The Northwestern Vermont Board of REALTORS® (NVBR) recently released its market statistics for December 2020. The information is derived from data contained in the New England Real Estate Network and covers Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.
December is normally one of the slowest months of the year but strong buyer demand across most segments of the market, buoyed by near-record low interest rates, continue to drive a healthy sales pace in the face of a new wave of COVID-19 infections and a softening jobs market.
New Listings decreased 4.3 percent for single-family homes but increased 31.0 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales increased 13.6 percent for single-family homes and 31.3 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 54.7 percent for single-family homes and 57.0 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
The Median Sales Price was up 14.8 percent to $350,000 for single-family homes and 1.1 percent to $242,500 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 41.8 percent for single-family homes and 21.7 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 56.3 percent for single-family homes and 57.1 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
With low mortgage rates and strong buyer demand in most market segments, the housing market of early 2021 looks to continue the trends we saw in the second half of 2020. Low inventory and multiple offers on in-demand properties and market segments are likely to remain common while the market waits and hopes for a boost in new construction and a surge in home sellers to help provide more balance to the market.