Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The Lower Eastern Shore saw a boost in home sales in December, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal).

In all three counties throughout December, new settlements up 27.2 percent compared to the same time last year and Year to Date (YTD) settlements were up two percent. Individually, new settlements throughout December were up by 29.3 percent in Worcester, by 5.5 percent in Wicomico, and by 237.5 percent in Somerset. YTD settlements were up by five percent in Worcester and by 16 percent in Somerset, but were down 5.4 percent in Wicomico.

Inventory remained down in December, as the Tri-County area as a whole saw a 28.7 percent decrease in active listings and a 1.3 percent decrease in new listings compared to the same time last year. Individually, active listings were down by 24.9 percent in Worcester, by 35 percent in Wicomico, and by 37 percent in Somerset. New listings were down by 11 percent in Wicomico and by 45.5 percent in Somerset, but were up by 13.1 percent in Worcester.

The average list price for the Shore was $212,161, which is 2.5 percent higher than this time last year. The average sale price was $204,763, which is 5.5 percent higher than this time last year.

The average Cumulative Days on Market (CDOM) for November was 136, or 12.4 percent higher than the same time last year. Individually, CDOM decreased by eight percent in Worcester, and increased by 2.3 percent and 52 percent in Wicomico and Somerset, respectively.

“Despite the continued decline in available inventory, our settlement numbers still increased last month, which is great,” said Coastal President Joe Wilson. “It is likely that last month’s mild weather and continued low mortgage rates really worked in our favor.”

Coastal’s monthly local housing statistics are pulled from the Bright Multiple Listing Service, which represents the activity of over 1,000 local REALTORS® in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties, as well as 95,000 real estate professionals across the Mid-Atlantic region. The Bright MLS service area includes Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

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