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UrbanTurf got RedFin to compile a pretty interesting bit of raw data: The 50 top-viewed for the last two weeks. They’ve compiled most of the juciest bits, including the fact that not one listing tops $1 million, and the unsurprising news that Columbia Heights is the hottest neighborhood in the city, at least for RedFin users.
I also noticed, though, the dismal showing of Southeast in RedFin’s top hits—only four made it into the top 50. Discounting the much-smaller Southwest, it’s obviously the least appealing quadrant for house-hunters, despite the bounty of available real estate. But does that really represent how many people are actually buying homes in Southeast?
To find out, I compared RedFin’s stats with Blockshopper’s count of home sales this year to date. Four out of 50 houses is about 8 percent. According to Blockshopper, 659 out of 4,442 homes sold this year are in Southeast, or about 15 percent. That’s not a huge difference, and it’s over a different time period. But I do think it suggests something about buyer psychology: Many of us spend more time ogling houses in neighborhoods we consider desirable, but ultimately settle in less fashionable areas.
I’m open to other explanations, though.