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Date: 03/23/15

February 2015 Housing Sales Statistics

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release

For additional information contact:

Laura Burns/Executive Officer

Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® Ph:  (518) 464-0191 x15

THE MELT DOWN BRINGS OUT BUYERS

As the large piles of snow disappear, all indications are that it will bring out the buyers who have not wanted to tread into the cold to jump into the market. As the Capital Region thaws out,  inventory is expected to rise and home sales are projected to increase.

Pending Sales increased 11 percent from February 2014 to 650 for the month though inventory levels remain low for savvy sellers.  Inventory levels region-wide were down 13 percent to 6,015 units. More options are needed to keep the market clicking. Although listings were down compared to last year, an influx of new listings is expected soon if market forces prevail.  Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® President, Cathy Griffin of Keller Williams, Capital District, stated that, “though interest rates may rise in 2015, they certainly are not predicted to jump.  New York is poised for postive wage growth and expanded employment will help drive first-time home buyers into the market as they realize they can own their own home instead of paying rent for about the same or less”.

Prices were down from February 2014 with the Median Sales Price dipping by 9 percent to

$180,000. Prices are expected to creep higher in year-over-year comparisons through much of 2015 so buyers should take advantage of current interest rates and current prices and make their move now.  A recent study conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® found that the largest group of recent buyers was the millennial generation, (those 34 and younger) who composed 32 percent of all buyers with Generation X (ages 35-49) close behind at a 27 percent share.

Months supply of inventory was down about 16 percent to 7.5 months. Sellers are receiving and allowing lower offers to take hold, but there is little reason to expect that this will continue into the summer months. Percent of Original List Price Received at Sale fell to 92 percent since last year.

For at least the spring months, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen seems to be willing to hold rates steady and continue to watch the effect on the economy causing leading ecnomists to project a Spring of increased inventory, rising prices and perhaps as much as a 20 percent increase in homes sales aross the country this year.

The Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade association officially representing the real estate industry since 1920 (formerly the Albany County Association of REALTORS®) and is the local chapter for the New York State and National Associations of REALTORS®.  GCAR is composed of a broad base of professionals including licensed real estate brokers and sales agents, multi-dwelling owners, appraisers, mortgage and banking professionals, title and abstract companies and other companies servicing the real estate industry.

 

Stats Press Release Mar 2015 (2)

Date: 03/17/15

Mike Tucker to speak at GCAR

Attention Brokers, Owners & Managers

 

Mike Tucker,  Center for Economic Growth President and CEO will be speaking to GCAR members on Wednesday, March 25th 2015 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Mike Tucker to speak at GCAR

Join us in the GCAR Training Room

451 New Karner Road

Albany, NY 12205

 

To RSVP for this event, contact: Debbie Isom, Education Coordinator: disom@gcar.com or (518) 464-0191 ext: 15