Always good to get the big picture statewide – our local markets are mirroring the statewide trends.
Prices up as closed sales down again in March compared to last year
March 2014 Sales Data
WALTHAM, Mass. – April 23, 2014 – The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) reported today that while a general shortage of homes for sale pushed sales down and prices up in March, the spring market is starting to come to life. For the second straight month homeowners have added more homes to the market than the same time last year. Condominium sales and prices were both up in March.
“While the market still needs more homes for sale – including both existing homes and new construction- the increase in new listings in March is a good sign,” said 2014 MAR President Peter Ruffini, regional vice president at Jack Conway & Co., in Norwell. “With home values on an upward trend, it gives homeowners the opportunity and incentive to take advantage of the current buyer demand and list their homes for sale.”
There were 2,698 detached single-family homes sold this March, which was down 11.5 percent from the 3,048 homes sold the same time last year. On a month-to-month basis, home sales were up 27.2 percent from 2,084 homes sold this past February. A significant increase in home sales from February-to-March is typical.
The median selling price for single-family home in March was $314,063 which was up 8.3 percent from $290,000 in March 2013. This is the 18th straight monthly year-over-year increase. On a month-to-month basis, the March median selling price was up 6.5 percent from $294,950 in February.
There were 1,264 condominiums sold this past March, an increase of 4.2 percent from the 1,213 condos sold the same time last year. Year-over-year sales of condominiums have gone up 26 out of the last 27 months. On a month-to-month basis, condominium sales were up 36.1 percent from 903 condominiums sold this past February. Similar to single-family home sales, a significant increase in condo sales from February-to-March is typical.
The median selling price for condominium in March was $300,154 which was up 11.2 percent from the $270,000 median price in March 2013. This is the 10th straight year-over-year increase. On a month-to-month basis, the February median selling price was up 5.3 percent from $283,000 in February.
Inventory and Days on Market:
The inventory of single-family homes as of March 31, 2014 decreased 13.9 percent from March 2013 (16,691 listings in 2014 from 19,695 listings in 2013) which translates into 4.0 months of supply in March 2014. This is down from 5.0 months of supply last year and flat from this past February. This was the 25th straight month of inventory decreases.
The number of new listings added to the market of single-family homes in March increased 12 percent over the same time last year (7,110 new listings in 2014 from 6,347 in 2013).
The inventory of condominiums on the market in March was down 23.7 percent compared to the year before (4,733 listings in 2014 from 6,206 listings in 2013), which translates into 2.7 months of supply, which is down from 4.0 months in March 2013 and down from 2.8 months in February.
The number of new listings added to the condominium market in March decreased less than one percent (-0.8%) from March 2013 (2,651 new listings in 2014 from 2,672 listings in 2013).
Detached single-family homes stayed on the market an average of 122 days in March 2014 compared to an average of 140 days in March 2013. Condos stayed on the market an average of 85 days, down from an average of 106 days in March 2013. On a month-to-month basis, days on market for single-family homes was up from 121 days in February while condos were down from 98 days.