Home Sales Rebound in Kickoff to Spring

Home Sales Rebound in Kickoff to Spring
National Association of REALTORS®
article by Daily Real Estate News | March 21, 2018

Feb-EHSLow inventory levels and accelerating home prices couldn’t put a lid on existing-home sales in February. Following two consecutive months of declines, existing-home sales rebounded 3 percent in February month over month and reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.54 million, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Wednesday. Sales of existing homes, which include single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops, are now 1.1 percent higher than a year ago.

“A big jump in existing-home sales in the South and West last month helped the housing market recover from a two-month sales slump,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “The very healthy U.S. economy and labor market are creating a sizable interest in buying a home in early 2018. However, even as seasonal inventory gains helped boost sales last month, home prices—especially in the West—shot up considerably. Affordability continues to be a pressing issue because new and existing housing supply is still severely subpar.”

5 Housing Indicators to Gauge the Market

Here’s a closer look at findings from NAR’s latest housing report.

Home prices: The median existing-home price for all housing types was $241,700 in February, up 5.9 percent from a year ago.

Inventories: The number of homes for sale at the end of February increased 4.6 percent to 1.59 million. That is still 8.1 percent lower than a year ago. Unsold inventory is at a 3.4-month supply at the current sales pace.

All-cash sales: All-cash sales comprised 24 percent of transactions in February, the highest since last February (27 percent). Individual investors tend to account for the biggest bulk of all-cash sales. They purchased 15 percent of homes in February, unchanged from a year ago.

Distressed sales: Foreclosures and short sales made up 4 percent of sales in February, down from 7 percent a year ago. Broken out, 3 percent of February sales were foreclosures and 1 percent were short sales.

Days on the market: Forty-six percent of homes sold last month were on the market for less than a month. Overall, properties stayed on the market for an average of 37 days in February, down from 45 days a year ago. “Homes for sale are going under contract a week faster than a year ago, which is quite remarkable given weakening affordability conditions and extremely tight supply,” says Yun. “To fully satisfy demand, most markets right now need a substantial increase in new listings.”

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 032118

NAR’s Yun: Housing Starts Are ‘Vastly Inadequate’

NAR’s Yun: Housing Starts Are ‘Vastly Inadequate’
National Association of REALTORS®
article by Daily Real Estate News | March 19, 2018

House 1035Fewer new homes were in the pipeline in February, as housing starts for combined multifamily and single-family homes plunged 7 percent month over month, the U.S. Commerce Department reports. Housing production for the month was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.24 million units.

“The fall in housing starts in February is a movement in the wrong direction,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®. “The key to economic prosperity at this juncture of economic expansion is to produce more new homes. That will help with job creation and reduce the swift price appreciation in several markets.”

A total of 1.2 million homes were constructed last year, which Yun calls “vastly inadequate.” February’s figure is just barely above year-ago levels, he adds. “It’s not enough,” Yun says. “While relaxing regulations on small-sized community banks may spur more construction loans for building, labor shortages in the industry continue to stunt overall activity.”

Multifamily production plunged 26.1 percent in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 334,000 units, while single-family starts eked out a 2.9 percent gain to 902,000 units. Still, rising buyer demand, along with record-low inventory, has prompted calls from many in the real estate industry for builders to add more new homes.

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, says developers are trying to manage rising construction costs to keep home prices competitive. NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz says the uptick in single-family production in February follows the organization’s 2018 forecast for gradual, modest strengthening in the new-construction market.

Combined single-family and multifamily home production rose by the highest amount in the Midwest last month, up 7.6 percent month over month. However, housing starts dropped 12.9 percent in the West, 7.3 percent in the South, and 3.5 percent in the Northeast.

Source: National Association of REALTORS® and National Association of Home Builders; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 031918

Markets with the Most Rapid Home Sales

Markets with the Most Rapid Home Sales
realtor.com   article by Daily Real Estate News | March 13, 2018

House 1034In some markets, homes are selling at record speeds. Realtor.com®’s research team scoured the listing data to find which markets are seeing the quickest sales, based on the median number of days on the market.

The number of days spent on the market is important for sellers and prospective buyers to know, says realtor.com®’s chief economist Danielle Hale.

“That info can give home buyers an idea of how much competition they face, how limited homes are in the market, and how quickly they need to make a decision if they find a home they like,” says Hale. For sellers, it can give them an idea of how long they may have to move elsewhere.

The median number of days on the market nationwide is dropping due to an imbalance in many places in the low supply of homes compared to high demand from buyers.

Out of the nation’s 300 largest metros, realtor.com®’s research team found that the following places saw the lowest number of days on the market for its homes for sale: (Note: realtor.com® limited its ranking to one metro per state for geographic diversity.)

  1. San Jose, CA.: 28.6 (median days on the market)
  2. Seattle, WA: 34.1
  3. Salt Lake City, UT: 38.2
  4. Denver, CO: 39.2
  5. Nashville, TN: 40.6
  6. Portland, OR: 44.3
  7. Boise, ID: 46
  8. Sioux Falls, SD: 46.8
  9. Omaha, NE: 47.2
  10. Minneapolis, MN: 47.3

Visit realtor.com® to find out where homes are lingering on the market the longest.

Source: “Where Homes Are Flying Off the Market—and Where They’re Lingering Longest,” realtor.com® (March 12, 2018); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 031318

Greater Nashville Housing Market Remains Strong; Market Strength Brings Challenges

Greater Nashville Housing Market Remains Strong
Market Strength Brings Challenges
by Kenneth Bargers, REALTOR® | January 27, 2018

Photo by Hatcher & FellThe Greater Nashville area continues to be one of the hottest real estate markets in the United States. A continued strong economy pushed momentum in 2016, the values and home sales continued to increase throughout 2017 and ended the second half of 2017 as a consistent monthly housing market in the nation. Several industry and data tracking entities named Nashville among their Top 20 housing markets for 2017.

Due to the reputation of the “It City”, relocation is heavy to Middle Tennessee and with this popularity comes shortages in housing inventory. Existing-home and new construction inventory struggle to keep pace with the number of buyers. Housing inventory remained a concern throughout 2017 and forecasted to be a challenge for 2018. Corporate and company expansion of new facilities are in place for 2018 bringing employment additions to Middle Tennessee – adding additional pressure for housing availability to the already strong Greater Nashville destination. Addressing the housing inventory will be one of 2018’s priorities with the current popularity of Greater Nashville and Partnership 2020’s continued aggressive pursuit of future business placements and attractions.

Demand for housing also adds as an influence factor on the value of home prices. Increased home values in 2017 will continue in 2018 per current indicators. With increased home values also comes the challenge of home ownership affordability within segments of our population. Of course, the success of national economic guidelines and policies will contribute as a factor in the local up or downturn of our housing market.

Overall, a strong economy, attractive mortgage rates, appeal of Middle Tennessee, along with the desire of home ownership as part of the American Dream should bring another impressive year of housing market production.

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2017 Best Year on Record for Middle Tennessee Housing

2017 Best Year on Record for Middle Tennessee Housing
Greater Nashville REALTORS® Press Release, January 8, 2018

Nashville Houses 1000NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 8, 2018) – There were 3,246 closings during the month of December, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This is a 1 percent decrease from the 3,280 closings reported for the same period in 2016.

Fourth quarter closings were 9,690 for the Middle Tennessee area. That total is a 1.1 percent increase from the 9,582 closings during the fourth quarter of 2016.

Final numbers for 2017 indicate there were 40,482 homes sold in the region, breaking the 2006 record of 40,056 closings. Compared to the 38,954 closings in 2016, the total sales for 2017 were up 3.9 percent.

“2017 was a record-setting year in many ways for Middle Tennessee’s housing market,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS® President Sher Powers. “From single month sales records to new highs in median price, buyers and sellers worked together to boost our market. All of this activity resulted in our region experiencing the best year on record for home sales.”

“Until now, 2006 had been the strongest year for real estate with 40,056 closings,” said Powers. “Despite uncertainty regarding tax reform and low inventory, buyers and sellers were determined to reach their real estate goals, whether that was through home ownership, real estate investment or any of the other avenues of real estate.”

There were 2,471 sales pending at the end of December, compared with 2,209 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 30 days.

The median price for a residential single-family home was $294,000, and for a condominium it was $209,450. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $266,408 and $180,000, respectively.

Inventory at the end of December was 9,011 down from 9,330 in December 2016.

“Though we know there will be challenges in the market this year, our market has a solid foundation,” said Powers. “For anyone looking to take action – buying, selling or leasing – options will be available. Making the choice to work with a REALTOR®, a real estate professional with market expertise, will be a competitive advantage for consumers.”

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Source: Greater Nashville REALTORS®, Press Release 010818

NAR: Homes Selling Faster Than Ever

NAR: Homes Selling Faster Than Ever
National Association of REALTORS®   article by Daily Real Estate News | December 22, 2017

The time homes spent on the market hit an all-time low in 2017 at just three weeks, the National Association of REALTORS® reports. A low inventory of homes for sale mixed with strong buyer demand has helped to keep market times low from 2014 to 2017.

During the height of the housing boom from 2001 to 2005, homes sold within a month of being listed. But as the housing market began to slow in 2006, the median time jumped to six weeks, and then to 10 weeks by 2009.

Tight inventories and a lack of construction of homes has helped to keep homes selling faster in recent years, NAR notes.

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Source: “Drop in Time on Market to Sell a Home,” National Association of REALTORS® Economists’ Outlook blog (Dec. 21, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 122217

Nashville-Area Home Sales Up 6 Percent in November

Nashville-Area Home Sales Up 6 Percent in November
Article by Greater Nashville REALTORS®, Press Release 120717

House 1022NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 7, 2017) – There were 3,177 home closings reported for the month of November, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This figure is up 6.7 percent from the 2,978 closings reported for the same period last year.

Year-to-date closings for the Greater Nashville area were 37,236 at the end of November. That is an increase of 4.4 percent from the 35,674 closings, reported through November 2016.

“Sales are up 6.7 percent year-over-year. Typically, sales drop in the fall and days-on-market expand. October to November of 2017 saw that same pattern,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS® President Scott Troxel.

“Sellers are more hesitant in putting their homes on the market during the holidays and colder months, and conversely, traffic from buyers also slows during this time. However, those who are in the market during the next few months, whether buying or selling, are serious about making a move in the market.

“Fewer properties on the market means less competition for sellers. When potential buyers are gift shopping more than they are home shopping, that also means less competition for determined buyers. If buying or selling real estate is a priority for you, now is a good time to move forward,” said Troxel.

There were 2,906 properties under contract at the end of the month, compared to the 2,591 properties under contract at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 29 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during November was $285,000 and for a condominium, it was $216,751. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $259,900 and $182,390, respectively.

Active inventory at the end of November was 9,454, down from 9,946 in 2016.

“Middle Tennessee is still on track to end 2017 with a record year for our housing market. The positive trends needed to sustain a healthy market – modest growth in sales and prices – continue to mark our region,” said Troxel.

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Source: Greater Nashville REALTORS®, Press Release 120717


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