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Source: National Association of REALTORS®; April 2016 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report

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More New Homes Are Entering the Pipeline

More New Homes Are Entering the Pipeline
Article by Daily Real Estate News | May 18, 2016

NAHB-LogoNationwide housing starts climbed 6.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million, according to Commerce Department data released Tuesday. Permits, a gauge of future construction, also jumped 3.6 percent month over month, showing the uptick will likely stay.

“Though housing construction data is relatively flat for the beginning of 2016, we anticipate a ramping up of housing production during the rest of the year, given a strengthening job market, low mortgage interest rates, and favorable demographics,” says Robert Dietz, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders.

Single-family and multifamily starts both saw gains in April. Housing starts on single-family homes jumped 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 778,000 units. Multifamily starts, a more volatile sector, rose 13.9 percent to 394,000 units, the Commerce Department reported.

The bulk of the increase in single- and multifamily housing stats was in the Midwest and South. The Midwest saw a 22.2 percent month-over-month increase in housing starts, while the South saw a 14.1 percent boost. On the other hand, the Northeast saw starts drop 7.6 percent last month, while the West posted a 10 percent loss.

Housing permits, however, were up in all four regions in April, led by the largest gains in the West with a 4.7 percent month-over-month permit gain. The Midwest and South both registered 3.3 percent increases in permit issuance, and the Northeast saw a 3 percent increase.

Source: National Association of Home Builders; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 051816

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Existing-Home Sales Kick Off Strong Spring

Existing-Home Sales Kick Off Strong Spring
Daily Real Estate News | April 20, 2016

REALTORlogoAfter dismal numbers in February, home sales were back on track in March, ramping up for a strong spring selling season, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Wednesday. In particular, gains in the Northeast and Midwest helped fuel the rebound.

Total sales for existing homes surged 5.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.33 million in March — up 1.5 percent from a year ago — according to NAR’s latest existing-home sales data. The report shows that all four major regions of the U.S. posted gains.

“Closings came back in force last month as a greater number of buyers overcame depressed inventory levels and steady price growth to close on a home,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Buyer demand remains sturdy in most areas this spring, and the mid-priced market is doing quite well. However, sales are softer both at the very low and very high ends of the market because of supply limitations and affordability pressures.”

5 Stats to Gauge the Market

Here’s an overview of some of the key stats from NAR’s latest housing report:

  1. Home prices: The median price for an existing home in all housing types was $222,700 in March, up 5.7 percent from a year ago.
  2. Days on the market: Forty-two percent of homes sold in March were on the market for less than a month. But the overall average for time on market was 47 days, below the 52-day average a year ago. Short sales tended to linger on the market the longest, at a median of 120 days, while foreclosures typically sold in 50 days and non-distressed homes averaged 46 days.
  3. Distressed sales: Foreclosures and short sales dropped to 8 percent in March, down from 10 percent a year ago. Broken out, 7 percent of sales in March were foreclosures and 1 percent were short sales. On average, foreclosures sold for a discount of 16 percent below market value while short sales were discounted 10 percent.
  4. All-cash sales: All-cash transactions comprised 25 percent of the market in March, up from 24 percent a year ago. Individual investors account for the bulk of cash sales and purchased 14 percent of homes in March, unchanged from a year ago.
  5. Inventory: The number of homes for sale rose 5.9 percent in March to 1.98 million. Still, that remains 1.5 percent lower than a year ago. Unsold inventory is at a 4.5-month supply at the current sales pace.

“The choppiness in sales activity so far this year is directly related to the unevenness in the rate of new listings coming onto the market to replace what is, for the most part, being sold rather quickly,” Yun says. “Additionally, a segment of would-be buyers at the upper end of the market appear to have been spooked by January’s stock market correction.”

Regional Breakdown

Here’s a look at how existing-home sales fared across the country in March:

  • Northeast: Existing-home sales surged 11.1 percent to an annual rate of 700,000, which is 7.7 percent higher than a year ago. Median price: $254,100, up 5.8 percent from a year ago.
  • Midwest: Existing-home sales rose 9.8 percent to an annual rate of 1.23 million, which is 0.8 percent higher than a year ago. Median price: $174,800, up 7 percent from a year ago.
  • South: Existing-home sales increased 2.7 percent to an annual rate of 2.25 million, which is 2.3 percent higher than a year ago. Median price: $194,400, up 4.6 percent from a year ago.
  • West: Existing-home sales increased 1.8 percent to an annual rate of 1.15 million, which is 2.5 percent lower than a year ago. Median price: $320,800, up 5.9 percent from a year ago.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 042016

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Mortgage Rates Reach a New Low for 2016

Mortgage Rates Reach a New Low for 2016
Daily Real Estate News | April 15, 2016

FreddieMac-LogoThe 30-year fixed mortgage rate dipped to its lowest average of the year this week, averaging 3.58 percent, Freddie Mac reports in its latest mortgage market survey.

“Demand for Treasuries remained high this week, driving yields to their lowest point since February,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “In response, the 30-year mortgage rate fell 1 basis point to 3.58 percent. This rate represents yet another low for 2016 and the lowest mark since May 2013.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending April 14:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.58 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 3.59 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.67 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 2.86 percent, with an average 0.5 point, falling from last week’s 2.88 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.94 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.84 percent, with an average 0.4 point, rising from last week’s 2.82 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.88 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 041516

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Mortgage Rates Hit New Low for 2016

Mortgage Rates Hit New Low for 2016
Article by Daily Real Estate News | April 08, 2016

FreddieMac-LogoMortgage rates this week plunged to their lowest level since February 2015, unlocking more savings for home buyers and home owners who are refinancing.

“Mortgage rates this week registered the delayed impact of last week’s sharp drop in Treasury yields, as the 30-year mortgage rate fell 12 basis points to 3.59 percent,” says Freddie Mac chief economist Sean Becketti. “This rate marks a new low for 2016. Low mortgage rates and a positive employment outlook should support a strong housing market in the second quarter of 2016.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending April 7:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.59 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 3.71 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.66 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 2.88 percent, with an average 0.4 point, falling from last week’s 2.98 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.93 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.82 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 2.90 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.83 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 040816

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Buyer Demand Fuels Hot First Quarter for Middle Tennessee Housing Market

Buyer Demand Fuels Hot First Quarter for Middle Tennessee Housing Market
Press Release by Greater Nashville Association of REALTOR® | April 7, 2016

GNAR-225x100NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 7, 2016) – There were 3,141 home closings reported for the month of March, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®. This figure represents a 10.7 percent increase compared to the 2,837 closings in March 2015.

Data for the first quarter of 2016 showed 7,601 closings, up 10.1 percent from the 6,904 closings during the first quarter of 2015.

“Home sales performed well in the Nashville area in March, rounding out a solid first quarter in the market,” said GNAR President Denise Creswell. “We experienced double-digit increases for both the month of March and the first quarter, compared to 2015. Each of the nine counties in our reporting area saw increases in residential sales for the quarter; all but one had increases in residential median price, as well.”

There were 3,285 sales pending at the end of March, compared with 3,083 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 64 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during March was $245,000 and for a condominium it was $181,894. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $222,400 and $171,831, respectively.

Inventory at the end of March was 11,951, down from 12,775 in March 2015.

“Spring is typically the official kickoff of the housing market’s busy season, however our market was busy way before that. Given the continued low interest rates and pent-up buyer demand, don’t expect a slowdown anytime soon,” said Creswell.

“According to the most recent jobs report, 215,000 jobs were added in March. Continued growth in the job sector boosts consumer confidence and adds more potential buyers and competition to the marketplace. All buyers should be prepared to act swiftly upon finding the right property and to face multiple offers in some situations. Working with a Realtor helps buyers to navigate our fast-paced market.”

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Source: GNAR Press Release 040716

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