Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Crashachusetts Existing Home Sales and Prices: December 2009

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR) released their Existing Home Sales Report for December showing that single family homes sales jumped 14.6% on a year-over-year basis while condo sales surged 31.7% over the same period.

Single family median home value increased 10.9% on a year-over-year basis to $305,000 while condo median prices increased 10.9% to $255,000.

Again, these results are indicating not only that the government’s ludicrous subsidy of residential real estate (the market, the industry and Realtors) worked to drive a significant number of sales, but that housing fever is still alive and well.

This should come as a truly disappointing blow to anyone who has the audacity to think that a healthy and significant correction in prices is actually a necessary step in the process of healing our distorted and high cost of living area.

What gives the government the right to attempt to create a floor under housing, an asset/service carrying likely the single greatest cost any typical household has to bear?

If market forces would naturally drive down sales and prices making the cost of living more affordable why should government and industry groups like the Realtors interfere?

But, federal meddlers and conniving interested parties don’t think in those terms… they support prices out of a bias in favor of property owners on the upper end, they create and support public housing projects for those on the lower end… and what of those in the middle?... you get to foot the bill one way or another.

So the beat goes on… Buyers snap back to a behavior we all now know caused tremendous distortions and costly excesses, the Feds feel satisfied that they bought enough votes to secure their next election and Realtors line their pockets with commission loot that is now the direct transformation of your tax dollars.

What have we learned from this whole ordeal? … likely nothing.

But in any event, this surge of activity can only run so long… contrary to popular belief, there is not simply an endless supply of sidelined buyers just ready to snap up the next government tax gimmick.

Eventually even these sneaky devices will fail to stimulate the lemmings and the natural market force will show its true character.

Whether Mr. housing market will come out of this distorted period depressed and dejected or spry and agile is anyone’s guess but, given the latest results and the recent extension of the federal governments housing policy, we should be prepared for another season of distorted sales volume.

As in months past, be on the lookout for the inflation adjusted charts produced by for an even more accurate "real" view of the current home price movement.

Key Statistics from the Report:

Single Family results compared to December 2008

  • Sales: increased 14.6%
  • Median Selling Price: increased 10.9%
  • Inventory: declined 14%
  • Current Months Supply: 7.2
  • Current Days on Market: 125
Condo results compared to December 2008

  • Sales: increased 31.7%
  • Median Selling Price: increased 10.9%
  • Inventory: declined 16%
  • Current Months supply: 5.6
  • Current Days on Market: 136