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RE/MAX National Housing Report for August 2018

by Melissa Dierks

RE/MAX National Housing Report for August 2018

The RE/MAX National Housing Report for August 2018 shows increasing home prices, low inventory and a reduction in days on market. These combined factors made August 2018 the sixth time this year that home sales lagged behind last year’s pace—but only slightly at -1.1 percent. To access the housing report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT.

Home prices rose by 3.7 percent over August 2017, much lower than the year-over-year price increase of 5.4 percent from August 2016 to August 2017. In fact, the past three months of 2018 have trailed 2017’s rate of price growth year-over-year—compare that to four of the first five months of 2018 when year-over-year price increases easily topped those posted in 2017.

The Median Sales Price of $248,500 marked the twenty-ninth consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.

Even though active inventory dropped for the 118th consecutive month, the decline of 5.4 percent from August 2017 marked the smallest year-over-year decrease since August 2014. In addition, the August 2018 inventory drop marked the fourth consecutive month in 2018 to post single-digit percent declines, rather than the double-digit monthly drops consistently seen in early 2018 and over the previous three years.

“It varies by market, but we’re hearing that buyers are being more selective and sellers are becoming more pragmatic,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “That dynamic could bring inventory levels up, especially in the most overheated markets, where we expect to see the clearest signs of equilibrium returning. The economy is strong and potential buyers are out there—they just need more listings, at the right price points, to consider. We believe that balance will return, which will be good for everyone in the long run. It’s just a matter of when.”

Contos added that although the lack of inventory continues to be a challenge, the trends suggest that the market finally appears to be rebalancing.

“The moderation we are experiencing seems to be a bit more than the normal seasonal lull we’d expect this time of year,” said Contos.

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Sales Increase Despite Record Prices and Sinking Inventory

by Melissa Dierks

Sales Increase Despite Record Prices and Sinking Inventory

July home sales rose 1.8 percent year-over-year, making it the second month of 2018 to post a sales increase year-over-year, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. To access the housing report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT.

In the July 2018 report, 37 of the report’s 54 metro areas posted sales increases over July 2017—April was the first month of 2018 where more homes were sold than the same month in 2017. The report also marks the 28th consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.

The Median Sales Price of $250,575 was up 4.4 percent from July 2017, and represents the third-highest price in report history—topped only by May and June of this year. Months Supply of Inventory was at 2.9 – the smallest total ever recorded for July.

Forty-two of the 54 metro areas reported a year-over-year drop in inventory. The Days on Market dropped to 41 – four days less than July 2017 and one day under the previous nine-year low set in June 2018.

“Because we’ve faced challenging inventories and increasing home prices for some time now, a seasonal slowdown that rebalances the market a bit might actually be a positive in the months ahead,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “It could level affordability to some extent and create more opportunity for buyers who’ve been priced out of hot markets.”

The average Days on Market for homes sold in July 2018 was 41, down one day from the average in June 2018, and down 4 days from the July 2017 average. The number of homes for sale in July 2018 was down 0.3 percent from June 2018, and down 7.8 percent from July 2017. Based on the rate of home sales in July, the Months Supply of Inventory increased to 2.9 from 2.7 in June 2018, and decreased from 3.1 in July 2017. A 6.0-months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In July 2018, all but one of 54 metro areas surveyed reported a months supply at or less than 6.0, which is typically considered a seller’s market.

Want to know more? Click here to download your copy of the July 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report. Looking to sell your Phoenix home or buy a home in Phoenix? Contact the Regal Team today! We offer unparalleled service to all clients in the Phoenix, Arizona real estate market. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority!

Melissa Dierks

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June 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

by Melissa Dierks

June 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

We’re already halfway through 2018 and the housing prices are at record highs, while inventory is at record lows and home sales are trailing 2017’s pace, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. June sales were 5.5 percent lower than June 2017 in the fifty-four metro areas surveyed, marking the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year declines.

Headed in the opposite direction, the June Median Sales Price of $258,500 was an all-time high in the nine-year history of the report. It was 5.1 percent higher than the $245,000 recorded last June, bringing the consecutive months of year-over-year price increases to 27. In each of the previous five years – going back to June 2013’s $193,750 – June has posted the highest Median Sales Price of the year.

Forty-two of the fifty-four metro areas reported a year-over-year drop in inventory. That years-long trend is reflected in Months Supply of Inventory dropping to 2.7 – down 8.8 percent year-over-year and the smallest figure ever recorded for June. Fewer houses for sale generally results in a faster process: Homes sold in June averaged just forty-two Days on Market – five days less than June 2017 and three days under the previous nine-year low of forty-five days.

“Year-over-year prices have been climbing for more than two years now, which is great news for homeowners and sellers,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “In the hottest markets, demand is especially high because there simply aren’t that many homes for sale. The slower sales figures we’re seeing are tied to inventory more than anything else. Lack of inventory has become a theme for the year. Having fewer homes to choose from poses a challenge for buyers, who need to be ready to act decisively and quickly. Working with a full-time, professional RE/MAX agent can prepare them for that.”

Visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT to access the housing report infographic, or click here to download your copy of the June 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report. Looking to sell your Phoenix home or buy a home in Phoenix? Contact the Regal Team today! We offer unparalleled service to all clients in the Phoenix, Arizona real estate market. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority!

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101

Glendale, AZ 85308

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Home-Buying Millennials Face Fresh Set of Struggles

by Melissa Dierks

An astounding 98 percent of home-buying millennials surveyed for the report are being kept out of the market, with barriers including credit (cited by 26 percent of millennials), a down payment (31 percent) and prices (40 percent).

Given the hurdles, millennials are compromising on their wants: 84 percent, for example, would give up a feature in their home so that they could buy in their desired location, the report reveals. (The No. 1 do-without feature? A garage, followed by a kitchen that has been updated.) By comparison, just 25 percent of boomer buyers and 35 percent of Generation X buyers would do the same. Strikingly, 24 percent of millennials would accept a higher crime rate in exchange for their ideal property.

The majority of millennials (89 percent), similarly, would give up a feature of their neighborhood so that they could buy their desired home, like activities (e.g., block parties), good schools and proximity to restaurants and shops. Only 15 percent of boomers and 22 percent of Gen Xers would follow suit.

“For millennials, the dream of homeownership is alive and well, but with prices going up and inventory continuing to shrink, this new generation of buyers are facing more obstacles than any other demographic,” says Cheryl Young, senior economist at Trulia. “With tight budgets and fewer choices on the market, most millennials are forced to make trade-offs, and are more willing than other generations to give up home and neighborhood features in order to find their ideal home.”

Aside from the concessions, many millennials are having to put off their search, the report shows. More than three-quarters (79 percent) have delayed their plans to purchase—a higher rate than both boomers (48 percent) and Generation Xers (64 percent). Across generations, however, the obstacles overlap: a not-so-distant 32 percent of Gen Xers and 36 percent of millennials delayed due to the down payment, and an almost-identical 26 percent of Gen Xers and 27 percent of millennials held off due to prices.

Beyond costs, millennials are postponing a purchase for fear of “not having a stable job”—a byproduct of coming up in the recession. Debt, however, is less of a roadblock; just 9 percent of millennials say student loans are stopping them.

Despite the hurdles, 86 percent of millennials are planning to purchase, and, of those, 35 percent are aiming to do so in the next year, and 57 percent are hoping to in the next two years, according to the report.

“In markets where the economy and job growth are thriving, we may see some of these financial challenges start to dissipate as millennials mature into their careers,” Young says. “If anything, millennials can hold out hope that the encouraging housing starts we saw in 2017 can lead to some relief in the starter home segment.”

Source: rismedia.com

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Affordable Price Tags in Top ‘Green’ Markets

by Melissa Dierks

Eco-friendly homes are growing in demand, but buyers don’t always have to expect to pay a premium. Realtor.com® researched the 200 biggest metros in the U.S. to find the market availability of green homes with eco-friendly features, such as solar panels, smart thermostats, bamboo floors, and more. Researchers also sought to determine how much more or less these homes cost prospective buyers. 

“Although Southern and Western states still lead the way in green technology adoption, eco-friendly features have grown in popularity across many regions of the United States,” says Javier Vivas, realtor.com®’s director of economic research. “Many buyers have come to expect standard features, and homes integrating specialty green features are becoming more mainstream. However, in today’s inventory-starved market, location still reigns supreme and the price of land can easily override the allure of special eco-friendly features.”

Buyers don’t always have to pay more for eco-friendly features. In Salina, Calif., green listings are 14 percent below the median home price. Also, buyers in Prescott, Ariz., and Fresno, Calif., who want integrated solar panels in their new home will pay the same or less than the median home price in each market. 

However, homes with programmable thermostats do tend to cost more, adding up to 20 percent in Montgomery, Ala.; 17 percent in Tulsa, Okla.; 15 percent in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, metro area; and 12 percent in the Oklahoma City metro area. 

Energy Star–rated homes likely will cost more too. Most buyers will likely pay 21 to 26 percent more than the median home per square foot. 

Source: realtor.com®

Mortgage Rates Jump to 4-Year High

by Melissa Dierks

After mostly stagnant activity levels in recent weeks, mortgage rates are back on the move. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to its highest level since January 2014 this week, also seeing its largest weekly increase since February of this year, Freddie Mac reports. 

Average mortgage rates were higher across the board too, posting weekly increases to not only the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage but also to 15-year and 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages.

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages in mortgage rates for the week ending April 19: 

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.47 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 4.42 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.97 percent. 
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.94 percent, with an average 0.4 point, rising from last week’s 3.87 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.23 percent. 
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.67 percent, with an average 0.3 point, increasing from last week’s 3.61 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.10 percent. 

Source: Freddie Mac

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Just when you thought the housing market couldn’t get any hotter, the prospect of rising mortgage rates had buyers even more frenzied in March, according to a report out Friday. 

The monthly survey of real estate agents from Credit Suisse showed that an index of buyer traffic around the country rose 2 points to 50, on a scale where 50 indicates a neutral reading. As always, there was great regional variety, but as Credit Suisse put it, agents’ commentary “remains centered on pent-up demand, especially in more affordable price points, given the persistent inventory shortage.”

The threat of rising mortgage rates is also starting to be felt. That “got many buyers off the fence,” as one survey respondent in Houston said. In 36 metro areas Credit Suisse surveys, 23 said incoming rate increases were motivating buyers. Still, as one Seattle real estate agent put it, “Rate increases are causing a sense of urgency, but there is not enough inventory to sell.”

And Credit Suisse also made note of a theme that’s starting to gain as much traction as the notion of scarce inventory: “In several markets spanning the Southern U.S., agents noted in-migration – driven by employment and lifestyle changes – is supporting ongoing gains in traffic as we move into spring.” That’s a theme MarketWatch has covered recently. 

ReadAmerica’s new great migration in search of lower property taxes

And for buyers who can’t move across the country for more reasonable prices, Credit Suisse’s survey found more house-hunters going back to a tried-and-true way of landing more affordable housing. What they call “a greater willingness among buyers to move further out to the periphery” was known as “driving until you qualify” a decade ago. 

Here are some selected local highlights from the March survey, along with Credit Suisse’s proprietary traffic index data for each.

City Traffic index Comments
Boston 36

“Continued shortage of available inventory is leading some buyers to abandon their search.” 

“Rising prices and the uptick in interest rates are pushing the bottom tier out of the marketplace.” “Buyers looking at homes in further out areas in order to compete with rising rates.” 

Chicago 38 “First-time and move-up buyers are coming on strong while the luxury buyers are languishing.” 

“Buyer optimism amidst low levels of inventory.” 

Denver 46

“Prices being bid up well beyond the list price.”

Fort Myers 50

“Clients appear to feel more confident in the economy.” 

“Colder weather in the Northeast states driving more snowbirds to the area.”

Houston 54

“Continued corporate relocations to the area.”

Inland Empire, California 25

“Rates causing buyers to purchase smaller or older homes, or move further out.” 

“Buyers will purchase what they can afford given rising rates; homes will be smaller and locations outside of previously considered areas.”

Jacksonville 75

“Good economy and still affordable price points.” 

“Corporate growth in the area.”

Las Vegas 38

“Open house traffic much higher than last year and more interest in entry level homes.” 

“People moving to the county in droves!” 

“Higher prices and shortage of available inventory.”

Miami 30

“Lenders tight on buyer qualifications and property conditions.”  

“First-time buyers concerned over rising rates although higher end buyers more motivated to purchase.”

Minneapolis 63

“Clients that have been dragging their feet now cannot afford as much.”

Nashville 21

“More people moving into the area.” 

“Seeing an increase in seller paid closing costs and additional financial assistance on behalf of buyers.”

New York-Northern New Jersey 47

“Many buyers interested in purchasing homes outside the state, in places like North Carolina.”

Phoenix 71

“Buyers willing to go further out to get a larger home.”

Raleigh 67

Lack of inventory and frenzied buying.” 

“Some buyers moving towards variable rate mortgage products offered by credit unions.”

Sacramento 77

“More people and companies moving to the area.” 

“Buyers are lowering their expectations, sacrificing either square footage or location to meet price points.”

San Antonio 60

“Retirees looking to move to the area due to the climate and the fairly low cost of living.” 

“Buyers qualifying for lower amounts.”

San Diego 46

“Buyers more concerned with HOA fees than rates.” 

“Seeing movement to lower priced areas if anything is available.” 

“Buyers willing to move further from the city.”

Virginia Beach 50

“Large influx of low quality new construction which is outperforming the sales of existing homes.” 

“Buyers having sticker shock over rising home prices.”

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Home Buyers Are Blowing Their Budgets

by Melissa Dierks

A recent survey found that buyers are spending more on their home purchase than they intended. A third of homeowners recently surveyed say that they blew through the upper limit of their home purchase budget by an average of $16,510, according to a new survey released by Owners.com of 1,214 Americans who purchased a home in the last four years. 

A big part of the problem is the increasing costs of buying, particularly for starter homes. “Clearly, we’re in an environment of rising prices,” Daniel Maloney, national head of sales for real estate brokerage Owners.com, told USA Today.

Millennials are the most likely to overspend on their home purchase. Maloney says that is because they tend to be first-time home buyers and the least knowledgeable about setting a realistic price target that they can meet. Here's how much the different age groups tended to overspend on their home purchases:

  • 40% of millennials went over budget by an average of $24,545;
  • 34% of Generation X members went over budget by an average of $13,996;
  • 19% of baby boomers went over budget by an average of $8,024

The Owners.com survey also found that Generation X members tend to be the most self-directed when purchasing a home, while millennials tend to be the most reliant on their real estate agents for direction. Nearly one in five of millennials—or 19 percent of those surveyed—admitted they can be indecisive at times and rely on their agent to tell them what they should be considering and touring. 

Source: Owners.com and “Hot Housing Market: Home Buyers Are Spending More Than Expected,” USA Today (April 3, 2018)

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Source:  Keeping Current Matters and additional source links above


Study: May Is Luckiest Month for Sellers

by Melissa Dierks

May is the best month to sell a home nationwide, according to a new analysis by ATTOM Data Solutions, a real estate data firm. Researchers evaluated the sales of 14.7 million homes from 2011 to 2017 to pinpoint the month or date that offered the highest sales prices.

May saw the largest premiums above the estimated market value of 5.9 percent, on average—higher than any other month during the year. 

Mark your calendars: The best day of the year to sell a home, however, is June 28. That is the date when the average seller premium jumped to 9.1 percent, according to the analysis. 

The best month to sell can vary from market to market. Warmer weather markets may find the winter months offer the best chances for sellers. For example, Miami often posts its best month in January and Phoenix in November. 

The interactive map below from ATTOM Data Solutions shows the best months to sell a home in individual markets.

 

 

Source: ATTOM Data Solutions

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4 Tax Deductions for Sellers

by Melissa Dierks

 

Some tax deductions for home sellers may amount to potentially big savings. As such, homeowners who are selling their home soon or sold it last year will want to educate themselves on the tax deductions available. Realtor.com® recently highlighted some, including:

Selling costs: “You can deduct any costs associated with selling the home—including legal fees, escrow fees, advertising costs, and real estate agent commissions,” says Joshua Zimmelman, president of Westwood Tax and Consulting in Rockville Center, NY.

Home improvements and repairs: Some renovations done to make a home more marketable for resale may be eligible for a tax break. “If you needed to make home improvements in order to sell your home, you can deduct those expenses as selling costs as long as they were made within 90 days of the closing,” says Zimmelman.

Property taxes: You can deduct the amount you paid in property taxes for the time you owned the home. This has been capped at $10,000 in total deductions, starting in 2018, however.

Mortgage interest: You can deduct the interest on your mortgage for the amount of time you owned the home. Starting in 2018, new homeowners and sellers can deduct the interest on up to $750,000 of mortgage debt. Homeowners who had a mortgage prior to Dec. 15, 2017, can continue to deduct up to $1 million under the old law, Zimmelman says.

And don’t forget a tax exclusion still available to home sellers on capital gains. Capital gains are your profits from selling a home. Those profits are taxed as income, but you can exclude up to $250,000 of the capital gains from the sale if you’re single and up to $500,000 if filing as a married couple. To be eligible, you must have lived in your home at least two of the past five years.

Source: “5 Sweet Tax Deductions When Selling a Home: Did You Take Them All?” realtor.com® (March 8, 2018)

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RE/MAX Hall of Fame

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Email: melissa@theregalteam.com


Source:  Keeping Current Matters and additional source links above


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