June Contracts: Signs of Easing

2021-07-02 Hartford County Single-Family Inventory in June 2021

June was a busy month for Hartford County real estate. There were 1,139 contracts signed, which is high for normal years but behind the 2020 pace due to pandemic distorts. The better comparison for this year’s data is the 2019 data. The market showed much less of a decline from May than in 2019. Through the first half of the year there were about 8% more single-family deals than in 2019. Inventory continues to be

May Contracts: Still Spring

2021-06-02 Hartford County Single-Family Contracts in May 2021

Hartford County finished May with 1,163 single-family contracts, a total that was in line with the past two years. On a year-to-date basis 2021 is on the fastest deal count pace since we’re been reporting stats. The market was constrained by low levels of available inventory. As of the end of the month the number of active listings had inched up to 752, corresponding to 0.7 months of deals at the recent pace of sales.

Just in Time Real Estate

2021-06-01 Just in Time

The current real estate market reminds me of something we learned in business school. The corporate world was very focused on “Just in Time” supply chain logistics when we were earning our MBAs. The idea was that the most efficient way to run a business was to hold as little inventory as possible. Minimizing inventory had the benefit of minimizing expenses and minimizing space requirements, but it depended on regular inventory deliveries. Consider water as

Strategy for Buyers in Today’s Market

Sketch of a House

The 2021 real estate market is ultra-competitive for buyers in basically all price points below $700,000. Houses are regularly selling above the asking price, and in some cases well above. Our analysis of first quarter closings found that 51.5% of the single-family sales closed over asking. April was even more dire for buyers as 65% of deals closed over asking. The table below also shows that the median winning bid in the deals that closed

April Contracts: More of the Same

Hartford County Single-Family Inventory in April 2021 by Price Band

Hartford County finished April with 1,035 single-family contract signed, which was a respectable number for the month. Comparing the total to April 2020 is pointless because the pandemic brought everything to a halt that month. This year’s total was in line with April results going back to 2016. There was a slight increase in new listings during April, with 1,144 single-family homes entered into the SmartMLS system compared to 1,011 in March. Despite the uptick,