Yes, you’re right! The Boston Beacon Hill real estate market is cooling. Every month minus January in 2018 was slower than the corresponding month in the 2017 housing market.
Despite homes taking longer to sell across the downtown Boston condo market, we still saw price increases across the board from 2018, (MLS Market Action Report). This does not take into account the slowest months of the downtown Boston real estate market still to come: November and December. We typically see price drops (and are seeing them now) in this late fall early winter season.
The Boston Beacon Hill real estate market saw price appreciations in 2018. Most analysts are predicting around 3% average appreciation in 2019.
Five things to consider in a cooling Boston Beacon Hill housing market
1. Price it right!
In any market, and I mean any real estate market – price is king. The right price will sell any Boston Beacon Hill home quickly. This is only more true in a cooling Boston Beacon Hill real estate market. You cannot put up whatever price you want! Beacon Hill condos priced too high will be overlooked, skipped entirely. Be sure your real estate agent has their finger on the market and prices it right to begin with. Also, listen! Don’t pick the agent that gives you the highest price, pick the real estate agent that gives you the best data to support the price they are recommending.
2. Be patient.
Beacon Hill condominiums are taking longer to sell. The “instant” Boston downtown home sale is declining and bidding wars are no longer the norm. Selling your Boston Midtown high rise condo can be a major life event and so now it is important to plan for more market time. Try not to put yourself in a bind if the home does not sell immediately.
3. Don’t panic.
Even though the downtown Boston condo market is cooling price appreciation is still occurring and expected to occur for the foreseeable future. In other words, your home is a good Boston investment. If you haven’t looked around lately at rental prices, you might be shocked at how high they are! Even in a zero appreciation market (which I don’t expect to happen anytime soon) you will still be further ahead as a homeowner paying toward the principle of your loan, then as a renter.
4. Get ready to buy.
The best time to purchase a home or an investment property is not while the market is scorching hot. The best time to buy is when the market is at its worst. In other words, the tougher things get in the Boston real estate market, the more you should consider buying in. Virtually everyone who was able to purchase a home in the greater Portland metro market in 2010 has experienced a true financial windfall, because they purchased their home or an investment property at the best possible time. A cooling market can mean financial opportunity.
5. Pick the best agent.
When everything sells at the drop of a hat folks tend to hire whatever real estate agent is closest to hand. Homeowners may not think it really matters which agent they choose. Of course, I’d argue it matters in every season, but even more so in a tougher market. Pick an agent with an amazing marketing plan and a proven track record, one that has already been through a downturn or two. There are many great agents out there. Of course, I’d be honored if you checked out my marketing plan, record, and experience.