Time on the Market Drops to New Low in 2017

According to recently released data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median amount of time a home spent on the market hit an all-time low of only three weeks in 2017.

Strong buyer demand, a good economy, and a low inventory of new and existing homes for sale created the perfect storm to accelerate the time between listing and signing a contract. The time needed to sell a home has dropped substantially since its highest mark of 11 weeks in 2012.

The chart below shows the median weeks on the market from 1987 to today.

Time on the Market Drops to New Low in 2017 | Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

If you are a homeowner who is debating whether or not to list your home for sale, know that national market conditions are primed for a quick turnaround! Let’s get together to discuss exactly what’s going on in our area, today!

Source: Keep Current Matters Feed

The Benefits of Homeownership Go Beyond the Financial

The Benefits of Homeownership Go Beyond the Financial | Simplifying The Market

Homeownership is a major part of the American Dream. As evidence of that, 91% of Americans believe that owning a home is either essential (43%) or important (48%) to achieving that “dream.” In a market where some people may be unsure about the benefits and possibilities of buying a home, it is important that we remember this.

Homeownership is NOT just about the money. In fact, some of the major benefits are non-financial. Here are a few of those benefits as per the National Association of Realtors:

  • Consistent findings show that homeownership does make a significant positive impact on educational achievement.
  • Several researchers have found that homeowners tend to be more involved in their communities than renters.
  • Early studies of homeownership and health outcomes found that homeowners and children of homeowners are generally happier and healthier than non-owners, even after controlling for factors such as income and education levels that are also associated with positive health outcomes and positively correlated with homeownership.

Bottom Line

Homeownership means something more to people and their families than just the financial considerations.

Source: Keep Current Matters Feed

Condo Comparison, June 2017

Overall estimates for residential appreciation in the Boston market over the last year is in the range of 11% and Zillow is conservatively predicting around 5% for the next year.  Is this growth sustainable?  Who knows?  What we do know is that the market is cyclical and that what goes up spirals around to a seemingly higher low than the last. Take a look at the graphs below.

Cambridge / Somerville Condo Market Comparison June 2017 vs. 2016

Cambridge:
June 2017: Condos sold: 81 = less14%  | Average. SF: $779 = 11% increase
Median Sale Price: $769,000 = up 7%  | Sale price to original price: 108%

June 2016: Condos sold: 94 | Avg. SF: $701
Median Sale Price: $716,950 | Sale price to original: 107.4%

Somerville:
June 2017: Condos sold: 53 = less18% | Avg. SF: $592 = 14% increase
Median Sale Price: $611,000 = up 2% | Sale price to original: 107.4%

June 2016: Condos sold: 65 | Avg. SF: $521
Median Sale Price: $600,000 | Sale price to original: 104.6%

Cambridge vs Somerville Condo Comparison

 

JP/ Roslindale Condo Market Comparison June 2017 vs. 2016

Jamaica Plain: 
June 2017: Condos sold: 59 = less 19%| Avg. SF: $503
Median Sale Price: $504,000 = up 3% | Sale price to original: 103.7%

June 2016: Condos sold: 73 | Avg. SF: $463 = 9% increase
Median Sale Price: $490,000 | Sale price to 0riginal: 106.1%

Roslindale:
June 2017: Condos sold: 21 = 5% increase | Avg. SF: $360 = 5% decrease
Median Sale Price: $455,000 = up 23% | Sale price to original: 105.7%

June 2016: Condos sold: 20 | Avg. SF: $378
Median Sale Price: $368,000 | Sale price to original: 103.3%

 

Condo Comparison – Dec 2016

Cambridge vs. Somerville

Happy New Year!

We’ve created this infographic that we will be using throughout the year to compare the condo market in Cambridge and Somerville. This will replace the condo trends we’ve sent out in the past.  Let us know what you think.

Thanks.

Cambridge vs Somerville Condos – Nov, 2016

Check out our new Neighborhood Condo Comparison infographic. We are ready for next year where we will be comparing the number of condos on the market year over year, looking at the year to date number of sales and more.

Below you will find neighborhood graphs showing: the number sales by month for the past three years, some interesting demographic tidbits and an area map.  You can also check out other neighborhoods using Clickable Maps on DestinyAgents.com or sign up for our Market Reports to receive information on properties similar to yours and in your neighborhood that are currently on the market and those that have recently been sold.  It’s a great way to get an idea of your homes appreciation.  If you want to dive deeper into the details just let us know. We can help.

Somerville Condo Market Report – 1st Quarter 2014

Somerville Condos March 2014

Somerville Summary: Somerville inventory is down 27%, nine properties from a year ago. On market listing value is down 28% or a bit over 4 million in value. Pending sales are up 16%.

Somerville Sales Chart April 2014

 

The year to date sales dollar volume is up by 28%, which equates to just under 7 million over the first quarter of 2013. The average days on market was 64. The average condo was 1,289 square feet, which is relatively unchanged with an average sale price of $663,656 was up by $165,586 . The aveage price per square foot – $412.

Somerville Condo Trends for January 2014

Somerville Condo Trends Jan14Somerville Summary: The inventory for all property types year over year dropped 26.7% for the start of 2014.  The median sales price rose 27.7% with the year over year overall closed sales for all properties ended the year up by 40%.

January condo inventory was down more than 28% compared to last year. ~ The median list price leaped up a wopping 69% with the active days on market shrinking by 10 days on average. ~ Condos going under agreement improved by nearly 32% compared to last January.

Somerville Condo Sale Chart

The number of condos sold went up by 5% for the month. ~ The median sales price rose slightly by 4%. ~ Days on market for condo sales shrunk to 48 days on average. The original price to sale price ratio was 99% of the original list price. ~ The average square foot priceincreased $390 per SF with an average living area just over 1,263 SF.

Cambridge Year End Condo Trends – December 2013

Cambridge Year End Condo Trends 2013

Cambridge Summary: Inventory remains at historic lows, down over 60% from the end of 2012. ~ The median list price continues to be bullish closing 30% higher. Days on market for listings was about the same, 14 weeks on average before going off market (Reflective of high list pricing). Properties going under agreement fell do to lack of inventory by over 70%.~

Cambridge Condo Sales Chart 2013

Cambridge condo sales, month to date are down 44% and overall the year to date (YTD) lost 2% over last year’s total sold. The median sale price ended the year up 17%. ~ Multiple offers and quick sales kept the original price to sale price higher than normal at 99%. ~ The average square foot price was $526 per SF with an average condo size of 1,304 SF.

Somerville End of Year Condo Trends – December 2013

Somerville Condo Trends for 2013

Somerville Summary: December condo inventory was down more than 20% compared to last year. ~ The median list price leaped up by 63% with the active days on market shrinking by 15% or 14 days on average. ~ Condos going under agreement declined by 25% compared to last December.

Somerville Condo Sales Chart  2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The number of condos sold went up by 45% for the month which resulted in a gain of over 2% for the year. ~ The median sales price rose 33%. ~ Days on market for condo sales were just over a month on average. The original price to sale price ratio was 100% of the original list price. ~ The average square foot price jumped $106 to $441 per SF with an average living area just over 1,200 SF.