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August 23, 2009

Our housing market, neighborhood by neighborhood

Today's story about housing trends in the Baltimore metro area is the labor-intensive one we do every summer: What happened to prices and sales in suburban ZIP codes and city neighborhoods in the first half of the year?

I crunched so many numbers, my teeth hurt.

There's lots to see besides the story:

--Maps (showing the change in metro-area sales and prices, and the same for city neighborhoods) by cartographer extraordinaire Christine Schoenberg, who gave up part of her vacation to pull everything together in time.

--A video about recent home buyer Will Cocks, who moved from Bowie to Baltimore. Thanks to multimedia whiz Christopher Assaf for piecing my raw footage into something watchable.

--A photo gallery showing the place Amy Lincoln MacDonald and Paul MacDonald sold in Glen Burnie and the one they bought in Lauraville, along with Cocks moving into his Greenmount West home. Photography by the excellent Kenneth K. Lam and Karl Merton Ferron.

--A nifty online search tool, put together by web guru Lauren Custer, that lets you see how many homes sold in your ZIP code, for how much and how trends changed from a year ago.

--An Excel file showing home-sale trends in city neighborhoods. In that file you'll find worksheets with the neighborhoods ordered alphabetically, by price change and by sales change. (There's also a clickable city map that lets you see which neighborhood is which, put together on short notice by the inestimable Kevin Richardson.)

Posted by Jamie Smith Hopkins at 7:00 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Housing stats


Great work, Jamie. I've been reading just about everything written concerning the housing bubble and aftermath for over 2 years now. I've sold and tried to buy in this market and studied it from every angle. When in comes to mainstream press reporting, your work is second to none.

Fronesis, you've made my day. Thank you.

I agree. I get so much information from your blog!

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About Jamie Smith Hopkins
Jamie Smith Hopkins, a Baltimore Sun reporter since 1999, writes about the regional economy. Her reporting on the housing market has won national and local awards. Hopkins is a Columbia native and has lived in Maryland all her life, save for 10 months spent covering schools in Ames, Iowa.
She trained to become a wonk by spending large chunks of time as a geek and an insufferable know-it-all.
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