Goode & Farmer Report – Provincetown Truro and Wellfleet Year End 2013
Well, we all thought 2012 was a year filled with trepidation and anxiety. That was before we experienced 2013 – the year of the government shutdown, the Boston Marathon bombings, Washington DC gridlock and numerous other international diversions.
While not a record breaker relative to last year, 2013 was in fact a very strong year on the Outer Cape. Nationally, one of the biggest news stories was improving real estate markets as supported by the S&P Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index showing home prices up 13.61% over last year – the largest gain in almost 8 years.
The strength of our local market is important as it has created equity for homeowners, boosted buyer confidence, and pulled many underwater homeowners into positive equity positions. Year-end results again seem to have surpassed what many in the industry expected. Total sales in Provincetown were down 12% from 229 units in 2012 to 201 units in 2013. Total volume closed was up 4% from $127M to $132M in 2013.
There were 124 condominium sales in 2013 totaling $56M vs. 166 condo sales in 2012 totaling $70M – a decrease of 25%. The average sale price for condominiums in Provincetown was up 8% over 2012 to an average sale price of $453K. The time on market for condos decreased by an average of 33 days this year. The average price per square foot for condos sold was $526.
Single-family home sales in Provincetown remained strong with 48 sales in 2013 totaling $49M vs. 52 sales for $47M in volume in 2012 – a 5% increase in volume. The average sale price for a single-family home was up 12% to an average sale price of $1.024M.
Provincetown leads the way on the Cape for positive real estate news and tends to follow the key downtown Boston neighborhoods in performance stats more than other towns on the Cape. Provincetown continues to attract buyers from cities and towns around the country and international buyers who have visited over the years that now want to have a home here on the Outer Cape.
This market dynamic continues to build the case for spring 2014 being another historically opportune time for those sellers who have been waiting on the sidelines to put their property on the market. This strong demand for Provincetown real estate by more confident buyers just may be the highest in many years.
Other towns on the Outer Cape did relatively well too. The number of single-family sales in Truro was down a moderate 9% to 48 from 53 in 2012. The average sales price was down 15% to $594K from $698K last year. The Truro market consists mostly of single-family homes.
In Wellfleet, the average sales price of single-family properties sold increased slightly to $536K from $532K last year. The number of sales decreased by 13% to 70 from 80 in 2012. Wellfleet is predominantly a single-family sales market as well.
A very active real estate market is indeed back – along with improving prices! And nowhere is this more evident than in continued buyer confidence in Provincetown and the Outer Cape.
Buyers do need more choices though as inventory remains low. Positive buyer and seller attitudes coupled with a continuation of relatively low mortgage rates and an improving economy bode well for 2014 being a great year to jump in the market and own a piece of paradise.
Please call or stop in if you are considering selling or buying, or if you are just curious as to what your home is worth. Our business philosophy has always been that the best-informed buyers and sellers are most satisfied with their real estate results. And that’s what we do best!