Enjoy sophisticated living in this wonderful family neighborhood, just steps to private beaches and the Goldthwait Reservation. Sit on the mahogany front porch and observe, or retire to the sheltered private oasis back yard and feast on your own blueberries. (more…)
And no, Swampscott did not record 2 safeties in the Thanksgiving football game. The headline refers to the numbers of sales and pending sales so far in 2014 of houses priced at $1 million and above. Here are the details, with numbers also for the full year in 2013: (more…)
Conventional wisdom – which, like the weather forecast, is right occasionally – says that the pace of home sales slows after July 4. The logic of this is that, with the purchase process taking typically 6-8 weeks, July 4 or thereabouts is a good target date for those who want to be in their new homes in time for the start of the school year. (more…)
Because of both the small number of sales and the fact that each house can be very different – ranging from tear down to immaculately restored – it is hard to produce reliable data on the top end – which I define for this article as $2 million plus.
But I can try.
I have looked at sales (including for 2014 pending sales) and compared them with the number of houses available for sale on July 18 each year: (more…)
Sales of properties between $1 million and $2 million in Marblehead in 2014 have already reached 17 with 11 more pending. Assuming all the pending sales close, the year’s total would be 28, matching the previous peak set in 2005.
In all likelihood, therefore, 2014 will see a new record. Along with increased sales we are also seeing more properties for sale, as the following table shows: (more…)
The overall housing market is very close to peak levels, which generally occurred in 2005. For both Essex County and Massachusetts as a whole the median price in the first half of 2014 was just 3% below the 2005 peak. (more…)
We are promised a return of the sun this morning. Meanwhile here is a special offer for a dreary morning: to receive SEVEN FREE REPORTS published today (not even S&H) go to www.OliverReports.com, and on the right hand side, just below ABOUT MARBLEHEAD, enter your email address, hit Subscribe and then click CONFIRM FOLLOWING on the email you will receive.
Every time a new article is published you will receive an email with a short extract so you can choose which reports to read. (more…)
At first glance, the Marblehead condo market reached a record median price level in the first half of 2014, beating the previous high for the first half by more than $20,000.
But it is always important to keep in mind that the condo market here is small, something which can distort raw numbers. There were 19 sales in the first half of the year. The sale immediately below the median was $328,000 and the one above it $405,000, so one more sale in the quarter could have had a marked impact on the median price. (more…)
The median price of a Single Family Home (SFH) in Marblehead reached a record level of $582,500 in the first half of 2014, narrowly beating the previous high of $577,562 in 2006. Note, however, that prices have not yet bettered the levels in the second half of both 2005 and 2006.
The median price for the full year in 2005 and 2006 was $584,000 and $585,000 respectively, so it would appear at this stage that 2014 will see us very close to prior peak levels. (more…)
Sales of million dollar homes continued at a brisk pace in the second quarter. YTD there have been 17 sales with a further 15 pending. If all these close, the total will reach 32, within sight of the record 36 in 2005. As there are several months of sales till to come, I think it is a fair bet that 2014 will see a record level of million dollar sales in Marblehead. (more…)
I am constantly on the look out for new ways to demonstrate the current market (that being what interests most of us) and I have added another calculation to my table: the ratio of pending sales to pending and active combined. For example, if there are currently 50 homes for sale of which 25 have received an offer, my stats will show pending 25 and active 25. The new calculation is the ratio of pending – 25 – to pending and active – 50 – or 50%. Thus the higher the ratio the greater number of houses for sale with an accepted offer and, conversely, the smallest percentage available for sale to a buyer. Note that this calculation should be more reflective of current market conditions than the usual supply figure shown, which is based on sales for the last 12 months. (more…)