Boston Agent magazine’s top 10 local news stories

by Liz Hughes

2021 was a fascinating year for the real estate market — particularly in the Bay State. And over the past 12 months, our local coverage tracked all the breaking news. Check out the hometown stories which most interested our Boston readers.

No. 10: Anchor Point Beverly set to break ground this month

Credit: Harborlight Community Partners

Anchor Point is set to break ground in Beverly this month on Phase 1 of the project which will bring 77 units of affordable family housing to the area. 

No. 9: Massachusetts suburb makes Money Magazine’s 2021 Best Places to Live list

Nabnasset Lake in Westford Massachusetts.

Two New England suburbs have made Money Magazines’ “50 Best Places to Live 2021” list, Chanhassen, Minn., home of Prince’s Paisley Park, took the No. 1 spot.

No. 8: Massachusetts median home sales price continues to drop

Fall image of homes in Boston's Brighton neighborhood.

Despite the drop in prices, supply and demand imbalances have many first-time homebuyers renting, increasing demand for those units and driving up those prices.

No. 7: Brookline ranked the best place to live in Massachusetts


John Phelan, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Several other Boston-area neighborhoods ranked in the top five. 

No. 6: Boston home prices expected to jump 15% in the next year

Boston is the largest city in New England, the capital of the state of Massachusetts. Boston is known for its central role in American history,world-class educational institutions, cultural facilities, and champion sports franchises.

Massachusetts homebuyers should brace themselves amid expectations the residential real estate market could see double digit growth next year. 

No. 5: 11 ways to win a bidding war

Local agents shared some of the tactics they use to help their clients win the house of their dreams.  

No. 4: Lume luxury residential development coming to Wilmington

A 49-unit luxury residential development will be located at 635 Main St. in Wilmington.

No. 3: Chatham home sale sets property sales record

Chatham Property Sells for Record $15,000,000

A recent Cape Cod property sale set a record as one of the highest property sales in Massachusetts this year.

No. 2: Suffolk Downs redevelopment to bring thousands of housing units to area

Photo Credit: HYM Investment Group

Plans are underway to reinvigorate Suffolk Downs with a 16 million square-foot project that could bring upwards of 10,000 condominiums and apartments to the former thoroughbred horse racing facility.

No. 1: Which city in Massachusetts has the most expensive rent?

Zumper’s Boston Metro Area Report found rents are growing the fastest in one of the Bay State’s North Shore cities.

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