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Sellling Your Home in Cambridge & Somerville: Now is a Great Time

For homeowners in Cambridge and Somerville (and surrounding towns) that have been thinking of selling their home, 2013 is a very good time to put their home on the market. Reasons include:

- the inventory of homes for sale is very low

- an abundance of buyers

- higher home values

The result of constrained inventory and an abundance of buyers are bidding wars. Many homes are selling significantly above the asking price.

Low Inventory

The inventory of residential real estate in Cambridge and Somerville is extraordinarily low. On May 21, 2013 there were only 100 units of residential real estate (single families, condos, and multifamilies) in Cambridge and 68 units in Somerville. For comparison, during the buyer's market in 2008 there were 458 units available in Cambridge and 329 units in Somerville.

Boston.com: Scarcity of homes for sale around Boston sparks bidding wars


Cambridge and Somerville Inventory Data
On Market Snapshots: May 21, 2008 - May 21, 2013


Cambridge & Somerville May 2013 Inventory Data




































An Abundance of Buyers


Buyers far outnumber listings in today's market. Many listings are receiving multiple offers. Based on reports from agents in my office here are some examples:

A multifamily on Erie Street, Cambridge had over 30 offers and sold for $261,000 over the asking price.

A multifamily on Pine Street, Cambridge had 17 offers and sold for $103,100 over the asking price.

A condo on Tremont St, Cambridge had 9 offers, over asking, cash.

A condo on Morrison Ave, Somerville had 9 offers.

A single family on Dudley Street, Cambridge had 8 offers.

A multifamily on Teele Avenue, Somerville had over 25 offers.

A condo on Sixth Street, Cambridge had 11 overs. Sold for $76,000 over asking price.

The buyers that lost in these bidding wars are still looking. If you have a home to sell in Cambridge, Somerville and surrounding towns there are many buyers ready to make an offer.

NECN Video about Bidding Wars


Higher Home Values


Home values are up significantly in Cambridge and Somerville. The median home price (single family, multifamily and condo) for closed sales year to date, as compared to the same time period in 2012, in Cambridge is up 12.5%  and 13.5% in Somerville. Multiple offers are driving sale prices up way over asking prices in many instances. Here are some recent examples:

25 Hudson Street, Somervile
List Price: $299,000
Sale Price: $435,000
Sale to List Price Ratio: 145%

30 Houghton Street, Somerville
List Price: $539,000
Sale Price: $650,000
Sale to List Price Ratio: 120%

26 Parker Street, Cambridge
List Price: $995,000
Sale Price: $1,355,000
Sale to List Price Ratio: 136%

140 Foster Street, Cambridge
List Price: $1,395,000
Sale Price: $1,560,000
Sale to List Price Ratio: 112%

66 Sparks Street, Cambridge
List Price: $3,700,000
Sale Price: $5,000,000
Sale to List Price Ratio:

Compared to the past several years, now is the best time for a homeowner to put their home on the market. If you are interested in the new value of your home please contact us for a free value analysis.
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