Greater Boston real estate report by Realtor Michael Mahoney

Greater Boston Real Estate Review 27 MAY 2020

Michael Mahoney, an agent with Century 21 in Boston reviews the real estate market each week and publishes what is happening in the Boston real estate market.

Real Estate in Boston is Really Starting to Move – Look at the Last 7 Days

I have been looking @ Norfolk and Suffolk County in 7 day increments.
I compared two snapshots I took of 7 day intervals on 17 May and today.
Below are my working notes from the last two weeks.
Real Estate Market in Greater Boston by Century 21 Agent Michael Mahoney
The market is moving. Granted the sales have shrunk but since the conveyor belt pretty much stopped 60 days ago that is to be expected.
Greater Boston Real Estate Numbers are looking very optimistic.
Last week there 481 properties listed, while 574 properties went under agreement.
Overall, there are 2786 pending sales, while only 2360 available properties.
Century 21 Realtor Michael Mahoney Reviews the Boston Market











The biggest issue that still challenges the residential real estate market is the lack of inventory.  You could really capitalize on the property you are in now if you were to market it.  Not to mention you have been sick of it since you have been in it for 10 weeks. Maybe time for a home search 

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Bidding Wars Are Back in Housing Market Stung by Pandemic

According to a recent article on Bloomberg “Bidding Wars Are Back in Housing Market Stung by Pandemic”

On May 20, on Bloomberg the authors Noah Buhayar, Prashant Gopal, and John Gittelsohn reported on bidding wars happening in major metro areas across the US,

It’s the surprise of a spring selling season that’s been anything but normal: Buyers returning to the housing market have been battling over the few available properties.

While sales are way down, the lack of inventory has propped up prices and led to bidding wars, even as economic fallout from the pandemic mounts and real estate agents adjust to new public health guidelines that have made it more difficult to market homes.

The rate was even higher in cities like San Francisco, Boston and even Fort Worth, Texas, where more than 60% of properties the company’s clients bid on received multiple offers @tylermarr – Lead Data Scientest for Redfin

Bidding Wars in Boston Real Estate Market
Bidding Wars in Boston Real Estate Market

What’s Happening In Boston with Bidding Wars

The market dynamics are a shock to some buyers. Kenzo Teves, a 24-year-old business analyst for a pharmaceutical company, decided to start shopping for his first house this spring, because interest rates were so low. He had money saved for a down payment and was secure in his job — factors he thought would help him find a home near Boston.

In late April, he made his first bid on a three-bedroom house in Chelsea, Massachusetts, that was listed for $420,000. The property got six other offers and even bidding $30,000 over the asking price wasn’t enough to cinch the deal.

Original Bloomberg article here

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April 2020 Market Overview by Greater Boston Real Estate Board

Detached Single-Family Homes

The 893 homes sold in April 2020 was the eighth highest sales volume for the month and a 6.4 percent decrease from the 954 homes sold in April 2019. The median sales price reached a record high for the monthof April at $665,000 which was a 7.3 percent increase from the April 2019 median sales prices of $610,500.


in Greater Boston, and a 15.4 percent decrease in sales from the 872
units sold in April 2019. The median sales price of condos increased
8.6 percent from the April 2019 price of $551,000 to $598,224 this

Multi-Family Homes

This month, there were 104 multi-family units sold in Greater Boston,
which reflects a 38.8 percent decrease in sales volume from the 170
multi-family units sold in April 2019.

As part of our effort to monitor housing market activity in metropolitan Boston, GBAR compiles a monthly data report which provides insight into the current performance and longer-term trends within the residential(detached single-family home and condo) and multi-family housing markets in the GBAR jurisdiction. Within these reports we follow key performance indicators (KPI) of housing market activity on an annual and month-to-month basis.


GBAR April 2020 Reports
April 2020 Greater Boston Real Estate Board Stats


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Current Mortgage Rates

For the fourth consecutive week, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has been below 3.30 percent, giving potential buyers a good reason to continue shopping even amid the pandemic. As states reopen, we’re seeing purchase demand improve remarkably fast, now essentially flat relative to a year ago. Going forward, mortgage rates have room to decline as mortgage spreads remain elevated.
Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey May 21 2020

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Michael Mahoney

Michael Mahoney

Boston Realtor

Michael Mahoney is a full time Realtor in Boston, Massachusetts. Michael covers most of Greater Boston. Michael's focus areas are primarily Norfolk and Suffolk Counties. You can reach Michael via email at or via phone at 617-615-9435. Michael is a sales agent affiliated with Century 21.

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