The Number of Massachusetts Single-Family Homes Put Under Agreement Up in November

The number of single-family homes put under agreement in the month of November rose two percent over the last year, marking full year of year-over-year increases. However, condominium pending sales for the month fell from this time last year. From November 2017, the median price for pending single-family homes and condominiums saw over a four percent hike to $397,000 and a one percent hike to $375,000, respectively. 

“Thanksgiving preparations and Black Friday shopping didn’t stop home buyers from finding time in November to make offers on single-family homes,” said 2018 MAR President Rita Coffey, general manager of CENTURY 21 Tullish & Clancy in Weymouth. “Even though prices are ticking closer to the $400,000 mark, with pending sales being up for the past 12 months, home buyers are showing us that the demand is still there.” 

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Pending Home Sales Jump in November as Prices Rise Again

Single-family pending home sales rose over 12 percent this month from November of last year, with prices rising over four 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 almost 20 percent in November, while confidence in prices raised only slightly over last year.

November Pending Sales:

Single Family November 2017 November 2016 % Change
Sales 4,359 3,871 12.6%
Median Price $385,000 $369,000 4.3%
  • Pending sales up for 11 out of the last 12 months
Condominium November 2017 November 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

Read more in the November 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.

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

 

Buyer Demand Keeps Pending Sales Strong in January

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Ongoing buyer demand pushed pending home sales up in January more than 10 percent compared to the same time last year. Realtors® confidence both in the market and in home prices was positive in January.

January Pending Sales:

Single Family January 2017 January 2016 % Change
Sales 3,600 3,254 10.6%
Median Price $354,000 $329,700 7.4%
  • Pending sales have been up 46 of the last 47 months
Condominium January 2017 January 2016 % Change
Sales 1,524 1,278 19.2%
Median Price $330,000 $310,000 6.5%
  • Pending sales have been up 16 of the last 17 months

Realtor® Market and Price Confidence Indexes:

Confidence Index January 2017 January 2016 %Change
Market 69.63 66.98 4%
Price 75.19 73.32 2%
  • The Realtor® Market Confidence Index was up for the 10th straight month
  • 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 the full January 2017 Future Indicators Report.