The real estate market, both locally and statewide, was a mixed bag in 2015, with some strong movement and some backsliding.\u201cOverall, 2015 was a solid year for the housing market\u201d in Connecticut, a report from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties said.There were 29,081 single- family Connecticut homes sold in 2015, up 10.41% from 2014, when 26,340 were sold. The 2015 median sale price was $231,800. This is down 1.36% year over year. The median in 2014 was $235,000.\u201cAs rates continue to be at historic lows, buyers will still be able to take advantage of lower-priced homes and the increase in inventory in the coming months. In addition, the rising cost of rentals in Connecticut will bring new people into the home-buying market,\u201d the report said.\u201cWe\u2019re still in recovery; there\u2019s no question about it,\u201d\u00a0Peg Koellmer, principal broker at Wilton independent real estate agency Realty Seven told The Bulletin. That\u2019s why she thinks market expectations need to be managed. \u201cDon\u2019t look for surprises this year, or huge increases. We\u2019re just going to coast through,\u201d she said.That would make sense economically, in the opinion of Dr. Nicholas Perna, chief economist of Webster Bank.Last year was a year of modest economic growth for Connecticut and for the United States. Since housing demand is driven by buyer income, \u201cthese are not the makings of an ebullient housing market,\u201d he told The Bulletin.They could be the makings of a modestly growing market, but in Perna\u2019s opinion, the modest benefits that the current national and state growth trends should bestow on the real estate market here are being offset by economic uncertainties and the buyer misgivings they cause.\u201cI don\u2019t expect things to improve dramatically in 2016,\u201d Perna said, giving a forecast similar to Koellmer\u2019s. \u201cWe\u2019re going to get the same amount of total economic growth, but we\u2019ve got this whole budget thing still hanging over our heads, and we\u2019ve got the GE move coming in summer.\u201dRealtor Patrick Filley of Berkshire Hathaway tends to agree with Perna. \u201cThere\u2019s no question that the exodus and the change in structure of certain businesses has had an effect,\u201d he said, adding that the \u201coverall tax situation\u201d in Connecticut may have contributed to the state\u2019s decline in median sale price year over year. Wilton Against 2014, there were fewer homes, more land, and the same number of condominiums sold in Wilton in 2015.There were 207 single-family homes sold last year. This is down 9.6% from 2014, when 229 were sold. The median sale price, however, stayed flat from 2014 to 2015, at $815,000 for both years.According to Koellmer, these are \u201csobering\u201d statistics for people looking to sell their Wilton homes. \u201cThe market used to increase double digits every year for a while,\u201d she said, though admitting that that \u201cwas not sustainable.\u201dNevertheless, \u201cI\u2019m not dissatisfied with what happened in Wilton in 2015,\u201d Koellmer said. \u201cWe\u2019re dead even with median sale price. I think we should look forward to another stable year. If you look at 2008, we were all praying for stability. Now we have it.\u201dData for condominium sales in Wilton shows that, while the number of listings sold stayed flat at 26 from 2014 to 2015, the median sale price increased by 5.83%, to $381,000 from $360,000.Land sales in Wilton were up, with 10 parcels sold in 2015 compared to three in 2014. District Reference Group A For a review of area towns, The Bulletin looked at Connecticut District Reference Group A, which includes Wilton, Westport, Ridgefield, Darien, New Canaan, Weston, Redding, and Easton. Four DRG A towns are more populated than Wilton, while three are less so.This year, almost all district towns saw decreases in median sale price for single-family homes from 2014. The only two that didn\u2019t were Weston, which grew modestly, and Wilton, which remained flat at $815,000.As for closings, the set splits evenly. The towns of Darien, New Canaan, Weston, and Redding all sold a greater number of single-family listings in 2015 than they did in 2014, while Westport, Ridgefield, Wilton, and Easton sold a lesser number. Second to Easton, Wilton fell the furthest \u2014 by 9.6%.Redding saw by far the steepest increase in number of sales \u2014 41.40% \u2014 in 2015. A total of 123 listings were sold in 2015, compared to 87 in 2014. Redding also saw the steepest decrease in median sale price, a 10.10% drop from 2014, when the median was $586,500, to 2015, when it was $527,000.According to Koellmer, Redding\u2019s real estate market has been \u201cvery bad\u201d ever since 2008. \u201cThere\u2019s a lot of things working against Redding,\u201d she said. \u201cIt doesn\u2019t have its own downtown, it doesn\u2019t have proximity to water, it doesn\u2019t have direct train lines.\u201dIn her opinion, Redding\u2019s inventory is severely backed up. This would explain the considerably low number of listings sold there in 2014 compared to 2015, as well as this year\u2019s decrease in the Redding median sale price.That said, \u201cRedding is going to come back fine,\u201d Koellmer added; \u201cwe\u2019re all going to come back fine. But people\u2019s expectations need to be managed.\u201dOf all DRG A towns, Weston was the only one to have increased both its number of listings sold and median sale price in 2015.\u201cI think Weston is on sale,\u201d Filley said. \u201cIf you go and look at houses there, there are large discounts from what some of them were purchased for before.\u201dWestport, Ridgefield and Easton were the three towns that saw decreases this year in both number of listings sold and median sale price. While this can be an \u201cindicator of a bad market,\u201d according to Filley, neither Westport nor Ridgefield is down very far.\u201cWestport went down less than 1% in units sold, and the median sale price is down less than 2%. That\u2019s unremarkable,\u201d Koellmer said. Ridgefield, likewise, is down by less than 3% in listings sold, and less than 2% in median sale price.While Easton\u2019s median sale price fell by less than 2%, the town sold 12.5% fewer homes this year than last. Like Redding, though, \u201cThere\u2019s a lot of shadow inventory there,\u201d Koellmer said. Recession recovery Across the years that have passed since the boom and bust of the United States housing bubble, Wilton\u2019s real estate market has been volatile.For instance, between the years of 2004 and 2015, the highest median sale price for single-family homes in Wilton was recorded at $955,000 in 2006. By 2009 it had fallen 21.2%, to $752,500.In 2010 and 2011, Wilton saw a surge in sale prices. The median sale price recorded in 2009 rose by 2.99% to $775,000 in 2010, and the 2010 median rose by 6.45% to $825,000 in 2011.The median sale price for single-family homes in town then fell dramatically from 2011 to 2012, by 12.42% \u2014 down to $722,500.Prices were back on the rise by 2014. From 2012 to 2013, the median went from $722,500 to $795,000, making a 10% jump. It climbed a little higher in 2014, by 2.5%, to $815,000, where it stayed in 2015. This report was compiled with data from multiple listing services provided by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Realty Seven.