Swampscott Mid-Year 2018 Housing Market Report
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The recent strong growth in the median price of the Single Family Homes (SFH) sold in Swampscott continued in the first half, with the median price increasing by 7% from a year ago to $577,750.
While quarterly prices can and do fluctuate, the median price has now exceeded $500,000 for seven consecutive quarters.
After a sharp drop in 2017, sales recovered in 2018 to the levels of 2014-2016.
Sales by Price
The increase in the median price can also be demonstrated by the fact that the percentage of houses that sold for less than $500,000 dropped from 51% in 2016 to 32% in 2017 and to just 27% in 2018.
Of the 73 sales, 11 took place at list price and 28 above list price.
SFH for sale
As of July 1, there were just 7 houses for sale in Swampscott under $600,000. At the other end of the scale there were 9 for sale over $1.5 million, while there were only 2 sales at that level in the first half of the year. Notably, one of those sales occurred at $7.7. million, one of only 10 sales over $7.5 million in Essex County in MLS records, and almost double the previous highest price recorded in Swampscott.
As we saw in Beverly with Elliot Landing, a large new development can have a major impact on the reported median price since new developments are usually of higher-priced units. The 42 units at Avery will have a similar impact on the median price in Swampscott. In the first half of 2018 there were 9 sales recorded at Avery at prices from$370,00 to $500,000. Without the Avery sales, the median price for the first half would have been $299,900.
Sales by Price
Without the Avery sales the percentage of sale under $250,000 would have been 20%, down from 43% in 2016.
Condo for Sale
The MLS numbers for July 1 include only 2 units at Avery, although there are 21 currently available.
It took 12 years for the median SFH price to beat the $517,300 achieved in 2005, but that figure has now been put firmly in the rear view mirror. With only 13 of 30 pending SFH sales at list prices under $600,000, and just 7 of the 30 SFHs for sale listed under $600,000, there is every chance that the median price will top $600,000 in the second half of 2018. Meanwhile, Avery continues to transform the condo market in Swampscott.
Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty