May Housing Inventory shows some improvement

There has been a sharp, seasonal increase in the number of properties for sale in the last two months, but this only brings the available inventory back to around last year’s levels and well below that of 2020:

Single Family Homes

Housing Inventory


The number of Condos available has also jumped, but in this case still remains below year ago levels:


400 groups view $1 million property in 4 days

Are potential buyers suffering buyer fatigue and withdrawing from the search? Well, not according to this recent example where a staggering 400 groups viewed a $1 million listing in Wenham in 4 days.
The only reaction is…. wow! Wow indeed.

Essex County 2021 Median Prices: Town by Town Guide

The median Single Family Home price in Essex County increased 13% in 2021 to $609,000, while the median Condo price increased 11% to $388,000. The increases for Massachusetts overall were very similar but note that the median Condo price in Boston increased by only 5%.

And read these recent articles:
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Essex County 2022 Property Tax Rates: Town by Town guide
January Inventory – how low can you go?
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Guide to Buying and Selling in Southwest Florida

If you – or somebody you know – are considering buying or selling a home and have questions about the market and/or current home prices, please contact me on 617.834.8205 or

Andrew Oliver, M.B.E.,M.B.A.
Market Analyst | Team Harborside |
Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty
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January Inventory – how low can you go?

After increasing somewhat – albeit from a very low base – in the first several months of 2021, the seasonal drop-off after October after was just as sharp as in prior years – and again this is a reduction from a low level. 2022 is starting off at a seemingly impossible even lower level.

Single Family Homes
The % decline is almost irrelevant. More relevant is the months of supply shown.

Inventory now has less than 1 months’ supply overall and is only over 1 month – but still far below the 6 months deemed to reflect a market in equilibrium – at prices over $1.5 million.


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