Saturday, June 23, 2007

DC Sales: April 2007

It's the second day of summer and I've finished collecting and scrubbing [correcting] full value residential sales the District recorded in April 2007; the data have been uploaded to and

As I mentioned earlier, I had to delete the $9MM home (917 M St NW). I also changed the $7.5MM condo to $759,000 and the $3.07MM condo to $370,000; I didn't make the changes on a whim, those are the prices the Recorder of Deeds shows involved in the transactions.

State of the Market

In April 2007, 766 residential sales were recorded by the District. Once again the majority of sales, 54.44%, were condos; the market's preference for condos continues. However, given their lower average prices as compared to houses, the condo dollar volume was 47.71% of the total dollar volume of $402.5MM.

Distribution of Sales

The chart below shows the distribution of sales by sales price; 83% of recorded sales were $750,000 and lower.

Changes in the Market YoY

Compared to April 2006, aggregate average and median prices were up 5.55% and 2.44% respectively. Aggregate unit and dollar volume jumped 16.41% and 22.88%, respectively.


The number of condos sold [existing and new] increased by almost 28% YoY, average prices were up slightly less than 4%, while median prices were down almost 3%. A number of new condo buildings are still coming online, too, including:

  • Columbia Residences (2425 L St NW): 9 units
  • Jefferson Row (1830 Jefferson Pl NW): 13 units
  • The Whitman (910 M St NW): 9 units
  • The Artisan (915 E St NW): 8 units
  • The Sonata (301 Massachusetts Ave NW): 5 units
  • Christopher Condos (3101-3107 Naylor Rd SE): 19 units
  • The Rhapsody (2120 Vermont Ave NW): 5 units
  • Chase Point (4301 Military Rd NW): 20 units
  • The Fedora (1451 Belmont Rd NW): 5 units
  • Brandywine Crossing (717 - 725 Brandywine St SE): 20 units

Those ten buildings alone represent almost 25% of all condo sales recorded in April. Excluding these new condos has a significant impact:

  • Average and median prices for condos fall 3.6% and 5.5% YoY. In the aggregate, average prices grow only 4.78% while median prices are flat, +0.12%.
  • Unit sales for condos drop 7%. Aggregate unit sales dip .91%.
  • Aggregate dollar volume grows slightly less than 4%. It drops 10.4% for condos instead of the 32.73% increase when new condos are included.

Essentially, the market is less robust once new condo sales are excluded from the analysis.

Single Family Homes

Detached homes were the market's star and driver in April. All metrics - average/median price, unit sales, and dollar volume - soared, up at least 30% in each, most spectacularly up a whopping 78% in dollar volume. The negative to slightly positive metrics for the other housing types, however, resulted in a less stellar, but still strong, market for single family homes. In the aggregate, average and median prices were up about 10% on a 5% increase in unit sales. It'll be interesting to see what happens should sales for detached homes go cold.

Detailed Data

April 2007 average and median sales prices and unit volume by zip code.

Aggregate by Zip Code

Category by Zip Code


  • Unlike MRIS, my data and analyses include new units [primarily condos] so there will be some differences in my conclusions about the market's state compared to a similar analysis based solely on MRIS reports, which only report sales of existing units sold and/or listed by real estate agents.
  • This analysis is of sales recorded by the District in April as opposed to sales settled in the month, which is what MRIS reports, so there will be some discrepancies because of timing issues. However, I believe the data do provide an indicator of trends in the District that could be useful.
  • I classify multi-family homes as single family homes because I've found that homes that once were multi-family which have been converted to single family use have not been reclassified as such by the District. I may be painting too broad a brush here, but I can live with it.

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