By Les Masterson
Westborough's real estate market remains fairly steady.
Westborough saw 29 home sales in August this year, compared to 20 a year ago. Year-to-date, Westborough has seen 109 home sales, which is down from 128 from a year ago, according to The Warren Group, which released August home sales data on Tuesday.
The August median house price in Westborough was $526,000, which is up from $426,500 from a year ago. So far this year, Westborough’s median sale price has been $452,250 – compared to $396,750 last year.
Worcester County numbers
Worcester County saw a 24 percent increase in home sales in August compared to a year ago – 781 this year compared to 631 last year.
Year-to-date, Worcester County has seen 4,368 home sales, which is compared to 4,193 sales last year.
The August median sale price increased from $237,900 to $199,900 this year. Year-to-date, the median price has been $228,950, which is an increase from $199,900 through this time last year.
Concerns about Massachusetts market
Massachusetts surpassed 5,000 home sales in August for the third time this year.
There were 5,925 home sales in August this year compared to 5,205 last year. Year-to-date, 33,523 homes sold in August, which is an increase from 31,851 last year.
"Due to the seasonal nature of the real estate market, this is probably the last month this year we'll see such high volume. The busy summer selling season is coming to an end, but probably the year-to-year comparisons will stay strong for a while longer. This is further evidence of a strong market, and another great recovery year in real estate," said The Warren Group CEO Timothy M. Warren Jr. "It will be interesting to see if the Federal Reserve's decision to keep stimulating the economy will reverse the rise in interest rates and keep the real estate market rising."
The median sale prices increased by 10.6% to $340,000 in August compared to a year ago. August was the 11th straight month of median price increases.
For the year, median prices have increased by 12% to $325,000.
Though the numbers are positive, real estate experts remain
concerned that the inventory of available homes may soon not meet demand.
“Buyer demand is steady, but folks are going to find it increasingly difficult to find a home if inventory doesn’t improve,” said 2013 MAR President Kimberly Allard-Moccia, broker-owner of Century 21 Professionals in Braintree.
There is also concern about the median home sale price increases in Massachusetts.
"I remain concerned with the steady price increases across the state," Warren said. "However, it seems the high prices aren't shutting buyers out of the market - just yet. The market is benefitting from pent-up demand."