Maine home sales and values up in October

Posted:  Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 7:15am
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AUGUSTA (Nov. 21, 2018)— Statewide real estate sales were positive for the kick-off of the fourth quarter.  The Maine Association of REALTORS® reports a 3.44 percent increase in sales of single-family existing homes for October 2018 compared to October 2017. The median sales price for homes sold in October reached $215,000, a 4.88 percent increase compared to October 2017. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less.

“The statewide sold statistics through October 2018 are 2.7 percent ahead of this same time period from 2017, the real estate industry’s strongest year ever,” says Kim Gleason, 2018 President of the Maine Association of REALTORS® and Broker/Owner of McAllister Real Estate in Hallowell.

“We expect a strong 2018 finish. Traditionally, the holiday season continues to be an active time to transact real estate because buyers and sellers are motivated for decision-making before year’s end.”

“Overall, Maine home values continue to appreciate and it’s a good time to purchase real estate for your own use or for investment purposes. For many, owning a home is more affordable than renting due to the tax benefits and accumulation of equity over time.”

Nationally, single family sales eased 5.3 percent comparing October 2018 to October 2017. The National Association of REALTORS®’ statistics indicate a national MSP of $257,900—a 4.3 percent increase. October sales in the regional Northeast dipped 6.8 percent compared to a year ago, while the regional MSP of $280,900 represents a 3.0 percent rise. 

Below are two charts showing statistics for Maine and its 16 counties. The first chart lists statistics for the month of October only, statewide. The second chart compares the number of existing, single-family homes sold (units) and volume (MSP) during the rolling quarter of August, September and October of 2017 and 2018. 

 

 

OCTOBER ONLY CHART

October 1-31, 2017 – October 1-31, 2018

 

 

NUMBER OF UNITS

MEDIAN SALES PRICE

 

2017

2018

%Change

2017

2018

%Change

STATEWIDE

      1771

       1832

    3.44%

$205,000

$215,000

4.88%

 

ROLLING QUARTER CHART

From August 1, 2017 – October 31, 2017 and

August 1, 2018 – October 31, 2018

 

NUMBER OF UNITS

MEDIAN SALES PRICE

 

2017

2018

%Change

2017

2018

%Change

STATEWIDE

5500

 5585

 1.55%

 $206,000

$216,000

 4.85%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Androscoggin

341

340

-0.29%

$154,000

$165,000

7.14%

Aroostook

182

198

8.79%

$83,000

$91,700

10.48%

Cumberland

1265

1246

-1.50%

$285,000

$300,000

5.26%

Franklin

151

142

-5.96%

$130,000

$148,150

13.96%

Hancock

269

242

-10.04%

$230,000

$223,590

-2.79%

Kennebec

464

486

4.47%

$159,450

$169,000

5.99%

Knox

177

185

4.52%

$211,000

$245,000

16.11%

Lincoln

174

186

6.90%

$209,250

$249,500

19.24%

Oxford

245

290

18.37%

$150,000

$174,900

16.60%

Penobscot

533

543

1.88%

$140,000

$153,000

9.29%

Piscataquis

105

137

30.48%

$106,000

  $110,000

          3.77%

Sagadahoc

150

148

-1.33%

$222,500

$237,000

6.52%

Somerset

185

194

4.86%

$116,000

$120,000

3.45%

Waldo

181

168

-7.18%

$170,000

$180,000

5.88%

Washington

123

123

0.00%

$115,000

$135,000

17.39%

York

955

957

0.21%

$269,900

$281,000

4.11%

 

Source: Maine Real Estate Information System, Inc. (d/b/a Maine Listings).  Note: Maine Listings, a subsidiary of the Maine Association of REALTORS, is a statewide Multiple Listing Service with over 4,700 licensees inputting active and sold property listing data.  Statistics reflect properties reported as sold in the system within the time periods indicated. Contacts: Maine Association of REALTORS President Kim Gleason (McAllister Real Estate) – (207) 621-2345kimgleason@myfairpoint.net - Maine Association of REALTORS President-Elect Peter Harrington (Malone Commercial Brokers) – (207) 772-2422peter@malonecb.com   For more names:  suzanne@mainerealtors.com