Posted by Jonathan J. Miller -Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 11:34 AM
I am reporting on the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metro area housing markets in addition to our NYC metro area and Miami research – for RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI), the research, analytics arm of MRIS, the largest MLS in the country. It is released 10 days after the close of each period, about 3 weeks before the NAR pending home sale index covering the same period.
Here’s a snippet from the just released April 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales Index [Washington, D.C. Metro Area] report:
…April buyers and sellers in the Washington, D.C. metro area signed 5,170 purchase contracts, the second highest April since 2006. The total was second only to the April 2010 surge in activity related to the final days of the federal homebuyer tax credit. Pending sales in April fell to 5,170, 4.8% short of the heavy volume reached in March, partly a result of last monthÕs release of pent-up demand accumulated during the post-tax credit expiration lull in the second half of 2010. The April 2011 median sales price was $334,000, nominally below $335,000 reached in same month last year and 4.4% above $320,000 in March. The month over month increase was consistent with seasonal patterns…