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Top five towns for buyers

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis March 24, 2014 09:07 AM

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With a dearth of homes for sale, sellers generally have the upper hand right now in Greater Boston. OK, they pretty much always have, but that's a story for another day.

But there a few diamonds in the rough for buyers out there - towns and smaller cities where buyers have a better shot at getting what they want, or at least getting something! The one exception on the list is Hingham, one of Greater Boston's most affluent suburbs, which is definitely no diamond in the rough.

It's also interesting that three of the five towns on Zillow's list are on the South Shore, with one in the Merrimack Valley and just one in the western suburbs. No North Shore towns made it.

Here's Zillow's list of the top five "buyers' markets" in Greater Boston. (Prices, which include homes and condos, came from Zillow. I grabbed the inventory numbers from Redfin.)

No. 1: Plymouth: Median sale price is just over $265,000. Listings of homes was up 4.6 percent compared to the same time last year, according to Redin.
No. 2: Lowell: The median sale price is just over $193,000. The number of homes for sale is up about 11 percent compared to last year,
No. 3: Hingham: The median sale price is $669,500, while inventory is up more than 10 percent
No. 4: Marlborough: The median sale price is $268,425 while the number of homes for sale is up by a whopping 43 percent.
No. 5: Quincy: The median sale price is $344,000, while homes for sale are up by more than 25 percent.

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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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