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Nationally: Housing Shortages Constrain Existing-Home Sales

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Nationally: Housing Shortages Constrain Existing-Home Sales
National Association of REALTORS®    article by Daily Real Estate News | September 20, 2017

For the fourth time in five months, existing-home sales dropped as a shortage of homes for sale continues to plague the housing market. Strained supply levels of homes are making it that sales are unable “to break out,” according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest housing report, released Wednesday.

Existing-home sales did see an increase in the Northeast and Midwest in August but were outpaced by sales declines in the South and West, according to NAR’s report.

August EHS Infographic #1Total existing-home sales—which include completed transactions for single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops—eased 1.7 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.35 million. Last month’s sales are at the lowest levels in nearly a year.

Nevertheless, demand among potential buyers remains high. However, not enough homeowners are selling, says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist.

“Steady employment gains, slowly rising incomes, and lower mortgage rates generated sustained buyer interest all summer long, but unfortunately, not more home sales,” Yun says. “What’s ailing the housing market and continues to weigh on overall sales is the inadequate levels of available inventory and the upward pressure it’s putting on prices in several parts of the country.”

The South saw a decline in closings last month that was largely attributed to the after-effects from Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area. Home sales likely will be impacted for the rest of the year in Houston and in the most severely affected areas in Florida after Hurricane Irma. “Nearly all of the lost activity will likely show up in 2018,” Yun says.

The following are some key housing indicators from NAR’s latest report:

  • Home prices: The median existing-home price for all housing types in August was $253,500, up 5.6 percent from a year ago.
  • Inventory: Total housing inventory at the end of August dropped 2.1 percent to 1.88 million existing homes available for sale, and is now 6.5 percent lower than a year ago. Unsold inventory is at a 4.2-month supply at the current sales pace, down from 4.5 months a year ago.
  • Days on the market: Fifty-one percent of homes sold in August were on the market for less than a month. Properties typically stayed on the market for 30 days in August, down from 36 days a year ago.
  • All-cash sales: All-cash transactions comprised 20 percent of transactions in August, down from 22 percent a year ago. Individual investors account for the biggest bulk of cash sales. Investors purchased 15 percent of homes in August, up from 12 percent a year ago.
  • Distressed sales: Foreclosures and short sales accounted for 4 percent of sales in August, slipping from 5 percent a year ago. Broken out, 3 percent of sales in August were foreclosures, and 1 percent were short sales.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; REALTOR® Magazine Online; Daily Real Estate News 092017

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Greater Nashville August Home Sales Strengthen; Condominiums Set Record Median Price

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Greater Nashville August Home Sales Strengthen; Condominiums Set Record Median Price
Press Release by the Greater Nashville REALTORS® | September 7, 2017

House 1018NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 7, 2017) – There were 3,883 closings reported for the month of August, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This represents an increase of 3.8 percent over the 3,741 closings reported for August 2016.

Year-to-date closings total 27,248. That is a 5.2 percent increase compared to the 25,898 closings reported through August 2016.

“2017 has proven to be a remarkable and record-setting year in the real estate industry,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS® President Scott Troxel. “August continued the trend of rising sales, being up three percent over last August. In fact, this is the best month of August we have had in this region in over a decade.

“August was a particularly notable month for condominiums. The condo market experienced its highest median price on record at $207,061. As a whole, the first-time buyer price range, which includes many condominiums, is particularly sparse in terms of inventory, so the rise in median price is understandable. We look expectantly to the building of new units and current owners listing their properties as a way to alleviate some of the strain many first-time buyers are experiencing in the market.”

There were 3,939 properties under contract at the end of the month, compared to the 3,447 properties under contract at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 25 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during August was $285,000 and for a condominium, it was $207,061. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $253,000 and $189,900, respectively.

Active inventory at the end of August was 9,208, down from 10,270 in 2016.

“Renewing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is one of the highest priorities for the National Association of REALTORS®. Middle Tennessee is all too familiar with what flooding can do to an area, and Hurricane Harvey certainly shifted the country’s focus to the impact and devastation a water and weather event can cause,” said Troxel. “This type of natural disaster is another blow to a national market already struggling to provide housing for all those who want it. Greater Nashville REALTORS® proudly financially supported both NAR’s REALTORS® Relief Foundation and the Texas REALTORS® Relief Fund who are helping to provide shelter for the many who have lost it.”

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Source: Greater Nashville REALTORS® Press Release 090717

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Mortgage Rates Hit New Yearly Lows

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Mortgage Rates Hit New Yearly Lows
Freddie Mac     article by Daily Real Estate News | September 1, 2017

Average mortgage rates moved lower this week, as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage continues to sit well below 4 percent.

“The 10-year Treasury yield fell to a new 2017 low on Tuesday,” says Freddie Mac chief economist Sean Becketti. “In response, the 30-year mortgage rate dropped four basis points to 3.82 percent, reaching a new year-to-date low for the second consecutive week. However, recent releases of positive economic data could halt the downward trend of mortgage rates.”

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Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the most recent week through Aug. 31:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.82 percent, with an average 0.5 point, falling from last week’s 3.86 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.46 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.12 percent, with an average 0.5 point, falling from last week’s 3.16 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.77 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.14 percent, with an average 0.5 point, also falling from last week’s 3.17 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.83 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 090117

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September 2, 2017 at 7:12 am

National Overview: 2 Major Reasons Why Inventory Is So Low

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2 Major Reasons Why Inventory Is So Low
realtor.com    article by Daily Real Estate News | August 11, 2017

House 1014Inventory of available homes on the market is the lowest it’s been in two decades, but the reasons may surprise you. Two of the likely culprits are baby boomers and homeowners who are simply satisfied with their home, according to realtor.com®’s Housing Shortage Study.

Baby boomers are showing a desire to age in place in their current homes, and their refusal to sell is creating a clog in the market, according to the study. Eighty-five percent of baby boomers surveyed say they are not planning to sell their home in the next year. That means 33 million properties—many of which are urban condos or suburban single-family homes—will stay off the market. Many of those properties would be popular choices for millennials, a generation still largely waiting in the wings to break into homeownership.

“Boomers, indeed, hold the key to those homes the market desperately needs, both in the urban condo and the detached suburban home segment,” says realtor.com® chief economist Danielle Hale. “But with a strong economy and rising home prices, there’s really no reason for established homeowners to sell in the short term. Although downsizing might be on the minds of boomers, they face the same inventory shortages and price increases plaguing millennials.”

Furthermore, 63 percent of respondents to the survey indicate that their current home meets the needs of their family. They cite low interest rates (16 percent), recently purchasing their home (15 percent), and needing to make home improvements and low property taxes (each at 13 percent) as reasons not to sell. “Life events drive real estate transactions,” Hale says. “When the majority of homeowners feel their family’s needs are being met by their current home, there is nothing compelling to them to put their home on the market.”

There may be hope that more starter homes will hit the market soon. Possibly offsetting the low supply of starter homes, which is down 17 percent year over year, 60 percent of respondents to realtor.com®’s survey who did say they plan to sell in the next year are millennials who want to move to a larger home or one with nicer features.

“The housing shortage forced many first-time home buyers to consider smaller homes and condos as a way to literally get their foot in the door,” says Hale. “Our survey data reveals that we may see more of these homes hitting the market in the next year, but whether these owners actually list will depend on whether they can find another home.”

Source: realtor.com®; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 081117

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Greater Nashville: Housing Market Positive Trends Continue Into Second Half of the Year

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Housing Market Positive Trends Continue Into Second Half of the Year
Press Release by Greater Nashville REALTORS® | August 7, 2017

House 1013NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 7, 2017) – There were 3,872 closings reported for the month of July, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This represents an increase of 4.5 percent over the 3,705 closings reported for July 2016.

Year-to-date closings total 23,365. That is a 5.5 percent increase compared to the 22,157 closings reported through July 2016.

“Median home price is up again compared to the same month last year. As supply and demand continue to be at odds, prices can be expected to continue to rise,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS® President Scott Troxel. “However, median price is down from last month.

“It’s far too soon to tell if the drop in median price from June to July is evidence of a trend. It’s very likely there were proportionally more ‘starter’ homes sold in July than the number of starter homes sold in June. My experience is that different sectors of the market are more engaged and less-engaged at different times of the year.”

There were 3,887 properties under contract at the end of the month, compared to the 3,426 properties under contract at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 25 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during July was $288,243 and for a condominium it was $203,000. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $267,000 and $189,986, respectively.

Active inventory at the end of July was 9,151, down from 10,133 in 2016.

“Affordability is a serious issue, but it’s not the sole issue affecting our housing market,” said Troxel. “It’s imperative we as residents, Realtors, businesses and a community work together to find solutions for matters like transit and continue to support our education systems.

“Greater Nashville REALTORS® is actively participating in all of these areas, advocating for both the business and the homeowner side of the housing industry. These items impact our housing market and we all want Middle Tennessee to continue to be a place individuals, families and businesses want to call home.”

Source: Greater Nashville REALTORS®, Press Release 080717

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The Home Designs Gaining, Losing Popularity

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The Home Designs Gaining, Losing Popularity
BUILDER    article by Daily Real Estate News | August 7, 2017

House 1011Builders are slowly switching focus from the $500,000-plus luxury market to more moderate price points, particularly when it comes to single-family move-up homes. And the shift is influencing the types of materials and upgrades becoming popular in new homes, according to Home Innovation’s 2017 Builder Practices Survey. It turns out that high-end materials aren’t limited to construction of luxury real estate.

Crazy for quartz. Despite being one of the priciest products on Home Innovation’s list of building materials, quartz had its best year in 2016. Quartz surfaces in the bathroom appeared in 13 percent of new homes last year, up from 9 percent in 2015. In the kitchen, quartz countertops were even more popular, appearing in 15 percent of new homes last year compared to 9 percent in 2015.

Nickel gains ground. Nickel faucets are also gaining popularity in kitchens, outselling stainless steel, chrome, and bronze. In the bathroom, nickel is also being used more often, though it fell just shy of chrome in popularity.

Hardwood, vinyl are tops for floors. High-end solid hardwood and luxury vinyl tile are popular for kitchen floors. But engineered hardwood and ceramic tile each rose by 3 percentage points in market share.

No more bubble baths? The jetted tub is continuing to lose favor, going from being installed in about 15 percent of new homes in 2015 to 11 percent in 2016.

Granite and marble are on the outs. The share of new homes with natural granite and marble showers and bathtubs dropped from 12 percent to 9 percent last year. High-end enameled cast iron and granite sinks also lost favor. Lower- to mid-range vitreous china and enameled steel sinks each increased in popularity.

Source: “New Survey Predicts Market Shifts,” BUILDER (Aug. 4, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 080717

Kenneth Bargers REALTOR® License 318311  |  Pilkerton Realtors License 257352
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