Friday, March 18, 2011
The spring housing market is starting to bloom in Wayland! The phone is ringing and sellers are preparing to put their homes on the market. Even with more snow than we’d like to see still around, 18 new listings for single family homes have come on the market since March 1 and 4 had accepted offers in just a few days! There are also 18 properties with sales pending and there are still a couple of weeks of March to go. So while the average time on the market for single family homes in Wayland is 223 days, the message to sellers is: if you price your home correctly it will sell quickly, but spring market is short window so don’t wait for the competition to go on the market.
With just 65 for single family homes for sale compared with 85 last year at this time, buyers are hungry for new opportunities. They are ready to buy and they are not waiting for Sunday open houses! Serious buyers are pre-approved and their buyer agents are setting up viewings right away. Low interest rates, a super convenient location with lots of open space, and sought-after schools - Wayland High School ranked #8 for 2010 out of 161 public high schools in Massachusetts (by Boston Magazine), Wayland is the town where people moving out from Cambridge and Boston want to be and they recognize a good value when they see one. Unlike many towns in the area, closed sales for February were up from last year and they were also up from the previous month.
List prices in Wayland range from $179,000 to $4,795,000; the median price is $799,000; the average is $1,128,858. While median and average prices are helpful information, the market value of any property depends on the supply and demand which can vary greatly for each price range. It is important to understand your specific market when determining the list price that will attract the highest number of buyers; or if you are a buyer trying to determine what you are willing to pay.
The condominium/townhouse market is also busy. After this winter, homeowners who said they would never live in a condo are calling to look at them; and as with single family homes there are fewer for sale, 22 compared with 29 last year at this time. Condos and townhouses are selling faster too; the average time on the market has dropped to 140 days from 259 days. There are 6 sales pending and 3 with accepted offers waiting for contingencies to clear. Prices range from $259,000 to $985,000 for luxury townhouses.
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Data source: MLSPIN (Multiple Listing Service Property Information Network.