This Month in Real Estate January 2012 has been released!

Home sales activity was down to 4.4 million homes last month, a drop from the pace set from December 2011 This Month in Real Estate of 4.97 million. It makes me wonder about the number of sales that may have been canceled last month. It is up, though, according to the numbers, 12% over the same period of 2010. The median home sale price was $164,000. The average interest rate for December was 3.91%, down from November.

The Top News, presented by Jay Papasan, is about home buyers, and the surprising things they look for in a home.

Most homebuyers start their searches online, and it takes, on average, about three months to find a home. Weather is less of a factor than in past years, because so many buyers view the house and the areas online to see if they are places they would want to consider.

In News You Can Use with Bryon Ellington, he discusses why listing your house NOW instead of waiting for the Spring may be a good decision.

1) As noted earlier, it takes, on average, about three months for a buyer to find their house. That will be Spring — so you are listing for those who are looking to settle in that time frame!

2) You have less competition. Many people wait to list in the Spring. If you list now, there are fewer houses for buyers to choose from — which may make yours more attractive!

3) Lenders, appraisers, movers, home inspectors, contractors, and other vendors also see a decline in business during these months. Therefore your sale/home/buyer gets more attention.

If you’d like more information on whether now is a good time to sell your house in Towson, contact me. I would be happy to help!