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May Home Sales Even, Prices Up in Chelmsford Compared to 2012

By Matt Schooley

Home sales in Chelmsford remained the exact same in May compared to 2012, while the overall home sales and prices are up this year.

A total of 32 homes sold in town in May 2013, which is the same number as 2012. That represents a zero percent change in the figures compiled by Banker and Tradesman. Condo sales increased significantly from 12 in 2012 to 22 in 2013.

Total home sales in 2013 ticked slightly above the previous year. In Chelmsford 112 homes have sold this year, up from 98 during the same period of 2012. (See how Chelmsford compares to Middlesex County and the commonwealth on the chart at the bottom of the article.) 

Condo sales have increased this year in Chelmsford by 62 percent, with 60 sold so far.

While home sales are down, prices are up in town. The median sales price in May was $320,000, up about 14 percent from 2012. 

Home sales across Massachusetts are up 8.5 percent, with 4,775 single-family homes sold in the Bay State this May. This is a change in the trend in state.

“We knew the buyers were out there in the late winter/early spring and now we’re seeing the results of that activity,” said 2013 Massachusetts Association of Realtors President Kimberly Allard-Moccia, broker in Braintree. “With each month of sales and price increases, we should begin to see the number of homes for sale start to increase, which is good for the market.”

Home sales should continue to increase as Massachusetts enters the prime selling season, said Timothy M. Warren Jr., CEO of The Warren Group which publishes Banker & Tradesman. Real estate prices have also increased. 

"The rise in prices has been a result of tight inventory," Warren added. "It's concerning to see prices rise at this rapid rate. Pent-up demand for homes from buyers who postponed their purchase plans is driving up prices. Consumers are rushing to buy before prices and interest rates get too high."

Other statewide numbers provided by The Warren Group:

  • In May 4,820 single-family homes sold in Massachusetts, up from 4,540 the same month last year. 
  • May is the first month since January that sales volume increased year-over-year. However, year-to-date sales are down slightly.
  • A total of 16,068 homes have sold so far this year, down 0.19 percent from 16,098 during the same period last year. 
  • The median price for single-family homes sold in May increased almost 12 percent to $324,500 from $290,000 a year ago.
  • Year-to-date, the median sale price of a single-family home in Massachusetts is $300,000, which is 11 percent higher than the $270,000 median price recorded during the same period in 2012. 

CHELMSFORD

2012

2013

Change

May sales

32

32

0.00%

Year to date sales

98

112

14.29%

May median sale price

$280,950

$320,000

13.90%

YTD median sale price

$300,000

$320,000

6.67%

 

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

2012

2013

Change

May sales

989

1,103

11.53%

Year to date sales

3,318

3,520

6.09%

May median sale price

$390,000

$425,000

8.97%

YTD median sale price

$365,250

$397,625

8.86%

 

MASSACHUSETTS

2012

2013

Change

May sales

4,540

4,820

6.17%

Year to date sales

16,098

16,068

-0.19%

May median sale price

$290,000

$324,500

11.90%

YTD median sale price

$270,000

$300,000

11.11%

Source: The Warren Group

 




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