The South Coast Real Estate Round-Up

Update: If you saw this post from earlier in the month and have an interest in what has been going on with the local real estate market then you might find this latest graphic update interesting:

Listing Inventory 2019 vs 2020

What a difference 3 weeks can make!

Inventory has fallen off by another 1000 homes in the state in only 3 weeks! Below is my post from earlier this month. Take a look and if you have thought about selling your home check out the seller section of our site for great information on how to prepare your home for sale, or just give me a call. I'll walk you though the process, from start to finish, all with no obligation! 

I've been thinking about how to best convey what is happening in the real estate market here in Massachusetts and on the South Coast without sounding like I'm begging you to sell your home. So, I thought I'd start with a few graphics.

What a Difference a Year Makes!

Today, there are only 4361 single family homes on the market in all of Massachusetts! 5 years ago, at this time, we had over 11,200.  And inventory is down over 50% from this time last year. In addition, this data tool includes homes that are in a "contingency" status when calculating on market inventory. So, when you factor in that a percentage of the listed inventory is "continent" then far last than 4361 homes are actually available. Until last week, inventory in Massachusetts had not fallen below 5,000 homes since records started being kept.

"That's interesting but what's happening locally?" Well, I'm glad you asked! Let's see.

It's not any better for home buyer's looking throughout Bristol County with inventory down over 57% from last year. 

"What about Fall River?" Thanks for asking! Let's see...

You have to feel for these families trying to find a place to call home when in the entire city there are only 37 homes to consider. That's homes, some of which are "contingent", at all prices points! Challenging to say the least, especially when you are on a budget!

"Is there any good news if you are a home buyer?" Yes, yes there is! 30 year mortgage interest rates hit a new record low last week! When borrowing money at these incredibly low rates, even when factoring in the home price increases, it's still can be cheaper to buy a home this year than it was a year ago!

So, I'm not begging you to list your home for sale.  But the market is starving for inventory, so if you have a property that you have considered selling I can't imagine a better market than now! 

Check out the seller section of our site for great information on how to prepare your home for sale, or just give me a call. I'll walk you though the process, from start to finish, all with no obligation! 

 Christopher Terry
 EZ Home Search Real Estate

P.S. I know there is a tendency to set this aside, but don't wait! The unique market conditions that we are seeing won't last forever! Call 508-646-4777 or email me today! 

Posted by Christopher Terry on December 30th, 2020 10:40 AM

What is the number 1 question both buyers and sellers are asking right now? I bet you know what it is...

With Covid-19 running rampant, work stoppage and skyrocketing unemployment, and with mortgage lending getting tighter and tighter everyone wants to know what is going to happen to the real estate market. But what they are really asking is what will happen to the price of homes.

I wish I could answer that question, but I can tell you that based on the amount of available inventory I would say that I don't believe it will go down, at least not in any significant way. Take a look at this chart of Inventory of Single Family Homes in Bristol County spanning the last 5 years:

Notice the number of listing units. One of the biggest issues we have had over the last few years is lack of inventory. Now look at the inventory level for 2020. It is down 25% from this time last year and down 45% from 5 years ago. 

Now look at the months of supply. A stable market, a market in balance (equal number of buyers and sellers) is usually indicated when there is a 6 month supply of homes available. We are currently at 1.7 months of supply. 

Now, let's take a look at this chart for Multi-Family homes in Bristol County:


See a trend here? Very similar statistics as the single family chart. Now let's look at condominiums:

Again, similar story. 

There is no doubt that the effects of the corona virus will have a chilling effect on the economy and the number of home buyers in the market place but with so little inventory the likelihood of any long term and significant downward pressure on pricing is low. 

However, if there is one constant in real estate it's change! I do expect that once we are on the other side of this, and businesses are able to re-open and we all start to become more accustom to this new normal that there will be a flood of homes hitting the market. So when that happens we will have to see how the market responds.

Stay Safe,


Christopher Terry
EZ Home Search Real Estate

Posted by Christopher Terry on April 19th, 2020 2:29 PM

MAR (Massachusetts Association of Realtors) Releases August 2019 Pending Sales Data Report

Pending Single Family and Condominium Home Sales were UP in August of 2019 when compared to August 2018.  

This new data marks the 12th straight month of year over year increases for single family homes adding more pressure to an already tight inventory market. Single family prices also saw a 2.8% year over year increase.

The condominium data showed similar gains with pending sales either flat or up 9 of the last 12 months and a year over year price increase of 3.1%.

These continues gains are bringing home affordability down causing many potential buyers to continue to be only potential buyers.   

Pending home sales are considered a leading indicator of future existing home sales and is generally considered a more accurate measure of the strength of the real estate market. This is believed because a majority of the labor involved in selling a home are performed that lead up to signing an agreement for the sale of a house. The mortgage process represents the end of the sales cycle but is a technicality and can take 4 - 8 weeks on average. Generally pending home sales is an accurate measure of existing home sales one to two months in the future.

Check out the full Press Release here.

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Posted by Christopher Terry on September 12th, 2019 4:07 PM

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun
 NAR, the National Association of Realtors®, has released its pending home sales for August 2018. The pending home sales index is a leading indicator of housing activity. It measures housing contract activity, and is based on signed real estate agreements for existing single family homes condominiums and co-ops. Because a home goes under agreement a month or more before it closes the pending home sales index generally leads existing home sales by a month or more. 

CLICK HERE ??for NAR's press release.

What is interesting is that for our area Yun noted that year-over-year increases in active listings from data at shows the Providence-Warwick, RI-Mass is one of 5 areas across the county that saw some of the largest increase in active listings compared to a year ago. Simply put, if you are in the market to become a homeowner you have had more options this year compared to last. 
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