Pending Home Sales See Another Bump in October as Prices Remain Near $400,000 Mark

Single-family pending home sales rose over two percent this month from October of last year, with prices rising close to five percent. Pending condominium sales were also up, rising more than two percent over last year, while prices increased slightly. Realtors® confidence in the market was up again in October, while confidence in prices dropped slightly over last year.

October Pending Sales:

Single Family October 2017 October 2016 % Change
Sales 5,181 5,055 2.5%
Median Price $395,900 $378,750 4.5%
  • Pending sales up for 11 out of the last 12 months
Condominium October 2017 October 2016 % Change
Sales 1,895 1,854 2.2%
Median Price $349,000 $345,000 1.2%
  • Pending sales up for nine out of the last 12 months

Realtor® Market and Price Confidence Indexes:

Confidence Index October 2017 October 2016 %Change
Market 72.24 70.18 2.95%
Price 67.86 68.86 -1.46%
  • The Realtor® Market Confidence Index up for the 29th time in 30 months
  • The Realtor® Price Confidence Index down for the fourth time in 12 months
  • Measured on a 100-point scale, a score of 50 is the midpoint between a “strong” (100 points) and a “weak” (0 points) market condition

Read more in the October 2017 Future Indicators Report.

Rising Pending Home Sales in September Could Signify a Busy Fall Real Estate Market

Single-family pending home sales jumped over four percent this month from September of last year, with prices rising close to five percent. Pending condominium sales were also up, rising more than three percent over last year, while prices increased slightly. Realtors® confidence in the market and in home prices were both up again in September. This month’s “Hot Topic” question asks Realtors® how they would describe the appraisal process in the last six months.

September Pending Sales:

Single Family September 2017 September 2016 % Change
Sales 5,288 5,056 4.6%
Median Price $395,876 $378,750 4.5%
  • Pending sales up for 11 out of the last 12 months
Condominium September 2017 September 2016 % Change
Sales 1,918 1,855 3.4%
Median Price $349,000 $345,000 1.2%
  • Pending sales up for 10 out of the last 12 months

Realtor® Market and Price Confidence Indexes:

Confidence Index September 2017 September 2016 %Change
Market 76.74 73.33 4.64%
Price 68.48 67.15 1.98%
  • The Realtor® Market Confidence Index up for the 28th time in 29 months
  • The Realtor® Price Confidence Index up for the eighth time in nine months
  • Measured on a 100-point scale, a score of 50 is the midpoint between a “strong” (100 points) and a “weak” (0 points) market condition

Read more in the September 2017 Future Indicators Report.

Massachusetts Median Home Prices Remain at the $400,000 Mark as Number of Homes for Sale Reach Lowest Level for July since 2004

Front Porch Of Resedential Home With Autumn Decorations

The median price for a single-family home hit the $400,000 mark for the second month in a row in July. Single-family homes saw a dip in sales over last year, while condominiums sales rose slightly. Inventory also reached the lowest level for the month of July since MAR began recording the data in 2004.
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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)

Continuing Buyer Demand Pushed Pending Sales Up in May

Single-family pending home sales were up over 11 percent in May from last year. Pending condominium sales were also up more than 12 percent this month. The median price for both single-family homes and condos continued to rise. Realtors® confidence both in the market and in home prices was positive in May, with both indexes making slight gains over 2016.

May Pending Sales:

Single Family May 2017 May 2016 % Change
Sales 7,280 6,530 11.5%
Median Price $385,000 $352,700 9.2%
  • Pending sales have been up 50 of the last 51 months
Condominium May 2017 May 2016 % Change
Sales 2,736 2,432 12.5%
Median Price $370,000 $343,000 7.9%
  • Pending sales have been up or flat 19 of the last 21 months

Realtor® Market and Price Confidence Indexes:

Confidence Index May 2017 May 2016 %Change
Market 83.54 81.25 3%
Price 73.94 72.46 2
  • The Realtor® Market Confidence Index has been up or flat for 26 straight months
  • The Realtor® Price Confidence Index has been up for 5 straight months
  • Measured on a 100-point scale, a score of 50 is the midpoint between a “strong” (100 points) and a “weak” (0 points) market condition