Are new listings up in Marblehead?

It would be logical to assume that, after a mild winter and with continued improvement in the housing market locally, new listings this year would show an increase. That has, indeed, proved to be the case compared with last year, but total new listings in the first quarter were very similar to the number for 2013 and 2014.

Total new listings Q1

New Listings

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Break down by List Price
When we look at the list price of new houses on the market, we see an interesting pattern, one which gives support to the belief that prices are rising. If we focus on 2013, 2014 and 2016, when the total numbers were very similar, we see a clear trend: a sharp drop under $500,000, and modest increases up to $1.5 million.

New Listings

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What is the seasonal pattern of new listings?
While this article has focused on new listings in Q1, the peak period for new listings is only now underway. Note how Q1 and Q3 were similar in 2013 but in 2014 and 2015 there were more new listings in Q3. And Q4, not surprisingly, saw the lowest number in each year.

New Listings

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And finally, if only because these I had to calculate all these numbers to get the summaries, here are the monthly numbers.

New Listings

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Comment
While it maybe somewhat surprising that new listings are not showing, at least so far, a greater increase from the levels of 2013 and 2014, we are now in the peak period for new listings. Half-way through April, however, we have seen just 21 new listings, not an indication of any general pick-up in listings.

The demand is clearly out there – 8 of April’s 21 new listings have already received offers – meaning this is an excellent time to list your house for sale if you are planning to move.

 If you – or somebody you know – are considering selling your home please contact me on 617.834.8205 or Andrew.Oliver@SothebysRealty.com. for a free market analysis and explanation of the outstanding marketing program I offer.

If you are looking to buy, I will contact you immediately when a house that meets your needs is available. In this market you need to have somebody looking after your interests.

Read  How should I choose the broker to list my house for sale?

Andrew Oliver is a Realtor with Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty. Each Office Is Independently Owned and Operated

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