Home Sales in Metro Detroit Jump in February, Prices Continue to Soar


Home sales and prices continued their upward trend in metro Detroit in February, with sales increasing by nearly 14 percent and the median sale price increasing to $138,000, up 7 percent when compared year over year, according to a monthly report released today by Realcomp II in Farmington Hills.

“Not only are the number of sales taking place up considerably in some areas, but the median sale price is up everywhere,” says Karen Kage, CEO of the multiple listing service. “People are finally seeing now they can get what they need to get out of the sale of their home because those prices are coming up so more people are putting their homes on the market, so there are more sales.”

In Oakland County, sales rose nearly 19 percent to 1,168 sales in February when compared to February 2015, while home prices increased slightly by 3 percent to nearly $186,000.

Macomb County reported home sales jumped nearly 15 percent to 746 sales in February, while prices rose nearly 6 percent to $125,000 when compared year over year.

In Livingston County, home sales and prices both increased, with home sales rising 27 percent to more than 200 sales in February and home prices increasing to nearly $225,000, an increase of nearly 8 percent when compared to February 2015.

Wayne County saw home sales increase by nearly 8 percent to more than 1,270 sales in February, while the median sales price jumped nearly 13 percent to $90,000.

“If you look at the median sales price in each of the counties, the Detroit area, which is the city of Detroit, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, and Highland Park, is up 61 percent,” Kage says. “Granted, last year it was at $13,950. It’s up to $22,500, which is a nice comeback.”

The number of listings in metro Detroit remained relatively flat in February, increasing by one percent to nearly 13,500 listings. The number of foreclosure sales in metro Detroit decreased by 20 percent to 465 units in February when compared to February 2015.

The average number of days on the market for a home in metro Detroit sold in February was 54 days.