Real Estate Trends – Boston’s Back Bay (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 taking a look at the Condo market in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, MA in Suffolk County

 Boston's Back Bay as seen from the South End - Boston MA's Back Bay Real Estate

Market Trends in Boston’s Back Bay- January 2015 and 2016:

The Boston, MA’s Back Bay condo market has fallen off since last year.   The average prices were down and the median prices were down a bit more.  The days on market were also up by some too.  Inventory was up a little going from 21 sales in January of 2015 to 24 in January 2016. 

Average Listing Prices:

We will first start off by looking at the average listing price.  For condos in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, MA the average listing price in January 2015 was $1,612,952.  This was down to $1,212,021 in January 2016.  This gives a huge decrease of 24.86% year over year. 

Looking at the median prices we see that they were lower than the averages in both years.  For January of 2015 the median listing price for Boston’s Back Bay condos was $1,450,000 and in January 2016 it was $947,000 which now gives an even bigger decrease of 34.69%. 

Average Sale Prices:

The next thing we will be looking at is the average sale prices.  The average sale price for a condo in Boston, MA’s Back Bay area in January of 2015 was $1,613,048 and in January 2016 that was down to $1,166,938.  That gives another giant 27.66% decrease.

We see a fairly similar pattern with the median sale prices as we did for the listing prices.  For January of 2015 the median sales price for condos in the Back Bay section of Boston, MA was $1,400,000 and in January 2016 it was $944,500 giving another larger decrease of 32.54%. 

This month prices are way down for condos in Boston, MA’s Back Bay compared to last year.  Medians were down a bit more than the averages were.  Medians are generally the preferred way to examine real estate prices so we would say prices are down more like the higher 32-35% these suggest rather than the, still very high decreases of, 25-28% seen with 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 property to sell in the current market.  For condos in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, MA the average days on market in January of 2015 were 42.71 and the average days on market for January 2016 were 58.13 for a fairly sizable 36.10% increase. 

Back Bay, Mass Summary:

The real estate market for condos in the Back Bay section of Boston, Massachusetts is down since last year.  The average prices were down substantially and the median prices were down a fair bit more.  The days on market are up a large amount as well, further supporting a weakening market from last year.

In summary if you are looking to sell a condo in Boston, MA’s Back Bay right now you should expect to get a lot less for it than you would have gotten last year.  You can also expect it to take more time to sell compared to last year as well. 

 

Do you need to sell your Boston’s Back Bay, Massachusetts condo fast?  If you would like to sell your home fast and hassle free  schedule a consultation with us today.

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(Image credit: Back Bay from The South End by Dragoonkain via Wikipedia)

 

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