Boston Area Winners and Losers for September
The real estate market around Boston has been very active in many areas this summer. September has seen sellers receiving multiple offers on their properties and consequently many disappointed buyers losing out to multiple offer situations. However, there is a way to be the winner every time instead of the loser! One of the best ways of avoiding a bidding war altogether is to try and find your next home in an area with an oversupply of inventory or for a property that has been on the market for more than 30 days. Here follows a list of the seven areas which qualify as experiencing a buyer's market:
And here follows the areas that are super hot and ripe for multiple offer situations:
The following chart lists 60 major towns and neighborhoods. You can compare one town or neighborhood to another using the Historical AR column. The lower the number the greater chance of multiple offer scenarios. The higher the number are areas where buyers should be able to negotiate a good deal. See details below the chart to understand how to interpret the data in the table.
|Town or||Avg Sales||Sold in||Active||Inventory||Historical|
1. Avg sales YTD. The numbers in this column reflect the total number of sales for the area between Jan 1 and Sep 30 and divided by 9.
2. Sold in Sep 2020. The numbers in this column reflect the number of properties in each area that received offers from Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2020. This number is presented to offer you an opportunity to compare whether sales for September are higher or lower than the average number of monthly sales. Historically, September and October enjoy robust sales. Consequently, we should expect the number of sales in this column to be equal to or greater than the average number of sales YTD.
3. Active 10/4/20. This column is of great significance for buyers and sellers. The higher the inventory the better for buyers. The lower the number, the better for sellers. Why? Low inventory creates a high demand for what is available and creates bidding wars. High levels of inventory create a glut and decreasing property prices.
4. Inventory Supply. The numbers in this column indicate the number of months it might take in order to sell all of the properties on the market as of Oct 4. This calculation is based upon the number of sales in September only. Therefore, the numbers in this column are only valid if sales in October and November are the same as September. This might be true for October, but November and December typically drop due to the holiday season and the onset of winter.
5. Historical AR. The numbers in this column reflect the number of months it will take to sell off the current inventory as of Oct 4, 2020 based upon the average number of sales for the past three years. The past 36 months of activity more accurately reflect the potential number of sales over the next several months and not just October. If the number in this column is 3 or less, this indicates that the area is enjoying a seller's market with the potential of bidding wars. When the number is between 3 and 6, we are likely looking at a balanced market where properties are continuing to sell but not necessarily with bidding wars. If the number is higher than 6, then technically, we are looking at a buyer's market with rising inventory and falling property values.