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Across the Nation: Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in July

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Across the Nation: Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in July
Article by Daily Real Estate News | August 24, 2016

Existing-home sales lost momentum in July because of stubbornly low inventory on the market across the country, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Last month, existing-home sales posted their first year-over-year drop since November 2015.

Total existing-home sales, which includes completed transactions for single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops, dropped 3.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million in July. Sales are 1.6 percent below a year ago.

JulyRegional2016“Severely restrained inventory, and the tightening grip it’s putting on affordability, is the primary culprit for the considerable sales slump throughout much of the country last month,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “REALTORS® are reporting diminished buyer traffic because of the scarce number of affordable homes on the market, and the lack of supply is stifling the efforts of many prospective buyers attempting to purchase while mortgage rates hover at historical lows.”

Here’s a closer look at the data from July:

Home prices: The median existing-home price for all housing types was $244,100, up 5.3 percent from a year ago.

All-cash sales: Comprising 21 percent of transactions in July, all-cash sales were down from 23 percent a year ago. It is the lowest share of cash sales since November 2009 (when it was 19 percent). Individual investors account for the bulk of cash sales and purchased 11 percent of homes in July, down from 13 percent a year ago.

Distressed sales: Foreclosures and short sales made up 5 percent of sales, down from 7 percent a year ago. It is the lowest share since NAR began tracking distressed sales in October 2008. Broken out, 4 percent of sales last month were foreclosures, while 1 percent were short sales. Foreclosures, on average, sold for a discount of 18 percent below market value; short sales were discounted an average of 16 percent.

Days on market: Forty-seven percent of sold homes were on the market for less than a month. Properties typically stayed on the market for 36 days in July, down from 42 days a year ago. Short sales were on the market the longest, at a median of 95 days, while foreclosures sold in 54 days. Non-distressed homes averaged 34 days on the market.

Inventory levels: Total housing inventory by the end of the month inched up by 0.9 percent to 2.13 million existing homes for sale. Still, that is 5.8 percent lower than a year ago. Inventories have declined year-over-year for the last 14 consecutive months. Unsold inventory is at a 4.7-month supply at the current sales pace.

“Although home sales are still expected to finish the year at their strongest pace since the downturn, thanks to a very strong spring, the housing market is undershooting its full potential because of inadequate existing inventory combined with new-home construction failing to catch up with underlying demand,” Yun says. “As a result, sales in all regions are now flat or below a year ago, and price growth isn’t slowing to a healthier and sustainable pace.”

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 082416

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Nashville ranks among The 8 Friendliest Places in the U.S.

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Nashville ranks among The 8 Friendliest Places in the U.S.
Article by Daily Real Estate News | August 23, 2016

LiveOnTheGreen2015Southern hospitality still reigns. If you want to be around friendly people, head to Charleston, S.C. The city nabbed the first spot on Conde Naste Traveler’s 2016 Friendliest Cities in the U.S. — as well as its world list too.

The results are from the publication’s Readers’ Choice Awards survey, based on 128,000 travelers’ experiences with locals. As for the city that readers found to be the least friendly, Newark, New Jersey came out on top for the second year in a row.

Here are the eight cities in the U.S. that topped the publication’s friendliest places list:

  1. Charleston, South Carolina
  2. Park City, Utah
  3. Savannah, Georgia
  4. Nashville, Tennessee
  5. Austin, Texas
  6. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  7. Asheville, North Carolina
  8. Jackson, Wyoming

Source: “The 2016 Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the U.S.,” Conde Nast Traveler (Aug. 11, 2016); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 082316

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New Single-Family Homes Are Getting Smaller

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New Single-Family Homes Are Getting Smaller
Article by Daily Real Estate News | August 17, 2016

NAHB-LogoThe average size of new single-family homes is dropping, reversing an upsizing trend in residential construction. Builders say this is happening because their industry is taking more interest in the entry-level market and not just catering to the luxury sector any longer. A growth in townhomes, which are typically smaller than traditional homes, is part of the reason for the decreased size, builders say.

The median single-family square floor area dropped from 2,465 in the first quarter to 2,392 square feet in the second quarter, according U.S. Census data. The average square footage for new single-family homes dropped slightly from 2,658 to 2,616 square feet.

The builder’s trade group says home sizes are following a pattern for what typically occurs during and after a recession. “New-home size falls prior to and during a recession as some home buyers tighten budgets, and then sizes rise as high-end home buyers, who face fewer credit constraints, return to the housing market in relatively greater proportion,” Robert Dietz, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders, notes at the group’s Eye on Housing blog. “This pattern was exacerbated during the current business cycle due to market weakness among first-time homebuyers. But the recent small declines in size indicate that this part of the cycle has ended and size should trend lower as builders add more entry-level homes into inventory.”

Source: “New Single-Family Home Size Declining,” National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing blog (Aug. 16, 2016); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 081716

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Median Home Prices Rise While Home Sales Lessen in July

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Median Home Prices Rise While Home Sales Lessen in July
Press Release by Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® | August 8, 2016

GNAR-225x100NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 8, 2016) – There were 3,705 home closings reported for the month of July, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®. This represents a 3.3 percent decrease from the 3,832 closings reported for the same period last year.

Year-to-date closings for the Greater Nashville area are 22,157. That is an increase of 5.3 percent from the 21,038 closings reported through July 2015.

“The slight decline in home sales is not a cause for concern, and is actually a positive for the market,” said GNAR President Denise Creswell. “The furious pace homes have been selling at is not sustainable. The imbalance of supply and demand, combined with the continued gains in price, means inevitably we will reach a point where the market will slow down. This pause may be a sign the market is beginning to slow down and correcting itself until more inventory is available.

“July marks the first time in seven months that Middle Tennessee home sales have been down year-over-year,” said Creswell. “That aside, our pending home sales numbers remain high, proving homeownership is still important and there are plenty of prospective buyers in the marketplace.”

There were 3,724 sales pending at the end of July, compared with 3,708 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 54 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during July was $267,000 and for a condominium it was $189,986. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $234,900 and $161,500, respectively.

Inventory at the end of July was 12,329, down from 13,728 in July 2015.

“Despite a slight decrease in sales, median home prices continue to rise. We’re in the middle of the perfect storm that continues to drive up our median prices,” said Creswell. “Nashville is an incredible place to live, so the demand is high. But our low inventory levels make meeting the demand a challenge. At the end of July, interest rates were hovering around 3.5 percent, which is lower than the 4 percent rate this time last year. All of these factors combined contribute to increased prices.

“Homeowners appreciate the gain in home prices, as it positively impacts their equity and investment. But for those trying to buy a home, especially those new to the market, these gains are obstacles. The simple fact remains, until we have more inventory available, home prices will continue to rise. Realtors are hopeful the recent legislative change in how condominiums are approved for FHA financing will add more units to the supply and lessen the burden on first-time buyers.”

### The Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners. REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. ###

Source: GNAR Press Release 080816

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Mortgage Rates Fall Back Near 2016 Low

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Mortgage Rates Fall Back Near 2016 Low
Article by Freddie Mac | August 4, 2016

FreddieMac-2016logoMCLEAN, VA–(Marketwired – Aug 4, 2016) – Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates declining after nudging slightly higher for three consecutive weeks.

News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.43 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending August 4, 2016, down from last week when it averaged 3.48 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.91 percent.
  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.74 percent with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.78 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.13 percent.
  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.73 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.78 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.94 percent.

Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage. Visit the following link for the Definitions. Borrowers may still pay closing costs which are not included in the survey.

Quote Attributed to Sean Becketti, chief economist, Freddie Mac.
“Treasury yields fell last week following both the FOMC’s meeting and a disappointing advance estimate for second quarter GDP. Mortgage rates, which had moved up 7 basis points over the past three weeks, responded by erasing most of those gains, falling 5 basis points to 3.43 percent this week for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. Mortgage rates have been below 3.5 percent every week since June 30. Borrowers are taking advantage of these low rates by refinancing. The latest Weekly Applications Survey results from the Mortgage Bankers Association show refinance activity up 55 percent since last year.”

### Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation’s residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Today Freddie Mac is making home possible for one in four home borrowers and is the largest source of financing for multifamily housing. Additional information is available at FreddieMac.com, Twitter @FreddieMac and Freddie Mac’s blog FreddieMac.com/blog. ###

Source: Freddie Mac 080416

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Nashville Among The 20 Hottest Housing Markets for July 2016

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Nashville Among The 20 Hottest Housing Markets for July 2016
Article by Daily Real Estate News | July 28, 2016

ParthenonCornerJuly 2016 may end up as a month for the record books. According to new realtor.com® data, the U.S. is seeing the hottest July for home buying and selling in a decade.

“The best spring in a decade has transitioned into the hottest summer in a decade,” says Jonathan Smoke, realtor.com®’s chief economist. “Pent-up demand left over from tight supply for two years against the backdrop of mortgage rates remaining near three-year lows have encouraged buyers to keep active at a time when sales usually begin to decline.”

Smoke estimates that properties spent a median of 68 days on the market in July, and the median home price is $251,000, a record price for the month and 7 percent higher than a year ago.

In certain markets, housing markets are especially sizzling. Realtor.com®’s research team took a look at the number of days homes spent on the market, the measure of available supply, and the number of listing views on realtor.com® (to represent demand). They then identified the following 20 medium-to-large U.S. markets where homes are selling the fastest:

  1. Vallejo, CA
  2. Dallas, TX
  3. Denver, CO
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Stockton, CA
  6. Columbus, OH
  7. San Diego, CA
  8. Santa Cruz, CA
  9. Sacramento, CA
  10. Santa Rosa, CA
  11. Yuba City, CA
  12. Modesto, CA
  13. Detroit, MI
  14. Fort Wayne, IN
  15. San Jose, CA
  16. Colorado Springs, CO
  17. Fresno, CA
  18. Eureka, CA
  19. Nashville, TN
  20. Ann Arbor, MI

Source: “America’s 20 Hottest Real Estate Markets for July 2016,” realtor.com® (July 28, 2016); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 072816

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