MAINE HOME SALES AND VALUES UP IN MARCH

AUGUSTA – April 25, 2016 – (RealEstateRama) — Single-family existing homes in Maine experienced a healthy bump in sales volume and value over the past 12 months. Realtors from across Maine’s 16 counties reported 1,089 sales in March 2016—a 14.63 percent jump from March 2015.

Home values are also on the rise, with statistics indicating a 7.35 percent increase to a median sales price (MSP) of $182,500. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less.

The National Association of Realtors today reported a 2.6 percent increase in sales nationwide, and a national MSP increase of 5.8 percent to $224,300 in March. Regional sales in the Northeast are 7.7 percent higher than one year ago, and the regional MSP of $254,100 reflects a 5.8 percent increase.

Ed Gardner, 2016 President of the Maine Association of Realtors, said, “The latest statistics indicate a healthy real estate market statewide this spring with most counties showing yearover-year improvement in number of sales and increasing values. Conversations with REALTORS® around Maine indicate that the market is brisk at all price points with multiple offer situations a regular occurrence for move-in ready properties.”

Gardner, Broker/Owner of Ocean Gate Realty LLC, added, “If you’re in the market to sell, present your home in the best condition possible and work with a REALTOR® to properly price the property for a smooth and successful real estate transaction.”

Below are two charts showing statistics for Maine and its 16 counties. The first chart lists statistics for the month of March only, statewide. The second chart compares the number of existing, single-family homes sold (units) and volume (MSP) during the rolling quarter of January, February and March of 2015 and 2016.

Contacts: Maine Association of REALTORS President
Ed Gardner (Ocean Gate Realty, LLC) – 773-1919 – ed (at) oceangaterealty (dot) com – Maine Association of REALTORS President-Elect Greg
Gosselin (Gosselin Realty Group) – 363-2414 – greg (at) greggosselin (dot) com For more names: suzanne (at) mainerealtors (dot) com

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