Real Estate Trends – Natick, Massachusetts (Condos)

Introduction:

Welcome back again for our latest real estate market trend report.  For those of you that are here for the first time what we do in these reports is examine the real estate market in a city or town in Massachusetts or New Hampshire to evaluate the current conditions.  We do this by looking at the changes in three key metrics year over year for the municipality to see how the market has changed and then evaluate what those observations might mean for that market moving forward.

Today we are highlighting the Condo market in Natick, MA in Middlesex County

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Market Trends in Natick, MA – August 2014 and 2015:

The Natick, MA condo market appears to be a little hard to evaluate compared to last year.   The average listing and sale prices and the median prices tell fairly different stories.  The days on market appear to be down a little, but as we have seen in the past that might not actually be the case either.  Inventory was stable with 19 sales in both August of 2014 and August 2015. 

Average Listing Prices:

To start off first we are going to look at the average listing price.  For condos in Natick, MA the average listing price in August 2014 was $375,721.  This was down to $370,861 in August 2015.  This gives an inconsequential decrease of 1.29% year over year. 

Taking a look at the median prices we see that it is a bit different than the average in 2014.  For August of 2014 the median listing price for a condo in Natick, MA was $429,000 and in August 2015 it was $369,900 which now gives a much larger 13.78% decline!

Average Sale Prices:

Next up we will be looking at is the average sale prices.  The average sale price for a condo in Natick, MA in August of 2014 was $371,947 and in August 2015 that was down to $372,974.  That gives about as small of an increase possible at a little over 0.2%, which is safe to call flat year over year. 

We see the same pattern with the median sale prices as we did for the listing prices.  For August of 2014 the median sales price for Natick, MA was $420,000 and in August 2015 it was $369,900 giving another much larger 11.93% decrease. 

It is not clear exactly where prices are in this market.  However with the medians being the more widely used measure and the fact these are down significantly for Natick, MA condos I would say that is fair to assess that the market prices are down from last year.  Possibly the double digit drops seen with the medians overstate the decline but with those kind of drops it is hard to believe it is a flat market as indicated by the averages.

Average Days on Market:

Finally the last metric we look at are the average days on market, which is the measure of how long it takes for a house to sell in the current market.  For Natick, MA condos the average days on market in August of 2014 were 51.16 and the average days on market for August 2015 were 43.74, for a fairly minor 14.50% decrease. 

However, as we have seen many times before in our previous posts for AbingtonBedfordSeekonk, BelmontTopsfieldCanton,  Dracut (Condos)HamiltonWakefield, Amesbury (Condos), Dracut #2, Taunton, Reading, Stoughton, Wrentham, Stoneham, Dedham, Nashua, NH, Tewksbury, Brockton (Multifamily), Lowell (Multifamily), Acton, Foxboro, Pembroke, Chelmsford, BeverlyFramingham (Condos), Plymouth County (Condos), Marlborough, Billerica, Waltham, Dracut (Condos) #2, Derry, NH, Framingham, Burlington, Duxbury, Acton #2 , Taunton (Condos), Tyngsborough, Milton, Salem, NH, Boston’s Hyde Park, Boston’s West Roxbury , Somerville, Canton #3, Pelham, NH, Westford, Plymouth (Condos), Boston’s Jamaica Plain , Halifax,Braintree (Condos), Newton (Multifamily), Plainville ,Boxford, Wayland , West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and Marlborough (Condos) outliers in the data can really skew these numbers.  This again is the case for Natick, MA condos in August.  In this instance there was a very high days on market places in the 2014 data.

In 2014 there was a house with 328 days on market; this was almost as much as the next 4 properties combined and with almost 34% of the total days on market for all 19 condos.  When removed the new calculation for the remaining 18 properties gives an average days on market of 35.78. 

Using the adjusted numbers we see that now there is a similarly minor 22.25% increase.  This does change the general thought since they looked to be down a little to start, but now it looks like they are actually up a little.  Neither change was particularly large but is another example of the data being a little inconsistent for Natick, MA condos this month.

Natick, Mass Summary:

The Natick, Massachusetts condo real estate market is a little inconsistent since last year.  The average prices were pretty flat for both listings and sales.  However the median prices for both were down by double digits giving a much different impression.  While the days on market looked to be down a little at first they actually appear to be up a little with a closer analysis.  Given the preference for using median price data and the fact that those were down so much I am confident in saying that the market is definitely down.  Maybe not over 10% but definitely down since last year.

In summary if you are looking to sell a condo in Natick, MA now you should expect to get less for it than you would have gotten last year.  You should also expect it to take more time to sell compared to last year as well. 

 

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