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Mortgage Rates Are Still Dropping

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Mortgage Rates Are Still Dropping
Freddie Mac    article by Daily Real Estate News | June 9, 2017

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Home buyers may want to rush to lock in: The 30-year mortgage rate hit its lowest level in nearly seven months this week, Freddie Mac reports.

“The 10-year Treasury yield fell 3 basis points this week,” said Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The 30-year mortgage rate moved in tandem with Treasury yields, falling 5 basis points to 3.89 percent. Mixed economic data and increasing uncertainty are continuing to push rates to the lowest levels in nearly seven months.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending June 8:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.89 percent, with an average 0.5 point, down from last week’s 3.94 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.60 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.16 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 3.19 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.87 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 3.11 percent, with an average 0.5 point, holding the same average as last week. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.82 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 060917

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Best May on Record for Middle Tennessee Housing Market

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Best May on Record for Middle Tennessee Housing Market
Greater Nashville REALTORS® Press Release, June 7, 2017

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 7, 2017) – There were 3,943 closings reported for the month of May, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This represents an increase of 6.6 percent over the 3,698 closings reported for May 2016.

Year-to-date closings total 15,606. That is a 7 percent increase compared to the 14,583 closings reported through May 2016.

“Greater Nashville made May a record-setting month by continuing year-over-year sales gains,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS President Scott Troxel. “In spite of the low supply levels, Middle Tennessee joins the majority of the country in experiencing healthy market trends.

“The National Association of Realtors predicts an overall annual increase in home sales of 3.5 percent. Last year, locally we experienced an annual increase of 5.6 percent over 2015; based on current pacing, I expect we will see somewhere between the estimated national prediction and the five percent increase we saw last year.”

There were 3,540 properties under contract at the end of the month, compared to the 3,730 properties under contract at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 27 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during May was $279,142 and for a condominium it was $205,000. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $258,900 and $194,000, respectively.

Active inventory at the end of May was 8,557, down from 9,623 at this time last year.

“The addition of large companies like Ikea and the abundant positive media Nashville is receiving from the Predators place in the Stanley Cup Finals continue to push our region to the forefront of places where people and businesses want to be.

“The desire for homeownership is not going away,” said Troxel. “Greater Nashville REALTORS is committed to homeownership being an option for all. From being part of conversations about increased affordable housing and the need for transit to the recent completion of our 21st Habitat for Humanity home build last month, we are active in the complete picture of what is valuable and critical to housing in Middle Tennessee.”

Greater Nashville 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.

*RealTracs, Inc., the regional Multiple Listing Service through which we obtain our market statistics, recently adjusted its statistical reporting in order to more accurately reflect market activity. Beginning in June 2017, Greater Nashville REALTORS will report on the following:

  • Closings – listed properties that have closed in the month
  • Median Closed Price – the median price of listed properties that have closed in the month
  • Days on Market – the average number of days from Listing Date to Binding Contract Date (of an offer to purchase) for listed properties within a month
  • Under Contract Inventory – the total number of properties that are listed, are under contract and have not closed
  • Active Inventory – the total number of listed properties being marketed that are not under contract

Adjustments to historic statistical data have been made to reflect the recalculated days on market for April 2017 and for May 2016.

Source: Greater Nashville REALTORS®, Press Release 060717

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June 7, 2017 at 6:39 pm

Americans Place High Priority on Ownership

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Americans Place High Priority on Ownership
National Association of Home Builders     article by Daily Real Estate News | June 6, 2017

Chart 1000More than two-thirds of Americans believe that owning a home is an essential part of the American dream, according to a new survey released by the National Association of Home Builders of more than 11,300 registered voters.

“Americans continue to place a high priority on homeownership and work hard to achieve this goal for their families,” says NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald.

Other recent surveys also have shown a high desire for homeownership, despite the homeownership rate remaining stalled near a historical low of 64 percent. About 80 percent of millennials recently surveyed by rental website Apartment List say they hope to one day buy a home.

However, being able to afford one is the main obstacle, millennials say, that is holding them back. Thirty-six percent of the 24,000 millennial renters born between 1982 and 2004 surveyed said they’ll likely need to wait more than five years before they’ll have saved enough to buy. More than two-thirds of survey respondents say they don’t even have $1,000 in down-payment savings.

Source: National Association of Home Builders and “Wannabe Buyers Aren’t Saving Enough,” REALTOR® Magazine online (May 30, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 060617

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Report: Homes Show Decades of Upsizing

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Report: Homes Show Decades of Upsizing
realtor.com    article by Daily Real Estate News | June 5, 2017

Despite growing consumer interest in tiny homes, most homeowners still opt for bigger properties. Over the past few decades, home owners have been adding bedrooms, bathrooms, and extra square footage to their homes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 Characteristics of New Housing report.

In 1980, 64 percent of new single-family homes had three bedrooms, and the median sales price was $64,600. In 2016, 50 percent had four or more bedrooms—the largest share on the market—and the median sales price was $268,900. Owners are adding bathrooms, too: 52 percent of new single-family homes in 1980 had two bathrooms, while 59 percent had three or more in 2016.

The overall square footage of homes is on the rise as well:

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Source: “Just About Everything’s Getting Bigger – Including Homes,” realtor.com® (June 2, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 060517

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Normandy Lake Southern Gem Just Reduced!

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Time on Market Hits New Low in April

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Time on Market Hits New Low in April
National Association of REALTORS®   article by Daily Real Estate News | May 24, 2017

Low inventory pushed existing-home sales down in April and sped up the median number of days a home sat on the market to a new low of 29 days, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Wednesday. That is the shortest time frame since NAR began tracking such data in May 2011. The previous record was 32 days, which was reached last May.

Though homes are selling faster, inventory woes persist. Total existing-home sales—which are completed transactions of single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops—decreased 2.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million in April. RegionalApril2017However, sales are still 1.6 percent higher than a year ago.

“Last month’s dip in closings was somewhat expected given that there was such a strong sales increase in March at 4.2 percent, and new and existing inventory is not keeping up with the fast pace of homes coming off the market,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “Demand is easily outstripping supply in most of the country, and it’s stymieing many prospective buyers from finding a home to purchase.”

Total housing inventory at the end of April stood at 1.93 million existing homes available for sale, NAR reported. That’s 9 percent lower than a year ago, when inventory stood at 2.12 million. At the current sales pace, unsold inventory is at a 4.2-month supply.

“REALTORS® continue to voice the frustration their clients are experiencing because of the insufficient number of homes for sale,” Yun says. “Homes in the lower- and mid-market price range are hard to find in most markets, and when one is listed for sale, interest is immediate and multiple offers are nudging the eventual sales prices higher.”

Here are a few additional housing indicators from NAR’s latest report:

  • The median existing-home price for all housing types last month was $244,800, up 0.6 percent from a year ago.
  • Short sales took the longest to sell at a median of 88 days on the market in April. Foreclosures sold in a median of 46 days. Foreclosures and short sales comprised 5 percent of sales in April, down from 7 percent a year ago. Broken out, 3 percent of sales were foreclosures and 2 percent were short sales. Foreclosures sold for an average discount of 18 percent below market value, while short sales were discounted 12 percent.
  • First-time home buyers comprised 34 percent of sales in April, matching the highest percentage since last September.
  • All-cash transactions made up 21 percent of sales in April, down from 24 percent a year ago. Individual investors make up the biggest bulk of cash sales. They purchased 15 percent of homes, up from 13 percent a year ago.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 052417

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What Owners Want in Kitchen Remodels

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What Owners Want in Kitchen Remodels
realtor.com; Article by Daily Real Estate News | May 22, 2017

House 1006Kitchen revamps tend to be one of the most popular home remodeling projects. About 10.2 million American households tackled a kitchen remodel or replacement work in 2015, according to a recent report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. Homeowners tend to want new flooring, countertops, cabinets, sinks, and faucets in their kitchen remodels.

Also, “more homeowners are incorporating smart technology using the Amazon Echo or Google Home to connect to their appliances for cost savings, energy efficiency, and convenience,” says Elle H-Millard, who specializes in kitchen and bathroom trends at the NKBA.

The majority of homeowners aren’t spending big bucks in their renovations. Forty-one percent of homeowners’ work in their kitchen remodels was devoted to replacement projects costing less than $1,500. Twenty-two percent of respondents say they had minor remodeling done, between $1,500 to $5,000; 18 percent of homeowners had major remodels completed that cost between $5,000 to $10,000; and 19 percent completely remodeled their kitchens, spending more than $10,000.

Nearly 80 percent of homeowners who underwent a complete kitchen renovation spent on new appliances, according to the NKBA. Refrigerators were the top appliance replaced, followed by range ovens and dishwashers.

As for countertops, homeowners still largely prefer granite, followed by laminate at 23 percent and marble at 19 percent.

Homeowners still say they like wood flooring best too, but they weren’t as likely to splurge on real hardwood flooring for their kitchen renovations, according to the NKBA’s survey. Laminate flooring was the most popular material in the kitchen at 32 percent, with ceramic and stone tiles following closely at 31 percent; both are often designed to mimic wood. Actual wood, meanwhile, was chosen by 18 percent of survey respondents.

“Wood has that timeless feel,” says H-Millard. But “porcelain tile would be much more durable than wood, [and] laminate would be much more cost-effective.”

Sinks were another popular area of kitchen renovations. Stainless steel is the most popular option at 72 percent, but 9 percent of homeowners opt for enameled cast-iron sinks.

Source: “Remodeling Your Kitchen? The Most Popular Appliances, Finishes, and Flooring,” realtor.com® (May 19, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 052217

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