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Home Sales Zoom to Highest Pace in Decade

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Home Sales Zoom to Highest Pace in Decade
Article by Daily Real Estate News | April 21, 2017

This spring’s housing mantra: Going, going, gone! “Severe” housing shortages are prompting existing homes to sell significantly faster this year, propelling home sales to the highest pace in more than a decade, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Friday.

Publication1Strong sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest were behind most of the nationwide 4.4 percent month-over-month increase in existing-home sales in March. The West was the only major region of the U.S. to see a modest decline in sales activity last month.

“The early returns so far this spring buying season look very promising as a rising number of households dipped their toes into the market and were successfully able to close on a home last month,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “Although finding available properties to buy continues to be a strenuous task for many buyers, there was enough of a monthly increase in listings in March for sales to muster a strong gain. Sales will go up as long as inventory does.”

Total existing-home sales—which include completed transactions for single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops—reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.71 million in March. The sales pace is 5.9 percent above a year ago. Further, existing-home sales are now the strongest month of sales since February 2007 (5.79 million).

Here’s a closer look at some of the key indicators from NAR’s latest housing report, reflecting March housing numbers:

Home prices: The median existing-home price for all housing types was $236,400, up 6.8 percent from a year ago when it averaged $221,400.

Days on the market: Properties stayed on the market for an average of 34 days in March, down significantly from 47 days a year ago. Short sales took the longest to sell at a median of 90 days in March; foreclosures sold in 52 days; and non-distressed homes took a median of 32 days—which is the shortest length of time since NAR began tracking such data in May 2011. Forty-eight percent of homes sold in March were on the market for less than a month.

All-cash sales: All-cash transactions comprised 23 percent of sales in March, down from 25 percent a year ago. Individual investors make up the biggest bulk of cash sales. They purchased 15 percent of homes in March, up from 14 percent a year ago.

Distressed sales: Foreclosures and short sales made up 6 percent of existing-home sales in March, down from 8 percent a year ago. Broken out, 5 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; short sales were discounted an average of 14 percent.

Inventories: Housing inventory at the end of March rose 5.8 percent to 1.83 million existing homes available for sale. Inventory is 6.6 percent lower than a year ago (1.96 million). Unsold inventory is now at a 3.8-month supply at the current sales pace.

“Bolstered by strong consumer confidence and underlying demand, home sales are up convincingly from a year ago nationally and in all four major regions despite the fact that buying a home has gotten more expensive over the past year,” Yun says.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 042117

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The 10 Crowning Markets of the Spring Season

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The 10 Crowning Markets of the Spring Season
Article by Daily Real Estate News | April 18, 2017

Which housing markets are emerging as top performers this spring season? Ten X, an online real estate marketplace vendor, factored in pricing, sales, affordability, permit activity, economic and demographic growth, and forward-looking data such as economic and population forecasts, to come up with a list of housing market champs for this spring.

They are listed below, along with year-over-year changes in seasonally adjusted median prices and sales of existing homes:

  1. Tampa, Florida
    Home prices: +13.12%
    Home sales: +7.31%
  2. Dallas, Texas
    Home prices: +10.64%
    Home sales: +2.94%
  3. Columbus, Ohio
    Home prices: +9.60%
    Home sales: +6.62%
  4. Las Vegas, Nevada
    Home prices: +9.67%
    Home sales: +11.37%
  5. Jacksonville, Florida
    Home prices: +11.86%
    Home sales: +7.27%
  6. Nashville, Tennessee
    Home prices: +9.08%
    Home sales: +10.63%
  7. Raleigh, North Carolina
    Home prices: +8.56%
    Home sales: +7.95%
  8. Orlando, Florida
    Home prices: +7.31%
    Home sales: 7.95%
  9. Portland, Oregon
    Home prices: +11.12%
    Home sales: 9.29%
  10. Salt Lake City, Utah
    Home prices: +8.62%
    Home sales: +11.10%

Source: “The 15 Hottest Housing Markets of Spring ’17,” National Mortgage News (April 17, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 041817

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What Really Makes a Property Appreciate

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What Really Makes a Property Appreciate
realtor.com | April 18, 2017

Patio 500wA home’s value generally appreciates 3 percent to 4 percent every year, which is attributed mostly to population growth and inflation. However in 2016, homeowners saw appreciation jump to an average of 6.3 percent.

Realtor.com®’s research team sought to find out what would boost a home’s value even more and what home features buyers may be willing to pay more for. Researchers analyzed millions of listings on realtor.com® from 2011 to 2016 to calculate the annual price growth rate of homes with certain features.

Here are some of the clear winners in housing appreciation:

Publication1Small homes: Homes smaller than 1,200 square feet appreciated by an average rate of 7.5 percent a year for the past five years. On the other hand, larger homes of 2,400 square feet or more rose by 3.8 percent a year. The smaller-home demand is being driven by millennials wanting to enter the market with a more affordable starter home and baby boomers who are looking to downsize, realtor.com® notes. Further, smaller homes are in shorter supply, which is prompting prices to increase more due to the high demand, says Jonathan Miller, president of Miller Samuel, a real estate appraisal firm.

Two-bedroom homes: Homes with two bedrooms appreciate at a rate of 6.6 percent a year, compared to homes with five bedrooms that appreciate at 4.3 percent a year, realtor.com®’s research team found.

Open floor plans: Homes with open floor plans appreciate 7.4 percent a year. It’s the hottest appreciating home feature that realtor.com® studied (see side for full list). As for features like stainless steel and granite, Miller says those amenities don’t really add any value to a home. “Those are what I call ‘have-to-have’ features,” Miller says. “A home needs to have them in a competitive market. But they don’t add long-term value. … Ten years from now, when you update your kitchen, they’ll be replaced.”

Modern and contemporary homes: Modern and contemporary architectural styles have the highest potential for appreciation, increasing at about 7.7 percent annually. This style of home is known for simple, geometric shapes, and large windows. Newly constructed modern homes also tend to be energy efficient. Bungalows and Traditional are the next highest appreciating styles at 6.5 percent and 5.6 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, niche styles like Craftsman bungalows and Victorians are among the lowest appreciating architectural styles, at 3.7 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively. Researchers speculate that may be due to some of the maintenance responsibilities in staying true to the home’s historical architecture that is often connected to these styles of homes.

Green space views: Homes with a park view appreciate at 7.9 percent a year, realtor.com®’s research team found. “[They] hold value over a longer period of time, and they recover quickly from a downturn,” says Michael Minson, a real estate pro in San Francisco at Keller Williams. “Buyers appreciate the tranquility and outdoor activities. They like being close to nature.” Indeed, homes with mountain views appreciated on average by 5.1 percent, and homes with a lake view at 4.9 percent. Ocean views appreciated the least of the “home views” studied, at just 3.6 percent a year. Recent storms may have spooked buyers from oceanfront properties as well as the fact that the highest-cost homes tend to be along the ocean, realtor.com®’s research team notes.

Source: “Appreciation Sensation: The Real Factors That Boost Your Home’s Bottom Line,” realtor.com® (April 17, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 041817

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Mortgage Rates Set a New 2017 Low This Week

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Mortgage Rates Set a New 2017 Low This Week
Article by Daily Real Estate News | April 14, 2017

HouseforSaleIllustration500wThe 30-year fixed-rate mortgage continues to drop this week, setting a new low for 2017, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. This marks the fourth consecutive week that 30-year rates have fallen.

“Following a weak March jobs report, the 10-year Treasury yield dropped about 5 basis points,” explains Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The 30-year mortgage rate fell 2 basis points to 4.08 percent.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending April 13, 2017:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.08 percent, with an average 0.5 point, falling from last week’s 4.10 percent average. A year ago, 30-year rates averaged 3.58 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.34 percent, with an average 0.5 point, falling slightly from last week’s 3.36 percent average. Last year at this time, 15-year rates averaged 2.86 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 3.18 percent, with an average 0.4 point, falling from last week’s 3.19 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.84 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 041417

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Middle Tennessee Home Sales See Strong Spring Start in March

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Middle Tennessee Home Sales See Strong Spring Start in March
Press Release by Greater Nashville REALTORS® | April 7, 2017

HomeforSale500w 0417NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 7, 2017) – There were 3,420 home closings reported for the month of March, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This figure represents an 8.9 percent increase compared to the 3,141 closings in March 2016.

Data for the first quarter of 2017 showed 8,338 closings, up 9.7 percent from the 7,601 closings during the first quarter of 2016.

“March was a very strong month for our region’s housing market with sales up almost 9 percent,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS® President Scott Troxel. “We were exactly 96 units short of tying the mark for the best March on record, which is March 2006. A stronger economy and growing consumer confidence enable our region to continue to experience positive growth that rivals our market’s best years.”

“Mortgage interest rates have risen slightly in the past month, which can nudge potential buyers to act more quickly,” said Troxel. “Interest rates are very important for homebuyers and they get that. The rate can begin to impact whether a buyer can qualify for the home they want. Locking in at the lowest interest rate is a motivating factor for many buyers.”

There were 3,602 sales pending at the end of March, compared with 3,285 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 50 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during March was $273,500 and for a condominium it was $199,900. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $245,000 and $181,894, respectively.

Inventory at the end of March was 10,710, down from 11,951 in March 2016.

“April is Fair Housing Month, and as Realtors, we strive to help all who desire to own a home to become a homeowner. We are advocates for all current and future homeowners, and we will continue working to ensure housing is available to all,” said Troxel.

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Source: Greater Nashville REALTORS® Press Release 040717

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April 11, 2017 at 9:59 pm

New Homes Have Gotten Pricier

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New Homes Have Gotten Pricier
Article by Daily Real Estate News | April 5, 2017

HomeConstruction500wOver the last 10 years, the price distribution of new homes has changed significantly, as new homes have grown more expensive. Builders blame a weakness among first-time buyers and rising regulatory burdens as the reason for the shift in focus in the pricier tiers of the new-home sector following the Great Recession.

The number of new homes that sold for less than $250,000 started to decline prior to the Great Recession. Sales in this segment have not returned to levels set in 2006, particularly for homes with prices below $149,000, according to an analysis by the National Association of Home Builders, detailed on its Eye on Housing blog.

Indeed, new homes that sold for $150,000 to $199,999 and those that sold for $200,000 to $249,000 dropped to a low during the recession. They have been on a slow, recovering pace ever since, the NAHB notes.

The main drivers in the new-home market are homes that sold above $250,000. New homes priced between $300,000 and $399,000 had the highest volume prior to the Great Recession and have been the fastest to recover since then, the NAHB notes.

Source: “New Home Sales Price History,” National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing blog (April 4, 2017); National Association of REALTORS®, Daily Real Estate News 040517

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Contract Signings Jump to Near Decade High

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Contract Signings Jump to Near Decade High
National Association of REALTORS® | March 29, 2017

HomeSale500wPending home sales posted a strong rebound in February, soaring to the highest level in nearly a year and the second highest level in more than a decade, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Wednesday. All major regions saw an uptick in sales contracts last month.

NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 5.5 percent month over month to an 112.3 reading in February. The Publication1index is now 2.6 percent higher than a year ago and is at the highest level since last April (113.6) and the second highest since May 2006 (112.5).

“Buyers came back in force last month as a modest, seasonal uptick in listings were enough to fuel an increase in contract signings throughout the country,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “The stock market’s continued rise and steady hiring in most markets is spurring significant interest in buying, as well as the expectation from some households that delaying their home search may mean paying higher interest rates later this year.”

Further, the warmer-than-usual weather across the country may have helped give an earlier start to the spring buying season. Yun notes that last month was the warmest February in decades, which may have also “played a role in kick-starting prospective buyers’ house hunt.”

Yun expects activity to fluctuate over the spring season, however, as the lack of supply continues to limit the number of homes sold, particularly in the lower and mid-market price ranges.

“The homes most buyers are in the market for are unfortunately the most difficult to find and ultimately buy,” Yun says. “The country’s healthy labor market is translating to greater job security, but affordability is not improving because home prices in some areas are still outpacing incomes by three times or more because of tight supply. How much new and existing inventory there is on the market this spring will determine if sales can reach their full potential and finally start reversing the nation’s low homeownership rate.”

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 032917

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