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2018 is Out the Window: Here’s the Recap

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2018 is Out the Window: Here’s the Recap

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors announced the year end closed sales data for 2018.

The MAR released their year end closed data on January 23, 2019 for 2018. Here is a quick summary:

Closed sales for both single-family homes and condominiums dropped year-over-year from last DecemberThere was a small drop in median price for single-family homes and condominiums compared to this time last year and the month also saw the lowest number of single-family homes for sale in the month of December since MAR began reporting the data in 2004.

Year-end data for 2018 shows that total closed sales have had a two percent decrease for both single-family homes and condominiums. The year also saw an increase in average median prices for both single-family homes and condominiums compared to 2017.  Without an increase in inventory in 2019, closed sale decreases and median price increases are trends that will likely continue.

“Whether it was December or all of 2018, the phrase that best describes this real estate market, was ‘lack of homes for sale’,” said 2019 MAR President Anne Meczywor, broker/associate at Roberts & Associates Realty Inc. in Lenox. “It’s not too much of a stretch to imagine we’ll be using the same phrase to describe 2019 if we can’t do something to increase production and encourage more homeowners who are on the fence about selling to put their homes on the market.” Massachusetts Association of Realtors President, Anne Meczywor

In the report, the MAR president said the following about mortgage interest rates.

“Interest rates are a wild card. If they rise, it could make homes less affordable and cut demand for the upper-end but may fuel increased demand in the more affordable range, which is already facing short supply.” said Meczywor.

In all of my previous blog posts, all indicators show that interest rates will remain low. The did spike up at the end of 2018 and were blamed for some of the sales. You can read the blog post titled “Existing-Home Sales Plunge 6.4%, Mortgage Rates Blamed” here

Regarding rates and the market, Fannie Mae indicates that there will probably only be one interest rate increases in 2019. Here is the article titled “Fannie Mae: Housing market will stabilize in 2019

 

 

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