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Nationally: New-Home Prices Hit Record High

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Nationally: New-Home Prices Hit Record High
NAHB    article by Daily Real Estate News | June 26, 2017

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The median price for a new single-family home reached a record high in May of $345,800, the Commerce Department reports. Buyers will be paying a huge premium for new construction, as new-home prices are now 16.8 percent higher than they were a year ago.

So far, however, the higher price tags don’t seem to be spooking home shoppers. In May, 61,000 new homes were purchased—a 2.9 percent increase from April and an 8.9 percent increase from a year ago, the Commerce Department reports. “Builders are focused on the mid to upper end of the housing market,” says Joseph Kirchner, realtor.com®’s senior economist. “It means that it will be more difficult to find more affordable homes for first-time buyers, millennials, and low-income people.”

Only 6,000 newly constructed homes sold in May were priced between $150,000 and $199,999. Further, there were about 14,000 sales in the $200,000 to $299,999 range. New homes now cost about 36.8 percent more than previously existing homes, which also reached record-high prices in May.

Regionally, new-home sales increased the most in the West last month, posting a 13.3 percent month-over-month jump, followed by a 6.2 percent increase in the South. New-home sales, meanwhile, fell 10.8 percent in the Northeast and plunged 25.7 percent month-over-month in the Midwest.

Source: National Association of Home Builders and “New Homes Just Keep Getting Pricier, But Buyers Keep Coming,” realtor.com® (June 23, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 062617

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Best May on Record for Middle Tennessee Housing Market

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Best May on Record for Middle Tennessee Housing Market
Greater Nashville REALTORS® Press Release, June 7, 2017

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 7, 2017) – There were 3,943 closings reported for the month of May, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This represents an increase of 6.6 percent over the 3,698 closings reported for May 2016.

Year-to-date closings total 15,606. That is a 7 percent increase compared to the 14,583 closings reported through May 2016.

“Greater Nashville made May a record-setting month by continuing year-over-year sales gains,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS President Scott Troxel. “In spite of the low supply levels, Middle Tennessee joins the majority of the country in experiencing healthy market trends.

“The National Association of Realtors predicts an overall annual increase in home sales of 3.5 percent. Last year, locally we experienced an annual increase of 5.6 percent over 2015; based on current pacing, I expect we will see somewhere between the estimated national prediction and the five percent increase we saw last year.”

There were 3,540 properties under contract at the end of the month, compared to the 3,730 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 May was $279,142 and for a condominium it was $205,000. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $258,900 and $194,000, respectively.

Active inventory at the end of May was 8,557, down from 9,623 at this time last year.

“The addition of large companies like Ikea and the abundant positive media Nashville is receiving from the Predators place in the Stanley Cup Finals continue to push our region to the forefront of places where people and businesses want to be.

“The desire for homeownership is not going away,” said Troxel. “Greater Nashville REALTORS is committed to homeownership being an option for all. From being part of conversations about increased affordable housing and the need for transit to the recent completion of our 21st Habitat for Humanity home build last month, we are active in the complete picture of what is valuable and critical to housing in Middle Tennessee.”

Greater Nashville REALTORS® is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners. REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.

*RealTracs, Inc., the regional Multiple Listing Service through which we obtain our market statistics, recently adjusted its statistical reporting in order to more accurately reflect market activity. Beginning in June 2017, Greater Nashville REALTORS will report on the following:

  • Closings – listed properties that have closed in the month
  • Median Closed Price – the median price of listed properties that have closed in the month
  • Days on Market – the average number of days from Listing Date to Binding Contract Date (of an offer to purchase) for listed properties within a month
  • Under Contract Inventory – the total number of properties that are listed, are under contract and have not closed
  • Active Inventory – the total number of listed properties being marketed that are not under contract

Adjustments to historic statistical data have been made to reflect the recalculated days on market for April 2017 and for May 2016.

Source: Greater Nashville REALTORS®, Press Release 060717

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June 7, 2017 at 6:39 pm

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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May 5, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Tree Swings: it’s the simple things in life

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