New Listings – What’s New?
AvERAGE LIST PRICE
LIST PRICE Volume
New Listings were up 15% in Q1 2019 compared to this time last year, as 113 new properties hit the market so far this year. Sellers, perhaps motivated by the hot market in 2018, were encouraged to list their homes at the start of 2019, with nearly half of the quarterly listings (55) coming onto the market in January, usually a slow month for new listings. The dollar volume of new listings was also up 23%, increasing from $174 million in Q1 2018 to $213 million in Q1 2019. January was again the busy month, accounting for 56% of the new dollar volume of the first quarter. The average listing price increased from $1.775 million in Q1 2018, to just under $1.9M this year, in part thanks to a strong January where the new listing average hit $2,176,000. The median list price fluctuated in the first quarter of 2019, reaching $1.12M in January, dropping to below $1 million in February and then spiking up to over $1.3M in most recently in March.
In breaking down the price point of these new listings, the “hot spot” of the first quarter was new listings in the $500,000 – $1M range, accounting for nearly 30% of all new listings in the first quarter. While this is welcomed news for local buyers faced with limited inventory, the market remains competitive in this price point, with more than half of the 32 new listings already sold or under contract. After starting out the year strong, with 11 new listings over $3 million in January, high-end listings slowed as only 8 hit the market in February and March.