Massachusetts Pending Home Sales Up and Market Confidence High in December to Close out the Year and Throughout 2017

Buyers continued to come out and make accepted offers on single-family homes and condominiums in the final month of the year as the number of homes put under agreement and prices increased in DecemberAs a whole, 2017 saw both homes put under agreement and average median prices increase compared to 2016.

December Pending Sales: 

Single-Family  December 2017  December 2016  % Change 
Sales  3,162  2,834  11.6% 
Median Price  $382,500  $358,750  6.6% 
  • Pending sales have been up 11 of the last 12 months 
Condominium  December 2017  December 2016  % Change 
Sales  1,164  1,068  9.0% 
Median Price  $352,500  $342,500  2.9% 
  • Pending sales have been up 10 of the last 12 months 

Year-End Pending Sales: 

Single-Family  2017  2016  %Change 
Sales  57,308  56,605  +1.2% 
Avg. Median Price  $376,292  $353,644  +6.4% 

 

Condominium  2017  2016  %Change 
Sales  22,634  21,896  +3.4% 
Avg. Median Price  $349,163  $331,929  +5.2% 

Read more in the December 2017 Future Indicators Report.

Dip in Closed Home Sales for Month of May as Median Prices Hit All-Time High

Front Porch Of Resedential Home With Autumn DecorationsToday both single-family and condominium saw a slight dip in sales in May from last year. Despite the drop, median home prices for both single-family homes and condominiums hit new all-time highs. Inventory also reached the lowest level for the month of May since MAR began recording the data in 2004.

Read more in the full May 2017 Closed Sales Release.

  • May single-family home sales went down -2.3% over last year (4,930 sales in 2017 from 5,047 sales in May 2016)
  • May single-family median prices went up 9.2% year-over-year (to $385,000 in 2017 from $352,700 in May 2016)
  • May condo sales went down -0.3% and median prices went up 7.9% (to $369,950)
  • Inventory in May went down -30.6% to 13,918 and condominiums available down -26.3% to 3,876
  • SF listings added to the market in May went up 4.1% over last year. (8,968 from 8,611 in 2016)
  • Condo listings added to the market went up 9.8% over last year. (3,125 from 2,846 in 2016)

Closed Home Sales Down in April After Record Inventory Lows and Rising Prices

Front Porch Of Resedential Home With Autumn DecorationsLow inventory and rising prices caught up to the spring market, with single-family home sales decreasing over eight percent from this time last year. Both single-family and condominium prices saw a hike. Condominium sales decreased almost 10 percent from April 2016.

Read more in the full April 2017 Closed Sales Release.

  • April single-family home sales went down -8.5% over last year (3,735 sales in 2017 from 4,082 sales in April 2016)
  • April single-family median prices went up 3.6% year-over-year (to $362,500 in 2017 from $349,900 in April 2016)
  • April condo sales went down -9.5% and median prices went up 4.6% (to $345,000)
  • Inventory in April went down -31.8% to 13,234 and condominiums available down -28.4% to 3,729
  • SF listings added to the market in April went down -9.5% over last year. (7,706 from 8,513 in 2016)
  • Condo listings added to the market went down -11.1% over last year. (2,640 from 2,971 in 2016)

Spring Market Blooming Despite Ongoing Inventory Shortage and High Prices

Front Porch Of Resedential Home With Autumn Decorations

The number of closed single-family home sales were up more than two percent over March 2016, with median price also seeing a hike. This is despite the month seeing the lowest number of homes for sale since MAR began recording the data in 2004. Condominium sales and price also rose over last year. 

Read more in the full March 2017 Closed Sales Release.

  • March single-family home sales went down 2.1% over last year (3,615 sales in 2017 from 3,540 sales in March 2016)
  • March single-family median prices went up 6.6% year-over-year (to $350,000 in 2017 from $328,375 in March 2016)
  • March condo sales went up 11.3% and median prices went up 8.2% (to $334,950)
  • Inventory in March went down -34.4% to 11,892 and condominiums available down -30.8% to 3,478
  • SF listings added to the market in March went down -13.5% over last year. (7,180 from 8,300 in 2016)
  • Condo listings added to the market went down -7.0% over last year. (2,785 from 2,995 in 2016)