Altos Research’s latest 10-city composite index of asking prices showed a 1.1% increase in March. This isn’t bad news, but it’s not great news either.

The reason that prices increased is that more expensive homes are lingering on the market and lower priced homes are selling. As a result, the median listing price is shifting higher.

(Remember, these are the prices sellers are asking, not what the homes eventually sell for.)

“It implies some amount of stability in that the bottom is not falling as much,” said Mike Simonsen, co-founder and CEO of Altos Research. “And people are getting more bang for the buck at high end because the price per square foot continues to fall.”

Interestingly, the largest monthly drop was in Salt Lake City, a market that was relatively stable until about a year ago. Salt Lake City asking prices fell 4%. The median asking price in Las Vegas dropped 3.9%. Asking prices rose more than 2% in Los Angeles, Houston, Boston, San Diego and San Francisco.

Source: Altos via BusinessWeek

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Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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