Market data and conditions

Can’t sell because you can’t buy?

The big issue in Boston area real estate is inventory. There are not enough houses for sale. We have a stalemate about inventory here. These are the factors: Empty-nesters are staying longer in their houses. This is a demographic and cultural shift. They are holding on to their houses, partly because of personal choices and

Higher interest rates

Do you know what it will cost you to borrow at a higher interest rate? If your rate changed from 3.5 percent to 3.75 percent, the cost would be an additional $14 per month, per $100,000 of principal. This increases slowly to $15 per month, per $100,000 when the interest rate changes from 4.5 to

Scare the buyers, sales hype 2017

Dear Boston Globe, It is February 28, 2017.  Too early for your annual “scare the buyers” article. Please wait until spring. But, since you chose to publish now. I will translate for my clients. Definitions: Sales volume: the number of housing units sold in a given period. Median sales price: The middle price from a

The Chinese government is helping our clients

Q: How does monetary control policy in China affect buyers in Boston? A: Strict control of cash leaving China has slowed or stopped the flow of money used for down payments by Chinese people buying international properties. This is good news for our buyers. Source Since the Great Recession in America (2008), one of the

Forecast 2017 for buyers

General: most of the number-crunching services are predicting that housing prices will be stable. This means they will increase, but at a slower rate than we have been seeing over the past three years. Deregulation will loosen mortgage requirements. This is a positive for first-time buyers who are on the brink of purchasing. Some will

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2016, the year in real estate

How well do exclusive buyer’s agents do, in the face of a tough seller’s market? Here are results for the hardest seller’s market we have faced, ever! Our report card for 2016: Total amount under original asking negotiated: -$188,359 Total amount negotiated after inspections: -$35,000 Total paid over asking price in bidding wars $229,300 Towns

Bad data makes for bad decisions

Many of our clients depend on online information about houses they are thinking of buying. It’s a mistake. I look at these sites, over and over, and I remain unimpressed. Today, I took another look at Home Disclosure. They are part of the Realty Trac constellation of data services. I used my personal house as

More hype about spring market, 2016

No sooner do I publish how well our clients did in a hard seller’s market, than The Boston Globe publishes a second edition of their annual “scare the buyers” article. What they say is all true. But, who does it serve to say it the way they do? Not buyers, that’s for sure. Before you

2016, the first half. Living in a seller’s market.

How well do exclusive buyer’s agents do, in the face of a tough seller’s market? Here are results for the hardest seller’s market we have faced, ever! Our report card for the first half of 2016: Total amount under original asking negotiated by -$213,500 Total amount negotiated after inspections: -$19,000 Total paid over asking price

Market Data, April 2016

This spring, FNC published a look at the rate of price increases in cities throughout the country. Real estate is appreciating at a healthy rate, nationally. It seems that Boston MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) was too big for its britches last year and had a slowdown in growth. The headline is scary, for those who