The Housing Hot List for October

The Housing Hot List for October
realtor.com    article by Daily Real Estate News | October 30, 2017

Nashville Union Station HotelListing prices for residential homes remained near record highs in October, according to a preliminary analysis by realtor.com®. The median list price nationwide was $274,000, near the $275,000 record set in June.

One point of relief for “market-fatigued buyers” who’ve faced low inventories for the past few years is that supplies of new listings are up slightly from a year ago, says Danielle Hale, realtor.com®’s chief economist. By the end of October, about 420,000 new listings will have hit the market over the entire month, realtor.com® predicts.

Some housing markets are more lively than others, with California continuing to see some of the most activity. Realtor.com® released its “hottest market” list for October, which is based on how quickly homes are selling and the amount of clicks cities receive on listings at realtor.com®.

The top 20 performing markets in October are:

  1. San Jose, California
  2. Vallejo, California
  3. San Francisco, California
  4. San Diego, California
  5. Boston, Massachusetts
  6. Stockton, California
  7. Sacramento, California
  8. Detroit, Michigan
  9. Denver, Colorado
  10. Modesto, California
  11. Columbus, Ohio
  12. Fresno, California
  13. Dallas, Texas
  14. Nashville, Tennessee
  15. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  16. Midland, Texas
  17. Rochester, New York
  18. Oxnard, California
  19. Santa Cruz, California
  20. Janesville, Wisconsin

Source: “Tight Inventory Drives High Prices, Quick Sales in the Nation’s Hottest Markets,” realtor.com® (Oct. 27, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 103017


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20 Markets with Strongest Kickoff to 2017

20 Markets with Strongest Kickoff to 2017
realtor.com | January 26, 2017

nashvillesky175x200The time it has taken for homes to sell nationwide in January has decreased at a rate of 4 percent compared to a year ago, despite record-high housing prices, according to realtor.com®’s latest housing report.

“We saw evidence of a stronger-than-normal off season starting last September and October due to pent-up demand and surging interest from first-time buyers,” says realtor.com® chief economist Jonathan Smoke. “The downside to this strong off season is that we have started 2017 with a new low volume of available homes for sale and a new high for prices.”

Listing inventories are down 11 percent in January compared to a year ago. Also, the median list price for the month is an estimated $250,000 — 10 percent higher than January 2015, realtor.com® notes. Nevertheless, “the threat of rates approaching multiyear highs in the months ahead is creating a sense of urgency [among buyers],” Smoke says.

The following are the top-performing markets this month:

  1. San Francisco
  2. San Jose
  3. Vallejo
  4. Dallas
  5. San Diego
  6. Sacramento
  7. Yuba City
  8. Denver
  9. Stockton
  10. Fresno
  11. Oxnard
  12. Columbus
  13. Colorado Springs
  14. Nashville
  15. Detroit
  16. Modesto
  17. Los Angeles
  18. Tampa
  19. Santa Rosa
  20. Fort Wayne

Source: “The 20 Hottest Markets for U.S. Real Estate in January 2017,” realtor.com® (Jan. 26, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 012617

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The Hottest Housing Markets in December

The Hottest Housing Markets in December
Article by Daily Real Estate News

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Athena at the Parthenon (Nashville)

Demand among home buyers doesn’t seem to be decreasing heading into the winter months. The median list price remained the same from November to December, when usually it decreases.

The current median price reached a record high for December of $250,000, which is 9 percent higher than a year ago, according to realtor.com®’s latest housing report. Further, the median number of days that properties are staying on the market is about 88 days for December, which is five days faster than a year ago.

California cities continue to dominate some of the fastest housing markets, making up 12 of the top 20 markets. San Francisco continued to hold on to the number one spot for the fourth month in a row.

Realtor.com® analyzed markets to determine where homes are selling the fastest and buyers are checking out listings the most (based on realtor.com® views). Here are the 20 markets that topped its list for December:

  1. San Francisco CA
  2. Dallas TX
  3. Vallejo CA
  4. San Jose CA
  5. San Diego CA
  6. Denver CO
  7. Stockton CA
  8. Columbus OH
  9. Sacramento CA
  10. Detroit MI
  11. Yuba City CA
  12. Santa Rosa CA
  13. Fresno CA
  14. Colorado Springs CO
  15. Oxnard CA
  16. Fort Wayne IN
  17. Los Angeles CA
  18. Nashville TN
  19. Midland TX
  20. Modesto CA

Source: “America’s Hottest Markets for Real Estate in December,” realtor.com® (Dec. 22, 2016); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 122216

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November’s Hot List: The Top 20 Markets

November’s Hot List: The Top 20 Markets
Article by Daily Real Estate News | November 28, 2016

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Nashville, Tennessee

California real estate professionals are staying busy. Cities in California continue to dominate lists of the most booming housing markets in the country. But they’re not alone. Many markets across the country are seeing elevated sales this fall.

“After an eventful election, demand for real estate appears to be carrying momentum going into the holiday season,” says Javier Vivas, manager of economic research for realtor.com®. “We expect that to be put to the test, as mortgage rates sky rocket to new highs. But forecasts expect growth as we enter the new year, which should keep waves of buyers intent on entering the market.”

Inventory of homes for sale is down 5 percent in November from October, but the combo of low supply and high demand is keeping prices high, realtor.com® notes. The median list price nationwide remained at $250,000 for the fourth consecutive month, a new record for November.

Realtor.com® flagged the following 20 markets as the hottest in the country in November, where homes are selling the fastest and demand is highest (based on page views):

  1. San Francisco CA
  2. Dallas TX
  3. Vallejo CA
  4. Denver CO
  5. San Jose CA
  6. San Diego CA
  7. Stockton CA
  8. Fort Wayne IN
  9. Columbus OH
  10. Detroit MI
  11. Sacramento CA
  12. Boston MA
  13. Santa Rosa CA
  14. Fresno CA
  15. Modesto CA
  16. Billings MT
  17. Nashville TN
  18. Los Angeles CA
  19. Oxnard CA
  20. Colorado Springs CO

Source: “The 20 Hottest U.S. Real Estate Markets for November 2016,” realtor.com® (Nov. 23, 2016); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 112816

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The 20 Hottest U.S. Real Estate Markets in January 2016

The 20 Hottest U.S. Real Estate Markets in January 2016
Article by realtor.com | February 1, 2016

Nashville 101Nashville continues to be one of the nation’s hot real estate markets launching January 2016 as a very active month of residential home sales

After a December that was unseasonably balmy for a large swath of the East Coast, January saw a return to winter norms: frigid temperatures and mountains of snow (even in the drought-parched West, thanks to El Niño). Real estate markets around the country also followed the regular January pattern, according to realtor.com® data: fewer homes on the market, and those that are for sale move like semi-frozen molasses. But just like the seeds that are waiting to sprout once temperatures warm up (hey, is it April yet?), we’re seeing signs that buyers are getting ready to jump into the market this year when the time is right.

“Our initial readings on January affirm the positive growth we expect to see in the residential real estate market in 2016,” says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of realtor.com. “Our traffic, searches and listing views exhibited the January ‘pop’ we saw last year, which made for a strong spring. In addition, a large number of prospective buyers have been telling us since the second half of 2015 that they plan to purchase in the spring and summer of 2016.”

For now, buyers have fewer choices than they will later in the year, but of course there’s also less competition. Smoke expects listing inventory for January to trend down 7% over December, following the usual winter pattern. The median age of inventory is now 100 days, which means it’s taking homes 6% longer to sell in January than in December, but that’s still 4% faster when compared with January 2015.

The median listing price for January is estimated at $227,000, remaining virtually flat over December, but still up 8% year over year.

By analyzing listing views and age of inventory in the nation’s largest markets, Smoke’s team was able to identify the top 20 that are beating the winter chill. Listings in these markets are viewed two to five times more often than the national average, and houses move 30 to 50 days more quickly than the rest of the U.S. They have also seen days on market drop by a combined average of 7% year over year.

San Francisco retains the first spot this month—again—as California maintains its dominance with seven of the top 10 markets. One surprise: Nashville is the biggest gainer, moving up six spots to end at No. 7. Also, Texas and Florida now feature multiple markets on the list. Overall, Florida real estate markets just keep getting hotter, and the state will give California a run for its money in 2016 as the warm-weather housing market to beat. Maybe.

The hot list

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. San Jose, CA
  3. Dallas, TX
  4. Vallejo, CA
  5. San Diego, CA
  6. Sacramento, CA
  7. Nashville, TN
  8. Stockton, CA
  9. Denver, CO
  10. Los Angeles, CA
  11. Santa Rosa, CA
  12. Oxnard, CA
  13. Palm Bay, FL
  14. Yuba City, CA
  15. Modesto, CA
  16. Detroit, MI
  17. Midland, TX
  18. Santa Cruz, CA
  19. Tampa, FL
  20. Fort Wayne, IN

Source: Cicely Wedgeworth, realtor.com

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20 Markets Ending 2015 on a High Note

20 Markets Ending 2015 on a High Note
Article by Daily Real Estate News | December 29, 2015

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Residential real estate overall may have cooled as 2015 comes to a close, but the slowdown wasn’t evident everywhere.

Realtor.com®’s research team identified the top 20 medium-to-large markets where homes are selling the fastest and demand remains high (based on the site’s listing views). Topping the list for the second consecutive month is San Francisco, followed by San Jose.

“While California closed out our latest ranking still firmly in control of the hottest markets, the Midwest and Florida are both seeing substantial improvement,” says Jonathan Smoke, realtor.com®’s chief economist. “Pent-up demand and robust economic growth combined with limited supply will keep California tight in 2016, but more markets will challenge them as demand improves elsewhere.”

A few markets that are newcomers to realtor.com®’s list this month are Tampa, Fla.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Midland, Texas.

The following “hot” markets in December garnered about 1.4 to 2.9 times more views per listing than the national average at realtor.com®. Also, homes in these locales sold 29 to 51 days faster than the rest of the country.

  1. San Francisco
  2. San Jose, Calif.
  3. Vallejo, Calif.
  4. Dallas
  5. Sacramento, Calif.
  6. San Diego
  7. Denver
  8. Santa Rosa, Calif.
  9. Yuba City, Calif.
  10. Stockton, Calif.
  11. Los Angeles
  12. Oxnard, Calif.
  13. Nashville
  14. Palm Bay, Fla.
  15. Modesto, Calif.
  16. Detroit
  17. Boulder, Colo.
  18. Tampa, Fla.
  19. Fort Wayne, Ind.
  20. Midland, Texas

Source: “The Hottest U.S. Housing Markets in December 2015,” realtor.com(R) (Dec. 28, 2015); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 122915

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10 Cities with Lowest Rates of Home Equity

Despite generally rising home prices, home equity continues to fall in many cites hardest hit by the unraveling of the real estate market. 

Equity continues to drop because of resetting mortgage rates, job losses, and high rates of foreclosure depressing home prices further. 

Using information from credit reporting service Equifax, Forbes magazine measured the percentage of home equity relative to a home’s current value in the country’s 200 largest metropolitan statistical areas. 

It determined that these are the 10 areas with the lowest average percentage of home equity: 

  1. Modesto, Calif.
  2. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.
  3. Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Ariz.
  4. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev.
  5. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.
  6. Stockton, Calif.
  7. Merced, Calif.
  8. Reno-Sparks, Nev.
  9. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.
  10. Anchorage, Alaska

 Source: Forbes, Tim Kiladze (05/06/2010)