Farewell Big Papi: a Marblehead real estate tribute

A four pitch walk. This was not how it was supposed to end, but the Cleveland Indians had no intention of allowing  a final heroic home run blast from Big Papi.

Big Papi

David Ortiz will be honored for ever in Boston for the person he was as much as for his extraordinary achievements with a baseball bat. For Oliver Reports he will also be remembered for being a metaphor for the Marblehead real estate market.

My 2009 mid-year review published in the Marblehead Reporter described the phenomenon that the local real estate market was like David Ortiz’s season: starting so poorly that even with great numbers later in the season the year’s median price would still be quite low.

In Big Papi strikes Marblehead housing market again, one of my first blog posts for Oliver Reports, I wrote: “Well 2012 was much like 2009, at least for the local real estate market (Big Papi himself, courtesy of a new diet and/or because he was entering a contract year, hit 318).”

That new trend, avoiding a slow start to the year, continued in 2016. Big Papi, after a winter without picking up a bat, hit hard and often right out of the gate, just like the Marblehead real estate market which started 2016 with a $660,000 median price in the first quarter.

But enough of the metaphors. Farwell Big Papi – and thank you.

If you 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.

Not sure which broker to use to sell your home? Read  Which broker should I choose to sell my house?

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.

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


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