Average Home Sale Price Hits All-Time Record

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From housingwire.com

The median home sale price increased 16% year-over-year to $331,590 – an all-time high, per a report this week from Redfin. But that’s not stopping buyers from snatching up homes days after they’re listed.

During a four-week period ending March 21 and covering 400 metros, 58% of homes that went under contract had an accepted offer within the first two weeks on the market. And between March 14 and March 21, 61% of homes sold in that timeframe had been on the market two weeks or less, and 48% had sold in one week or less.

And offers are coming in well-above asking price, too. Nearly 40% of homes sold above their list price – another all-time high – and 15 percentage points higher year-over-year. The average sale-to-list price ratio, which measures how close homes are selling to their asking prices, increased to 100.2%.

This is concerning for experts, though, many of whom believe home prices will remain high even after mortgage rates, inventory, and building material costs recover to pre-pandemic levels. Rates are already above 3% – after falling into the 2% range during the majority of 2020 – but construction companies are still struggling to keep up with insane lumber prices, stifling new builds.

National Association of Home Builders Chairman Chuck Fowke recently noted that supply shortages and high demand have caused lumber prices to jump “about 200%” since April 2020, and the elevated price of lumber is adding approximately $24,000 to the price of a new home.

“When the pandemic is over, purchasing a home is going to cost much more than ever before, putting homeownership much further out of reach for many Americans,” said Daryl Fairweather, Redfin chief economist. “That means a future in which most Americans will not have the opportunity to build wealth through home equity, which will worsen inequality in our society.”

Fairweather noted that President Joseph Biden’s hopeful $3 trillion infrastructure plan includes building 1.5 million sustainable homes, but there is no guarantee the bill will be “passed with every policy proposal intact.”

“America needs an audacious goal to increase the housing supply, given the U.S. is short 2.5 million homes,” she said. “It may be expensive to build millions of homes, but ignoring the problem would only cause housing to become more unaffordable and worsen housing insecurity.”

The best chance at home prices lowering is the continued rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, experts said, which will allow lumber mills to reopen and material prices to lower. Builders will then be spending less on new builds, which will help the backlogging of inventory.

Full article on housingwire.com


Baby Boomers Are the Richest Home Sellers

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From REALTOR® Magazine

Baby boomers tended to make up the majority of sellers last year—at 43%—and they also saw the highest profits, too.

Overall, home sellers of all age groups who sold their homes last year saw a median gain of $66,000 more than what they originally purchased for—a $6,000 increase compared to the previous year. But for sellers ages 66 to 74, they saw a median gain of $100,000 in equity, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ “2021 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends” report.

“In a real estate market that is tipped in favor of sellers, boomers and older homeowners are really the ones holding the cards,” says Danielle Hale, realtor.com®’s chief economist.

As the housing market surges, homeowners who’ve been in their homes the longest tend to see the highest profits at resale. Younger baby boomers (those between the ages of 56 to 65) tended to live in their homes a median of 14 years whereas older segment of baby boomers (those between the ages of 66 to 74) had lived in their homes a median of 16 years, according to NAR’s report. The median tenure in a home for the overall population is 10 years.

The primary reason baby boomers cited for selling their home: To purchase a similarly sized home closer to family members and friends. The second most popular reason to sell was to downsize.

The following is a chart broken down by age group of the median equity earned on a home recently sold, according to NAR’s report.

Full article on REALTOR® Magazine


U.S. Property Prices Have Soared Since Covid-19 Struck One Year Ago

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From Mansion Global

The housing market bounced back quicker than other parts of the economy, according to realtor.com

Median home prices in the U.S. have risen 14.3% since the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic a year ago, according to a report Thursday from realtor.com.

The push for more space and a desire for affordable homes has led to a quick recovery for the country’s property market, according to realtor.com’s chief economist Danielle Hale.

“The housing market bounced back so much faster than other sectors of the economy that many have forgotten that housing activity slowed to a crawl during the early days of the pandemic,” she said in a statement. “One year later, the demand for housing remains strong, while supply remains limited.”

Indeed, as of the week ending March 7, new listings had fallen 27% compared to the same time last year, the data showed. Total inventory dropped 51% in the same time period, and there are nearly 500,000 fewer homes on the market than there were in March 2020.

Across the U.S., 32 of its 50 markets have surpassed realtor.com’s recovery benchmark in the week ending March 6. The greatest recovery has been registered in the cities of Austin, Denver, Riverside, Portland and Phoenix.

Limited supply, low mortgage rates and the continued demand to get out of cities has also meant homes are selling an average of six days faster than they did last year, the report found.

“In an environment where the number of homes listed for sale is limited and affordability is becoming more of a concern for many, the competition to find the home of your dreams is greater than ever,” said realtor.com CEO David Doctorow in a statement.

However, that could change soon.

“The housing market’s lopsided momentum could ease in the coming months,” Ms. Hale predicted in the report. “We expect the vaccine’s rollout to alleviate some sellers’ anxieties, which could help the supply crunch. At the same time, although interest rates remain low, they’ve begun to increase, which could test buyer demand in the coming months.”

The report did not break down the market by price point.

Full article on Mansion Global


Is It a Good Time to Sell My House?

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From Keeping Current Matters

Last year, many homeowners thought twice about selling their houses due to the onset of the health crisis. This year, however, homeowners are beginning to regain their confidence when it comes to selling safely. The latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) by Fannie Mae shows that 57% of consumers believe now is a good time to sell.

Doug Duncan, Vice President and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, explains:

“Overall, the index’s monthly increase was driven largely by a substantial jump in the share of consumers reporting that it’s a good time to sell a home, with many citing favorable mortgage rates, high home prices, and low housing inventory as their primary rationale.”

Normally, spring is the busiest season in the housing market – the time when many homeowners decide to list their houses. While this is obviously not a normal year since the pandemic is still very much upon us, experts are optimistic that consumer positivity around selling will lead to more homeowners making moves this year. Duncan continues to say:

“We will pay close attention to see if this newfound optimism develops into a trend.”

What does this mean if you’re thinking of selling your house?

The fact that there are so few houses available for sale today is one driver that’s encouraging consumers to think more positively about selling. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) states:

“Total housing inventory at the end of January amounted to 1.04 million units, down 1.9% from December and down 25.7% from one year ago (1.40 million).”

With so few homes available to buy, your house will be more likely to rise to the top of an eager purchaser’s wish list in this competitive market. Today’s high buyer activity is creating upward pressure on home prices and more multiple-offer scenarios. According to the Realtors Confidence Index Survey from NAR, the average home for sale is receiving 3.7 offers today, up from 2.3 offers just one year ago. This makes selling even more enticing.

In this kind of sellers’ market, you have a huge advantage in the process. And here’s another win – you can also use your equity toward a down payment on a new home when you move.

Wondering where you’ll go if you try to move while it’s so challenging to find a home to buy? Well, in many areas, there are more homes available at the higher end of the market, so finding a move-up home may be less of an issue if you’re ready to search for your dream home this spring.

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