2014 Year End Statistics
Still Playing Catch Up2014 started off quite well in the spring and slowed down for much of the year with some bump ups along the way. While there was activity in the last month of the year it was at levels that lagged behind 2013 levels in all of the towns that I report on.
One area of mixed results was in high end sales (Over $2,000,000). In Westport the 91 sales were just slightly less than the 95 sales recorded in 2013, though there are currently an additional 19 properties which are under contract which should help to boost 2015 sales. This type of activity has not yet occurred in Weston. Fairfield for its part has 4 such homes under contract and Wilton 1. Suffice it to say that Westport continues to dominate the high end market in the Mid-Fairfield area. Based on Consolidated Multiple Listing Service figures Greenwich had the most activity in the high end with 105 sales and 16 pending sales. On a relative basis compared to its total population, Westport’s high end, along with New Canaan’s had the most volume. New Cannan’s 85 sales and 12 pending sales are fairly similar to Westport’s given their relative populations. Darien lagged slightly with 64 sales and 8 pending sales. Greenwich median high end price of $3.1 million remained the highest in the state, followed by Westport, New Canaan and Darien.
New construction inventory in Westport continues to lead all of the towns in lower Fairfield County, with nearly 80 homes currently being built or scheduled to be built in 2015. The popularity of new construction has raised the median high end price in Westport. Westport’s median price of all properties sold in 2014 was $1,318,204, representing a modest 5.4% increase. Total sales of single family homes numbered 386 compared to 465 in 2013, representing a 17% decrease. The number of new properties that came to market in 2014 was 832, a 2.5% decrease, though the actual supply of homes for sale rose 10.4% to 12.7 months due in part to the number of homes that were either taken off the market without selling or which were relisted and did not sell. The number of days on the market stayed steady at 164 days.
After a nice bounce back year in 2013 agents were looking for good numbers in Weston in 2014 and early activity seemed to be heading in that direction. The late spring market also slowed in Weston, following the pattern that was previously noted in Westport. The median sales price of $810,000 was a 6.2% increase over 2013 levels, but the 154 sales were 21 less than the previous year, lagging by 12 percent. The 10.2 month inventory level was down 2.8% but still above levels seen in more vibrant markets, where supply lags demand. Marketing time held steady at about 180 days.
Wilton’s results were similar to Weston’s with closed sales off 11.9% to 229 single family homes compared to 260 in 2013. The median price of $815,000 is just $5000 more than Weston’s median price. One of the bright spots in Wilton was marketing time which decreased by 10% to approximately 157 days. The supply of inventory was also down over 20% which brought inventory levels to 8.2 months.
Fairfield’s 644 sales were 81 behind 2013 levels, a drop of almost 12%. However, inventory levels dropped over 30% to 8.8 months, a positive sign. With a median price of $570,000 Fairfield offers quite a bit of affordable inventory. The high end has been showing some strength though closed sales were down from the previous year. Marketing time in Fairfield remained the lowest in mid-Fairfield with an average of 141 days on the market.
2015 should be a strong market for sellers with updated homes that price their homes within 5% of the likely selling price. New listings started to come to the market this week. The general impression amongst real estate colleagues and those that we work closely with (mortgage brokers, attorneys, etc.) is that the spring market of 2015 will come sooner than that of 2014 which had been hampered in part by bad weather