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Home Sales in May Highest in 7 Years

Our housing report for May shows the number of home sales in May were the highest amount of homes for sale since 2006.

According to data provided by the Warren Group, there were 4,820 single-family homes sold in May this year, up 6% from 4,529 the same month a year ago. This is the highest number of transactions recorded for the month since 2006 when there were 4,948 sales.

Watch John Talk to NECN About Why Home Sales Jumped in May

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John McGeough Talks to NECN on Why Home Sales Jumped in May

There were 7,437 sales of homes of all types—single-family, condo, and multi-family—in May in Massachusetts, an increase of 6% compared to 7,038 homes sold in May of 2012.

In New Hampshire, the number of home sales in May increased for the fifth month in a row. There were 979 sales for all home types in May compared to 909 in May 2012, an increase of 8%.

Single-family home sales in New Hampshire increased as well. There were 666 single family homes sold in May compared to 640 last May, an increase of 4%.

Average Home Prices Increase in May

Average selling prices for homes in Massachusetts have increased every month since January.  The average price for a single-family home was $392,721, an increase of 13% compared to May 2012.

Average Price for Single Family Homes in Massachusetts

Condo prices have also increased. In May, the average price for a condo in Massachusetts was $277,020, up 7% from April of this year and an increase of 8% compared to last May.

The increase in prices is due to the low inventory of homes available for sale, which has increased competition for homes. Rising interest rates are a factor as well. Mortgage interest rates jumped to their highest level in years last week, so more home buyers are entering the market to purchase a home while the rates are still relatively low. With more home buyers looking, we have even seen bidding wars, which contributes to the increase in selling prices as well.