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3rd Quarter Real Estate Sales Climb In Bethel, Dip In Newtown

Real estate sales climbed 10 percent in Fairfield County in the third quarter.
Real estate sales climbed 10 percent in Fairfield County in the third quarter. Photo Credit: Daily Voice file photo

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Third quarter real estate sales in Fairfield County improved by 10 percent over the same time frame in 2014, according to statistics released by William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.

The median price fell 5 percent in the third quarter, and is flat over the past 12 months.

Sales soared in Bethel, with an 80 percent increase over the third quarter in 2014. There were 70 transactions in that town alone. In Newtown, sales fell 11 percent. For the year, sales are up 37 percent in Bethel and 4 percent in Newtown.

Homes priced under $1 million moved swiftly in the county, while homes above that figure languished.

“With loosening credit and improving confidence, the first time home buyer has collided with the empty nester to create a strong demand in this sector, with transaction volume 13 percent higher than the third quarter of 2014 and inventory labels stable,’’ the Pitt report said. “Despite strong demand, buyers remain highly discriminating regarding price, condition and location.”

For the year, sales are sales are up 5 percent in Sherman and 4 percent in Danbury and Brookfield. New Fairfield’s home sales are down 1 percent for the past 12 months.

The lack of activity in the higher priced homes has dragged down the median sale price in nearly every community.

The quarterly median sale price fell 7 percent in Bethel and 1 percent in Newtown. The median sale price has climbed 2 percent in Bethel and 3 percent in Newtown in the past 12 months.

“Builders who have followed the trend towards smaller, walk to town, amenity-rich homes in the middle pricing tier continue to enjoy success,’’ said Paul Breunich, President and Chief Executive Officer of William Pitt Sotheby's. “As older small homes in close to town or in-town locations become available for sale, builders are purchasing them at a rapid rate and building new homes that meet the needs of today’s buyers, thereby rejuvenating neighborhoods at a rapid pace. This has the effect of meeting the needs of multiple age categories and enriching the fabric of the downtown areas.”

Click here for the complete report from William Pitt Sotheby’s.

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