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Newton Home Sales Up 15 Percent in 2012

The median price of homes in Newton increased by 4 percent.

Newton saw a 15 percent increase in single-family home sales in 2012, according to statistics gathered by the Warren Group, the Boston-based real estate and banking information publishers for New England.

Year-end numbers show Newton at 669 single-family home sales, compared to 581 sales in 2011. 

In December alone, 43 single-family homes were sold in Newton, a 26 percent increase over the number sold in December 2011.

According to a Warren Group press release, 2012 Massachusetts home sales were the highest in six years, increasing 18 percent in 2012. In all of 2012, the total number of homes sold statewide were 46,887, an increase from 39,594 home sales in 2011.

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In addition to sales, median prices for single family homes in Newton also saw a rise in 2012, increasing from $750,000 in 2011 to $780,000 in 2012, or a 4 percent jump.

Statewide, median price for homes sold January through December was up to $300,000, a 12 percent increase from $267,250 the prior year.

Condominiums sales in Newton were also on the rise in 2012. At the end of 2012, 323 condos had been sold in the city, compared to 261 in 2011, a 24 percent increase.

The median condo price also rose 4.8 percent from $414,000 to $434,000.

The full press release from the Warren Group is included below:

2012 Mass. Home Sales Highest In Six Years
Home, Condo Sales Surge By Double Digits From A Year Ago; Median Prices Climb Modestly

BOSTON, January 24, 2013 - Single-family home sales in Massachusetts rose 18 percent in 2012, marking 12 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains and the best year on record since 2006, according to new data from The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman.

In all of 2012, home sales statewide rose more than 18 percent to 46,887, up from 39,594 home sales in 2011. This is the highest number of annual sales recorded statewide since 2006, when there were 50,724 sales. Single-family home sales statewide increased 8 percent to 3,688 last month, up from 3,410 in December 2011.

Fourth quarter home sales also increased from a year ago. A total of 11,305 sales were recorded in the fourth quarter 2012, up 13 percent from 9,991 during the same period in 2011. The first quarter 2012 was the worst quarter of the year, posting 8,018 sales. Keeping with tradition, June and the third quarter were the strongest periods of the year, when 5,535 and 13,950 single-family properties traded hands, respectively.

"I would characterize 2012 as the year of robust recovery in the real estate market," said Timothy M. Warren Jr., CEO of The Warren Group. "It is clear we have turned the corner and are gaining ground rapidly. I contrast the 18 percent gain last year with the decline of 6 percent in 2011."

The median sale price of single-family homes statewide rose more than 12 percent in December to $300,000, up from $267,250 in December 2011. It's the first time since August that median home prices broke the $300,000 mark, and the first December since 2007. Prices in the fourth quarter increased to $295,000, compared to $270,000 during the fourth quarter 2011.

Warren added: "We saw strong gains in the median sale price in the fourth quarter of 2012. In fact, in December we saw a 12 percent gain. We haven't seen median prices increase that much in any month since 2005."

The median price for single-family homes inched up 1.8 percent to $290,000 in 2012, up from $285,000 in 2011. 

A total of 1,617 single-family home sales were of bank-owned properties - representing 3.4 percent of all single-family sales in 2012. That's down from 2011, when bank-owned properties accounted for 3.8 percent of all single-family home sales in Massachusetts. 

Condominium sales also increased in 2012, rising more than 25 percent to 19,061 from 15,191 in all of 2011. This is the highest number of condo sales statewide since 2008, when there were 20,109 transactions. 

Condo sales also climbed in December, rising 5.4 percent to 1,402 from 1,330 in December 2011. Fourth quarter condo sales increased almost 21 percent to 4,391 from 3,639 during the same period in 2011. 

The median condo price in December rose 8 percent to $275,000 from $254,000 in December 2011. The year-to-date median condo price rose 2.6 percent to $277,000 from $270,000 in 2011. Median prices increased more than 7 percent in the fourth quarter to $274,500, up from $255,000 a year earlier. 

A total of 492 condominium sales were of bank-owned properties - representing 2.6 percent of all condominium sales in 2012. That's down from 2011, when bank-owned condo sales represented 3.5 percent of all condo sales.

Jim K. May 13, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Seeing as home sales we up 15% in Newton in 2012, I would have to imagine they are up even more in 2013. Would love to see that statistic. My Newton MA real estate friend said home buying has been soaring in Newton over the past few months and into the spring. If anyone has the statistics, please share: http://www.teriadler.com/real-estate-newton-ma/

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