April 2017 Greater Boston Real Estate Market Trends

Here’s April 2017’s Monthly Indicators report from the Greater Boston Association of Realtors® showing Boston real estate market trends.


April 2017 Greater Boston Real Estate Market Trends

A continued shortage of homes for sale and rising prices throughout Greater Boston have softened overall sales of single-family homes and condominiums in April according to data released from the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR).

Sales of single-family detached homes saw a 9.4 percent drop in year-over-year sales in April, as 844 homes were sold compared to the 932 homes sold in April 2016, which is a 9.4 percent drop. This is the ninth highest sales total on record for Greater Boston and is slightly lower than the monthly historical average of 867 homes sold. In the condo market, there were 734 units sold in April 2017, which was an 11.5 percent decrease from the 829 units sold in April 2016. Last month’s condo sales were the tenth highest on record and fell short of the historical monthly average of 797 units sold.


The lack of inventory is continuing to hinder sales activity as there simply aren’t enough homes on the market to satisfy buyer demand. The competition for limited supply of listings is creating multiple offer situations which is driving up prices beyond the reach of some buyers, especially those at the entry level.

Condominium
  • April condo sales DOWN -11.5%
  • Median prices UP 9% ($523,500)
  • Active Listings DOWN -27.3% to 1,655
  • Listings added to the market DOWN -5.5% over last year (1,402 from 1,484 in 2016)
Single-Family
  • April single-family home sales DOWN -9.4%
  • Median prices UP 12.3% ($595,000)
  • Active Listings DOWN -32.3% to 2,768
  • Listings added to the market DOWN -8.3% over last year (1,970 from 2,149 in 2016)

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Greater Boston April 2017 Real Estate Trends

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March 2017 Greater Boston Real Estate Market Trends

Here’s March 2017’s Monthly Indicators report from the Greater Boston Association of Realtors® showing Boston real estate market trends.


March 2017 Greater Boston Real Estate Market Trends

The spring housing market got off to a strong start as sales of single-family homes and condominiums rose in March, following a mild winter, steady incoming job growth, and high buyer demand according to data issued today by the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR).

Sales of single-family detached homes saw a 5.6 percent increase in year-over-year sales in March, as 825 homes were sold compared to the 781 homes sold in March 2016. This is the fifth highest sales total on record for the month of March and is the highest sales total since the record 1,001 homes sold in March 2007. Likewise, sales of condos rose 7.1 percent from March 2016 to last month as 810 condos were sold compared to 756 the previous year. Last month’s condo sales were the fourth highest on record, and similar to the single-family sales, was the highest sales total since the record 950 condos sold in March 2007.

Condominium
  • March condo sales UP 7.1%
  • Median prices UP 8.6% ($520,000)
  • Active Listings DOWN -28.8% to 1,501
  • Listings added to the market DOWN -7.5% over last year (1,436 from 1,553 in 2016)
Single-Family
  • March single-family home sales UP 5.6%
  • Median prices UP 17.5% ($555,000)
  • Active Listings DOWN -36.0% to 2,296
  • Listings added to the market DOWN -14.5% over last year (1,881 from 2,199 in 2016)

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March 2017 Greater Boston Real Estate Trends

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Get Your Mortgage Pre-Approval Early

Take the first step towards becoming a serious home buyer

Early in the home buying process (before you look at homes) it is important to consult a lender to evaluate your credit profile, get a sense for your true budget, and talk about loan options.

A mortgage pre-approval is proof that a lender is willing to make you a loan. With a pre-approval letter, real estate agents and sellers know you are a serious home buyer.

How to get pre-approved:

1. Before seeking pre-approval, you must first obtain your credit score and credit history report to spot any errors or potential issues. Your credit score affects your ability to qualify for different types of loans and receive favorable interest rates. Lenders will often work with borrowers with a low or moderately low credit score and suggest ways to improve or correct credit problems before applying for a mortgage.

2. Once you have pulled your credit score and have made any necessary improvements, you will then complete a mortgage application by supplying your lender with documentation that demonstrates your financial history and reliability, employment and personal information.

3. Typically the pre-approval process can take two to four weeks. From the data you provided, your lender will not only confirm your ability to qualify for a mortgage, but approve a specific loan amount and give you a better idea of the interest rate you will be charged on the loan. They will also give you a realistic understanding of the costs associated with buying a home so there are no surprises or disappointments. (Determine the maximum and minimum amount you can qualify for so you have the flexibility if you find your dream).

4. You will then receive a written conditional commitment for an exact loan amount, allowing you to begin looking for homes at or below that price level.

Bottom Line: A mortgage pre-approval letter proves that you already have backing and the ability to go through with the sale, which makes you a much more attractive buyer to sellers.

Joe Schutt

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