Single-family home sales in Massachusetts rose to the highest totals in two years last month, but the number of sales closed on the North Shore ranged from right in line with state increases, to dipping slightly according to data released by the Warren Group.
According to the New England-based real estate tracker, single-family home sales statewide increased 26 percent for a total of 5,498 sales, marking the fifth straight month of double-digit increases.
A total of 24 homes were sold in Danvers, up from 18 in June of 2011, more than a 33 percent increase. Year-to-date home sales in Danvers are up more than 34 percent - from 70 in the first six months of last year, to 94 from January to June of this year - slightly higher than the 24 percent increase seen across the Bay State through the first half of the year.
Some neighboring communities aren't enjoying quite the surge that Danvers is. Only two more single-family homes were sold in Salem last month, 16 total, than were sold in June of 2011. Year-to-date sales in the Witch City are up to 78 from 58, more than a 34 percent increase, over the same period last year.
Beverly home sales dipped slightly last month. The 32 dwellings sold in the Garden City is seven less than were sold in June of 2011. But year-to-date sales provide some reason for optimism. A total of 124 homes have been sold in Beverly, up from 110 last year.
Year-over-year home prices dipped slightly for the second straight month in June, reflected in the average price of a home in Danvers last month, which was $325,000, down from $337,500 the year before.
"A month of nearly unchanged prices is a promising indicator that buyers are beginning to re-enter the market, and downward pressure on home prices is abating," Timothy M. Warren Jr., CEO of the Warren Group, said in a statement.
Beverly and Salem both saw increases in median sale price for June.
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