2010 has started out very slowly with January - March home sales down 16.6% from 1Q/2009 and down 39.0% from 1Q/2007. Longmeadow's 1Q/ 2010 sales results seem to be in contrast with other parts of the northeastern US that recently have been showing improving sales volumes. The number of homes sold in the first three months of 2010 were significantly lower than the corresponding period last year and much lower than the last good year for home sales (2007). Only 5 homes were sold in February 2010.
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During the 1Q/2010 median sales prices for homes in Longmeadow continued a downward trend after showing some recovery in mid-2009. Median prices in March 2010 were 15.7% lower than the peak reached in September 2007 ($295,500 vs. 350,000).A large percentage of homes continue to be sold at prices below the official assessment values continuing a trend that has been in place for the past two years. For the 1Q/2010 ~ 45% of the home (12 out of 25) were sold below the current assessed value- with some homes selling over $100,000 below official assessment values.
Let's hope that the warm weather, low interest rates and improving economy will reinvigorate the Longmeadow housing market.
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