One of the regions of the country that saw the biggest run up in real estate prices over the past 5 years was Baltimore. So when the slowdown occurred, most were expecting carnage in the city. But as the Baltimore Sun reports, real estate prices can not be quantified by a geographic region such as a metropolitan marketplace.
While some sections of the city and surrounding areas have lost value, there are pockets that saw over 20 percent increases last year. Is this surprising, maybe is you are thinking the sky is falling. However, those that watch markets work know that buying and selling real estate know that moving over a couple of streets can change the characteristics of the marketplace.
So buying a home in a part of town that has appreciated greatly may not make a whole lot of financial sense right now, but look around and you may find a part of town that is gentrifying or is transforming and tremendous profits may be out there for you.
Areas with declines were generally expensive, with homes costing $500,000 on average, while many of the fast-appreciating communities were more affordable, according to a Sun analysis of home sales data that offers the first detailed look at the post-housing-boom landscape. Half of the region’s 10 most costly ZIP codes in 2005 saw a drop in average price last year, from Monkton in Baltimore County to Davidsonville in Anne Arundel.
Local real estate agents say they believe the market is on an upswing after months of sluggishness. January seemed to bear that out, with sales rising for the first time in more than a year just before the all-important spring season. But even last year, average prices increased at least 10 percent in a third of Baltimore’s suburban communities — and in a remarkable three-quarters of city neighborhoods.
Prices in half of the city’s neighborhoods, in fact, jumped at least 20 percent.
“That just confirms what I see and what I hear,” said Joseph T. “Jody” Landers III, executive vice president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors. “We see pockets where there have been some slight declines … but you continue to see some strong gains. … You also have to put that into some historic context: For two decades, there was no price appreciation in many of these neighborhoods.” via baltimoresun.com