November Market Statistics

This month we’re reporting statistics a little differently. They’re based on the number of contracts written rather than the number of closings. Why? Because it’s fun to shake things up every now and then. And because I honestly think it’s a more relevant way to look at the market. By focusing on contracts, we get the most up-to-date view of market activity possible. The contract date is when deals are struck, when prices are negotiated,

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. Single-Family Homes Second quarter sales of single-family homes increased 23.8% compared to the year-earlier

An Economist's View of the National Housing Market

Economists are divided as to the direction of the national housing market. Some believe that the environment is stabilizing and that prices will increase from here. Others see further price decreases once the government support fades away. Barry Ritholz is one economist we follow regularly, through his posts on The Big Picture blog. Right now, he has a strong negative view on the future of the US housing markets. One of yesterday’s posts broke down

Housing and Young People

Yesterday was the first session in a five-part series on public housing policy. Housing: The Hub of Public Policy 2010 is presented by The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and The Partnership for Strong Communities; it is hosted by The Lyceum. The pre-event briefing memo touched on many issues and gave examples of what is happening in other parts of the country – it’s an interesting read. We