Local Single-Family Home Sales Steady In July, Condo Sales Dip
Sep 10, 2019 12:25PM
By Theresa Gilman
PEABODY – The median sale price for both single-family homes and condominiums continued to rise in July on a year-over-year basis, according to a new report from The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman.
Last month, there were 6,417 single-family home sales recorded in Massachusetts, a 4.6 percent decrease from July 2018 when there were 6,726 transactions. Meanwhile, the median single-family sale price rose 4.4 percent on a year-over-year basis to $425,000, which marked an all-time high for the month of July. Year-to-date, there have been 32,643 single-family home sales – a 1.8 percent decrease from the first seven months of 2018 – with a median sale price of $400,000 – a 3.9 percent increase on the same basis.
The trend was reflected locally. In Tewksbury, the average sale price for single-family homes sold in July was $437,500, up 3% over July 2018. In Dracut, the average sale price for single-family homes sold in July was $365,000, up a whopping 9% over July 2018.
“The median single-family home price hitting $425,000 marked an all-time high for July,” said The Warren Group Associate Publisher and Media Relations Director Cassidy Norton. “Although the spring market is now behind us, I don’t expect a return to normalcy anytime soon. Don’t be surprised if we continue to see major price gains on a year-over-year basis in the coming months.”
Concurrently, there were 5,828 purchase mortgages for single-family homes in July, marking a 2.2 percent decrease on a year-over-year basis.
In Dracut, 40 homes were sold in July, unchanged from July 2018. In Tewksbury, the 36 single-family homes sold in July represent a modest 2.6% decrease from July 2018.
July purchase mortgages totaled $2.46 billion – a 2.5 percent increase from a year earlier. Year-to-date, single-family homes have accounted for 29,456 purchase mortgages across Massachusetts totaling $11.94 billion.
In July, there were 2,463 condominiums sales, compared to 2,527 sales in July 2018 – a 2.5 percent decrease. Meanwhile, the median sale price rose 1.3 percent to $390,000. Year-to-date, there have been 13,831 condo sales – a 3.7 percent decrease – with a median sale price of $380,000 – a 1.3 percent increase from the first seven months of 2018.
Again, those numbers were reflected locally. In Dracut, just 13 condo units sold in July, down 35% from July 2018. But the average price of the units sold was $235, up 3.5% from July 2018. In Tewksbury, just 15 condo units were sold in July, down 25% from July 2018. The average sale price of those units was $339,750, up 2.9% over July 2018.
“Numerous luxury condo developments are scheduled for delivery to the Greater Boston housing market in the near future,” Norton continued. “Many of the developments will feature coveted amenities, high-end finishes, and will be located near public transportation. I fully expect these luxury units to continue adding upward pressure to the statewide median condo price for some time.”
Condos accounted for 1,901 purchase mortgages last month, totaling $713 million. Year-to-date, condos have accounted for 10,482 purchase mortgages totaling $3.92 billion.