LandVest, an exclusively high-end focused real estate firm based in New England, affiliated with Christie’s International Real Estate, announces the second annual publication of the LandVest Index. The LandVest Index tracks high-end $2,000,000 plus real estate sales in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the Adirondack region of New York. For 2011, high-end sales across LandVest’s territories were stable compared to last year (2% reduction, 588 vs 598 sales).
2011 marked a year of stabilization in the luxury real estate market in New England. Sales have recovered from the extremely weak levels of 2009, but remain well below the boom year of 2007. Compared to the peak of 840 sales in 2007, sales in 2011 were down 30%; however, they have recovered substantially from a bottom of 442 sales in 2009. More detailed market reports including long-term trends in listings, sales, and average and top sales prices, and days on market are being developed and are currently available for Cape Cod (see Cape Cod Market Perspective) and Middlesex County, Massachusetts (see Middlesex, MA Real Estate Market Report).
Stewart Young, LandVest’s Regional Manager for Cape Cod, also active in the western suburbs of Boston, compiles the LandVest Index. According to Young, “ The market is in a much better place. In 2011, the inventory of active listings started to contract leaving a ratio of sales to listings more typical of pre-bubble years and suggesting a more balanced market for 2012”.
Ruth Kennedy Sudduth, LandVest’s Managing Director of Residential Brokerage, observed that the numbers mask a tremendous change in tone for the positive over the last year. “Sellers and buyers have both become far more realistic. Sellers know that the market is back to levels of a decade ago and buyers are seeing that as a tremendous opportunity to pick up landmark properties at superb values.” She noted a second trend, of well-heeled purchasers using debt to finance their purchases. “With interest rates at historic lows, and growing interest in real assets, buyers are borrowing to finance real estate purchases in order to hedge against potential inflation in the future.”
LandVest, founded in 1968, and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, is a leading brokerage firm for luxury real estate across New England. The firm provides advisory, brokerage, and timberland services. Exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, LandVest enjoys global reach through their affiliation with the global fine art auction house and their private network of high end real estate associates. Recent major transactions include: