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Boston Beacon Hill housing trends

I have been reading the predictions for the Boston condo for sale market for 2024. People who work in the real estate industry are predicting a marvelous year. Those predictions are good for the moral of Boston condominium for sale agents here to score.

Most experts are predicting that mortgage interest rates will go down which will make Boston properties more affordable for some but they are still expensive and too expensive for most. Those who can buy are going to have some challenges because home owners who are locked into 3% mortgage rates are not going to jump at the chance to sell and end up with a larger mortgage.

In other words next year probably see low inventory for some home buyers on the lower end of the scale. Will people buy Beacon Hill condos? Absolutely.

For those who managed to purchased a Beacon Hill condo for sale this year before the holidays I have a poem that I wrote with the help from AI:

No more carols sung in rented halls,
No more dreams confined by thin, shared walls.
This Christmas tide, a joy most bright,
Your own a brick condo bathed in winter’s light.

The stress of offers, papers piled high,
Fades as you file them a final a good bye.
Keys jingle soft, a whispered chime,
Your first Yule log, burning bold and prime.

Stars peek through window, frosted white,
As laughter dances through the halls at night.
Stocking hung above by the cozy fire,
Whispers of wishes rising ever higher.

No landlord’s grumbles, no paint chipped thin,
This condo belongs to you, within, within.
Hanging window planters in the frosted air,
From every appliance and kitchen ware.

So raise a glass, let carols sound,
Cheers to your condo, newly found.
May every joy this season bring,
Fill your home with the warmth of spring.

For this Christmas, wrapped in frosted bliss,
You’ve gifted yourself a Beacon Hill happiness.

Merry Christmas, new homeowners bold,
May your stories, like snowflakes, forever unfold.

If a Beacon Hill condo is a goal for 2024. Ford Realty is here to help you score.


Boston Beacon Hill housing trends

Buying a Boston condo for sale right now is probably not the best idea. Five thousand real estate agents just clicked off of their web browsers, I know, but 64% of potential home buyers agree with me. Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index for June reveals the big “turn off” this housing bubble has caused. The best move may be to wait a while until the housing market levels off or cools.

New home building permits are down, but completions seem to be buoying decreasing demand

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The good news for those selling their homes is that the same report shows 77% of those surveyed saying it’s time to sell. Also, some reports indicate that the bidding wars are cooling off now, which could mean a gradual deflation of the real estate balloon some fear might burst any day now. Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae Senior Vice President, and Chief Economist, offered this:

“Consumers also continued to cite high home prices as the principal reason for their ongoing and significant divergence in sentiment toward homebuying and home-selling conditions. In addition, while all surveyed segments have expressed greater negativity toward homebuying over the last few months, renters who say they are planning to buy a home in the next few years have demonstrated an even steeper decline in homebuying sentiment than homeowners.”

Duncan went on to say affordability concerns are the main reason first-time homebuyers have chilled out on buying. However, he also says demand for housing seems stable now since relative stability in the economy and record low interest rates continue to buoy the bubble. Still, a recent Redfin report showed warring bid offers made to agents in June were at 65% compared to 74.1% back in April. For me, this indicates that supply and demand may be leveling out owing to potential buyers being priced out of the market and because new housing supply is gaining. 

Housing 2021

A June report from the U.S. Census seems to support my statement above. The report shows that April and May new housing completions beat expectations by as much as 16%. Building permits for may stood at 1,681,000, while housing starts and completions reached  1,572,000, and 1,368,000 respectively. As you can see from the chart above, we’ve not seen these numbers since before 2006. By next month the combination of demand factors and supply may start to drive down prices without the FED jockeying interest rates. 

Boston Condos  for Sale and the Bottom Line

So, instead of a market bubble bursting, we will hopefully see a gradual deflation of the impossible boon that’s been going on. Barring any unforeseen economic variables, the U.S. real estate market will reach a kind of equilibrium in the Fall. The only problem I foresee is the fact that new housing permits have fallen off sharply. This means that demand may continue to exceed supply even with new buyers reconsidering purchasing their first homes. It looks like investors may be chilling as well. Only time will tell.  



Beacon Hill Trends

Over the past few years, two trends have emerged in the Beacon Hill housing market:

  1.  Beacon Hill Home renovations have shot up
  2. Inventory of Beacon Hill condos available for sale on the market has dropped

A ‘normal’ housing market is defined by having a 6-month supply of homes for sale. According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors, we are currently at a 4.4-month supply.

This low inventory environment has many current homeowners worried that they would be unable to find a home to buy if they were to list and sell their current houses, which is causing many homeowners to instead renovate their homes in an attempt to fit their needs.

Low housing inventory

According to Home Advisorhomeowners spent an average of $6,649 on home improvements over the last 12 months. If that number seems high, it also includes homeowners who recently bought fixer-uppers.

A new study from Zillow asked the question,

“Given a choice between spending a fixed amount of money on a down payment for a new home or fixing up their current home, what would you do?”

Renovations by Age

Seventy-six percent of those surveyed said that they would rather renovate their current homes than move. The results are broken down by generation below.

More and more studies are coming out about the intention that many Americans have to ‘age in place’ (or retire in the area in which they live). Among retirees, 91% would prefer to renovate than spend their available funds on a down payment on a new home.

If their current house fits their needs as far as space and accessibility are concerned, then a renovation could make sense. But if renovations will end up changing the identity of the home and impacting resale value, then the renovations may end up costing them more in the long run.

With home prices increasing steadily for the last 6.5 years, homeowners have naturally gained equity that they may not even be aware of. Listing your house for sale in this low-competition environment could net you more money than your renovations otherwise would.

Bottom Line

If you are one of the many Boston condo homeowners who is thinking about remodeling instead of selling, let’s get together to help you make the right decision for you based on the demand for your house in today’s market.

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Beacon Hill Population Demographics


Total Population5,075
Male Population2,465
Female Population2,611
Male Population 48.57 %
Female Population 51.45 %
Median Age33
Citizen US Born4,022
Citizen not US Born594
Not Citizen460
Citizen US Born 79.25 %
Citizen not US Born 11.7 %
Not Citizen 9.06 %
Moved from Abroad154
Moved from Same Country626
Moved from Same State407
Moved from Different State392
Same House as Last Year3,472
Moved from Abroad 3.03 %
Moved from Same Country 12.33 %
Moved from Same State 8.02 %
Moved from Different State 7.72 %
Same House as Last Year 68.41 %

Occupational Employment in Beacon Hill

White Collar3,022
Blue Collar69
White Collar59.55 %
Blue Collar1.36 %
Self Employees166
Private Companies2,137
Governmental Workers144
Not for Profit Companies643
Self Employees 3.27 %
Private Companies 42.11 %
Governmental Workers 2.84 %
Not for Profit Companies 12.67 %

Number of Households in Beacon Hill

Total Households2,532
Average People Per Household2
Family Households831
Non-family Households1,701
Non-family Households 16.37 %
Family Households 33.52 %
Households with Children304
Households without Children2,228
Households with Children 5.99 %
Households without Children 43.9 %

Median and Average Income in Beacon Hill

Average Household Income$159,432.38
Median Household Income$107,838.00
People below Poverty Level581
People above Poverty Level4,107

Housing in Beacon Hill

Occupied Housing Units2,532
Owner Occupied859
Renter Occupied1,673
Owner Occupied 16.93 %
Renter Occupied 32.97 %
With Mortgage479
Without Mortgage380
Median Value with Mortgage$698,850.00
Median Value without Mortgage$916,950.00
Median Housing Costs per Month$2,286.00
With Mortgage 9.44 %
Without Mortgage 7.49 %

Beacon Hill Education Statistics

No High School37
Some High School448
Some College339
Associate Degree94
Bachelor’s Degree1,733
Graduate Degree1,764
Never Married2,381
Never Married 46.92 %
Married 34.66 %
Separated 0.67 %
Widowed 1.99 %
Divorced 6.82 %

Means of Transport to Work in Beacon Hill

Bus or TrolleyBus148


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