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Social Distancing and The North of Boston Real Estate Market Week 27

Here’s a look at the week of September 13th-19th in the suburbs north of Boston, specifically Middlesex and Essex Counties, for single-family homes and condominiums.  Available homes had an increase of of 17%, with 2,830 homes available on the market.  Very much in line with what we saw in July.  We had 825 new listings come on the market, a decrease of 15% from the week before. Again more than what we've seen lately, however, in line again with what we saw mid July.  Pending homes increased by 37% compared to the week before with 814 going pending. Overall 29% of the market did get absorbed through pending listings which shows that it is a very strong seller's market.  That number is a little bit higher than what we've seen lately and again closer to what we saw mid July.  For sellers out there considering selling your home, the time is still right to put your home on the market.  The numbers remain strong, buyer demand remains high. For buyers out there, unfortunately there's no release just yet. There still is a lack of inventory in our area and certainly high buyer demand. 

If you are considering moving to the suburbs north of Boston give us a call at 617-275-3379.

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Community Spotlight Barker's Farm North Andover MA

For our September Community Spotlight, we are featuring one of our favorite apple orchards, Barker's Farm in North Andover.  A hidden gem in our opinion!  Barker's Farm has a great selection of apples and plenty of low trees, for the littlest helpers!  Check out the video to see more apple picking fun!

Barker's Farm

1267 Osgood St, North Andover, MA 01845

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Social Distancing and The North of Boston Real Estate Market Week 26

Here’s a look at the north of Boston real estate market, for Middlesex and Essex counties.  So last week we had 2,424 homes available on the market a decrease of 7% compared to the week before. New listings had a huge increase of 74% as 965 homes came on the market last week. Now that's most likely due to many home sellers deciding not to put their home on the market right before Labor Day and wait until after the holiday weekend.  Pending homes decreased by 18% from the week before.  Overall 25% of the market did get absorbed through pending listings which shows that it's still a strong seller's market.  Although those numbers dipped from what we saw the previous week, we are anticipating that that is due to the holiday weekend.  We’ll continue to watch the numbers to see if that is a seasonal trend.  We are still seeing multiple offers out there and the market does remain strong.

So the total number of units sold went down 5% compared to August of 2019, that's due to the lack of inventory. Homes available for sale went down by about 19%. It's taking less times for homes to sell as days on market is down 5.5%.  However, homes are selling for more money as median prices are up 12.1%.

If you're considering a move in the suburbs north of Boston we'd love to hear from you!

Call us at 617-275-3379 or Contact us here.

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Social Distancing and The North of Boston Real Estate Market Week 25

We hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! As anticipated new listings slowed slightly, likely due to the Labor Day weekend in the suburbs north of Boston.  

Last week we had 2619 homes available on the market, very similar to the week before.  For new listings, 554 homes came on the market last week, a decrease of 18% compared to the week before.  716 homes went pending last week a very slight increase of 1% from the previous week. Overall 27% of the market last week did get absorbed through pending listings which shows that it remains a very strong seller's market. It’s very consistent to what we saw over the past couple of months.

If you are considering a move to the suburbs north of boston give us a call at 617-275-3379.

 

 

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How Will the Presidential Election Impact Real Estate?

How Will the Presidential Election Impact Real Estate? | MyKCM
 

The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the most challenging times of our lives. A worldwide pandemic, a recession causing historic unemployment, and a level of social unrest perhaps never seen before have all changed the way we live. Only the real estate market seems to be unaffected, as a new forecast projects there may be more homes purchased this year than last year.

As we come to the end of this tumultuous year, we’re preparing for perhaps the most contentious presidential election of the century. Today, it’s important to look at the impact past presidential election years have had on the real estate market.

Is there a drop-off in home sales during a presidential election year?

BTIG, a research and analysis company, looked at new home sales from 1963 through 2019 in their report titled One House, Two House, Red House, Blue House. They noted that in non-presidential years, there is a -9.8% decrease in November compared to October. This is the normal seasonality of the market, with a slowdown in activity that’s usually seen in fall and winter.

However, it also revealed that in presidential election years, the typical drop increases to -15%. The report explains why:

“This may indicate that potential homebuyers may become more cautious in the face of national election uncertainty.”

Are those sales lost forever?

No. BTIG determined:

“This caution is temporary, and ultimately results in deferred sales, as the economy, jobs, interest rates and consumer confidence all have far more meaningful roles in the home purchase decision than a Presidential election result in the months that follow.”

In a separate study done by Meyers Research & Zonda, Ali Wolf, Chief Economist, agrees that those purchases are just delayed until after the election:

“History suggests that the slowdown is largely concentrated in the month of November. In fact, the year after a presidential election is the best of the four-year cycle. This suggests that demand for new housing is not lost because of election uncertainty, rather it gets pushed out to the following year.”

Will it matter who is elected?

To some degree, but not in the overall number of home sales. As mentioned above, consumer confidence plays a significant role in a family’s desire to buy a home. How may consumer confidence impact the housing market post-election? The BTIG report covered that as well:

“A change in administration might benefit trailing blue county housing dynamics. The re-election of President Trump could continue to propel red county outperformance.”

Again, overall sales should not be impacted in a significant way.

Bottom Line

If mortgage rates remain near all-time lows, the economy continues to recover, and unemployment continues to decrease, the real estate market should remain strong up to and past the election.

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Community Spotlight and Giveaway with B&G Cabinet!

This month's Community Spotlight is a bit more personal to us as we highlight our recent kitchen remodel with B&G Cabinet of Newburyport. As with any renovation it can be a bit daunting to start- wait until you see the before photos! With the help of B&G Cabinet kitchen designer Cathy Stathopoulos, our dream kitchen came to life! Check out the video for Michelle's tips and advice for surviving your own kitchen remodel.

We've partnered with B&G Cabinet for an awesome GIVEAWAY!

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For Sale! 45 17th Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830

Welcome to 45 17th Avenue!

This home offers classic curb appeal along with character, charm and a spacious layout  . The first level offers plenty of space to entertain in the dining room and space to relax in the living room.  The eat in kitchen offers plenty of room for everyday living and adjacent to a covered porch, ideal for morning coffee with some fresh air.   Upstairs, there are 3 bedrooms and a bonus room with just enough space for  for a desk for homework.   The master bedroom is anything but typical!  The extended space could be a dressing room, tv room, or home office.  The deck, also attached to the master bedroom, provides a great place to unwind! The partial finished basement also offers additional flexibility, as a playroom or additional workspace. Convenient to shopping and restaurants downtown and minutes away from tax free shopping in NH!

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Social Distancing and The North of Boston Real Estate Market Week 22

Here’s a look at the 22nd week of social distancing and its effect on the north of Boston real estate market, specifically Middlesex and Essex counties for single-family homes and condominiums.  There 2,694 homes available on the market, very similar to what we saw the week before. 705 homes came on the market last week which was slight decrease of 4% from the week before. 756 homes went pending last week. Overall 28% of the market did get absorbed through pending listings, which indicates it is a strong seller's market.  If you are considering selling your home, don't worry, you have not missed your opportunity!  Although we are very close to fall, the real estate market remains very strong, it's a great time to sell! For home buyers out there it is a tough market, however the good news is interest rates are low, making homes the most affordable they've been since 2016.  Check out our previous post for more information on that.

 

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    Homes Are More Affordable Right Now Than They Have Been in Years

    Homes Are More Affordable Right Now Than They Have Been in Years | MyKCM
     

    Today, home prices are appreciating. When we hear prices are going up, it’s normal to think a home will cost more as the trend continues. The way the housing market is positioned today, however, low mortgage rates are actually making homes more affordable, even as prices rise. Here’s why.

    According to the Mortgage Monitor Report from Black Knight:

    “While home prices have risen for 97 consecutive months, July’s record-low mortgage rates have made purchasing the average-priced home the most affordable it’s been since 2016.

    How is that possible? 

    Black Knight continues to explain:

    “As of mid-July, it required 19.8% of the median monthly income to make the mortgage payment on the average-priced home purchase, assuming a 20% down payment and a 30-year mortgage. That was more than 5% below the average of 25% from 1995-2003.

    This means it currently requires a $1,071 monthly payment to purchase the average-priced home, which is down 6% from the same time last year, despite the average home increasing in value by more than $12,000 during that same time period.

    In fact, buying power is now up 10% year-over-year, meaning the average home buyer can afford nearly $32,000 more home than they could at the same time last year, while keeping their monthly payment the same.”

    This is great news for the many buyers who were unable to purchase last year, or earlier in the spring due to the slowdown from the pandemic. By waiting a little longer, they can now afford 10% more home than they could have a year ago while keeping their monthly mortgage payment unchanged.

    With mortgage rates hitting all-time lows eight times this year, it’s now less expensive to borrow money, making homes significantly more affordable over the lifetime of your loan. Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, shares what low mortgage rates mean for affordability:

    “In July, house-buying power got a big boost as the 30-year, fixed mortgage rate made history by moving below three percent. That drop in the mortgage rate from 3.23 percent in May to 2.98 percent in July increased house-buying power by nearly $15,000.”

    The map below shows the last time homes were this affordable by state:Homes Are More Affordable Right Now Than They Have Been in Years | MyKCM

    In six states – Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, and West Virginia – homes have not been this affordable in more than 25 years.

    Bottom Line

    If you’re thinking of making a move, now is a great time to take advantage of the affordability that comes with such low mortgage rates. Whether you’re thinking of purchasing your first home or moving into a new one and securing a significantly lower mortgage rate than you may have on your current house, let’s connect today to determine your next steps in the process.

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    Social Distancing and the North of Boston Real Estate Market Week 21

    Welcome to week 21 of social distancing and its effect on the north of Boston real estate market, specifically Middlesex and Essex counties. We’re also taking a look at how July compared to last July of 2019. Last week we had 2709 homes available on the market, a slight decrease of 2% compared to what we saw the week before.  There were 735 new homes on the market last week which was an increase of 6% from the previous week. As for pending homes, 746 homes went pending last week which is a slight decrease of 1% from the week before.  Overall 28% of the market did get absorbed through pending listings, which shows that it remains a strong seller's market.

    For the month of July the number of units sales did go down slightly by about 5% due to inventory being down close to 27.5% .  We have less homes on the market in July of 2020 than what we saw in 2019. The days our market, the time is taking homes to sell, remains the same and overall.  Median prices from July 2020 compared to July 2019 are up 5.1%. 

    The real estate market for Middlesex and Essex counties remains strong.  We are continuing to see multiple offers on homes and many homes are going for way over asking. There are plenty of buyers out there and there is little inventory. Usually during this time things start to tick down a bit until we get to labor day but that is not the case this year.

    If you have specific questions on the market feel free to reach out to us at 617-275-3379

     

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