HCPR: Soaring Sales in Second Quarter

Sales in Hartford County soared in the second quarter of 2010 versus the second quarter of 2009 thanks to the Federal Home Buyer Tax Credit. Median prices were up modestly over the year-previous quarter. Median days on market fell meaningfully, reflecting the frenzied pace of the County’s residential real estate market as the tax credit overlapped with the traditional spring market.

On a Berry Farm in GlastonburySingle-Family Homes
Second quarter sales of single-family homes increased 23.8% compared to the year-earlier period. Although the total number of 2,047 sales improves on the results for the quarter in both 2008 and 2009, second quarter activity still trailed all of the years between 2000 and 2007 for which the CTMLS has data.

The median price for single-family homes in the County increased by 1.3% from $227,000 to $230,000. Sales price per square foot, another valuation metric, remained virtually unchanged at $147/sqft. Finally, the median time on market decreased from 40 days to 31 days.

Hartford County condominiums trended in the same directions as the single-family homes during the quarter. The number of sales was up 43.8% over the second quarter last year, with the 644 total sales running ahead of 2008 — 2009 and behind 2000 — 2007.

The median sales price rose 3.0% during the quarter, from $165,000 to $169,900, and the median price per square foot held steady at $134/sqft. Condominiums also experienced a decrease in sales time, with the median days on market falling from 51 to 45 days.

Residential Real Estate is More Than the Tax Credit
Local residential real estate markets continued to function even after buyers could no longer claim the Federal Tax Credit. As expected, there was a dramatic lull in the number of contracts written in May and June, which should be visible in the number of third quarter closings. However, buyers still made offers even after the credit expired.

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