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April 2014 Cambridge & Somerville Real Estate Market Update

The key to understanding the direction of a rapidly changing market is to study relevant market data. Last month we analyzed the inventory trends in Cambridge and Somerville. This month we analyze other market metrics, as follows:

- Sale to list price

- Days on market



Cambridge: Sale to List Price Ratio

April 14, 2009 - April 14, 2014

The sale to list price ratio is an indicator of the strength of the market. On April 14, 2009 the sale to list price ratio in Cambridge was 97%. The ratio has risen steadily over the past 5 years. On April 14, 2014 the ratio was 103%. This indicates that buyers are paying over list price because of multiple offer scenarios. The trend of an increasing sale to list price ratio is an indication that the market is in the midst of an appreciating cycle. An excess of demand over supply combined with ongoing low mortgage interest rates is driving continuing price appreciation.

Cambridge April 2014 Sale to List Price Ratio





















The sale to list price ratio was calculated by looking at the past 3 months of sales from April 14 in the years from 2009 to 2014. Property types are single family, condo, and multifamily.

All data from MLS PIN.



Somerville: Sale to List Price Ratio
April 14, 2009 - April 14, 2014

The sale to list price ratio in Somerville closely mirrors that of Cambridge. On April 14, 2009 the sale to list price ratio in Somerville was 97%. On April 14, 2014 the ratio was 103%. Somerville, like Cambridge is experiencing low inventory, high buyer demand, and appreciating values.

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The sale to list price ratio was calculated by looking at the past 3 months of sales from April 14 in the years from 2009 to 2014. Property types are single family, condo, and multifamily.

All data from MLS PIN.



Cambridge: Days on Market Trend
April 14, 2009 - April 14, 2014

The number of days that listings stay on the market indicate the rate at which inventory is being absorbed. On April 14, 2009 the average day on market (DOM) in Cambridge was 110. Average DOM has trended down steadily for the past five years. On April 14, 2014 the average DOM was 41 days. This indicates that the market has been trending in favor of sellers over buyers.

Cambridge April 2014 Days on Market
























Somerville: Days on Market Trend
April 14, 2009 - April 14, 2014

On April 14, 2009 the average day on market (DOM) in Somerville was 112. Like Cambridge, average DOM has trended down steadily for the past five years. On April 14, 2014 the average DOM was 28 days.Somerville April 2014 Days on Market
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