Homes are selling fast in spite of low supply
By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog
(July 22, 2016) Zillow – Homes are selling an average of a week faster than they did a year ago, according to the June Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports.
Tight inventory continues to be a major factor for home shoppers. The supply of homes for sale is nearly 5 percent lower than it was a year ago, and 38 percent lower than its peak level in 2011. With fewer available options, home shoppers are moving quickly to buy homes, with the average U.S. home closing after 78 days on the market. The 78-day average includes the time it takes to close, which is usually one or two months after the home goes under contract, which means that homes are pending within about a month of being listed.
The length of time homes remain on the market before selling has been steadily decreasing since 2010 when homes took an average of five months to sell.
The low inventory and quick-moving market combine to create a competitive home shopping market, especially for potential buyers looking for less expensive homes. The most expensive third of the market has experienced the smallest drop in available inventory compared to the rest of the market.
“Homes are selling faster than ever as the home shopping season hits its peak,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “If you’re looking for a home, be prepared to move quickly. Adding to this difficult buying environment is low inventory – there simply aren’t many homes to choose from. And while this looks like a good time to be a seller, potential move-up buyers may hesitate to list their homes and become buyers. Until the supply increases, it will remain a tough market to find a home.”
The limited supply of homes is driving home values higher. The average U.S. home is worth $187,000, a 5.4 percent increase from June 2015. Home values have been rising at 5 percent or faster on an annual basis for the past eight months.
|Metropolitan Area||Median Days on Market||1-Year Change in Days on Market||1-Year Inventory Change (%)||June Zillow Home Value Indexiii|
|New York/Northern New Jersey||157||-6||-9.2%||$386,800|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||64||0||-7.6%||$572,400|
|Dallas-Fort Worth, TX||56||6||-20.5%||$189,500|
|Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL||103||5||13.5%||$235,500|
|San Francisco, CA||43||1||4.4%||$812,300|
|Minneapolis-St Paul, MN||75||-5||-0.9%||$227,400|
|San Diego, CA||61||-4||10.3%||$512,900|
|St. Louis, MO||74||-4||-13.3%||$142,500|
|San Antonio, TX||69||-4||20.4%||$152,300|
|Kansas City, MO||70||-5||-26.1%||$149,100|
|Las Vegas, NV||73||1||13.8%||$203,800|
|San Jose, CA||43||4||15.2%||$957,900|
Article source: Zillow
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