Thursday, March 22, 2012

Acton MA Real Estate Update - Active Start to Spring Market!

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Single Family Homes: There are currently 76 single family homes for sale in Acton MA; last year there were 65 at this time. List prices range from $199,000 to $1,395,000. The median list price is $577,900; the average list price is $594,776, both higher than one year ago when the median was $549,900 and the average list price was $568,882.

The market is Acton is very active. Of the 76 single family homes on the market, 27 already have offers accepted waiting for contingencies to clear. There are also 23 homes with sales pending. The average list price for sales pending is $500,781. The average list price for properties with accepted offers is 516,534 – offers accepted are the most recent activity. We will know the actual sale prices when the properties close.

The average list price for these homes is lower than the average list prices for current listings that do not have accepted offers (unsold listings) and also lower than the average sale price in Acton for 2011. So here the million dollar question: is high activity due to lower list prices and will it continue as sellers ask more? In theory, price is based on supply and demand and if high activity continues and supply declines, then prices should go up; or will buyers step aside again? Stay tuned for next month’s report.

Year-to-date Sales: There were 14 single-family closed sales in Acton between January 1 and March 15; there were 15 during the same period in 2011; and median and average sale prices were both lower. The median sale price was $452,250, down from $553,000 in 2011. The average price was $503,130, also less than for the same period in 2011 when it was $561,560.

Condominiums and Townhouses: The supply of condominiums and townhouses in Acton has declined substantially from last year at this time; there are 46 for sale compared with 65 last year. So it’s no surprise that list prices are higher than last year. Prices range from $85,000 to $750,000. The median price is $272,400; last year it was $229,700. The average is $316,030; last year it was $278,158.

Acton has good selection of new construction attached and detached townhomes, and yes, buyers can have their own buyer agent representing them, however, the agent must accompany the buyer to the site the first time they visit. If you’re interested in new construction, find a buyer agent first. While the agent on-site will be very friendly and helpful, remember, that person’s job is to act in the best interest of the builder, not you!

Closed sales: There were 12 closed sales of condominiums/townhouses from 1/1 – 3/15/2012; exactly the same number as for the same period in 2011. The median price was $163,600; the average was $167,655; both lower than last year.

Source: MLSPIN (Multiple Listing Service Property Information Network)
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