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Baltimore beats DC in housing! Hurray!

Everyone knows that the easiest way to rile a true Baltimoron is to insinuate that Charm City is just a suburb of Washington. Yeah, a lot of people around here work for the federal government, and a lot of investment money comes from our rich, fat-cat cousins down in the “Corridor.” But as the decade comes to a close, the Baltimore faithful can point to two things we’ve got on Washingtonians: the Ravens (who’ve got a Super Bowl victory, a bunch of playoff appearances, and no shame like the shame of a Redskins fan, especially this season, JEEZ), and now — the Health of our Housing Market!

Housingwatch.com posted an analysis a few days before Christmas that ranked the top ten healthiest housing markets of the decade, based on percentage change in median home sale price, and guess what? Baltimore-Towson came in at a whopping #2, behind only Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pa.-N.J.

According to data from the National Association of Realtors, median home prices in the Mobtown metro area rose 9.81 percent, from $131,800 to $261,100, from 2000 through the third quarter of 2009. That left the sprawling, all-inclusive DC metro area, referred to by most multiple-listing services as “Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va.,” eating our dust in 9th place. Median prices there rose from $178,800 to $324,700 over the last decade, or a change of 8.16 percent.

So what does this mean? Well, DC real estate is still more expensive, but generally, your typical investment house inside or around I-695 was a better investment, by 1 percentage point, than the average DC-area investment home. And for that, folks, I think we can all be thankful to Santa.

And as for New Years resolutions? Let’s beat ’em again! Here’s to the new decade!

One comment

  1. Fantastic news for Baltimore!
    The status of the housing market in a state is one of the parameters of the status of the ecomony of a state.
    So yes, hurray for Baltimore!