MELROSE — Activity in the single-family home and condominium markets remained strong in June, pushing median prices and sales numbers to new highs in the process, according to a new report from The Warren Group, a leading provider of real estate and transaction data.
Last month, there were 6,959 single-family home sales in Massachusetts, a 38.1 percent increase from June 2020 when there were just 5,038 transactions. Compared to May 2019 (6,530 transactions), single-family home sales increased 6.6 percent. In June 2021, the median single-family sale price spiked 26.1 percent on a year-over-year basis to $555,000, up from $440,000 in June 2020 and up 29.4 percent from June 2019 when the median sale price was $429,000. This marked a new all-time high for the median sale price and the third consecutive month that the median single-family home price has hovered above $500,000.
“Homes put under agreement in this year’s extraordinary spring market typically close over the summer months,” said Tim Warren, CEO of The Warren Group. “June’s closed sales show just how extraordinary 2021 is turning out to be. High buyer demand, record low interest rates, and dwindling inventory won’t be changing any time soon, and median sale prices will likely continue to break records this summer and fall.”
Year-to-date, there have been 27,371 single-family home sales in Massachusetts, a 20.4 percent increase from the first six months of 2020. Meanwhile, the year-to-date median single family home price increased 20.5 percent on the same basis to $500,000.
In Melrose, 38 single-family homes sold last month for a median price of $803,500. Compare this to the 21 single-families that sold in June 2020 for a median price of $687,500.
Through the end of June, 119 single-family homes have sold in Melrose for a median price of $775,000. In the first six months of 2020, 94 single-family homes sold for a median price of $675,000.
There were 3,169 condominium sales in June, a 74.3 percent increase from June 2020 when there were 1,818 condo sales. Compared to June 2019 (2,620 transactions), condo sales were up 21 percent.
Meanwhile, the median sale price increased 22.3 percent on a year-over-year basis to $489,000 – a new high for the month of June. This also marked the eleventh consecutive month that the median condo price has been above $400,000. Compared to June 2019 ($380,000), the median condo price was up 16.4 percent.
“The numbers don’t lie,” Warren continued. “Housing activity in urban centers, which is heavily dominated by the condo market, is back after taking a considerable hit during the second quarter last year. A total of 3,169 sales marked the most condo sales we’ve seen since June 2006, when the median condo price was less than $300,000.”
Year-to-date, there have been 13,858 condo sales, a 46.4 percent increase from the first six months of 2020 with a median sale price of $460,000, a 12.2 percent increase on the same basis.
In Melrose, 19 condos sold in June 2021 and fetched a median price of $435,000. In June 2020, eight condos were sold in the city for a median price of $323,500.
Through the end of June, 68 condos have sold so far in 2021, fetching a median price of $466,500.