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By Marilyn Messenger, CRS, ABR | Broker in Sudbury, MA

Acton Real Estate - Home Sales and Prices Up in May!

Single Family Homes: There are currently 94 single family homes for sale in Acton MA; last year there were 123 at this time. List prices range from $180,500 to $1,099,888. The median list price is $574,950 – 50K less than last year at this time; the average list price is $567,167, last year it was $573,517.

The market is Acton is very active. Of the 94 single family homes on the market, 25 already have offers accepted waiting for contingencies to clear, so the actual number of single family homes for sale is very low. Additionally, 35 single family homes went pending during May compared to 21 in May 2011.

May Closed Sales: Closed sales and sale prices were up substantially in May. There were 20 sold compared with just 8 during May 2011. The median sale price was $511,250; up from $432,000. The average was $518,320, up from $475,625. Based on the limited supply of homes on the market, buyers can expect competition and prices for homes increase. However, the market generally slows down during the summer so buyers who want to live in Acton should stay in the market and be prepared to step up if they find a home that suits their needs.

Year-to-date Sales: There were 55 single-family closed sales in Acton between January 1 and May 31 2012 up from 46 during the same period in 2011. The median sale price was $497,500, higher than May 2011 of $453,750. The May 2012 average price was $497,784; the average price in May 2011 was $521,014.

Condominiums and Townhouses: The supply of condominiums and townhouses in Acton has declined from last year at this time; there are 63 for sale compared with 76 last year. Prices range from $85,000 to $680,000. The median price is $289,800; last year it was $261,950. The average is $331,474; last year it was $268,625.

Acton has good selection of new construction attached and detached townhomes. Buyers can have their own buyer agent representing them but remember, the buyer agent must accompany the buyer to the site the first time they visit the site. If you’re interested in new construction, find a buyer agent first. While the agent on-site will be very friendly and helpful, remember, that person’s job is to act in the best interest of the builder, not you! A buyer agent who knows new construction and who knows how to negotiate can save you money.

Closed sales: Condominium sales are down from last year. There were 28 closed sales of condominiums and townhouses from 1/1 – 5/31/2012; there were 32 for the same period in 2011. The median price was $183,600; the average was $231,182; both lower than last year.

Source: MLSPIN (Multiple Listing Service Property Information Network)

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