Massachusetts single-family home sales declined 5.9 percent in February compared to February 2013, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR) reported March 25, 2014, citing a lack of inventory as the cause of the slowdown in home sales.
On the other hand, the lack of inventory has put pressure on home prices. The median price for single-family homes sold in February was $294,950, an increase of 7.3 percent from $275,000 in February 2013. February marked the 17th straight monthly year-over-year increase in median price in the Bay State. On a month-to-month basis, February's median price declined 7.8 percent from $320,000 in January 2014.
Massachusetts median home prices increased 9.2 percent in 2013, much more in some sought-after city and towns, but it appears price growth may be slowing in 2014, as higher interest rates and home prices have lessened affordability.