400 Properties For Sale in Boston … Is it a good time to sell?

2017 has started with some positive interest in the Boston property market.  Taking a snap shot of the Boston property market for the first quarter of 2017, the picture suggests some interesting trends when it comes to the number of properties available to buy, their asking prices and what prices properties are actually selling for.

Let us first consider the number of properties for sale, compared to 12 months ago:

Type of Boston Property Number of Properties on the Market 12 months ago Number of Properties on the Market now % change
Detached 156 151 -3%
       
Semi 85 94 +11%
       
Terraced 54 63 +17%
       
Flat 38 76 +100%

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So when we add in building plots and other types of properties that don’t fit into the four main categories, that means there are 400 properties for sale today compared with 346 a year ago, a rise of 16%.

Boston asking prices, compared to the same as a year ago, are 6% lower.

With that in mind, I wanted to look at what property was actually selling for in Boston. Taking my information from the Land Registry, the last available six months property transactions for PE21 show an interesting picture (note the Land Registry data is always a few months behind due to the nature of the house buying process and so November 2016 is latest set of data). The price shown is the average price paid and the number in brackets is the number of properties actually sold.

  Jun-16 Jul-16 Aug-16 Sep-16 Oct-16 Nov-16
Detached £188,468 (22) £190,839 (28) £199,475 (27) £186,770 (25) £206,024 (17) £176,429 (22)
Semi

Detached

£128,573 (20) £136,546 (21) £130,133 (15) £134,871 (12) £125,463 (15) £130,000 (13)
Terraced £110,300 (13) £99,041 (11) £117,155 (21) £115,648 (14) £105,333 (9) £116,156 (9)
Flat £108,240 (3) £92,238

(4)

£99,761

(9)

£84,498

(4)

£108,562 (4) £88,250

(2)

All £146,144 (58) £151,083 (64) £148,554 (72) £149,904 (55) £150,368 (45) £147,681 (46)

So what does all this mean for the property owning folk of Boston?

Well, with more property on the market than a year ago and asking prices 6% lower, those trying to sell their property need to be mindful that buyers, be they first timers, buy to let landlords or people moving up the Boston property ladder, have much more price information about the Boston property market at their fingertips than ever before.

Those Boston people who are looking to sell their property in 2017, need to be aware of the risks of over pricing their property when initially placing it on the market. Over the last 12 months, I have noticed the approach of a few Boston estate agents is to suggest an inflated asking price to encourage the homeowner and secure the property to sell on their books. The down side to this is that when offered to the market for the first time, buyers will realise it is overpriced and wont waste their time asking for a brochure. They won’t even view the property, let alone make an offer. So when the price is reduced a few months later, the property has become market stale and continues to be ignored.

Whilst the Boston property-market has an unassailable demand for property – there is one saying that always rings true – as long as the property is being marketed at the right price it will sell.

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