Mass home prices sell at record highs despite decline in sales
A drop in sales for both single-family homes and condos didn’t keep their median prices from hitting record highs for November, according to a report The Warren Group released Thursday. The median price for a single-family home in Massachusetts rose 1.3 percent year over year to $390,000, according to the report, while the median cost of a condo jumped 3.6 percent to $378,000. A sharp decline in single-family sales, however, is signaling more than the average winter real estate slump.“It’s not uncommon for single-family home sales to take a dip towards the end of the year, but a near 12 percent decline is unprecedented,” said Tim Warren, CEO of The Warren Group. “The last time November Massachusetts single-family home sales declined by a larger percent was nine years ago in November 2010, when sales plummeted almost 30 percent.”
Condo sellers saw a 4.9 percent year-over-year decrease in sales, but Warren predicts that this market will flourish. “Despite the year-over-year decline in the number of sales, I fully expect the condo market to round out the year on par with where it was in 2018,” he said. “Units in new developments are being snatched up left and right, which continues to add upward pressure to the median sale price. But this isn’t scaring away buyers anytime soon.”
In Greater Boston, sales of single-family homes and condos dropped 16 percent and 6.8 percent, respectively, year over year, according to a report the Greater Boston Association of Realtors released Thursday. Meanwhile, the median sales price for single-family homes reached a record high for the month ($599,900), a 2.3 percent increase over November 2018, while the median sales price for condo units remained flat at roughly $563,000. As buyers take their time, homes are sitting on the market longer in Greater Boston. Single-family homes are staying on an average of 56 days before they sell (12 percent longer), while condos are going after 52 days (18.2 percent longer).
Courtesy of Boston Real Estate Times – What are condos and single-family homes selling for in your area? Here’s the Greater Boston Association of Realtors’ breakdown for 64 communities:
Central Middlesex County
Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Concord, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Maynard, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston
These communities saw a drop (5 percent) in the median single-family selling price, from $778,863 in November 2018 to $740,000 in November 2019. Condo prices, however, rose 10.4 percent, from $438,950 in November 2018 to $484,500. Single-family homes spent an average of 79 days on the market. For condos, it was 69.
Burlington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn
These communities saw a 5 percent increase in the median single-family selling price, from $579,000 in November 2018 to $608,000 in November 2019. Condo prices jumped 9.1 percent, from $417,000 in November 2018 to $455,000 in November 2019. Single-family homes spent an average of 44 days on the market. Condos were on for 36 days on average.
Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Dedham, Everett, Milton, Newton, Revere, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown, and Winthrop
The median selling price for single-family homes inched up 1.9 percent, from $667,500 in November 2018 to $680,000 in November 2019. Condo prices decreased slightly (0.6 percent), from $650,000 in October 2018 to $646,000. Single-family homes spent an average of 48 days on the market. For condos, that number was 53.
Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Natick, Needham, Sherborn, and Wellesley
The median selling price for a single-family home dropped 1.8 percent, from $600,000 in November 2018 to $589,000 in November 2019. Condo prices jumped 25.1 percent, from $403,700 in November 2018 to $505,000 in November 2019. Single-family homes spent an average of 64 days on the market. For condos, it was 60.
Southern Norfolk County
Avon, Bellingham, Canton, Foxborough, Franklin, Mansfield, Norfolk, Norwood, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, Westwood, and Wrentham
The median selling price for a single-family home here was $468,500 in November 2019, a 6.5 percent increase from the November 2018 price of $440,000. Condo prices shot up 24 percent, from $289,900 in November 2018 to $359,500. Single-family homes spent an average of 54 days on the market. For condos, it was 50.
City of Boston
The median selling price for a single-family home here was $604,500 in November 2019, a 0.7 percent decrease from $609,000 in November 2018. Condo prices slipped 0.8 percent, from $650,000 in November 2018 to $645,000. Single-family homes spent an average of 40 days on the market. For condos, it was 54.