Sorry Sellers! The Sad State of Fairfield County’s Real Estate Market

Sorry Sellers! The Sad state of Fairfield County’s Real Estate Market

If you are thinking of selling your home in Fairfield County, I have bad news for you. Fairfield County’s real estate market continues to be in a Buyer’s Market. As you can see below, only two towns (Danbury and Bridgeport) are in a Seller’s Market. The majority of Fairfield County towns are in a Buyer’s Market. What does this mean for sellers in a Buyer’s Market? Does it mean you can’t sell your home? Of course you can sell your home BUT at the right price. All this means is that you should be realistic with pricing your home. You need to give buyers a reason to buy your home otherwise your home will sit on the market for a long time and you will have to go through multiple price reductions to eventually sell your home.

How can you tell if you are in a buyer’s or seller’s market? A good indicator is the Months Supply of Inventory, which is computed as the number of homes currently for sale divided by the average number of homes sold. A balanced market usually has 5-6 Months Supply of Homes for Sale, a Buyer’s market has more than 6 Months Supply of Homes for Sale and a Seller’s market has less than 5 Months Supply of Homes for Sale. The data below is based on November 2018, December 2018 and January 2019 home sales data. We will be updating this report every quarter. Overall, Fairfield County’s real estate market continues to be in a buyer’s market.

Fairfield County’s Real Estate Market: Towns in a Buyer’s Market

These are towns in a Buyer’s market. As you can see below, the homes in these towns have more homes for sale than being sold (Months Supply of Inventory is high) and it is taking longer to sell homes in these markets (Days on Market is high).

If you are a buyer in these towns then you are in luck. You have the upper hand and can negotiate on prices. While if you are trying to sell your home in these markets, then you really should be realistic with your pricing otherwise your home will sit on the market for a long time.

One thing to note is this gives a general overview of the town’s real estate market. There may be neighborhoods that are experiencing a seller’s market. For example, overall Greenwich is a buyer’s market but there are parts of Riverside and Old Greenwich at the lower price point that are experiencing the opposite where homes are flying with multiple offers and usually sold in one weekend.

  • New Canaan
  • Westport
  • Darien
  • Weston
  • Wilton
  • Ridgefield
  • Greenwich
  • Fairfield
  • Redding

Fairfield County’s Real Estate Market: Towns in a Seller’s Market

There are only two towns in a Seller’s market. As you can see below, there are not enough homes in the market for sale in these towns (Months Supply of Inventory is low) and homes are selling fast (Days on Market is low).

If you are a buyer in these towns then you are probably chasing after the same homes that a lot of potential buyers are looking at. You are likely in a competitive market with bidding wars. While if you are a seller thinking of selling your home in these towns then you are in luck. You have the upper hand. If you price your home right, you can have a multiple offer situation and selling your home will be quick.

  • Danbury
  • Bridgeport

Fairfield County’s Real Estate Market: Towns in a Balanced Market

These towns are in a balanced market. What does this mean? In general, the inventory of homes and rate of sale match up.

One thing to note is this gives a general overview of the town’s real estate market. There may be sub-areas within every town that are experiencing a buyer’s market or seller’s market, depending on the price point and neighborhood.

  • Stamford
  • Norwalk
  • Newtown
  • Trumbull
  • Bethel
  • Monroe
  • Brookfield

Fairfield County Connecticut Real Estate Metrics

TownNiche 2019 Best School Districts in ConnecticutMonths of Supply of Inventory Days on Market (CDOM)Median Sales Price (Single Family Homes, Condos and Coops)Median Sales Price (Single Family Homes)
New Canaan115146$1,198,021$1,254,375
Westport212.6126.6$1,076,333$1,155,666
Darien310.6149$1,173,333$1,186,666
Weston412123.3$770,666$770,666
Wilton610156.3$657,500$707,500
Ridgefield119.6133.6$581,166$630,858
Greenwich1413.3133$1,512,500$1,755,833
Fairfield158110$585,166$617,333
Newtown16599$366,866$371,916
Trumbull195107.6$385,471$387,671
Bethel215.382.3$331,166$353,316
Monroe22672$321,000$361,666
Brookfield255.661.6$308,791$354,500
Stamford656.375.6$431,875$564,166
Norwalk83575.6$379,083$441,266
DanburyDid not make top school ranking3.365.3$275,000$298,583
ReddingDid not make top school ranking14.3338.6$554,516$555,350
BridgeportDid not make top school ranking4.355.3$164,250$188,833
Based on SmartMLS data. Data is based on Nov 2018, Dec 2018 and Jan 2019 sales data.

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