Year-end DC/Mont. Co. Housing Stats: Homes Still Selling in Half the Time Compared to Nationally

The median sold price for residential properties in the region for December was $560,000, representing a decrease of 3.5% compared to last month and an increase of 3.7% from Dec 2020. The average days on market for units sold in December was 28 days, 18% below the 5-year December average of 34 days.

The December information is the latest from the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® (GCAAR), representing sales data for the Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County markets.

Closed sales for the region totaled 2,097, representing a 0.4% increase in closed sales when compared to the previous month and down 4.3% compared to December 2020.

In the District, there were 847 closed sales in December (a 0.8% decrease from the previous month), while the median sold price was $664,750, an 8.3% decrease from the previous month and a 3.9% increase from December 2020.

In Montgomery County, the median sold price was $519,000, down 1.1% from November and up 8.1% as compared to December 2020. There were 1,250 closed sales in December, a 1.2% increase from the previous month and 4.3% decrease from December 2020.

Average days on the market in December were 24 in Montgomery County and 33 in the District.

Nationally, the typical home spent 54 days on the market in December, down 11 days from the same time last year and down 26 days from 2019 as the housing market slowed for the holidays, according®’s December housing data.

“We’re coming off a strong year in our region and, although the average number of days on the market inched up slightly from last month, we’re still seeing homes here sell in about half the time when compared to national trends,” said 2022 GCAAR President Harrison Beacher.

Regionally, there was a 30% month-over-month decrease in new contract activity with 1,424 New Pendings; a 31.1% month-over-month decrease in All Pendings (new contracts + contracts carried over from November) to 1,777; and a 30.2% decrease in supply to 1,916 active units.

“Houses are still selling quickly – but at the same time, home prices have gone down a little since last month,” said GCAAR CEO Edward R. Krauze. “This is encouraging news for first-time homebuyers. There’s always room in the market for them, especially with a REALTOR®’s help.”

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