those are Mardi Gras colors…

In fact the median home price in Belmont was \$917,500 in February 2011 while last February it was \$800,000 and just last month it was \$745,000.

But being the spoiler I am I have to report that the size homes which sold last February were only 1640 square feet in size and this February they were 2,030â€”24% or 390 square feet larger.

We can play around with some fuzzy math and arrive at several conclusions which all point to the fact that year over year prices have actually declined.

A home which is 23% larger yet only costs me 14.7% more seems too good to be true. Part of the inequity has to do with the issue that land remains a constant, which makes any approximation of value just that. Looking at it from several different ways one can safely arrive at a price decline of around 8.3% year-over-year.

SALES

And that perhaps is why home sale in Belmont are up 20%–well, 12 sales this year compared to 10 last year is only two more sales but hey, we have to offer full disclosure right?

In February of 2010 four of those Belmont homes lowered their asking price by on average \$28,760 but this February three sellers slashed their asking price by on average \$62,000.

Six homes sold for on average \$51,000 less than there asking price last year while only four did so this yearâ€”for the exact same amount.

Each year two of the homes sold right at the sellerâ€™s asking price while last year two sold for moreâ€”on average \$53,000 and this year six sold for on average \$15,000 more.

DOM

The time it took to sell your home dropped dramatically over last year. Several factors are in play here. First there were more homes to choose from this year which helped buyers come to a decision more quickly. Both years there were many hangover listings from the previous December which carried with them the dreaded DOM stigma but this year we sold a few more of them than last year.