In the Boston-Cambridge-Newton area, the year-over-year median listing price was up 11.9%, but the number of listings on the market was down 26.3%. Homes on the market sold 11 days faster than last year.
“Between the presidential election and a new wave of coronavirus cases, buyers and sellers had a lot of reasons to pause last week,” realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale said in the press release. “The big question is whether both buyers and sellers will jump back into the market after last week’s break. With mortgage rates expected to rise on news of a likely vaccine, buyers may have reason to jump back in and find a home sooner rather than later, but sellers may be more inclined to stay on hold. Thus, even as overall activity slows, we may very well see continued price growth and quick sales.”
Nationwide, new listings were down for their second consecutive week, dropping 12%. That’s a steeper decline than the previous week, when new listings dropped 9%.
The total number of homes for sale dropped slightly for the week, down 39% year-over-year. That figure was at 38% for the previous five weeks, according to the report.
Listing prices had double-digit growth for the 13th consecutive week, up 12.9% compared to 2019. Homes are spending an average of less than two weeks on the market (13 days) compared to this time last year.
Boston Real Estate and the Bottom Line
Boston area homes selling 11 days faster than in 2019