Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – While the COVID-19 crisis appears to be impacting housing inventory on the Lower Eastern Shore, residential settlements remained steady throughout July, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).

   In all three counties throughout July, new settlements were up 59 percent compared to the same time last year. Individually, new settlements throughout July were up by .7 percent in Wicomico, 33.3 percent in Somerset, and 104.3 percent in Worcester.

     New listings in July were up by 12.1 percent compared to the same time last year in all three counties. Individually, new listings were up by 26.3 percent in Worcester, by 29.6 percent in Somerset, and down by 13.9 percent in Wicomico. Active listings in all three counties were down by 44.3 percent. Individually, active listings were down by 41 percent in Worcester, by 42.5 percent in Wicomico, and by 40 percent in Somerset.

   The average Cumulative Days on Market (CDOM) for July was 92, or 2.22 percent higher than the same time last year. The median sale price for the Lower Shore was $253,250, which is 12.1 percent higher than this time last year.

   “The market may have taken a short pause back in the spring under the stay-at-home order, but quickly came back as real estate professionals adjusted to new ways of doing business” said CAR President Joe Wilson. “Our members have embraced new technologies to assist their clients effectively – but safely.”

   “Inventory is very low, but demand is still strong” Wilson said.  “Mortgage interest rates are extremely favorable right now, and we are seeing properties go under contract quickly, with multiple offers to choose from. If someone is on the fence about selling their home, now is the time!” 

   CAR’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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The Coastal Association of REALTORS® is fortunate enough to represent over 1,000 real estate professionals in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. These members are engaged, informed, and active in their communities. They support the American dream of homeownership, as well as the purchase and use of all types of real property. They are local. They are accurate. They are trusted. They are REALTORS® and affiliate members.

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