We just released second quarter statistics from the Greater New Haven region, which showed a major uptick from the same quarter of last year. Of course, the homebuyer tax credit was expiring, so there was a rush to close units while that was still in place. Also, however bad the economy still is, there is some national sense that things are better than in 2009, and the base of comparison was therefore low.
Within the region, Guilford and Woodbridge had the highest prices, with Madison coming in third. Prices generally went down from the second quarter of last year to the first quarter of this year, and then climbed in the second quarter of this year. Unit sales went up more sharply, rising 20% from last year's second quarter through this year at the same time.
It would be interesting to know how many of the sales were from properties which have been on the market for a long time, languishing at high prices, where a price reduction sparked an offer. Anecdotally, we know that many of the stories we hear involve sellers who are finally putting things on where they will sell. They are helped in their efforts by mortgage rates, which are so low that they allow for buyers to feel that they are getting a good deal, based on monthly payments. A recent article in a national paper suggested that buyers are trading up as a way to lock in cheap money. Let's hope so!