Posts Tagged 'Market Update'

East Boston Real Estate Market Heating Up

Recent real estate sales activity in Jeffries Point demonstrates there’s a strong East Boston real estate market with limited inventory and more buyers than sellers.  Many properties are selling over their asking price.  Some have been purchased by investors; others are being purchased by owner occupants.  Here is a glimpse of that activity:

  • In March, 74 Everett Street, a regular size triple-decker needing renovations, was listed at $379,900 and sold for $377,000.
  • In May, 34 Cottage Street, a completely renovated brick three-family, sold for $550,000; asking price was $549,000.
  • This past week, 49 Jeffries Street, a beautifully renovated three-level two-family home with a rooftop deck and harbor views, sold for $430,000; asking price was $424,900.
  • Also this week, 66-68 Cottage Street, an older bank-owned two-family house needing renovations, sold for $331,000; asking price was $274,900.
  • And in April, 474 Sumner Street, an older ten-room single-family home sold for $302,000; asking price was $299,900.

Please check back as we continue to update you on East Boston real estate happenings.  To see all our property for sale listings, or to search MLS properties, head to the Tony’s Realty Website.

If you are curious about the East Boston real estate market or would like to talk about recent trends and activities, please feel free to email Tony.

Some East Boston Three-Families Selling for More Than $400,000

On May 13, Tony’s Realty completed the sale of 82 Barnes Avenue, a classic 3,582 square foot three-family home in Orient Heights for $450,000. This was the second highest priced three-family to sell in East Boston in 2011: In January, 1129 Saratoga Street, a 3,831 square foot three-family home sold for $460,000; in March, 75 Chelsea Street, a completely renovated 3,384 square foot three-family home sold for $405,000; and in April, 12 Chelsea Street, a totally renovated 2,605 square foot three-family home sold for $425,000.

It is becoming evident that well maintained, relatively large, or completely renovated three-family properties in East Boston are steadily selling for more than $400,000.

Please check back as we continue to update you on East Boston real estate happenings.  To see all our listings, or to search MLS properties, head to the Tony’s Realty Website.

Email Tony with your questions or comments.

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East Boston Has a Strong Demand for “Buyer Friendly” Multi-Families

March is the beginning of the Spring real estate market in East Boston. And there is a strong and steady demand for two and three-family properties in our neighborhood. What has become most important to a successful sale of late is that properties be in “buyer friendly” condition. Most buyers purchasing East Boston properties are obtaining loans, often FHA (Federal Housing Authority) loans, which require properties be in adequate and properly maintained condition and that they appraise at “current market value.” In other words, not only should properties being sold to buyers with such loans be in “working order,” they should be selling at prices that are comparable to other properties that have recently sold. If a porch, roof, electrical service, or a furnace needs repair, it makes sense to act on these repairs before selling a house. And it is important to be aware which similar properties are selling and to price one’s property accordingly so that there are no financing issues later.

During the past year, unfavorable tenant conditions have deterred many buyers from making offers on properties. Some landlords try to sell properties without delivering a vacant “owner’s unit.” About 90% of purchasers of two and three-family homes intend to live in those homes and need to know there’s an empty apartment in the building they’re purchasing—this allows them to place an offer with peace of mind. Many landlords also have tenants whose rents are far below market value. Before placing a home on the market, it’s a good idea to negotiate a market value rent with a current tenant or at least get an agreement from the tenant to pay market value when a new buyer takes over. The more financially sound a building appears, the more attractive it is to prospective buyers.

In summary, East Boston has a strong demand for two and three-family homes in decent shape with tenants who pay market value rent—and that come with at least one vacancy for a prospective buyer to occupy upon purchase.

Please check back as we continue to update you on East Boston real estate happenings.  To see all our listings, or to search MLS properties, head to the Tony’s Realty Website.

Email Tony with your questions or comments.

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Some East Boston Three-Families Selling for Over $400,000

Recent East Boston sales data show some high quality and well located three-family properties selling for over $400,000 again.  In fact, one property recently sold for $500,000, the first time a three-family has sold for that much in many years.

In August, 78 Frankfort Street, a 4,374 square foot property on a 2,882 square foot lot, sold in 22 days at full list price, $400,000. It was located a few blocks from the Airport train station and the new Bremen Street Park.  Also in August, 25 Gladstone Street, a 4,193 square foot property with 8 parking spaces and five garages, situated on a 7,500 square foot lot, sold for $460,000. This property took longer to sell; it was originally listed in January, 2010 for $600,000.

In Noveber, 18 Thurston Street, a beautiful 3,964 square foot three-family with two parking spaces on a 4,500 square foot lot broke all recent records, selling for $500,000. This property also took a while to sell because the initial list price in May, 2010, was $619,000.  Since January 2009, only 7 three-family properties have sold between $400,000 and $480,000.  Only 18 Thurston Street has reached the $500,000 sale price mark.

Please check back as we continue to update you on East Boston real estate happenings.  To see all our listings, or to search MLS properties, head to the Tony’s Realty Website.

Email Tony with your questions or comments.

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Tony’s Realty in the News

See this September 26, 2010 Boston Globe Magazine article where Tony is quoted regarding the topic of Bath Renovations:  Bath Renovations that Wow

 

Values of East Boston Three-Families Higher Today Than in 2000

While there is much discussion about depressed real estate values, current property values of the average East Boston triple-decker are higher than they were 10 years ago, and such properties sell more quickly then they did a decade ago, according to Multiple Listing Service records.  Between January 1, 2000 and June 30, 2000, 52 East Boston three-families sold.  The average sale price was $223,202, and the average marketing time was 91 days.  Between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2010, 40 three-families have sold.  The average sale price was $273,160, and the average days on market was only 49 days.  In 2000, only 3 multi-families sold between January and June for more than $300,000. This year, 14 of the 40 three-families sold for $300,000 or more.

Certain factors have helped East Boston maintain its property values over the last decade.  We have a safe neighborhood close to downtown Boston with five subway stations providing easy access to transportation; we have steadily improved our parks and facilities such as the Greenway, the Bremen Street Park, Piers Parks, and our community gardens; we have encouraged small business development and storefront improvements for restaurants, corner stores and other small businesses; we have welcomed large developments such as the Porter 156 Lofts as well as small condo conversions; and we have embraced an artist community visible at 80 Border Street and in the new Zumix Firehouse.  If East Boston continues with the steady improvements it has made over the last decade, we can expect a vibrant community of homeowners willing to purchase in East Boston and help maintain, and perhaps steadily increase, our neighborhood’s real estate values.

Please check back as we continue to update you on East Boston real estate happenings.  To see all our listings, or to search MLS properties, head to the Tony’s Realty Website.

Email Tony with your questions or comments.

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Buyers of Newly Renovated East Boston Condos Take Advantage of April Tax Credit

During the last two months, 17 East Boston condominiums sold and 5 others remain under agreement.  Of the sold units the average list price was $233,059; the average sale price was $225,282.  More than half the units that sold and almost all those under agreement are brand new, developed during the last five years, or completely renovated.  Almost all the purchasers are first time homebuyers trying to obtain an $8,000 tax credit—they must have a property under contract by April 30, 2010 and close by June 30, 2010.  Furthermore, first time homebuyers seem reluctant to purchase older, unrenovated condos without many of today’s sought after amenities—laundry in unit, central a/c, ample storage space, and newer kitchens and baths.

While condo prices remained stable during early spring and interest was high, currently there are not too many buyers.  There are 70 condos on the market in East Boston with an average list price of $222,117 and an average of 165 days on the market.  Many units for sale were developed during the last 20 years and are considered “older,” and many of this year’s set of homebuyers have already made their purchases to meet the April tax credit deadline.  Sellers might want to consider renovating older condos and common areas in order to sell them or perhaps rent them until Spring 2011 buyers start their home search.

Please check back as we continue to update you on East Boston real estate happenings.  To see all our listings, or to search MLS properties, head to the Tony’s Realty Website.

Email Tony with your questions or comments

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