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10 Cities That Have Changed the Most

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10 Cities That Have Changed the Most
Article by Daily Real Estate News | October 23, 2017

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The city of Austin, Texas, has been named the “most changed” in the country over the last decade, with the most dynamic transformations to its housing market, incomes, crime rates, and economy compared to any other large U.S. metro, according to a new analysis by MagnifyMoney, a subsidiary of LendingTree. In fact, several Texas cities topped the list of most evolved economies and housing markets in the last 10 years.

MagnifyMoney analyzed data from 2006 to 2016 for the 50 largest cities, factoring in commute times, incomes, housing prices, crime rates, and building permits, among other items. “Change isn’t necessarily a good or bad thing,” MagnifyMoney notes in a report on its findings. “Big growth in commute times and rents can be negative, but they can also be a function of positive developments like job and income growth. Similarly, places without as much change could be more attractive to people working their way up the salary ladder or those who are retired and living on fixed incomes, offering more affordable housing and less congestion.”

The following cities topped MagnifyMoney’s list as seeing the most dramatic change over the past 10 years:

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  3. Houston, Texas
  4. Nashville, Tennessee
  5. Portland, Oregon
  6. Denver, Colorado
  7. Raleigh, North Carolina
  8. San Antonio, Texas
  9. Charlotte, North Carolina
  10. San Jose, California

Other cities have stayed virtually the same over the past decade, with Birmingham, Ala., being the least changed—falling on the bottom of MagnifyMoney’s list of 50 most changed cities. These metros rounded out the bottom five: Milwaukee (number 49), New Orleans (number 48), Buffalo, N.Y. (number 47), and Indianapolis (number 46).

See if your city ranked at the top or bottom of the “most changed” in the nation.

Source: “This Place Sure Has Changed: Which Cities Have Changed the Most?” MagnifyMoney.com (Oct. 19, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 102317


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Nationally: Meager Sales Rebound Underscores Tough Market

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Nationally: Meager Sales Rebound Underscores Tough Market
National Association of REALTORS® article by Daily Real Estate News | October 20, 2017

House 1028Following three consecutive months of declines, existing-home sales ticked up in September from the previous month—but ongoing inventory shortages, coupled with recent hurricanes, muted any annual gains, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Friday.

Total existing-home sales, which include single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops, increased 0.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million in September, 1.5 percent below a year ago. September also marks the second slowest month for sales in more than a year, behind August, NAR notes.

September EHS Infographic #1“Home sales in recent months remain at their lowest level of the year and are unable to break through, despite considerable buyer interest in most parts of the country,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “REALTORS® this fall continue to say the primary impediments stifling sales growth are the same as they have been all year: not enough listings—especially at the lower end of the market—and fast-rising prices that are straining budgets of prospective buyers.”

Sales activity likely would have been stronger if not for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which struck Texas and South Florida in late August and early September, Yun says, adding that both areas saw “temporary but notable declines.”

5 Stats to Gauge the Market
Key indicators from NAR’s September existing-home sales report:

Home prices: The median existing-home price for all housing types was $245,100, up 4.2 percent from a year ago. “A continuation of last month’s alleviating price growth, which was the slowest since last December, would improve affordability conditions and be good news for the would-be buyers who have been held back by higher prices this year,” Yun says.

Days on the market: Forty-eight percent of homes sold were on the market for less than a month. Properties typically stayed on the market for 34 days, down from 39 days a year ago.

All-cash sales: These transactions comprised 20 percent of sales, down from 21 percent a year ago. Individual investors accounted for the biggest bulk of cash sales; they purchased 15 percent of homes, which was the same level as a year ago.

Distressed sales: Foreclosures and short sales accounted for 4 percent of sales, unchanged from a year ago. Broken out, 3 percent of sales were foreclosures, and 1 percent were short sales.

Inventory: Housing inventory at the end of the month increased 1.6 percent to 1.9 million existing homes available for sale, but it still remains 6.4 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.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 102017


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Mortgage Rates Ease This Week

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Mortgage Rates Ease This Week
Freddie Mac   article by Daily Real Estate News | October 20, 2017

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Borrowers may be able to lock in lower interest rates this week, as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dips to a 3.88 percent average.

“Rates came down slightly this week, ending a brief two-week streak of increases,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The 10-year Treasury yield dipped 6 basis points, while the 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell 3 basis points to 3.88 percent.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Oct. 19:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.88 percent, with an average 0.5 point, falling from last week’s 3.91 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.52 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.19 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 3.21 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.79 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.17 percent, with an average 0.4 point, rising from last week’s 3.16 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.85 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 102017


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October 20, 2017 at 8:22 pm

Greater Nashville: Region’s Housing Market on Pace for Record Year in Sales

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Greater Nashville: Region’s Housing Market on Pace for Record Year in Sales
Press Release by Greater Nashville REALTORS® | October 9, 2017

House 1023NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 9, 2017) – There were 3,544 closings reported for the month of September, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This represents an increase of 2.0 percent over the 3,474 closings reported for September 2016.

Third quarter numbers experienced a 3.5 percent increase from 2016 with 11,299 closings reported, compared to last year’s third quarter closings of 10,920.

Year-to-date closings for the Greater Nashville area are 30,792. That total is up 4.8 percent from the 29,372 closings reported through the third quarter of 2016.

“For a month where home sales begin to slow, this past September turned out to be remarkable for our region. Middle Tennessee achieved the best performing month of September that we have on record,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS® President, Scott Troxel. “Yes, overall home sales are slowing down, as is typical for this time of year. But, the September success sends a strong message about the importance and attractiveness of homeownership.”

There were 3,292 properties under contract at the end of the month, compared to the 3,234 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 September was $280,000 and for a condominium, it was $223,450. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $256,900 and $188,495, respectively.

Active inventory at the end of September was 9,358, down from 10,350 in 2017.

“Sales are up incrementally for both the quarter and year-to-date compared to last year, keeping us on track to the best housing market we’ve ever had,” said Troxel. “That said, we have to work to keep our market healthy and an attractive place to live. Greater Nashville REALTORS® is actively working with the Transit for Nashville Coalition to help bring solutions to our congestion and traffic woes, problems that can cause current and future residents to choose elsewhere to call home. Nationally, the National Association of REALTORS® is closely monitoring proposed changes to the tax plan to ensure homeowners aren’t hurt in the process.”

Source: Greater Nashville REALTORS®, Press Release 100917


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Mortgage Rates Hit Highest Levels in 6 Weeks

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Mortgage Rates Hit Highest Levels in 6 Weeks
Freddie Mac   article by Daily Real Estate News | October 6, 2017

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage inched upwards this week, averaging 3.85 percent. It’s the highest average in six weeks, Freddie Mac reports.

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“After holding steady last week, rates ticked up this week,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The 10-year Treasury yield rose 8 basis points, while the 30-year mortgage rate increased 2 basis points to 3.85 percent.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Oct. 5:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.85 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 3.83 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.42 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.15 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 3.13 percent. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.72 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.18 percent, with an average 0.4 point, falling from last week’s 3.20 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.80 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 100617


Kenneth Bargers, REALTOR® License 318311 ♦ Pilkerton Realtors License 257352
(615) 512-9836 cellular ♦ (615) 371-2474 office
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Home Lot Sizes Shrink to New Low

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Home Lot Sizes Shrink to New Low
National Association of Home Builders    article by Daily Real Estate News | October 5, 2017

Lot sizes on new single-family homes have reached a new record low. New homes sold in 2016 had a median lot size of 8,562 square feet, or slightly under one-fifth of an acre.

The median lot size fell to under 8,600 square feet in 2015, according to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction data. Lot sizes have continued to shrink since then.

Location plays a big role. For example, the median lot size in the New England region is nearly twice as large as the national median, exceeding a third of an acre.

“New England is known for its strict local zoning regulations that often require very low densities,” the National Association of Home Builders notes on its Eye on Housing blog. “Therefore, it is not surprising that more than half of single-family spec homes started in New England are built on some of the largest lots in the nation, with more than half of the lots exceeding a third of an acre.”

On the other hand, the Pacific region—where densities are often high and developed land is more scarce—has the smallest lots. Half of the lots in the region are under 0.15 acres.

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Source: “Lot Size Is at a Record Low,” National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing blog (Oct. 3, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 100317


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(615) 512-9836 cellular ♦ (615) 371-2474 office
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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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