Refreshing news for local home-sellers is in the latest look at sale prices for homes and condos in four Metro Detroit counties.
Median prices rose to $70,000 in Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Wayne last month, a 1.6-percent rise from March. The new median is nearly 19 percent higher than in April 2011, says a report Monday from Realcomp II Ltd., a multiple listing service in Farmington Hills.
Selling prices rose within each county, extending a four-month trend for 2012. Livingston County has the highest median ($150,000), followed by Oakland ($114,500), Macomb ($72,500) and "Greater Wayne," excluding Detroit ($62,000). Percentage increases from the previous April are in a table below.
Sales volume slipped for the first time in 10 months as fewer residential properties were on the market—19,119 in Metro Detroit, 20 percent below the number of listings a year earlier.
Realtors sold 4,341 residences metro-wide last month, 89 fewer than the previous month.
Oakland County had the largest total of April deals in Metro Detroit, with 1,448 purchases.
Earlier Realcomp II figures for this year's first quarter showed a median price jump of nearly 10 percent in the four metro counties (excluding Detroit), compared to the first three months of 2011. Sales volume rose from January through March by more than 700 homes and condos, a 6.4-percent uptick from the opening quarter of 2011.
"Home sales have been going up," said Ron Aniel of in Shelby Township. "People will be surprised when home values start rising again just like they were when they dropped; the market has now probably stabilized and will soon be gradually trending up."
Data from six other Southeast Michigan counties also is in Monday's report. Overall, residential sales during April rose nearly 1 percent to 5,429 in a year-to-year comparison of all 10 counties. Median prices climbed 20 percent to $72,000.
Homes and condos generally sell faster than in previous months, Realcomp indicates. Average time on market was 83 days for properties sold last month, five days fewer than in March. In Macomb, the average was 73 days.
Summary by counties
April sales totals
Change from April 2011
April median price
Change from April 2011
* Greater Wayne covers that county, minus Detroit.
Source: Realcomp II Ltd.