Housing market report for November 2021: Boston

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November 2021 highlights

November was the slowest month in the year, so far, as far as sales and price increase which reflects a leveling off of the market heading into the end of the year. 

  • Sale and list price caught up with each other. After a dip in October, the sale-to-list-price ratio crept back up to 101%. This is likely due to a slight increase in competition as fewer homes were placed on the market but the number of sales remained relatively stable.
  • The amount of time a home was on the market spiked. Autumn in the Boston real estate market is a predictably slow time. One of the main indicators of this trend has been a large rise in the median days on market for single-family homes. The days on market for November rose 65% from 23 days to 38.
  • The median sale price of condos dropped slightly. Median list prices for condos rose only $900 from $700,000 in November. But the sale price dropped to 98% of that list price, down to $750,000 from $784,000 the previous month.

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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