AUGUSTA — Real estate sales in Maine continue on a healthy, highly-positive trajectory. The value of single-family existing homes jumped 17.39 percent comparing August 2020 to August 2019, reaching a median sales price of $270,000, according to Maine Listings. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less. Home sales increased 1.31 percent from last August.

“The August statistics show strong demand for residential real estate in Maine,” says Tom Cole, 2020 President of the Maine Association of REALTORS® and Managing Broker of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Masiello Group in Brunswick. “After the steep decline during the second quarter due to COVID-19 impacts, Maine’s third quarter positive sales to date have brought us nearly even to 2019 levels. January through August 2020 is only 0.7 percent behind a year ago—Maine’s best year ever.

“We are experiencing an historically low supply of homes for sale, 40 percent below a year ago.  Demand is being fueled by all-time low mortgage interest rates, Maine households moving within the state, and an up-tick in out-of-state buyers seeking Maine’s quality of life and safety.  In August of 2019, Maine had 482 single family homes purchased by out-of-state buyers. In August 2020, that number was 707.”

The National Association of Realtors today reported an 11.0 percent increase in the sales of single-family homes nationwide in the past year. Prices for those homes rose 11.7 percent to $315,000. Regionally, sales in the Northeast increased 5.7 percent, while the regional MSP jumped 10.4 percent to $349,500.

“The increased demand for the smaller supply of for-sale homes has created intense competition in some markets, leading to higher pricing,” says Cole.  “As more for-sale inventory comes onto the market, we should see a balancing.”

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