Long Island Home Sales Going Down But Prices Going Up

foreclosure assitance for homeownersThe number of homes that were sold on Long Island during April of 2014 went down in relation to April of 2013. The number of transactions were approximately 20% lower than it was for April of 2013. One of the reasons given for the reduction of home sales was the fact that it was a long, cold winter. Prospective homeowners were kept off the market by the problems caused by the weather.

Home Prices Go Up

Even though less homes were sold in April 2014 than in 2013, the median price for home sales in Nassau and Suffolk Counties went up. The median price for homes in Nassau County in April of 2014, was up almost 6% from 2013, with a price of approximately $410,000. In Suffolk County, the median home price was approximately $301,000, with an annual gain of only 0.07%.

Mary Ann Murphy, a broker with Call Murf Real Estate in Lindenhurst, has recently stated the areas on Long Island which were subject to being devastated by Superstorm Sandy have been seeing much more sales activity. Although these properties are selling at a discount, they are starting to move.

Real Estate Brokers Expect a Busy Summer Selling Season

Brokers are anticipating the market will rebound during the summer months this year. In both Nassau and Suffolk Counties, it still takes approximately a year for the average home to be sold. In a more balanced real estate market, there would only be a six month delay for the average home to be sold.

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