First month since June 2011 to go over 4,000 homes mark
 
WALTHAM, Mass. – April 10, 2012 – The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) reported today that the number of single-family homes put under agreement in March went up again for the 11th straight month compared to the same time in 2011. Condominium pending sales were also up from the same time last year. Pending figures are a leading indicator of actual housing sales in Massachusetts for the following 2-3 months.
 
“Activity in the market place continues to build as reflected in the number of homes that went under agreement in March,” said 2012 MAR President Trisha McCarthy, broker at Keller Williams Realty in Newburyport. “We are taking important steps towards market recovery with each successive month of increased pending sales.”
 
The number of single-family homes put under agreement in March was up 38.8 percent compared to the same time last year (*3,256 homes in 2011 to 4,519 homes in 2012). This is the 11th straight month of year-over-year increases and the first month since June 2011 to go over the 4,000 homes under agreement mark. This month also had the most pending sales in March since MAR has been tracking the data. On a month-to-month basis, single-family homes put under agreement went up 34.2 percent from 3,368 homes in February.
 
The number of condos put under agreement in March was up 30.4 percent compared to March 2011 (*1,422 units in 2011 to 1,854 units in 2012).  On a month-to-month basis, condos put under agreement were up 45.2 percent from 1,277 units in February. 
 
About Pending Sales:
The tracking of signed purchase and sales agreements (also called “pending sales”) provide reliable information about where the real estate market is heading in coming months. 
 
A pending sale or a sale “under agreement” is when the buyer and seller agree on the terms of the sale of a home and have a signed purchase and sale agreement, but have yet to close and be recorded as such.  MAR is the only organization which compiles this statewide information from Multiple Listing Services each month.
 
About the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®: 
Organized in 1924, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade organization with more than 18,000 members.  The term REALTOR® is registered as the exclusive designation of members of the National Association of REALTORS® who subscribe to a strict code of ethics and enjoy continuing education programs.
 
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*Please note: As of January 2012, all 2011 pending home sales data has been updated to reflect new collection methods from the three REALTOR® affiliated Multiple Listing Services in Massachusetts via 10K Research and Marketing.
Editors and reporters: Please note that the term Realtor is properly spelled with an initial capital “R”, per the Associated Press Stylebook.