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October ’16 Housing Market Update: DC and Baltimore See Highest October Sales Activity in Over Seven Years

November 10, 2016  |  by Corey

The following analyses of the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Metro Area housing markets have been prepared by Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. of ShowingTime and are based on October 2016 MRIS housing data.

DC Metro Overview

  • October 2016’s median sales price of $400,000 was up 0.3% or $1,000 compared to last year.  October prices have been at or near $400,000 for the last three years.
  • Sales volume across the DC Metro area was nearly $2 billion, up 4.5% from last October.
  • Closed sales of 3,970 were up 2.6% compared to last year, the highest October level since 2009.
  • New contracts increased by 1.4% to 4.862, the highest October level since 2005.
  • New listings of 5,398 were down 12.4% year-over-year and down 20.4% compared to last month.
  • Active listings of 10,393 are down 18% compared to last year and down 6.4% compared to last month. This is the sixth consecutive month of declines in year-over-year inventory levels.
  • The average percent of original list price received at sale in October was 97.4%, up from last year’s 96.7% but down from last month’s 97.5%.
  • The median days-on-market for October 2016 was 23 days, four days lower than last year.

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About the DC Metro Housing Market Update

The DC Metro Area Housing Market Update provides unique insights into the state of the current housing market by measuring the number of new pending sales, trends by home characteristics, and key indicators through the most recent month compiled directly from Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data in ShowingTime’s proprietary database. The DC Metro Area housing market includes: Washington, D.C., Montgomery County and Prince George’s County in Maryland, and Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Falls Church City in Virginia.  Data based on MRIS listing activity and analyzed by ShowingTime RealEstate Business Intelligence.

Baltimore Metro Overview

  • The Baltimore Metro area median sales price of $253,000 was up 7.7% or $18,000 from last year, and at the highest October level since 2007.
  • Sales volume across the Baltimore Metro area was almost $910 million, up 10.2% from last year.
  • October closed sales of 3,060 were up 3.2% compared to last year but down 4.5% compared to last month.  This was the highest level of October sales recorded since 2005.
  • There were 3,426 new pending contracts recorded in October, down 4.7% compared to last year.
  • The number of new listings dropped 9.8% to 4,327 compared to last year.
  • The number of active listings declined by 14.3% to 11,958, marking 14 months of declining inventory levels.
  • The average percentage of original list price received at sale in October was 94.8%, the highest October level in a decade.
  • The median days-on-market was 40 days, down from 47 days last year.

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About MRIS

MRIS is a leading provider of real estate information technology and one of the nation’s leading multiple listing services (MLS), facilitating nearly $51 billion in system wide sales in 2015. The company supports over 45,000 real estate professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and parts of Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. MRIS provides its customers with a portfolio of best-in-class desktop, mobile and cloud-based technologies to improve the real estate transaction process for both real estate professionals and homebuyers and sellers. For more information, please visit or to search for thousands of available homes in the Mid-Atlantic region.

About Elliot Eisenberg

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is the Chief Economist of GraphsandLaughs, LLC, a firm specializing in economic consulting and data analysis.  He is a frequent speaker on topics including: economic forecasts, economic impact of industries such as homebuilding and tourism, consequences of government regulation, economic development and other current economic issues. Dr. Eisenberg earned a B.A. in economics with first class honors from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a Masters and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University. Eisenberg was formerly a Senior Economist with the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C.   He is a regularly featured guest on cable news programs, talk and public radio, writes a syndicated column and authors a daily 70 word commentary on the economy that is available at

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