As has happened in past years, the number of new home listings has rebounded post-Labor Day. For example, in Newton and Brookline there have been 270 new listings posted for sale since September 1st, compared to only 88 in all of August.

That’s no surprise, with so many people taking vacations in August. But how does this year’s September bump compare to prior years, and what does it mean for the state of the market?

In north Brookline, the bump of new listings has been fairly consistent with past years, but in Newton and Boston the number of new listings are up.

1st to 27th
Newton Boston
2019 77 175 1056
2018 76 157 967
2017 79 156 876
2016 78 169 752
2015 79 151 772
2014 71 143 761

It’s worth noting, the increase in Newton is specifically driven by a significant uptick in condominium listings: from 36 in 2018 to 60 in 2019.

Is demand strong enough to absorb all these listings, or is this an early indicator that the red-hot seller’s market is shifting to a more balanced market? Anecdotally, we are getting mixed signals: some listings are still selling like hotcakes, while others that we thought would go quickly are taking longer.

I suspect the market will be more balanced as more inventory comes online, and that the average days to receive an offer, and the average sale to list price will start to reflect that.

In other words, a good time to start your search!

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