Home prices hit a record high amid plunging inventories

The Case-Shiller Home Price Index for Boston has hit another all time high.

Case Shiller Index Boston

The seasonally adjusted Boston Index topped 202 for the first time in its history.  The Index rose for the third month in a row following a bit of weakness last spring that now looks to have been only a temporary hiatus in an inexorable climb in home prices.

Low housing inventory across the Commonwealth

Just when one could be excused in thinking that the supply of homes for sale in Massachusetts couldn’t get any tighter, housing inventories across the Commonwealth declined even further this November.

homes for sale inventory MA Nov 2017

Faced with less than a 2 month supply of single family homes for sale in the eastern half of the Bay State, many home buyers  have been scouring the I-495 corridor and points further west for available offerings. As you can see in the graph above, they’re encountering scant overall supplies in the communities surrounding Franklin, MA and in the town of Franklin itself.

There are pockets of inventory in Franklin, MA

However, if you look more closely at the supply of homes for sale in Franklin by price bracket, you’ll discover that there IS significant housing inventory in town sitting unsold, but only in certain price ranges.

The sweet spot in the Franklin market is below $500K.  Homes in that more affordable price range generally sell very quickly in town. As shown in the graph above, there is extremely very low inventory in Franklin for homes priced below $500K. Buyers of these homes generally tolerate condition issues and accept the need for updating. (And below $250K, there’s basically nothing for sale in Franklin at all!)

However, with over 5 months of standing inventory, the $500K – $599K price range in Franklin is experiencing market resistance. Home sales in the $500Ks in Franklin are currently sticky, if the properties need updating.  Franklin homes asking over $500K that have older kitchens and baths, outmoded wood windows, natural (unpainted) woodwork, dated decor and old carpeting currently are languishing on the market.  On the other hand, nicely updated Franklin homes in the $500Ks will still fly off the shelf.

franklin ma homes for sale

Lots of inventory in Franklin in the $700Ks and above $900K

If you’re trying to sell a Franklin home asking $700K+, your property better be a relatively compelling value! Pricey homes in town are having a hard time selling. That’s because as asking prices head toward and top $1M,  there generally is a good supply of  competing homes in many communities throughout the Greater Boston region. Here’s what is currently for sale asking $700K – $1.2M in the I-495/I-95 region:

That’s a lot of homes to choose from!

The higher the price point, the less the need to buy in Franklin.  To command $700K+ (and especially $900K+) in Franklin, homes generally must offer a lifestyle advantage (such as an in ground pool, beautifully finished lower level, and a large level rear year) or, for most home buyers, there’s no compelling reason to buy in Franklin as opposed to such other top drawer towns as Holliston, Hopkinton,  Norfolk, Medfield, Dover and Wrentham.

If you have any questions about how to price your Franklin home, contact Warren Reynolds.  He knows the Franklin market very well and will give you honest home pricing and positioning advice you can trust!

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