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Think Smarter with Nick: December 2019

Think Smarter with Nick: December 2019

What will 2020 bring for Boston real estate? Nick discusses his top 3 predictions for how the market will shift in the new year. He also explains how BHHS Warren Residential can specifically help buyers and sellers in the new year. 

There have been some articles recently about a shift to a more “buyer’s market.” What do you think about this?

The shift from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market is something that could take a while.  Typically we consider a seller’s market one with 0-3 months of inventory. In 2019, many of our neighborhoods began to see a rise in supply levels, some of which reached above 3 months of inventory which means they have entered a neutral or balanced market (3-6 months of inventory).  The fact that we are still in a relatively low inventory environment without much new construction to flood the market, I think we will remain in a neutral market for a while.

What are your 3 other predictions for the Boston real estate market in 2020?

  1. We will see higher transaction volume than in previous years because seller’s expectations should finally adjust enough to come closer in alignment with those of buyers.
  2. Days on the market will continue to trend upwards but eventually level off leaving us in a healthy, neutral market of 3-6 months of inventory.
  3. Rates will continue to hold steady or drop which will add more buyers to the market.

What services does BHHS Warren Residential offer buyers that can help them navigate some of these market changes?

We spend a lot of time studying the Boston real estate market and make our findings available to both our agents and their clients through the quarterly Warren Report.  This detailed analysis provides you with the key metrics to help you understand the direction of the market within a specific neighborhood. This data, combined with our agent’s boots on the ground experience, gives you the information needed to make an educated decision when it comes to buying or selling in Boston.

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