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New Canaan Real Estate | JULY STATS & "RECOVERY," per The Demand Institute

Economists have been saying that the housing market is finally beginning to recover ... well, let it be known that "The Housing Market Recovery Has Officially Begun!"

JULY . New Canaan Real Estate Market Activity

Photos of new market offerings listed during the past week are shown above, and the statistics for market activity are outlined in the weekly charts below.

NEW . Single Family Residential Listings 

# of Properties 32 Listing Property Volume $67,962,499 Listing Property Median $  1,827,000

ACTIVE . Single Family Residential Listings

# of Properties 247 Listing Property Volume $623,521,996 Listing Property Median $    1,950,000 Average Days on Market 163

UNDER CONTRACT .  Single Family Residential Listings

# of Properties 27 Pending Property Volume $   52,555,500 Pending Property Median $     1,499,000 Average Days on Market 96

CLOSED .  Single Family Residential Listings

# of Properties    32 Closed Property Volume   $    52,999,000 Closed Property Median $      1,569,000 Average Days on Market 149

JULY . 32 Single-Family Residential Property Transfers

List $595,000 / Sold $577,000 . 152 Millport Avenue

List $735,000 / Sold $715,000 . 23 Field Crest Road

List $849,000 / Sold $825,000 . 33 Village Drive

List $895,000 / Sold $850,000 . 13 Elm Place

List $999,000 / Sold $939,640 . 70 White Oak Shade Lane

List $1,049,000 / Sold $960,000 . 86 Logan Road

List $999,000 / Sold $985,000 . 77 Benedict Hill

List $1,045,000 / Sold $1,045,000 . 36 Mortimer Street

List $1,385,000 / Sold $1,225,000 . 53 Nursery Road

List $1,349,000 / Sold $1,270,000 . 111 Springwater Lane

List $1,485,000 / Sold $1, 275,000 . 778 Silvermine Road

List $1,350,000 / Sold $1,350,000 . 388 Cedar Lane

List $1,299,000 / Sold $1,365,000 . 62 Comstock Hill Road

List $1,425,000  / Sold $1,367,500 . 567 Carter Street

List $1,595,000 / Sold $1,472,500 . 33 Stonehenge Drive

List $1,595,000 / Sold $1,475,000 . 70 Bennington Place

List $1,499,000 / Sold $1,495,000 . 9 Twin Pond Lane

List $1,589,000 / Sold $1,530,000 . 110 Wellesley Drive

List $1,595,000 / Sold $1,565,000 . 1144 Weed Street

List $1,750,000 / Sold $1,600,000 . 73 Thrush Lane

List $1,549,000 / Sold $1,650,000 . 18 Autumn Lane

List $1,699,000 / Sold $1,675,000 . 152 Marvin Ridge Road

List $1,785,000 / Sold $1,685,00 . 10 Alan Lane

List $2,150,000 / Sold $2,00,000 . 687 Carter Street

List $2,199,000 / Sold $2,125,00 . 55 Dabney Road

List $2,350,000 / Sold $2,250,000 . 16 West Road

List $2,495,000 / Sold $2,375,000 . 52 Pheasant Drive

List $2,895,000 / Sold $2,600,000 . 41 Green Avenue

List $2,950,000 / Sold $2,700,000 . 236 South Bald Hill

List $2,975,000 / Sold $2,750,000 . 113 Hemlock Hill Road

List $2,995,000 / Sold $2,975,000 . 71 Norholt Drive

Source . NC FLEX MLS

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brokerbeatNewCanaan edited & reblogged Christopher Mathews online at 

TIME Business Real Estate Report

New analyses suggests that home prices will begin to rise later this year ... 

It’s been a rough five and a half years for the American homeowner. Since the housing bubble reached its peak in early 2007, Americans have watched helplessly as $7 trillion in housing wealth evaporated. At many points during this ugly plunge, pundits have erroneously called the “bottom” of the housing market – saying things could finally get no worse. And then they got worse.

The American public can therefore be forgiven for eyeing the latest round of predictions that the market has turned a corner with skepticism.  Of course, the housing market will heal at some point, so perhaps the boy is crying about an actual wolf this time.

The best reason to shed your hard-won dubiousness is a report issued by the The Demand Institute, a think tank jointly operated by the well-respected and non-partisan research organizations The Conference Board and Nielsen. The fifty-page study is definitively labeling 2012 the year of the housing bottom. It says:

“The double-digit increases in U.S. housing prices over the first half of the past decade proved unsustainable. But the freefall is over. The point has been reached where housing prices will start to climb, albeit at single-digit rates in most markets over the next five years.”

The report argues that the recovery will come in two stages. The first will be driven by rental demand. Over the past several years plummeting home prices have been coupled with rising rents, and this dynamic has made landlording  very profitable. This is evidenced by the recent rebound of the apartment-building business. According to the report, “The only segment of the home building sector now showing clear signs of recovery is multifamily housing,” noting that housing starts for multi-family units have increased 54 percent in 2011 over the previous year.

The Demand Institute also believes the dynamics buoying the multifamily market — rising rents, low interest rates, and cheap real estate — are starting to boost the single-family housing sector as well: “Investors attracted by high yields are buying up single-family properties that can generate rental income.”

So who are these investors? Lousie Keely, Chief Research Officer at The Demand Institute, says that there are range of different companies and individuals who are poised to take advantage of the situation. “In some regions of the country, rental management companies are moving into single-family homes,” she says. Though managing single-family homes isn’t as efficient as managing an apartment building, current prices are making the strategy attractive. Buyers will also include individuals looking for higher yields on their savings as well as investment vehicles like real estate investment trusts.

The second stage of the recovery will occur after this investor intervention causes prices to stabilize. Price stabilization is crucial for banks to loosen their stingy lending standards. When home prices are falling, it’s bad business to issue mortgages to all but the most credit-worthy borrowers. But in an environment of even slowly appreciating real estate, banks can afford to offer more generous terms.

Perhaps most crucial to The Demand Institute’s vision for a recovering housing market is evidence that Americans are still strongly attracted to the idea of homeownership. “The American Dream has not gone away,” says Keely, adding:

“The majority of Americans think that owning a home is a good investment; the majority of people who plan to move in the next six years plan to buy a house even if they’re not currently homeowners. There are several pieces of evidence that lead us to believe that we’ll see a rise back to home ownership levels that we saw in the mid ’90s and early 2000s.”

Though American consumers have too much debt and probably won’t see their incomes rise in real terms in the next few years, Keely argues that homeownership is still an achievable goal if lending standards loosen and if consumers stay disciplined about paying down debt and saving.

There are of course caveats attached to these predictions. The report relies on Conference Board forecasts which call for slow but steady growth and a similarly gradual decline in the unemployment rate. If the situation in Europe were to worsen significantly, or some other unforeseen event were to shock the American economy, then these forecasts will turn out to have been too optimistic. But even with such stipulations, The Demand Institute’s report is one of the most comprehensive and substantive arguments we’ve seen yet that the housing market is nearing the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my 'New Canaan Market Stats' blog on Patch, published Friday mornings (except July & August, which publish monthly) .

Throughout the week please tune in to my features blog, brokerbeatNewCanaan, for daily posts with all things real estate, as well as tips for the entrepeneurial spirit and business-related insights.  

My very best, Regina | brokerbeatNewCanaan ... bringing real estate to life.

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