SALES UP 39 PERCENT for MAINE REAL ESTATE

SOUTH PORTLAND (November 23, 2009) — For a fifth consecutive month, sales of singlefamily
existing homes increased dramatically in the state of Maine. Realtors sold 1,247 homes
across Maine’s 16 counties – a jump of 39.02 percent since last October. According to the
Maine Real Estate Information System, the median sales price dipped 3.51 percent in the past
12 months to $165,000. The median sales price indicates that half of the homes sold for more
and half sold for less.
The National Association of Realtors today reports a nationwide home sales increase of 21.4
percent since October 2008. The national median existing sales price of $173,100 reflects a
dip of 6.8 percent. In the regional Northeast, sales rose 27.7 percent. The regional median
sales price declined 2.6 percent to $235,400.
REALTOR Sharon Millett of Coldwell Banker Millett Realty in Auburn says, “It’s very
encouraging to see strong continued growth in sales for the past five months in Maine. Buyers
are responding positively to the first time homebuyer tax credit of $8,000 and now that it has
just been expanded to $6,500 for all buyers, we expect this trend to continue and grow.”
With the current uptick in activity, Millett says, “Buyers really want to find a home now,
which makes it the perfect time for sellers to list their property for sale.”

MAINE REAL ESTATE SALES UP 39 PERCENTSOUTH PORTLAND (November 23, 2009) — For a fifth consecutive month, sales of singlefamilyexisting homes increased dramatically in the state of Maine. Realtors sold 1,247 homesacross Maine’s 16 counties – a jump of 39.02 percent since last October. According to theMaine Real Estate Information System, the median sales price dipped 3.51 percent in the past12 months to $165,000. The median sales price indicates that half of the homes sold for moreand half sold for less.The National Association of Realtors today reports a nationwide home sales increase of 21.4percent since October 2008. The national median existing sales price of $173,100 reflects adip of 6.8 percent. In the regional Northeast, sales rose 27.7 percent. The regional mediansales price declined 2.6 percent to $235,400.REALTOR Sharon Millett of Coldwell Banker Millett Realty in Auburn says, “It’s veryencouraging to see strong continued growth in sales for the past five months in Maine. Buyersare responding positively to the first time homebuyer tax credit of $8,000 and now that it hasjust been expanded to $6,500 for all buyers, we expect this trend to continue and grow.”With the current uptick in activity, Millett says, “Buyers really want to find a home now,which makes it the perfect time for sellers to list their property for sale.”

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