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Harsh winter slows February home sales

Mar 20, 2014
Albany, NY – March 20, 2014 – Housing sales in New York State slowed during February with closed transactions falling by 5.9 percent compared to February 2013, according to the housing market report released today by the New York State Association of REALTORS. The statewide median sales price continued its growth trend, increasing by nearly 7 percent compared to last February.  

“February’s harsh winter conditions were undoubtedly the culprit for the year-over-year sales drop,” said Duncan MacKenzie, NYSAR CEO, adding that new listings also declined during the month. “While many would-be sellers were in hibernation, buyers facing fewer options helped lift the statewide median sales price for the 21st time in the last 24 months.” 

There were 5,346 closed sales in February, down 5.9 percent from the February 2013 total of 5,681. 

The statewide median sales price reached $232,000, an increase of 6.9 percent compared to the February 2013 median of $217,000. 

Pending sales were down 5.8 percent to 6,835 in February 2014 compared to 7,252 in February 2013. 

The months supply of inventory fell 20.8 percent in February to 8.0 months supply. It was at 10.1 months in February 2013. A 6 month to 6.5 month supply is considered to be a balanced market. The number of new listings in February fell by 12.5 percent compared to last February. The available inventory of homes for sale stood at 74,331, a decline of 11.3 percent from February 2013.

Additional data is available at 

Editor’s Note: All data is compiled from multiple listing services in the state of New York and the data now include townhomes and condominiums in addition to existing single-family homes. 

The New York State Association of REALTORS is a not-for-profit trade organization representing more than 47,000 of New York State’s real estate professionals. The term REALTOR is a registered trademark, which identifies real estate professionals who subscribe to a strict code of ethics as members of the National Association of REALTORS. These REALTORS are also members of the New York State Association of REALTORS as well as their local board or association of REALTORS.


Salvatore I. Prividera Jr.
Director of Communications 
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