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Time on Market Hits New Low in April

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Time on Market Hits New Low in April
National Association of REALTORS®   article by Daily Real Estate News | May 24, 2017

Low inventory pushed existing-home sales down in April and sped up the median number of days a home sat on the market to a new low of 29 days, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Wednesday. That is the shortest time frame since NAR began tracking such data in May 2011. The previous record was 32 days, which was reached last May.

Though homes are selling faster, inventory woes persist. Total existing-home sales—which are completed transactions of single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops—decreased 2.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million in April. RegionalApril2017However, sales are still 1.6 percent higher than a year ago.

“Last month’s dip in closings was somewhat expected given that there was such a strong sales increase in March at 4.2 percent, and new and existing inventory is not keeping up with the fast pace of homes coming off the market,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “Demand is easily outstripping supply in most of the country, and it’s stymieing many prospective buyers from finding a home to purchase.”

Total housing inventory at the end of April stood at 1.93 million existing homes available for sale, NAR reported. That’s 9 percent lower than a year ago, when inventory stood at 2.12 million. At the current sales pace, unsold inventory is at a 4.2-month supply.

“REALTORS® continue to voice the frustration their clients are experiencing because of the insufficient number of homes for sale,” Yun says. “Homes in the lower- and mid-market price range are hard to find in most markets, and when one is listed for sale, interest is immediate and multiple offers are nudging the eventual sales prices higher.”

Here are a few additional housing indicators from NAR’s latest report:

  • The median existing-home price for all housing types last month was $244,800, up 0.6 percent from a year ago.
  • Short sales took the longest to sell at a median of 88 days on the market in April. Foreclosures sold in a median of 46 days. Foreclosures and short sales comprised 5 percent of sales in April, down from 7 percent a year ago. Broken out, 3 percent of sales were foreclosures and 2 percent were short sales. Foreclosures sold for an average discount of 18 percent below market value, while short sales were discounted 12 percent.
  • First-time home buyers comprised 34 percent of sales in April, matching the highest percentage since last September.
  • All-cash transactions made up 21 percent of sales in April, down from 24 percent a year ago. Individual investors make up the biggest bulk of cash sales. They purchased 15 percent of homes, up from 13 percent a year ago.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 052417

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30-Year Mortgage Rates Hover Around 4%

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30-Year Mortgage Rates Hover Around 4%
Source: Freddie Mac; Article by Daily Real Estate News | May 19, 2017

For the fifth consecutive week, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remained around 4 percent.

“The 30-year mortgage rate fell 3 basis points this week to 4.02 percent,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “However, this week’s survey closed prior to Wednesday’s flight to quality. The delayed impact of the associated decline in Treasury yields may push mortgage rates lower in next week’s survey.”

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Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending May 18:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.02 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 4.05 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.58 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.27 percent, with an average 0.5 point, falling from last week’s 3.29 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.81 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 3.13 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 3.14 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.80 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 051917

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May 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm

17 Most Popular Remodeling Projects

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17 Most Popular Remodeling Projects
Article by Daily Real Estate News | May 8, 2017

WelcomeHomeEntry400wKitchen upgrades have overtaken bathroom updates as the remodeling project homeowners want most, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index report covering the first quarter of 2017. Bathroom renovations previously held the number one spot, but kitchen redos barely pulled ahead in the most recent report.

Visit REALTOR® Magazine’s Styled, Staged & Sold blog for the latest remodeling and design trends.  NAHB’s survey showed these are the most common jobs for remodelers:

  • Kitchen remodeling: 81%
  • Bathroom remodeling: 80%
  • Whole-house remodeling: 53%
  • Room additions: 45%
  • Windows/door replacement: 36%
  • Finished basement: 27%
  • Repairing property damage: 27%
  • Decks: 25%
  • Bathroom additions: 24%
  • Roofing: 23%
  • Enclosed/added porch: 23%
  • Handyman services: 22%
  • Siding: 19%
  • Second story additions: 16%
  • Enclosed/added garage: 12%
  • Historic preservation: 9%
  • Finished attic: 7%

Fifty-three percent of remodelers say “whole-house remodeling” has become a much more common project, the survey notes. It’s also the first time since 2006 that more than half of the respondents to NAHB’s survey have cited anything besides kitchens and bathrooms as a common type of remodeling project, the index notes.

Source: “Remodeling in 2016: Kitchens Reclaim Top Spot From Baths,” National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing blog (May 5, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 050817

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Mortgage Rates Barely Move This Week

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Mortgage Rates Barely Move This Week
Article by Daily Real Estate News | May 5, 2017

Mortgage rates were mostly in a holding pattern this week, which may have been welcome news to borrowers after last week’s uptick.

“The 10-year Treasury yield remained relatively flat this week, as did the 30-year mortgage rate, which fell 1 basis point to 4.02 percent,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Markets have been erring on the side of caution following a weak advance estimate for first-quarter GDP and the FOMC’s broadly expected decision to leave rates unchanged.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending May 4:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.02 percent, with an average 0.5 point, falling slightly from last week’s 4.03 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.61 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.27 percent, with an average 0.5 point, the same average as last week. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.86 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 3.13 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 3.12 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.80 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; Daily Real Estate News 050517

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Written by Kenneth Bargers

May 5, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Tree Swings: it’s the simple things in life

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May 2, 2017 at 5:16 pm

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