New Listings on Cinco de Mayo

No Cinco de Mayo celebration for New Listings which remain at a low level:


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Will the Housing Market Frenzy Die Down? That Depends on Sellers

The coronavirus pandemic raised the temperature considerably on the nation’s housing market. The past year has been marked by soaring prices, logic-defying offers over asking price, and steep competition as sellers have been hesitant to put their homes up for sale.

But the heart-pumping, bank account–depleting housing market frenzy could die down—at least a little—in the coming months as more sellers list their properties and inventory slowly increases. About 10% of current homeowners plan to put their homes on the market this year—and more than half are more affordably priced, according to an exclusive survey conducted by realtor.com®. An additional 16% expect to list their properties within the next two to three years.

Typically, only about 8% of homeowners put their homes up for sale a year. This is about a 25% anticipated increase, which translates into about 1.5 million more homes. The increase may be due to folks holding off on selling their homes during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.

“There is a brighter light at the end of the tunnel for many weary buyers,” says Realtor.com Senior Economist George Ratiu.“In a market that right now only has close to half a million listings, a big boost in inventory can mean more choices for buyers and potentially a slowdown in price growth,” says Ratiu. He was quick to add that prices won’t drop, but the double-digit growth may taper off. “It’s signaling a return to normal for the economy and the housing market.”

Read the full article: Housing Market frenzy could cool for this reason (more…)

Open Houses weekend of April 3/4

Here are the today’s Open Houses. There are none currently scheduled for Easter Sunday. If that changes this list will be updated tomorrow morning. Be aware that with such low inventory, many new listings receive offers before the weekend Open Houses.

Open Houses

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New Listings week ending March 26

A modest increase in New Listings this week:


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Where have all the sellers gone?

As I read this New York Times article: Where have all the houses gone? my mind went to Yogi Berra’s line of “it’s deja vu all over again” as I checked my files and discovered that this will be my 5th article with this title – and the first was written in 2013.

Let’s look at the what and the why.

First, the what. This chart shows that inventory has plummeted across the country:

Housing Inventory (more…)

Open Houses weekend February 27/28

Here are this weekend’s Open Houses. Be aware that with such low inventory, many new listings receive offers before the weekend Open Houses.
This list will be updated on Sunday morning (because of the quirks of MLS some of the Sunday Open Houses don’t show up on Saturday.) (more…)

Only One House For Sale in Swampscott under $2 million

The shortage of inventory has been a major topic of conversation both locally and nationally for some time now, but the current situation in Swampscott is extreme.

There are just 5 Single Family Homes for sale (MLS shows 6 but one is listed as both SFH and Condo and is actually a Condo legally). Of those 5 , one is listed at $1.75 million, one at $2.8 million, one at $2.9 million, one at $3.5 million and one at $6.5 million.

Such is the supply/demand equation that when houses at lower prices – and some at higher prices – do come on the market a bidding war breaks out.

Thus, if you may be thinking of selling in the spring, you may want to consider taking advantage of the current market drought and list now, especially with mortgage rates having increased quite sharply from the recent extraordinary lows.

Team Harborside is the leading team for sales on the North Shore and we would delighted to offer you an opinion of the current valuation of your property.

Read these recent articles:
Mortgage Rates are Rising
How Marblehead’s 2021 Property Tax Rate is Calculated
Essex County 2021 Residential Property Tax Rates: Town by Town guide

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@SothebysRealty.com.

“If you’re interested in Marblehead, you have to visit the blog of Mr. Andrew Oliver, author and curator of Oliver Reports . He’s assembled the most comprehensive analysis of Essex County we know of with market data and trends going back decades. It’s a great starting point for those looking in the towns of Marblehead, Sale, Beverly, Lynn and Swampscott.”

Andrew Oliver
Market Analyst | Team Harborside | teamharborside.com
REALTOR®
Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty
One Essex Street | Marblehead, MA 01945
m 617.834.8205

www.OliverReportsMA.com
Andrew.Oliver@SothebysRealty.com

Sotheby’s International Realty® is a registered trademark licensed to Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. Each Office Is Independently Owned and Operated

Andrew Oliver
Sales Associate | Market Analyst | DomainRealty.com
REALTOR®

Naples, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers
Andrew.Oliver@DomainRealtySales.com
m. 617.834.8205
www.MarbleheadSouth.com

 

 

2020: The Top End comes Roaring Back

One of the surprise of the last 2-3 years – to me at least – has been that there has not been more activity in the top end of the market, even as activity increased at lower levels. But that changed in 2020.
Let’s look at sales by price point:

The number of sales over $1 million increased 39% from 353 to 489:

Million dollar sales

The number of sales over $2 million increased to 60 compared with the prior high of 51

Million dollar sales

 

Sales over $3 million doubled from 10 in 2019 to 21 in 2021, passing the prior peak of 18 in 2007:

Million dollar sales

And there was a rebound in sales over $4 million to 12, also passing the prior 2007 peak of 11.

 

Million dollar sales

These charts support what one would normally expect in a rising market – an increase in top-end sales. It took a COVID-inspired exodus from cities to achieve it on this occasion.

Mortgage Rates are Rising
How Marblehead’s 2021 Property Tax Rate is Calculated
Essex County 2021 Residential Property Tax Rates: a Town by Town guide
Conforming Mortgage Loan Limits raised for 2021

Andrew Oliver
Market Analyst | Team Harborside | teamharborside.com
REALTOR®
Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty
One Essex Street | Marblehead, MA 01945
m 617.834.8205

www.OliverReportsMA.com
Andrew.Oliver@SothebysRealty.com

Sotheby’s International Realty® is a registered trademark licensed to Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. Each Office Is Independently Owned and Operated

Andrew Oliver
Sales Associate | Market Analyst | DomainRealty.com
REALTOR®

Naples, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers
Andrew.Oliver@DomainRealtySales.com
m. 617.834.8205
www.AndrewOliverRealtor.com
www.MarbleheadSouth.com

“If you’re interested in Marblehead, you have to visit the blog of Mr. Andrew Oliver, author and curator of OliverReports.com. He’s assembled the most comprehensive analysis of Essex County we know of with market data and trends going back decades. It’s a great starting point for those looking in the towns of Marblehead, Salem, Beverly, Lynn and Swampscott.”

New Listings mid-week February 24

Another week with few new listings:

Click on these links for details:
Marblehead New Listings
Swampscott New Listings
Salem New Listings
Beverly New Listings
Lynn New Listings

These tables show that inventory is reduced from a year ago, when levels were already low:

And read these recent articles:
Mortgage Rates are Rising
How Marblehead’s 2021 Property Tax Rate is Calculated
Essex County 2021 Residential Property Tax Rates: a Town by Town guide
Conforming Mortgage Loan Limits raised for 2021

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@SothebysRealty.com.

“If you’re interested in Marblehead, you have to visit the blog of Mr. Andrew Oliver, author and curator of Oliver Reports . He’s assembled the most comprehensive analysis of Essex County we know of with market data and trends going back decades. It’s a great starting point for those looking in the towns of Marblehead, Sale, Beverly, Lynn and Swampscott.”

Andrew Oliver
Market Analyst | Team Harborside | teamharborside.com
REALTOR®

Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty
One Essex Street | Marblehead, MA 01945
m 617.834.8205

www.OliverReports.com
Andrew.Oliver@SothebysRealty.com

Sotheby’s International Realty® is a registered trademark licensed to Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. Each Office Is Independently Owned and Operated

Andrew Oliver
Sales Associate | Market Analyst | DomainRealty.com
REALTOR®

Naples, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers
Andrew.Oliver@DomainRealtySales.com
m. 617.834.8205
www.OliverReportsFL.com (coming soon)