Home, condo sales in Massachusetts set Sept. record

BOSTON – Home and condo sales and prices skyrocketed across Massachusetts in September, with the median single-family home price surging to $472,000.



a sign in front of a house: Home and condo sales and prices skyrocketed across Massachusetts in September, with the median single-family home price surging to $472,000.


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Home and condo sales and prices skyrocketed across Massachusetts in September, with the median single-family home price surging to $472,000.

The Warren Group on Wednesday reported that nearly 6,400 single-family homes were sold last month, up from just over 5,000 during September 2019. The 27% increase in home sales was coupled with an 18 percent increase in the median sale price.

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The strong demand for new homes comes as pandemic era unemployment remains high and the state tries to guard against tens of thousands of evictions now that Gov. Charlie Baker and the Legislature have let an eviction moratorium expire. Bills to boost the supply of housing also remain bogged down on Beacon Hill.

The third straight month of large housing

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Home, condo sale prices set September records in Massachusetts, with the median single-family home price surging to $472,000.

Michael P. Norton, State House News Service
 |  Telegram & Gazette

Home and condo sales and prices skyrocketed across Massachusetts in September, with the median single-family home price surging to $472,000.

The Warren Group on Wednesday reported that nearly 6,400 single-family homes were sold last month, up from just over 5,000 during September 2019. The 27 percent increase in home sales was coupled with an 18 percent increase in the median sale price.

The strong demand for new homes comes as pandemic era unemployment remains high and the state tries to guard against tens of thousands of evictions now that Gov. Charlie Baker and the Legislature have let an eviction moratorium expire. Bills to boost the supply of housing also remain bogged down on Beacon Hill.

The third straight month of large housing market gains followed a sales slump in the earlist months of the pandemic.

Year-to-date, there have been

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Home, condo sale prices in Massachusetts set September records | State

Home and condo sales and prices skyrocketed across Massachusetts in September, with the median single-family home price surging to $472,000.

The Warren Group on Wednesday reported that nearly 6,400 single-family homes were sold last month, up from just over 5,000 during September 2019. The 27 percent increase in home sales was coupled with an 18 percent increase in the median sale price.

The strong demand for new homes comes as pandemic era unemployment remains high and the state tries to guard against tens of thousands of evictions now that Gov. Charlie Baker and the Legislature have let an eviction moratorium expire. Bills to boost the supply of housing also remain bogged down on Beacon Hill.

The third straight month of large housing market gains followed a sales slump in the earliest months of the pandemic.

Year-to-date, there have been 42,566 single-family home sales, a 4 percent decrease from the first

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Home, condo sale prices set new September records in Massachusetts

Home and condo sales and prices skyrocketed across Massachusetts in September, with the median single-family home price surging to $472,000.

The Warren Group on Wednesday reported that nearly 6,400 single-family homes were sold last month, up from just over 5,000 during September 2019. The 27 percent increase in home sales was coupled with an 18 percent increase in the median sale price.

The strong demand for new homes comes as pandemic era unemployment remains high and the state tries to guard against tens of thousands of evictions now that Gov. Charlie Baker and the Legislature have let an eviction moratorium expire. Bills to boost the supply of housing also remain bogged down on Beacon Hill.

The third straight month of large housing market gains followed a sales slump in the earlist months of the pandemic.

Year-to-date, there have been 42,566 single-family home sales, a 4 percent decrease from the first

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Massachusetts ban on pandemic evictions, foreclosures ending

BOSTON (AP) — The state’s ban on evictions and foreclosures imposed during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic expires on Saturday, leaving many worrying about their housing security.

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker this week unveiled a $171 million initiative he said will help tenants and landlords cope. Baker said the goal is to keep tenants in their homes and also ease the ongoing expenses of landlords.

The bulk of the spending — about $100 million — will go to expand the capacity of the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition program to provide relief to renters and landlords struggling because of the pandemic.

Housing advocates said Baker’s plan doesn’t go far enough. They’re pressing the Republican governor and state lawmakers to back a more comprehensive eviction prevention measure.

The bill would ensure tenants cannot be evicted because of missed rent if nonpayment was because of COVID-19. It

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Massachusetts MSPCA gets 20 alpacas, 29 rabbits from a single home; begins looking for new homes

The MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen, Massachusetts, recently took in 20 alpacas and 29 rabbits after a single home had to surrender the animals.

Now the MSPCA is looking for homes for the animals.

“Since alpacas are herd animals and do best with fellow alpacas, we are looking for homes that will take a pair or a small group (but we’ll of course also consider adopting a single alpaca to someone with an established herd of alpacas, sheep, or goats),” a Facebook post stated.

The original Facebook post has been updated to say that they are no longer taking inquires on the alpacas after they “received an amazing, huge, wonderfully large number of formal adoption inquiries for our herd.” Now they “have begun making selections for families we’ll be taking next steps with.”

But the rabbits are still available.

People can also still help by buying the animals

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Massachusetts Homeowners: DIY Or Hire A Bathroom Contractor?

There’s no doubt that renovations can increase the worth of your Massachusetts home. The key is choosing updates that make the most difference.

Renovating and updating your bathroom is a great way to add value to your home. But the cost of remodeling your bathroom can quickly add up depending on what changes you’re making. This is why many homeowners choose to tackle bathroom renos as a DIY project. However, if you’re thinking about doing it yourself, it’s important to know that some jobs are best left to a skilled contractor.

Here’s what you need to know about DIY bathroom remodels:

What’s Involved with a DIY Bathroom Remodel

Before you decide that your bathroom remodel is a DIY project, it helps to know what’s involved with this type of home renovation. Consider these points before starting your own remodel:

Do you have the knowledge and skills to do the work

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