Home Values Are Heating Up in Massachusetts

At a time of low mortgage rates, see if homes in the Bay State are a good deal.

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Thanks to low mortgage rates, it's an excellent time to buy or sell a home across the U.S. But what about in Massachusetts?

Is the state's housing market too pricey for buyers? Not-so-great if you've got a home you want to sell? Or just right — for everybody?

Home values provide some answers. They indicate that the market in Massachusetts is heating up, according to Zillow, though you might find vast differences from one city or one corner of the state to the next.

Current home values in Massachusetts

Home values have been rising throughout Massachusetts and are up 1.93% from a year ago.

Statewide, the median value for a single-family home — meaning half are worth more, half are worth less — is currently $407,300 , Zillow says.

Could you afford that? Let's say you want to buy that mid-priced home using a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at this week's average interest rate, which is a low 3.69%, says mortgage company Freddie Mac.

With the 30-year mortgage rate at 3.69% and the median home value for Massachusetts at $407,300 , a representative monthly mortgage payment would be $1,872.43.

How the Massachusetts housing market stacks up

Worcester, Massachusetts, USA downtown skyline.
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Worcester, Massachusetts, USA downtown skyline.

Property values in Massachusetts are high by historical standards and are higher than what the typical house is worth nationwide.

The median home value throughout the U.S. is $229,600, which is up 4.88% from a year ago.

Zillow predicts U.S. home values will rise 2.2% over the next year, while in Massachusetts, they're expected to rise 3.09%.

Homes are going on the market in Massachusetts at a median price of $250 per square foot, versus $155 per square foot nationwide.

Are you looking to buy? Take a look at today's best mortgage rates where you live.

Massachusetts home prices over the last 10 years

Year Avg. Price
2019* $416,200
2018 $405,458
2017 $382,067
2016 $353,683
2015 $335,417
2014 $322,558
2013 $304,875
2012 $288,583
2011 $291,325
2010 $303,692
2009 $304,550

*2019 price average through August 2019.

How much for an average-sized home?

Here's what a 2,500-square-foot home in Massachusetts is worth now, and how that's changed over the last decade, based on the Zillow Home Value Index.

Year Avg. Price
2019* $625,000
2018 $615,000
2017 $582,500
2016 $535,000
2015 $507,500
2014 $487,500
2013 $462,500
2012 $440,000
2011 $440,000
2010 $462,500
2009 $460,000

*2019 price average through August 2019.