Putnam continues to show every sign of a thriving seller’s market, with low levels of inventory stifling sales growth but driving meaningful price appreciation. For the quarter, sales were down just a tick, but prices were up over 3% on average and almost 6% at the median. And that strong quarter closed a robust 2018, with sales up 2% and prices rising 6% on average and almost 5% at the median. Indeed, the condo market was downright frothy, with sharply reduced inventory holding back sales but driving the full‑year pricing up almost 15% on average and 19% at the median. We think that this kind of price appreciation is not sustainable over the long‑term, but that low levels of inventory, coupled with high demand, will continue to drive meaningful appreciation through the winter and spring markets.
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