Housing market report for December 2021: Boston

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December 2021 highlights

Boston showed signs of a slight increase in the market’s overall price and competition heading into the new year. The number of homes listed dropped by over 50% while the number of homes sold stayed relatively even, causing a decrease to the inventory and an increase in the median sale price.

  • Sale prices dipped below the median list price Buyers were purchasing homes in Boston for an average of 98% of the area’s list price. This followed a 1.5% dip in the list price from November.
  • The amount of time a home was on the market spiked. Because of the dip in median sales price, sellers were holding out an average of 58 days in December before selling their home.
  • Prices for Boston condos held steady from November The median selling price for a Boston condo was $750,000 in both November and December. Sellers tried to adapt by raising their median list prices, but that led to a wider gap between the sale and list price.

See previous months’ highlights

Competition report

Our research team analyzed the competition in select local areas.

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Metropolitan Boston data is for the city of Boston excluding 02119,02121,02124,02130,02126,02131,02136,02132; Cambridge; and Somerville.

Boston Suburbs data is for Malden, Medford, Quincy, Weymouth, Watertown, Brookline, Newton, Lexington, Winchester, Belmont, and Arlington.


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