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Existing Home Sales Slip Again in July

Year-over-year price gains hit 77 months in a row

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(August 23, 2018)

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Existing-home sales fell in July 2018 to their slowest pace since February 2016, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors®(NAR). Also according to the report, the West was the only major region with an increase in sales last month.

The median price for all housing types was up 4.5% in July to $269,900 marking the 77th month in a row of year-over-year price gains but July also marked the fourth straight month for falling home sales

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says the continuous solid gains in home prices have now steadily reduced demand. “Led by a notable decrease in closings in the Northeast, existing home sales trailed off again last month, sliding to their slowest pace since February 2016 at 5.21 million,” he said. “Too many would-be buyers are either being priced out or are deciding to postpone their search until more homes in their price range come onto the market.”

Average market time reported by NAR sits at just 27 days, which is up from 26 days in June 2018 but down 30 days from 2017.

To read the complete NAR report, please visit their National Association of REALTORS Newsroom.

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Buyers Are Paying a Smaller Premium for Waterfront Living

Waterfront home price premium drops 18% since 2012

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(July 20, 2018)

(SEATTLE) PRNewswire- The premium for living on the water isn’t as high it used to be. Homes along the water sold for a 36 percent premium in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new Zillow® analysis. The extra cost for waterfront living is at its lowest level since the second quarter of 2002, and below the average premium since 1996 of 41 percent.

Across the country, waterfront homes tend to have higher prices than similar homes in the same area, but the gap has closed over the past several years. The typical U.S. home has more than recovered from the recession, but waterfront homes have not.

Zillow defines waterfront homes as those where the homeowner can get to the water’s edge, whether it is a lake, river, or ocean, without leaving their property. This analysis compares sale prices for waterfront homes with homes in the same metro that have similar physical features, but do not have waterfront access.

“Buyers are willing to pay extra for features that add a unique benefit to a home, and being right on the water’s edge is one of them,” said Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas. “These homes are relatively rare, making up only a small portion of the housing market, and that scarcity keeps prices high. With inventory as low as it is, buyers are spending more just to get into the market, which has narrowed the gap somewhat between waterfront homes and inland homes. Still, having waterfront access is incredibly appealing for many buyers, and even as environmental risk factors like rising sea levels and storm surges gain more attention and make some buyers more cautious in the homes they consider, the premium for waterfront homes is likely to endure.”

Markets with the Highest Premium for Waterfront Living

Metro Median Value of a
Waterfront Home
Average Sales Premium
for Waterfront Homes
Since 1996
Share of Homes that
are Waterfront
Homes
Jacksonville, Fla. $ 633,700 72% 0.27%
Cleveland, Ohio $ 463,100 68% 0.12%
Denver, Colo. $ 843,100 52% 0.04%
Baltimore, Md. $ 361,300 52% 0.04%
Milwaukee, Wisc. $ 569,800 50% 0.32%

Waterfront properties are most valuable in Los Angeles, where the typical home on the water is worth $2,018,200. In three other West Coast markets – San Francisco, Seattle, and San Diego – the median value of a waterfront home is also above $1 million.

Buyers looking for a waterfront home will have the most options in Miami, where 5.9 percent of all homes offer waterfront living.

Metropolitan Area Median Value of
Waterfront Home
Average Sales Premium
for Waterfront Homes
Sold Since 1996 (%)
Share of Homes
That Are
Waterfront Homes
United States $ 426,300 41 0.47%
Atlanta $ 644,800 34 0.08%
Austin $ 572,500 42 0.16%
Baltimore $ 361,300 52 0.04%
Boston $ 463,700 11 0.06%
Charlotte $ 697,600 41 1.03%
Chicago $ 279,000 21 0.21%
Cincinnati $ 166,600 5 0.04%
Cleveland $ 463,100 68 0.12%
Columbus $ 372,300 41 0.10%
Dallas-Fort Worth $ 410,300 41 0.08%
Denver $ 843,100 52 0.04%
Houston $ 364,000 35 0.30%
Indianapolis $ 493,000 42 0.16%
Jacksonville $ 633,700 72 0.27%
Kansas City $ 379,000 31 0.09%
Los Angeles-Long Beach-
Anaheim
$ 2,018,200 14 0.05%
Memphis $ 398,300 6 0.08%
Miami-Fort Lauderdale $ 369,300 38 5.86%
Milwaukee $ 569,800 50 0.32%
Minneapolis-St. Paul $ 483,500 32 0.13%
Nashville $ 381,300 22 0.08%
New York / Northern New
Jersey
$ 665,700 26 0.18%
Orlando $ 357,600 27 0.70%
Philadelphia $ 185,400 9 0.03%
Phoenix $ 413,600 29 0.11%
Pittsburgh $ 153,300 -11 0.04%
Portland $ 625,900 24 0.22%
Riverside $ 446,200 25 0.38%
Sacramento $ 763,100 47 0.35%
San Diego $ 1,014,800 27 0.72%
San Francisco $ 1,175,000 8 0.48%
Seattle $ 1,024,300 47 0.66%
Tampa $ 496,200 39 3.31%
Virginia Beach $ 487,700 36 0.97%
Washington, D.C. $ 469,500 30 0.13%

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Nearly One Quarter of 2017 Home Sales Were Above the Asking Price

The typical price increase for homes that sold above the listed price was 3.1 percent

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(January 12, 2018)

canstockphoto24925640 price value(SEATTLE, Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/) — Buyers paid more than the asking price in nearly one quarter (24 percent) of U.S. home sales in 2017, netting sellers an additional $7,000 each. Five years ago, 17.8 percent of final sale prices were higher than the asking price, according to a new Zillow® analysis.

Over the past year the American housing market has been struck by the combination of strong demand and limited supply. Young adult renters are increasingly feeling confident enough to buy, but they are entering a market with very few homes for sale, as inventory has been steadily declining for almost three years. Low-interest rates have buoyed buyers’ budgets, raising the limits on what they can afford – and may be willing – to pay.

Homes sell quickly in such a competitive market, with the typical U.S. home selling in 80 days, including the time it takes to close on the sale. In San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle, the average home sells in less than 50 days. Fierce competition means buyers may not win a home on their first offer. The typical buyer spends more than four months home shopping and has to make multiple offers before an offer is accepted, according to the 2017 Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report.

“Low-interest rates and strong labor markets with high-paying jobs have allowed home buyers in some of the country’s priciest housing markets to bid well over asking price,” said Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas. “In the booming tech capitals of the California Bay Area and Pacific Northwest, paying above list price is now the norm. In the face of historically tight inventory, buyers have had to be more aggressive in their offers. We don’t expect this inventory crunch to ease meaningfully in 2018, meaning buyers will be facing many of the same struggles this year.”

In San Jose, Calif., San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Seattle, more than half of all homes sold last year went for above the list price. The average home sold above list in San Jose netted sellers an additional $62,000, the largest difference between list and sale price of the metros analyzed.

Over the past five years, Seattle saw the greatest increase in the share of sales that were above the asking price, from 20 percent of home sales in 2012 to 52 percent of sales in 2017. The amount over asking price grew as well, from 2.5 percent to 5.3 percent above the listed price.

Miami homes were least likely to sell for more than the listed price last year, followed by Virginia Beach and New Orleans.

Metropolitan Area Share of Sales
Above List
Price – 2012
Share Of Sales
Above List
Price – 2017
Median Amount
Paid Over List
Price – 2017 (%)
Median Amount
Paid Over List
Price – 2017 ($)
United States 17.8% 24.1% 3.1% $7,000
New York / Northern
New Jersey
6.8% 20.2% 3.3% $12,000
Los Angeles, CA 27.0% 37.5% 2.6% $14,100
Chicago, IL 13.1% 18.5% 2.6% $5,100
Dallas, TX 35.0% 38.9% 5.7% $12,023
Philadelphia, PA 6.1% 16.8% 2.4% $5,100
Houston, TX 27.2% 32.6% 5.0% $9,796
Washington, DC 18.8% 25.4% 1.9% $6,100
Miami, FL 19.0% 11.8% 4.2% $9,100
Atlanta, GA 19.3% 19.6% 2.4% $5,000
Boston, MA 13.4% 40.6% 3.7% $15,001
San Francisco, CA 43.0% 64.5% 6.0% $41,000
Detroit, MI 22.6% 24.0% 2.8% $5,000
Riverside, CA 32.8% 28.8% 1.8% $5,100
Phoenix, AZ 29.0% 16.0% 1.8% $3,600
Seattle, WA 20.3% 52.4% 5.3% $20,100
Minneapolis, MN 16.3% 35.3% 3.0% $6,100
San Diego, CA 24.4% 32.1% 2.1% $10,100
Saint Louis, MO 13.5% 26.2% 4.3% $6,748
Tampa, FL 13.5% 15.6% 2.7% $5,000
Baltimore, MD 10.0% 19.5% 2.2% $5,100
Denver, CO 17.9% 39.5% 2.9% $10,000
Pittsburgh, PA 7.6% 13.7% 2.7% $4,100
Portland, OR 19.6% 41.0% 3.1% $10,100
Charlotte, NC 9.4% 27.0% 2.7% $5,000
Sacramento, CA 34.6% 41.2% 2.5% $9,000
San Antonio, TX 38.9% 42.2% 5.8% $10,913
Orlando, FL 22.3% 16.9% 2.6% $5,000
Cincinnati, OH 9.3% 16.4% 2.3% $3,500
Cleveland, OH 8.6% 18.8% 3.2% $4,300
Kansas City, MO 31.5% 37.8% 4.4% $7,500
Las Vegas, NV 31.4% 25.4% 2.2% $5,000
Columbus, OH 10.1% 32.9% 3.0% $5,100
Indianapolis, IN 34.5% 24.4% 4.1% $5,846
San Jose, CA 49.1% 68.5% 6.8% $62,000
Austin, TX 36.3% 32.7% 6.3% $15,311

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Redfin: May Housing Market Sets Records for Speed and Competition

More than a quarter of homes sold for more than their asking price

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(June 15, 2017)

canstockphoto10268206housepriceincreaseSEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– U.S. home prices rose 6.8 percent to a median sale price of $288,000 in May, according to Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage. Home sales increased 7.5 percent over last year, despite a long-standing shortage in the supply of homes. The number of homes for sale fell 10.9 percent, leaving just 2.7 months of supply, the lowest supply Redfin has recorded since we began tracking the market in 2010. Six months is generally considered a market balanced between buyers and sellers.

The typical home that sold in May went under contract in 37 days, breaking the previous record of 40 days set in April. More than a quarter of homes sold above their list price, the highest percentage Redfin has recorded. The median sale-to-list price ratio set another record, hitting 95.4 percent in May.

“There is still a lot of momentum in home prices in many metros, not only on the coasts but also in places like Buffalo, Grand Rapids and Omaha,” said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “Strong local economic growth and burgeoning demand from older millennials are accelerating home-price growth in this very competitive, low-inventory pre-summer market. The Federal Reserve’s latest announcement to raise short-term rates will have very little effect on buyer demand or on the overall housing market. If anything, it may motivate buyers to make their purchases sooner rather than later.”

In a Redfin-commissioned survey conducted last month, more than 1,000 homebuyers responded to a question about the effect a hypothetical rate hike above 5 percent would have on their home-buying plans. A quarter said it would have no impact, while nearly as many (23%) said they would increase their urgency to buy before rates went up further. Twenty-nine percent said they would slow down their search and see if rates came back down, 18 percent said their urgency wouldn’t change, but they would look in other areas or buy a smaller home. Just 5 percent said they would cancel their home-buying plans altogether.

Regional May Highlights

Competition

  • Denver, CO, was the fastest market for the third month in a row, with nearly half of all homes pending sale in just 6 days. Seattle, WA, was the next fastest markets with 7 median days on market, followed by Grand Rapids, MI (8), Portland, OR (8), and Omaha, NE (9).
  • The most competitive market in May was San Jose, CA, where 74.1% of homes sold above list price, followed by 70.9% in Oakland, CA, 70.1% in San Francisco, CA, 64.1% in Seattle, WA, and 51.8% in Tacoma, WA.

Prices

  • Seattle, WA, had the nation’s highest price growth, rising 15.9% since last year to $510,000. Lakeland, FL, had the second-highest growth at 15.1% year-over-year price growth, followed by Tampa, FL (13.2%), Memphis, TN (13%), and Manchester, NH (12.2%).
  • Two metros saw slight price declines in May including Albany, NY (-0.9%), and Baton Rouge, LA (-0.6%).

Sales

  • In 29 out of 89 metros, sales surged by double digits from last year. Poughkeepsie, NY, led the nation in year-over-year sales growth, up 44.4%, followed by Memphis, TN, up 40.2%. Philadelphia, PA, rounded out the top three with sales up 28.3% from a year ago.
  • Rochester, NY, had the largest decline in sales since last year, falling 14.3%. Home sales in Santa Rosa, CA, and Buffalo, NY, declined by 11.2% and 10.3%, respectively.

Inventory

  • Rochester, NY, had the largest decrease in overall inventory, falling 35.7% since last May. Buffalo, NY (-31.9%), San Jose, CA (-31.0%), and Seattle, WA (-27.1%), also had far fewer homes available on the market than a year ago.
  • Ogden, UT, had the highest increase in the number of homes for sale, up 41.4% year over year, followed by Provo, UT (34.9%), and Fort Myers, FL (27.3%).

To read the full report, complete with data and charts, please visit the following link: https://www.redfin.com/blog/2017/06/market-tracker-may-2017.html.

[Source: Redfin press release]

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Appraisals Continue to Fall Below Homeowner Value Perceptions

The trend of owners overestimating their home’s value when refinancing continued in August

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(September 20, 2016) –  According to a recent report by Quicken Loans, appraisals across the country were an average of 1.56 percent lower than what refinancing homeowners expected in August, based on the company’s national Home Price Perception Index (HPPI).

The Quicken Loans Home Value Index (HVI), which measures home value changes exclusively through appraisals, moved higher yet in August. Home values increased 1.73 percent over the previous month while jumping 8.13 percent higher than August 2015, according to the national HVI.

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Homes are Flying Off the Market Faster Than Any Time Since 2010

 Homes are selling fast in spite of low supply

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

canstockphoto1864187moneywoman(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
United States 78 -8 -4.7% $187,000
New York/Northern New Jersey 157 -6 -9.2% $386,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 64 0 -7.6% $572,400
Chicago, IL 97 -6 -13.3% $198,200
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX 56 6 -20.5% $189,500
Philadelphia, PA 98 -15 -10.2% $208,500
Houston, TX 70 1 4.4% $172,900
Washington, DC 68 -5 -12.1% $368,700
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL 103 5 13.5% $235,500
Atlanta, GA 76 -6 -6.4% $166,700
Boston, MA 71 -2 -23.2% $394,400
San Francisco, CA 43 1 4.4% $812,300
Detroit, MI 84 -9 -16.5% $127,300
Riverside, CA 77 -3 -6.5% $309,400
Phoenix, AZ 70 0 8.9% $221,400
Seattle, WA 47 -3 -15.0% $392,000
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
Tampa, FL 78 -10 -8.9% $167,700
Baltimore, MD 99 -7 -11.6% $251,400
Denver, CO 52 0 4.4% $338,500
Pittsburgh, PA 97 -15 2.1% $130,400
Portland, OR 51 -4 -23.7% $330,800
Charlotte, NC 70 -15 -11.5% $162,300
Sacramento, CA 55 -4 -13.7% $341,900
San Antonio, TX 69 -4 20.4% $152,300
Orlando, FL 81 -7 -12.3% $186,400
Cincinnati, OH 83 -8 -20.4% $143,800
Cleveland, OH 93 -1 -20.2% $128,500
Kansas City, MO 70 -5 -26.1% $149,100
Las Vegas, NV 73 1 13.8% $203,800
Columbus, OH 74 -3 -14.4% $156,000
Indianapolis, IN 85 -11 -22.2% $130,200
San Jose, CA 43 4 15.2% $957,900
Austin, TX 57 -1 1.1% $252,900

Article source: Zillow

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Listings with Warm, Neutral Colors Sell for More Money

Wheat-Colored Yellow kitchens bring more money than white kitchens

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

OnlineEd continuing education for mortgage and real estate brokers(June 23, 2016) –  A home’s paint colors can have a notable impact on its final sale price. According to a new analysis from Zillow Digs, for-sale listings with rooms painted in sage green or wheat yellow can sell for as much as $1,300 more than expected.

Zillow Digs analyzed photos from nearly 50,000 sold homes from around the country to see how certain room type and paint color combinations impacted their sale price.

Of all the colors analyzed, homes with yellow kitchens, often in hues of creamy or wheat yellow, yielded the highest sale premium ($1,360 above expected values). Wall colors painted in other earthy tones like sage green or dove gray were also present in top-performing listings.

While everyone’s style choices are different, there are some paint colors that could actually deter buyers. For example, homes with dark or style-specific wall colors, like slate gray or terracotta sold for as much as $1,100 less than expected. Lack of paint color could also have a negative impact on a home’s sale price as those with white or eggshell-colored kitchens also sold below expectations.

“A fresh coat of paint is an easy and affordable way to improve a home’s appearance before listing,” says Svenja Gudell, Zillow chief economist. “However, to get the biggest bang for your buck, stick with colors that have mass appeal so you attract as many potential buyers to your listing as possible. Warm neutrals like yellow or light gray are stylish and clean, signaling that the home is well cared for, or that previous owners had an eye for design that may translate to other areas within the house.”

Finding the perfect paint color can be time consuming and challenging. To help make this process easier, Zillow Digs, the Zillow® home improvement and design platform, launched a new tool on its iPhone® and iPad® apps that allows homeowners to virtually change a room’s wall color using real paint swatches. Homeowners can upload a photo of their own home, or pull their home’s image from a listing on Zillow to instantly see what a new paint color would look like in that space. Users can also create a custom paint palette, save and share the images, and even find where to buy that exact paint color in their area.

Room Type Color Color Description (what

this color looks like in homes) 

Effect (how

much more or

less the home sold for) 

Most Common Metro
Kitchen Yellow Creamy or wheat-colored yellow $1,360 Portland, OR
Kitchen White Off-white or eggshell -$82 Miami, FL
Bathroom Tan Oatmeal or beige $283 Sacramento, CA
Bathroom Brown Dark brown -$469 Phoenix, AZ
Bedroom Green Light green to khaki $1,332 Houston, TX
Bedroom Brown Dark brown -$236 Houston, TX
Dining Room Purple Mauve, eggplant or lavender $1,122 Dallas, TX
Dining Room Gray Slate or dark gray -$1,112 Washington, D.C.
Living Room Gray Dove or light gray $1,104 Dallas, TX
Living Room Orange Terracotta -$793 Baltimore, MD

 

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Zillow Digs Zillow Digs® is a hub for home improvement and design inspiration. Users can browse millions of photos of interiors and exteriors of real homes, organized by space, style, cost and color. Product tags allow users to easily locate similar products and accessories as seen in their favorite photos, and patent-pending Digs Estimates help people understand what it would cost to recreate the actual bathrooms and kitchens they are viewing. In addition, Zillow Digs users can collect images, share favorites and follow others for inspiration, from the Zillow Digs® App for iPhone and iPad, or on the Web.

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Rents Higher Than Ever Before, Rental Crisis Worsens

rising rents(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) – In April, rents grew at four percent year-over-year, overtaking home values, which appreciated at an annual rate of three percent. According to April Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports, soaring rents outpaced home values in April for the first time in years, further deepening a “rental crisis” and signaling that home values are growing at a more normal pace.

Home values in April ticked slightly upward from March, to a national Zillow Home Value Index of $178,400 ­– a three percent increase over last April. The Zillow Rent Index (ZRI) rose four percent year-over-year, to $1,364.

The switch comes after years of rapid home-value increases sped along by the improving economy. U.S. home values peaked in 2007, and then crashed during the Great Recession between 2008 and 2010. Since then, they have risen rapidly, returning to their peak levels in many markets.U.S. homebuyers can expect to spend about 15.3 percent of their income each month on a typical house payment. Renters can expect to spend about 30 percent on a monthly rent payment.

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  This article was published on May 21, 2015. All information contained in this posting is deemed correct and current as of this date, but is not guaranteed by the author and may have been obtained by third-party sources. Due to the fluid nature of the subject matter, regulations, requirements and laws, prices and all other information may or may not be correct in the future and should be verified if cited, shared or otherwise republished.