Real Estate Market Recap

  • Watertown home sales decreased by 19.1% as there were 321 sales in 2023 compared to 397 in 2022. Average price increased by 2.7% going from $812,979 in 2022 to $835,288 in 2023. These metrics include single families, condos, and multi-families. The categorical breakdowns are listed in the infographic to the right.
  • The number of homes listed in 2023 compared to 2022 decreased by 23.8%, moving from 429 to 327.
  • The number of pending sales decreased by 22.4% with 281 in 2023 compared to 362 in 2022.

2024 Outlook

Overall, the Watertown housing market performed as expected given that the market is adjusting from a frenzied state – home sales were down, and average sale price was up. One of the biggest factors affecting inventory levels in 2023 was listings as they were the lowest in over two decades in Massachusetts. Watertown proved to be no different, with homes listed down substantially year over year. In 2024, we expect the Watertown housing market to improve but still at a slower than normal pace. As Anthony states in his 2024 Predictions, “the worst is behind us, but we are not out of the woods.”  Home sales should increase, especially if mortgage rates continue to trend downward or stay as they are now. Buyer demand in the market is still strong, so the leveling of mortgage rates is excellent news for buyers battling with affordability concerns. This should also make want-to-be sellers more motivated to list their homes which should cause inventory to rise and in turn price growth should slow, level off, or even fall slightly (NOT crash).

To learn more about Massachusetts’s performance, click here to read the 2023 Massachusetts Year in Review Report.

Data provided by Warren Group & MLSPin and compared to the prior year.