Sunday, February 25, 2024 / by Richard Eimers
More buyers appear to accept escalating home prices as long as mortgage rates stay lower, NAR data shows.
Existing-home sales accelerated in January as home buyers shrugged off rising home prices—which surged to an all-time high—and took advantage of lower mortgage rates and moderately higher inventory, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.
NAR’s latest existing-home sales data, which reflects completed transactions for single-family homes, townhomes, condos and co-ops, jumped 3.1% month over month in January. Still, sales are down 1.7% compared to a year earlier.
“While home sales remain sizably lower than a couple of years ago, January’s monthly gain is the start of more supply and demand,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Listings were modestly higher, and home buyers are taking advantage of lower mortgage rates compared to late last year.”
Although there were 2% more homes on the market in January than ...
Thursday, January 25, 2024 / by Richard Eimers
In 2023, the real estate market faced challenges, witnessing a decline in home sales due to higher borrowing costs and soaring home prices, marking the steepest slowdown since the 2008 recession. Aspiring homebuyers found themselves priced out of the market, while hesitant sellers held back, resulting in a notable drop in listings.
Relief in Sight
There's optimism on the horizon as the Federal Reserve, in December, signaled an end to interest rate hikes and hinted at a potential 0.75% rate cut in the coming year. Although mortgages don't mirror the federal funds rate directly, they typically follow the same trend, hinting at the possibility of more affordable home loans.
Home Prices Stability
Despite high mortgage rates, U.S. property values ended 2023 higher, with some regions experiencing appreciation while others saw declines. Analysts attribute this to a nationwide housing shortage, emphasizing the delicate balance between low demand and low supply. Forecasts for 2024 vary, but ...
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 / by Richard Eimers
It’s a slight gain, but NAR’s chief economist says pending sales “remain at historically low levels.” Year-over-year, pending transactions were down 11%.
WASHINGTON – Pending home sales rose 1.1% in September, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Three of the four regions tracked – the Northeast, Midwest and South – posted monthly gains in transactions while the West saw a loss. Year-to-year, though, all four regions had transaction declines.
“Despite the slight gain, pending contracts remain at historically low levels due to the highest mortgage rates in 20 years,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Furthermore, inventory remains tight, which hinders sales but keeps home prices elevated.”
The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) – a forward-looking indicator of home sales based on contract signings – rose 1.1% to 72.6 in September. Year over year, pending transactions declined ...