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East Boston Three-Family Sale Prices Rise

Over the last six months, 44 three-family homes have sold in East Boston, ranging from $100,000 for a total gut rehab Everett Street home to $480,000 for a 4,500 square foot unusually large East Eagle house in exceptionally good condition with four parking spaces. The average three-family sale price was $276,557. Many were bank owned and others were short sales. Non bank owned and short sale properties are beginning to sell in the low to mid $300,000 range. A few buildings that have been either exceptionally large, in impeccable condition, had spectacular harbor views, or lots of parking and land have sold for over $400,000.

Since November, the following three-families have sold for over $300,000: 236 Maverick Street sold in 11 days for $329,000; 228 Havre Street sold in 5 days for $347,000; and 194 Chelsea Street sold in 3 days for $320,000. At prices over $350,000, three families have usually been totally renovated: 96 Trenton Street sold for $356,000; 146 Trenton Street sold for $375,000; and this month 101 Chelsea Street, which was completely renovated, sold in 20 days for $373,000. In today’s market, a medium size triple-decker in very good condition should sell between $300,000 and $350,000. An extensively renovated, medium size three family will more likely sell between $350,000 and $390,000. This is about a 10% increase above last spring’s three-family home sale prices.

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Tony’s Realty Lists Three-Family House on Paris Street

Tony’s Realty recently listed a very large three-family house in the Paris Flats neighborhood of East Boston. 253 Paris Street is a 3,204 square foot triple-decker—each apartment has five, six, and six rooms each. There are also three unfinished rooms in the attic, which could potentially be additional living space.

While most of the apartments have paneled walls and older kitchens, the property has had some major updates. There is a new 200 amp electrical service and new meters for each apartment as well as a public meter. All three apartments have newer gas furnaces; the second floor heating system and furnace is only several years old. The roof is newer and in very good condition, and the entire building has newer replacement windows. The third floor unit has beautiful, new hardwood floors. All three apartments have porches, one of which is enclosed. There is a large basement, which walks out to a small yard. Two apartments are currently rented and the third apartment is vacant and ready for a new owner. The property is only a few blocks from the new Airport T station, the YMCA, and the Bremen Street Park. The house is offered at $349,000.

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East Boston Condos Sell at Higher Price Per Unit than Triple-Deckers

In 2009, 83 three-families sold in East Boston. Of these, only 5 sold for over $400,000. Three were large and had ample parking, one was completely renovated, and another was a large Victorian on Webster Street overlooking Boston Harbor. There were only another 5 homes that sold for more than $350,000. Most of these were totally renovated and in excellent condition. The remaining 73 three-families sold for under $350,000, or for under $117,000 per unit.

In 2009, 99 condominiums sold in East Boston, many of which were 800 to 1,000 square foot condos in triple-deckers or small buildings. They sold between $180,000 and $220,000. Many wonder why triple-deckers don’t sell for similar prices per unit as condos (between $540,000 and $660,000 per triple-decker). The main reason three-families sell for much less per unit than condos is because the “average East Boston triple-decker” is in poor condition. Most condos have been totally renovated, but many East Boston triple-deckers are about 100 years old, and many have not had updates in 30, 40, or 50 years. It is not unusual to find apartments with 19th century layouts, walls covered in paneling, original ceilings covered with suspended cardboard, outdated electricity, heating systems with older furnaces, apartments without central heat but with “gas on gas” stoves and space heaters, porches that need to be rebuilt, lead paint that needs to be removed, basements that retain water, foundations and brick facades that need pointing, older windows that should be replaced, and kitchens and bathrooms that should be renovated. And many East Boston triple-deckers have not been painted or wallpapered in decades. If East Boston three-families placed on the market had repairs done to them for many of the above mentioned deferred maintenance issues, they could sell for more money, perhaps closer to the prices per unit of many of the newly renovated condos that have been steadily selling in East Boston.

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East Boston 2009 Condo Sale Prices Remain Strong

In 2009, East Boston had a significant number of condominium sales. Of the 99 condos sold in 2009, only 13 were bank owned and 2 were short sales. Eighty-four of the 99 condos sold last year were sold by “regular sellers” to buyers, most of whom were owner occupants who chose East Boston as their home. While the East Boston condo market is supposedly more depressed than its 2004 and 2005 peaks, it has not taken as big a hit as one might think. The 2009 average condominium sale price was $226,031 with an average price per square foot of $243. In 2004, only 58 condominiums were sold with an average price of $224,467 and an average price per square foot of $253. In 2005, East Boston saw a condo sale price peak with 105 sales averaging $250,723 and an average price per square foot of $277.

East Boston’s average condo sale price in 2009 was only about a 10.5% drop from the average condo sale price in 2005. By contrast, the average sale price for an East Boston three-family plunged almost 50% from a 2005 high of $494,384 to a 2009 low of $248,266. It is evident there is a strong demand in East Boston for new or renovated properties in excellent condition, such as the many condominiums that have been sold and recently renovated, and there is less tolerance for older triple-deckers with poor layouts and deferred maintenance—unlike four or five years ago when buyers ignored many defects. The good news is that the overall demand and price paid for East Boston properties in excellent condition, as reflected in 2009 condominium sales, remains significantly strong.

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Two East Boston Three-Families on the Market

Tony’s Realty currently has two three-family properties on the market in East Boston, each for under $350,000. The first property, 15 Murray Court, was completely renovated in the mid 1980’s. Whereas most three-families in East Boston are about 100 years old, this one, also built around 1900, was completely rebuilt about 25 years ago. It has newer wiring, plumbing, walls, ceilings, floors windows and systems. And the rooms have been reconfigured into three wonderful one bedroom apartments with excellent layouts, large rooms and ample closet space. The property is located three minutes from the Maverick Square T station and just two blocks from Piers Park in Jeffries Point. It is priced at $325,000.

34 Paris Street, just steps away from Maverick Square, is a unique brick row house built before 1900. This property has beautiful curb appeal, and its apartments are in very good condition. The current owners have owned the property for almost thirty years, and many of the improvements include three newer heating systems, newer windows, replastered ceilings and walls, and newer kitchens. Outside is a nice backyard for gardening or relaxing. This three-family is one of four properties in a row of three other owner occupied buildings. It is listed at $339,000.

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East Boston Three-Family Sales Steadily Improve

During the last three months, only three bank-owned three-family homes were sold in East Boston. Two of these homes sold for more than asking price. Recently, banks have been pricing smaller three families in the high $100,000 price range—those homes then often sell at above asking price. When a property is priced below market value, the price generally attracts multiple buyers and offers resulting in the successful purchaser paying more than list price.

42 Gove Street was listed on 8/18/2009 for $166,900. It went under agreement in 9 days. It sold on 10/27/2009 for $185,000. 310 Saratoga Street was listed on 10/20/2009 for $198,000. It went under agreement 8 days later; it sold on 12/15/2009 for $226,000. 295 Havre originally went on the market on 5/13/2009 for $220,000. On 6/22/2009, it was lowered to $209,900. It went under agreement in one day. It came back on the market on 9/17/2009. Its price was reduced to $189,900 on 9/18/2009, and it went under agreement again on the same day. It sold on 10/29/2009 for $180,500.

Recent activity for non-bank owned three families continues to improve, with houses remaining on the market for fewer days and selling for higher prices than in most of 2009 and all of 2008. In December 2009, 90 Saint Andrew Road, a 2,912 square foot three-family with two parking spaces, sold for $460,000, making it the highest price Orient Heights three-family to sell in almost three years.

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Three-Families in East Boston Sell at Faster Pace

This week Tony’s Realty compares thee-family property sales between October 14, 2009 thru December 14, 2009 to thee-family sales five years ago between October 14, 2004 and December 14, 2004.  There are fewer current three-families on the market than five years ago, and they are selling much faster—albeit at significantly lower prices.  During the last two months, 16 triple-deckers have sold in East Boston; back in 2004, during the same October 14 thru December 14 time frame, 25 thee families had sold.

The average sale price for three-families in East Boston between October 14 and December 14, 2004 was $473,688.  Larger three-families were mostly selling for around $500,000.  Smaller triple-deckers usually sold for around $425,000.  The average selling time 5 years ago was 79 days.

During the last two months in 2009, the average sale price for a three-family was $288,781, which is 39% lower than in 2004, but the average selling time was only 48 days.  Larger three-families are mostly selling in the low $300s, whereas smaller triple-deckers are selling in the low $200s.  Of the 16 triple-deckers to sell between October 14 and December 14, two were bank owned and two were short sales.

With lower prices, properties sell much faster, but fewer properties come on the market.  There are currently only 15 three-families for sale in East Boston.

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