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housepricesupWarwick, RI, August 12, 2014... Rhode Island’s median price of  single family home sales  in June declined four percent from the prior year. With the exception of June of last year however, this June’s median price reached the highest dollar value since August, 2008.   Sales activity remained relatively stable with three less sales this June than last. The data released from the Rhode Island Association of Realtors today, was pulled from records from the State-Wide Multiple Listing Service, which tracks all Realtor-assisted sales.

Looking at a broader picture, the association also released sales data for the first six months of the year.  The median price of  single family home sales rose six percent from January through June, compared to the same time frame a year earlier.  Sales activity moderated slightly.

“We are slowly making progress. Rhode Islanders are regaining equity, though not at the same pace as most states. We continued to be plagued with higher unemployment than other areas and for many people, wages haven’t kept up with the cost of living. Obviously that makes it difficult for some people to consider a move,” said Robert Martin, president of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors.

Though foreclosure and short sales have diminished substantially, the statistics showed that 19 percent of all single family home sales were distressed in the first half of the year.

“Sales activity is still constrained by the fact that nearly one in five sellers are not likely to buy another home in the near future and some potential buyers don’t have enough equity if they sell to have an adequate down payment on their next home, even if they’re not in a distressed sale situation. Despite the fact that interest rates remain near all-time lows, many people still can’t take advantage of the great market conditions. Fortunately, a number of reports indicate that our economy is slowly getting better and so too is our housing market," said Martin.

The first half of the year ended with  condominium sales  falling a marginal one percent in June from 12 months earlier, while median price fell four percent.  Both sales and median price were down by four percent overall in the  first half of the year.

The investor-driven  multi-family market  ended the first half of the year on a strong note however, with a 15 percent increase in sales activity and a 12 percent increase in price.  Though sales did decline slightly through the  six-month period from January through June, the median sales price of $140,000 was 17 percent higher than the prior year.

The number of properties on the market in June hovered near a six-month supply, which is considered to be a market balanced between supply and demand.

About the Rhode Island Association of REALTORS®

The Rhode Island Association of REALTORS®, the largest trade organization in Rhode Island with approximately 4,000 members in nearly 750 offices, has been serving Rhode Islanders since 1948. Advocating for Rhode Island 's property owners, the Rhode Island Association of REALTORS® provides a facility for professional development, research and exchange of information among its members and to the public and government for the purpose of preserving the free enterprise system and the right to own real property.

The Association is one of more than 1,437 local boards and associations that comprise the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America 's largest trade association, representing over 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries and who subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics.

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