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You’ll find my blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because I care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. I’d love to talk with you!

Nov. 17, 2019

Affordability Hits Highest Level In Three Years

No one buys a house without first asking themselves some questions. The most important of those questions is usually whether or not they can afford it. After all, none of the other factors that play a part in a decision to buy matter a whole lot if it isn't going to work financially. That's why a new report from the National Association of Home Builders is encouraging news. Their most recent Housing Opportunity Index found that affordability is now at its highest level in three years. In fact, the quarterly report found that 63.6 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and end of September were affordable to families earning the median income. That's an improvement over second-quarter results, when 60.9 percent of homes were found to be affordable. So what's the reason for the improvement? Well, mostly declining mortgage rates, according to NAHB chairman, Greg Ugalde. “With mortgage rates at historic lows, consumers are experiencing greater buying power and increasing affordability,” Ugalde said. And, with rates expected to stay low for the foreseeable future, that's good news for prospective buyers. More here.

Home Buying is Afforable-Rick Allen Realtor

Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 27, 2019

New Home Prices Fall To Lowest Level Since 2017

There are several reasons new homes tend to be more expensive than previously owned homes. One is that they're new. You're going to pay more for any house that has updated fixtures and features, let alone one where everything in it is brand new. But though new homes generally go for a higher price, new data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development shows they're currently more affordable than they've been in years. In fact, the median price of new homes sold in September was $299,400. That's 8.8 percent lower than they were last year at this time and the lowest new-home prices have been since February 2017. But while that's good news for home buyers who want to buy new, it didn't lead to a significant sales bump. In September, sales of newly built single-family homes were down 0.7 percent, with only the Midwest seeing an increase from the previous month. Still, despite the slight decline, sales are 15.5 percent higher than they were last year. More here.New Home Prices Lowest Since 2017

Posted in Housing Market
Oct. 22, 2019

Inventory Of Affordable Homes May Begin To Slow

When you're ready to buy a home, the market conditions you encounter will partly be determined by your price range. First-time home buyers looking for an affordable, entry-level home will find very different conditions than someone looking to spend $750,000 on a house. Why is that? Well, the short answer is inventory. How many available homes there are in a particular price range will dictate how much competition buyers encounter and how fast prices are rising or falling. These days, for example, the high end of the housing market is better balanced than the lower tiers. In fact, according to new numbers from the National Association of Realtors' consumer website, the inventory of homes available for sale above $750,000 is up nearly 5 percent year-over-year. On the other end of the market, the inventory of homes under $200,000 is down 10 percent from last year. That means, first-time and entry-level home buyers should prepare for a more competitive market than buyers of more expensive homes. And, with falling mortgage rates motivating more mid-market buyers, there is concern that inventory levels – which had recently begun to improve – may have trouble keeping up with future demand from buyers. More here.

Afforable Home Inventory Slows

 

Posted in Housing Market
Sept. 13, 2019

Majority Of Buyers Find A Home Using Their Phone

These days, there aren't many things you can't do on your phone. From grocery shopping to getting a job, smartphones have made nearly everything easier to do. And, according to new research from the National Association of Realtors, that's also true of looking for a house to buy. The data shows that the vast majority of home buyers used their phones to help search for a house. And it isn't just young people who are turning to technology to help with their home search. In fact, large majorities of buyers across all generations said they started searching homes using their phones. Among Millennial respondents, a full 80 percent said they used their phone to look for a home, with GenX buyers almost equally as likely to use a phone at 78 percent. There was a slight drop off, however, among Baby Boomers, with 68 percent of buyers between the ages of 54 and 63 saying they began their search on a smartphone. From the numbers, it's clear that the convenience and accessibility of smartphones has helped prospective buyers more easily find a home that suits their needs. They can also help buyers find an agent to work with. The survey found that nearly 20 percent of participants said that's how they found the real-estate professionals that helped them seal the deal. More here.
Using you phone to find a home

Sept. 8, 2019

New Home Market Shows Signs Of Momentum

The latest data from the U.S Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development shows new home sales down nearly 13 percent in July. But the decreasing sales numbers are a bit misleading. That's because the decline was mostly the result of a significant revision to month-before numbers. New home sales data is an estimate based on building permits and is often revised after initial reporting. In this case, after being revised upward, the June data actually shows sales were at their fastest pace since 2007. And, even after declining in July, sales of newly built homes remain 4.3 percent higher than at the same time last year. That's encouraging news for the market. Combined with increased residential construction and moderating prices, the improvement could be a sign that the housing market is gaining some momentum. One possible reason for the positive turn is lower mortgage rates. Another is lower prices. According to the report, the median sales price of new homes sold in July fell 4.5 percent. Additionally, inventory levels improved, with the supply of homes rising to 337,000 units. At the current sales rate, that's a 6.4-month supply. More here.

New Home Sales Gain Momentum

Posted in Market Updates
Sept. 5, 2019

Have Home Prices Finally Leveled Off?

Home prices have been rising for years now. But, according to new data, they may be finally starting to level off. The numbers, from S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices – which is considered to be the leading measure of U.S. home prices – shows price increases have continued to slow. Nationally, S&P's most recent reading has them up just 3.1 percent year-over-year. Philip Murphy, managing director and global head of index governance at S&P Dow Jones Indices, says that may be a sustainable level. “Home price gains continue to trend down, but may be leveling off to a sustainable level,” Murphy said. “While housing has clearly cooled off from 2018, home price gains in most cities remain positive in low single digits. Therefore, it is likely that current rates of change will generally be sustained barring an economic downturn.” And though prices are still rising, a 3 percent year-over-year increase is actually below normal. In fact, according to an analysis from the National Association of Realtors, the average yearly increase from 1968 through 2004 was 6.4 percent. More here.

Home Prices Finally Leveled Off

 

Posted in Housing Market
Aug. 13, 2019

Home Purchase Sentiment Index Hits Record High

Americans are feeling financially confident and it's good news for the housing market, according to the latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index from Fannie Mae. The survey - which measures consumers' perceptions of buying and selling a home, job security, mortgage rates, prices, etc. - hit a new high in July. Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae's chief economist, says it's due to favorable mortgage rates and increased job confidence. “Consumer job confidence and favorable mortgage rate expectations lifted the HPSI to a new survey high in July, despite ongoing housing supply and affordability challenges,” Duncan said. “Consumers appear to have shaken off a winter slump in sentiment amid strong income gains. Therefore, sentiment is positioned to take advantage of any supply that comes to market, particularly in the affordable category.” In other words, Americans are feeling good about their income and may be ready to buy. In fact, the survey found a 3 percent month-over-month increase in the number of respondents who said now was a good time to buy a house. More here.

Consumer's perception on buying and selling a home hits new high

Posted in Housing Market
Aug. 12, 2019

Bidding Wars Fall To Lowest Point Since 2011

Competition can sometimes be fun. But shopping for a house to buy isn't one of those times. When it comes to buying a home, competition usually leads to stress and disappointment. That's why data from one new national report is good news for potential home buyers. According to the report, the housing market is far less competitive than it was last year at this time. In fact, bidding wars are at their lowest point since 2011. Additionally, today's buyer is less than half as likely to face a competing offer than they were at this time last year. And the year-over-year decline in bidding wars was significant. Last July, nearly half of buyers faced competition when making an offer. This July, the share of buyers facing competition was just 11.2 percent. That's encouraging, of course. However, the amount of competition you face will depend on the market you're shopping in. Hot markets like San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston still have a fair amount of competition, although they're still far less competitive than they were last summer. More here.

Home buying bidding lowest since 2011

Posted in Housing Market
July 28, 2019

How Does Construction Affect Affordability?

Naturally, for home buyers, affordability is a top concern. That's not a surprise. Anyone thinking about buying a home in the near future is likely going to first try to figure out how much house they can afford. That means, keeping an eye on mortgage-rate fluctuations and where home prices are headed. But there are other, less obvious, factors that can affect the cost of housing in your area. Construction, for example. The amount and type of housing that's being built in the neighborhoods you're interested in can have an impact on affordability. That's because, as the number of homes available for sale increases, it reduces competition and helps relieve pressure on prices. So, if there are a lot of new homes being built in your area, chances are they're helping to keep prices from spiking. That's why there's been a renewed focus on diversifying the housing stock and building smaller, more affordable new homes. Since much of the new residential construction taking place these days is of higher-end, more expensive homes, there's a growing need for homes that will help meet demand from first-time buyers and slow entry-level home prices. More here.

home affordability

Posted in Housing Market
July 28, 2019

56% Of Homes Sell In Under A Month

If you're shopping for a house this summer, you should be prepared to move fast. That's because, homes are selling quickly so far this season and new numbers from the National Association of Realtors show the trend continuing through June. In fact, 56 percent of the homes sold during the month were on the market for less than a month. The typical property lasted just 27 days, which is up from 26 days the month before. Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist, says the housing market is imbalanced and it's leading to higher prices and more competition for available homes. “Imbalance persists for mid-to-lower priced homes with solid demand and insufficient supply, which is consequently pushing up home prices,” Yun said. However, like all things real estate, your location will determine the conditions you encounter when shopping for a house. For example, home sales in the Midwest and Northeast – where inventory isn't quite as tight – increased in June. The South and West, on the other hand, saw declines. More here.
Market Rate Homes are Sold

Posted in Market Updates