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Nationally: Home Sales Dip as Buyers Get ‘Tripped Up’

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Nationally: Home Sales Dip as Buyers Get ‘Tripped Up’
National Association of REALTORS®    article by Daily Real Estate News | July 24, 2017

Low inventory slowed down home sales last month, as buyers faced fewer options and record-high real estate prices, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Monday.

Regional Snapshot  Here’s a closer look at how existing-home sales fared across the country in June:
Northeast: Dropped 2.6 percent to an annual rate of 760,000 but are still 1.3 percent above a year ago. Median price: $296,300, up 4.1 percent from a year ago.
Midwest: Increased 3.1 percent to an annual rate of 1.32 million. Median price: $213,000, up 7.7 percent from a year ago.
South: Fell 4.7 percent to an annual rate of 2.23 million. Median price: $231,300, up 6.2 percent from a year ago.
West: Dropped 0.8 percent to an annual rate of 1.21 million but are still 2.5 percent above a year ago. Median price: $378,100, up 7.4 percent from a year ago.

Total existing-home sales, which include completed transactions for single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops, fell 1.8 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.52 million. Nevertheless, the pace of sales rose a modest 0.7 percent compared to a year ago.

“Closings were down in most of the country last month because interested buyers are being tripped up by supply that remains stuck at a meager level and price growth that’s straining their budget,” says NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun. “The demand for buying a home is as strong as it has been since before the Great Recession. Listings in affordable price ranges continue to be scooped up rapidly, but the severe housing shortages inflicting many markets are keeping a large segment of would-be buyers on the sidelines.”

June2017 national stats

Here’s a closer look at some of the top housing indicators in June from NAR’s latest report:

Home prices: The median existing-home price for all housing types was $263,800, up 6.5 percent from a year ago. It’s now the highest median price on record.

Inventories: The supply of existing homes available for sale dropped 0.5 percent to 1.96 million units. That’s 7.1 percent lower than a year ago; unsold inventory is at a 4.3-month supply at the current sales pace.

Days on the market: Fifty-four percent of sold homes were on the market less than a month. Properties took an average of 28 days to sell, down from a timeline of 34 days a year ago. Short sales spent the longest amount of time on the market at 102 days, foreclosures sold in 57 days, and nondistressed homes took a median of 27 days to sell.

All-cash sales: Cash transactions made up 18 percent of home sales, the lowest figure since 2009. Individual investors accounted for the biggest bulk of cash sales—13 percent—unchanged from a year ago.

Distressed sales: Foreclosures and short sales made up 4 percent of sales, which matches the lowest share recorded last September since NAR began tracking such data in October 2008. Foreclosures comprised 3 percent of sales, while short sales made up 1 percent.

First-time buyers: First-timers accounted for 32 percent of sales, down from 33 percent a year ago. “It’s shaping up to be another year of below-average sales to first-time buyers despite a healthy economy that continues to create jobs,” Yun says. “Worsening supply and affordability conditions in many markets have unfortunately put a temporary hold on many aspiring buyers’ dreams of owning a home this year.”

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; Daily Real Estate News 072417

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Murfreesboro among Best Markets for First-Time Buyers 2017

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Murfreesboro among Best Markets for First-Time Buyers 2017
WalletHub.com article by Daily Real Estate News | July 18, 2017

Murfreesboro 1001Texas is good for first-time home buyers, according to a new study by WalletHub, a personal finance resource. The Lone Star State boasts four of the top 10 locations for first-time home buyers in 2017; McKinney, Texas, ranked first on WalletHub’s list.

“Cities in north Texas have very healthy housing markets and a high percentage of homes sold in the past year,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez told realtor.com®. “Construction is flourishing in general, with high percentages of housing units built within the last five years.”

WalletHub researchers analyzed 300 cities using 23 different indicators, including affordability, quality of life, cost of living, real estate taxes, crime rates, and more. The top 10 best places for first-time home buyers that topped its list for 2017 are:

  1. McKinney, Texas
  2. Frisco, Texas
  3. Allen, Texas
  4. Cary, North Carolina
  5. Norman, Oklahoma
  6. Lincoln, Nebraska
  7. Richardson, Texas
  8. Boise, Idaho
  9. Thornton, Colorado
  10. Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Source: “2017’s Best & Worst Places for First-Time Home Buyers,” WalletHub.com (July 17, 2017) and “The 10 Best and Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers in 2017,” realtor.com® (July 17, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 071817

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Front Door Ideas highlight July 2017 newsletter

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Written by Kenneth Bargers

July 12, 2017 at 5:42 pm

Strongest Second Quarter on Record for Nashville Area Housing Market

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Strongest Second Quarter on Record for Nashville Area Housing Market
Press Release by Greater Nashville REALTORS® | July 7, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 7, 2017) – There were 3,887 homes sold in the month of June, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. That figure is up 0.4 percent compared to the 3,869 closings reported for June 2016.

Second-quarter closings are 11,155, a 2.8 percent increase from the 10,851 closings reported through the second quarter of 2016. Year-to-date closings for Greater Nashville are up 5.6 percent with 19,493 closings compared to the 18,452 closings reported through midyear 2016.

“The second quarter was our housing market’s strongest on record,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS® President Scott Troxel. “The last time our market performed this well in the second quarter was 2006, with 11,046 closings. We’re a few units short of being ahead of midyear 2006, but with half a year left for sales, I suspect we’ll come close to the 2006 record of more than 40,000 annual closings.

“Closings for the month of June were virtually flat. This is no surprise given the current disparity between supply and demand in the market.”

The median residential price for a single-family home during June was $293,753, and for a condominium it was $199,350. Last year’s median residential and condominium prices for June were $260,148 and $186,495, respectively.

There were 3,914 properties under contract at the end of June, compared with 3,863 at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 25 days.

Inventory at the end of June was 8,842, down from 9,865 in June 2016.

“The data for June and second quarter home sales prove our market has the necessary stamina to continue forward,” said Troxel. “Even with challenges, buyer demand is still strong and homeownership remains a priority for many of our residents. Working with a Realtor who brings knowledge, experience and professionalism to the transaction helps to remove any anxiety a buyer or seller may have about finding success in one of the country’s most thriving markets.”

Source: Greater Nashville REALTORS®, Press Release 070717

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Mortgage Rates Hit Another Low for 2017

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Mortgage Rates Hit Another Low for 2017
Freddie Mac    article by Daily Real Estate News | June 30, 2017

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage took another dip this week, setting a new low for 2017, Freddie Mac reported in its weekly mortgage market survey.

“The 30-year mortgage rate fell 2 basis points to 3.88 percent this week,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “However, the majority of our survey was conducted prior to Tuesday’s sell off in the bond market, which drove Treasury yields higher. Mortgage rates may increase in next week’s survey if Treasury yields continue to rise.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending June 29:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.88 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 3.90 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.48 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.17 percent, with an average 0.5 point, holding the same as last week. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.78 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.17 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 3.14 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.70 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 063017

Nationally: New-Home Prices Hit Record High

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Nationally: New-Home Prices Hit Record High
NAHB    article by Daily Real Estate News | June 26, 2017

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The median price for a new single-family home reached a record high in May of $345,800, the Commerce Department reports. Buyers will be paying a huge premium for new construction, as new-home prices are now 16.8 percent higher than they were a year ago.

So far, however, the higher price tags don’t seem to be spooking home shoppers. In May, 61,000 new homes were purchased—a 2.9 percent increase from April and an 8.9 percent increase from a year ago, the Commerce Department reports. “Builders are focused on the mid to upper end of the housing market,” says Joseph Kirchner, realtor.com®’s senior economist. “It means that it will be more difficult to find more affordable homes for first-time buyers, millennials, and low-income people.”

Only 6,000 newly constructed homes sold in May were priced between $150,000 and $199,999. Further, there were about 14,000 sales in the $200,000 to $299,999 range. New homes now cost about 36.8 percent more than previously existing homes, which also reached record-high prices in May.

Regionally, new-home sales increased the most in the West last month, posting a 13.3 percent month-over-month jump, followed by a 6.2 percent increase in the South. New-home sales, meanwhile, fell 10.8 percent in the Northeast and plunged 25.7 percent month-over-month in the Midwest.

Source: National Association of Home Builders and “New Homes Just Keep Getting Pricier, But Buyers Keep Coming,” realtor.com® (June 23, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 062617

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After Steady Decline, Mortgage Rates Rise

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After Steady Decline, Mortgage Rates Rise
Freddie Mac     article by Daily Real Estate News | June 16, 2017

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Mortgage rates increased this week for the first time in more than a month, but they still remain near their yearly lows.

“The 30-year mortgage rate rose 2 basis points over the week to 3.91 percent,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “However, our survey was conducted before investors drove Treasury yields sharply lower in a reaction to the surprisingly weak [Consumer Price Index] release. If that drop in yields sticks, mortgage rates are likely to follow in next week’s survey.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages of mortgage rates for the week ending June 15:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.91 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 3.89 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.54 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.18 percent, with an average 0.5 point, increasing from last week’s 3.16 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.81 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.15 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 3.11 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.74 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 061617

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