Wellesley Real Estate Information

Number of properties currently on the market in Wellesley:
Single Family: 155 Properties
Multi Family: 1 Property
Land: 7 Properties
Number of new Wellesley Real Estate listings in the last month:
Single Family: 31 Properties
Multi Family: 0 Properties
Land: 2 Properties
Average list price for Real Estate in Wellesley over the last 6 months:
Single Family: $1,593,645
Multi Family: $799,000
Land: $597,200

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Selling a house or condo? Here is what you can learn from the second home market!

Perhaps there is no more challenging market for selling a property, than a market that is primarily second homes. Of course, one of the biggest factors in selling a home depends on the other inventory available for buyers to consider.

While away for a weekend, I met a couple that has a house for sale in a part of Maine, made up of mostly second homes – I will refer to them as the Smiths. The house is now listed for the third time, and they are now using a second real estate company. Not surprisingly, there is serious glut of properties for sale, very similar to the Smith’s house.

After speaking with them, and finding them to be quite frustrated with the slow moving sales in the area, I asked whether they had revisited pricing their house. As often is the case with my own clients, pricing is a touchy subject. And they were all too eager to explain to me why their house is so much nicer than many of the others for sale.

For the sake of this article, lets assume that the Smith’s house was in the better half of the similarly priced inventory. This, in my opinion, gives them a great opportunity! With the large inventory that has been sitting for years in this particular market, if priced lower than comparable houses (even if just marginally), they could really stand out as sellers. With buyers having so many options to choose from (as is the case around the country, not just in the second home market), a seller can really take advantage of the stale, over priced inventory that is their “competition” as sellers.

Whether selling a property in Wellesley , Newton , Brookline – Maine or Vermont, pricing to attract buyers is EVERYTHING. Buyers see a sale happening, with no pressure to buy because if a house they are interested in happens to sell – they know there will be others… many others. However, if a seller is realistic, takes the buyer’s perspective and beats the competition with an attractive price, an educated buyer will not wait to pursue it.

Sellers like the Smiths are often too eager to simply blame the market for their house not selling for the price they “want”. A slow market, with buyers taking their time, can work to a seller’s advantage if they realize what an opportunity they have when pricing their property.

Commuting to Boston from Wellesley or Metro West

One of the biggest factors to consider for a buyers looking to purchase in Wellesley, or Metro West, is what their commute into Boston will be like.

I have had many clients make the transition from city living to buying in the suburbs west of Boston. For those that want to drive into the city, I can tell you that during the Labor Day-Memorial Day months, you need to get through the Weston Tolls (inbound) by 6:45 to avoid tapping the brakes most of the way into the city. If you are on the pike after 7:15, you are most likely going to have a bumper to bumper – slow ride in (approximately 30 minutes to get to the Brighton tolls (where a big back up will await you for getting into Cambridge). Driving the Back Bay will offer much less resistance.

Wellesley and Metro West Train Schedule

Wellesley listings market snapshot as of today

Here is a quick look at the active Wellesley listings, as compared to 1 month ago. This listed by price point, and includes the number of days on market averages as well. Town of Wellesley active listings

This week in Metro West Real Estate…

As of today, June 25, 11 properties in Brookline, Newton, Needham, Wellesley and Weston sold within a week of coming on the market according to MLS. 7 were single families, and 4 were condos.
When priced properly, buyers will pull the trigger. Plus, with the severe winter delaying the spring market it appears that the market will remain active into July.
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Wellesley Elementary Schools

If this is a time of the year for you to be considering Wellesley Elementary Schools, here is a link to direct your to some great details about them.

So, how is the real estate market????

I’m frequently asked, “How’s the market?”

Obviously there are several ways to answer the, “how’s the market?” question. This month I have done some research to provide a glimpse into the available single family inventory for sale in different towns. Simply put, this is the amount of supply (in months) for sale in each town.

Using the total sales during that last 6 months, compared to the number of single family listings currently for sale, I have shown the supply for each town. A town with 5 months of supply or less is considered to be a seller’s market. And a town with 6 months or more, is considered to be a buyers market.

Wellesley: 8 months supply
Weston: 20 months supply
Wayland: 15 months supply
Needham: 9 months supply
Westwood: 15 months supply
Natick: 6 months supply
Brookline: 11 months supply

What does this mean??? All of these towns have a
buyer’s market… HOWEVER… while this is a GREAT time to be a BUYER… It is also a great time to be a SELLER with an accurately priced property.

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Please call me with any related questions, or for more details about your town, property – or a town of interest. Or if you know someone who might be interested in getting some real estate advice.