Real Estate Trends – Wakefield, Massachusetts


Welcome back for our next market trend report looking at Massachusetts and New Hampshire real estate markets.  In these reports we will examine the city or towns year over year changes in the real estate market and assess which direction things are heading.

Today we are highlighting Wakefield, MA in Middlesex County, home of America’s oldest inland yacht club the Quannapowitt Yacht Club founded in 1886. Lake Quannapowitt - Wakefield MA Real Estate

Market Trends in Wakefield, MA – October 2013 and 2014:

For Wakefield, MA there are signs of a slowing market with listing and sales prices down, though the days on market were down.  Sale volume was pretty consistent with 22 sales in October 2013 and 21 in 2014.

Average Listing Prices:

First let’s look at is the average listing price.  For Wakefield, MA that went down from $472,095 in October 2013, down to $464,018 by October 2014.  This is a decrease of 1.71%.  This is a pretty insignificant decrease.  While down slightly it is more indicative of saying that the market is pretty flat, which can be a precursor to a decline.

Average Sale Prices:

Next up is the average sale prices.  In October 2013 the average sale price for Wakefield, MA was $470,802.  In October 2014 it was down to $439,558 according to our MLS data.  However there is a clear mistake with the numbers being entered.  Looking at the sales numbers there is one that says sold for $399.  Doing a quick look up of this property it did in fact they sell for $399,000.  So adjusting that number and recalculating things it still down but does not end up being as big of a change as this first appeared.  Readjusting that sale price based on the corrected number we get an average of $458,539 giving a real decline of 2.60%.  Again this is a pretty small percent decrease.  While still small it is important to notice that the change is a bit bigger than for the listing prices.  It would indicate that sellers and their agents are not lowering the prices when listing but owners are getting less so there is some disconnect there.

Average Days on Market:

The other major factor that is important when evaluating the market is to see how long it is taking for houses to sell.  In the case of Wakefield, MA the average days on market are actually down a little year over year.  Looking at October of 2013 the average days on market were 79.09 but in 2014 that was down to 64.33, for an 18.66% decrease. Now we have seen in our previous posts for Abington, Bedford, Seekonk, Belmont, Topsfield, Canton, Dracut (Condos) and Hamilton that some outliers can really skew the data.  That again happens to be the case here for Wakefield, MA.  Similar to most of these previous cases the 2013 data is where it is skewed and makes the change less dramatic than what we have above. In October 2013 there was one very high days on market of 359, which was a full 125 more than the next closest.  So removing this data point the remaining 21 properties had an average “days on market” of 65.76.  Using this in the calculation we get a decrease of 2.17% which again is more indicative of a stagnant market rather than any sizable change.

Wakefield, Mass Summary:

The Wakefield, Massachusetts real estate market has slowed down year over year, and has flattened out or might be starting to go down.  The 1-3% declines in both listed and sale prices show things are softer and it could be poised to go down.  After adjusting out that one extremely high days on market property we see that is also essentially flat with just a tiny improvement.  This will be an interesting town to watch in the near future to see if it bounces back, stays flat or starts to dip. In summary if you are looking to sell a house in Wakefield, MA now you should not expect to get any more for it than you would have last year and could easily get less.  You also should not expect to sell it any faster than before though you probably don’t have to take any large discounts at this point to sell it in a fairly reasonable amount of time.


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