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Maine Home Prices for February Increase Nearly 11%

PORTLAND, ME (March 21, 2023)Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s leading luxury property company, with offices in Portland, Kennebunk, Brunswick, Damariscotta, Camden, and Northeast Harbor, announces that the availability of properties for sale continues to be an issue for buyers of single-family existing homes across Maine. According to Maine Listings, Realtors sold 708 homes last month—a dip of 19.4 percent from February 2022. Prices increased 10.7 percent in the past year, with data indicating a median sales price (MSP) of $329,250. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less.

“Conversations with REALTORS® across Maine indicate that buyer demand remains steady,” says Carmen McPhail, 2023 President of the Maine Association of REALTORS® and Associate Broker at family-owned United Country Lifestyle Properties of Maine with offices in Lincoln, Bangor and Lubec.

“The shortage of move-in ready homes for sale continues to be the challenge for buyers in today’s market. Homeowners who purchased in recent years with record-low mortgage interest rates are staying put and, like the rest of the country, new home construction in Maine has not kept pace with demand,” added McPhail.

Nationally, home sales declined 21.4 percent in February 2023 compared to February 2022. The National Association of Realtors today reported that the national MSP eased nationwide 0.7 percent to $367,500. Sales in the regional Northeast decreased 25.7 percent and the regional MSP declined 4.5 percent to $366,100 comparing February 2023 to February 2022.

“In some areas of Maine, sellers are responding to the higher mortgage interest rate environment, which has impacted affordability,” said McPhail. “We’re beginning to see a softening of prices in some counties, a welcome sign for buyers coming into spring.”

Below are two charts showing statistics for Maine and its 16 counties. The first chart lists statistics for the month of February 2022 and 2023 only, statewide. The second chart compares the number of existing, single-family homes sold (units) and volume (MSP) during the rolling three months of December (‘21/’22), January and February (‘22/’23).

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty can be reached at 207-780-8900 and Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in Portland, Kennebunk, Brunswick, Damariscotta, Camden, and Northeast Harbor, is Maine’s leading luxury and lifestyle property company with six offices and more than 90 agents serving Maine and New Hampshire’s coastal, lake, and mountain communities.

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