Home sales post best January in five years in Connecticut

Single-family home sales in Connecticut rose 14% to 1,519 in January, posting the highest volume for the month since 2008, according to The Warren Group, publisher of The Commercial Record.

Sales of single-family homes in Connecticut increased for the 13th consecutive month in January. This marks the highest monthly sales volume for the month since 2008, when there were 1,653 sales in January.

“We ended 2012 on a pretty positive note, and this is carrying into January,” said Timothy M. Warren Jr., CEO of The Warren Group. “Recent pending sales data are a hopeful sign for a strong spring market. And given low mortgage rates and steady prices, there are positive signs that 2013 will be a second year of recovery.”

Shelton bucks statewide trend

Real estate sales and volume in Shelton in January, however, were not as strong as the rest of the state.

In Shelton, single-family home sales and prices were down as were condo unit prices. There was a pick-up in condo sales volume.

(See separate story, “Shelton Real Estate Statistics,” for the specific numbers.)

State median price now $215,000

The median price for Connecticut single-family homes sold in January was $215,000, a 2.4% increase from $210,000 in January 2012. This is the fourth consecutive month that prices rose in the Nutmeg State.

“Low inventory is slowly driving up prices. This should in turn give sellers more confidence to put their homes on the market,” Warren said.

Condo sales volume up big

A total of 442 Connecticut condominiums were sold in January, an almost 22% increase from January 2012 when 363 sales were recorded.

Condo median prices also increased slightly in January. The median price rose more than 3% to $160,000, up from $155,000 in January 2012. The median price of a Connecticut condo has increased in six out of the last seven months.

About The Warren Group

The Warren Group, based in Boston, is the publisher of Banker & Tradesman, The Commercial Record and a series of association publications. The company also offers a range of real estate products and services; learn more at thewarrengroup.com.