August 2023 Cape Cod Housing Market Update

As we bid farewell to summer and embrace the cozy vibes of fall, it’s crucial for prospective real estate buyers and sellers in Barnstable County to stay informed about the ever-changing market dynamics. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the latest national and local real estate trends, inventory and sales statistics, and buyer and seller insights that could significantly influence your property decisions in the upcoming months.

National & Local Trends:

  • Mortgage Rate Surge:
    • Since May, mortgage rates have surged above 6.5%, reaching a 20-year high in August. This increase may impact your borrowing costs if you’re planning to purchase a home.
  • Existing-Home Sales Slowdown:
    • Nationally, existing-home sales have slowed down, decreasing by 2.2% month-over-month and a significant 16.6% year-over-year. These statistics suggest a more competitive market for sellers.
  • Cape Cod’s Unpredictable Market:
    • Surprisingly, the real estate market on Cape Cod has remained unpredictable. Median sales prices have experienced fluctuations but were at par with last year’s levels as of August 2023. This fluctuation could create both challenges and opportunities for buyers and sellers.

Inventory & Sales:

  • National Housing Shortage:
    • Across the nation, there is a housing shortage. This scarcity of available homes is driving up property prices, which could affect your budget and decision-making process.
  • Cape Cod’s Inventory Challenge:
    • On Cape Cod, the low number of closed transactions can be attributed to the dwindling inventory and fewer new listings. The following data highlights the situation:
      • New listings for single-family homes decreased by 0.9%.
      • However, condos saw a 3.3% increase in new listings.
      • Closed sales dropped significantly, with single-family homes experiencing a 22.4% decline and condos decreasing by 7.9%.

Buyer & Seller Insights:

  • Seller’s Market:
    • Cape Cod continues to be a seller’s market, where well-priced and effectively marketed properties are selling rapidly. Many homes are selling in less than a month due to robust demand and limited supply.
  • Multiple Offers and Price Reductions:
    • Homes still receive multiple offers, indicating strong buyer interest. However, some properties are also facing price reductions and longer market times, reflecting the market’s unpredictability.
  • Percent of Original Asking Price:
    • The percentage of the original asking price received has dipped slightly to 97.6%, suggesting that sellers may need to be more flexible in negotiations.


As we head into the fall season, it’s vital to stay attuned to the shifting real estate landscape in Barnstable County. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, understanding the national and local trends, inventory challenges, and buyer and seller dynamics will be instrumental in making informed property decisions. If you have any questions or would like to explore how these trends could impact your property strategy, don’t hesitate to reach out. Fall may bring cooler weather, but the real estate market remains hot, and we’re here to help you navigate it successfully.

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