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October 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

by Elite Asset Management Team

September Home Sales Slow Amid Strong Prices, Low Inventory

 

 

 

DENVER – September became the fifth month this year to post a decline in home sales compared to a record-setting 2016, while marking the 71st consecutive month of rising sale prices year-over-year, according to the October RE/MAX National Housing Report.

Joining August, July, April and February, September home sales dropped 4.2% year-over-year in the report’s monthly analysis of housing data in 54 metro areas. Going in the opposite direction, the Median Sales Price increased to $225,000. Though the lowest price since March, it was 2.3% higher than September 2016. The last month when home prices did not increase year-over-year was October 2011.

Three-quarters of the way through 2017, other notable numbers from the RE/MAX National Housing Report include:

In the wake of Hurricane Irma in early September, Miami saw home sales drop 35.2% year-over-year. Houston, meanwhile, posted a 3.2% gain despite the impact of Hurricane Harvey in late August.

Days on Market declined by one week, from 56 in September 2016 to 49.

At 3.6, the Months Supply of Inventory was the lowest of any September in the report’s 9-year history. Twenty-three markets are at 3 months or less.

Mirroring this, inventory dropped 14.1% year-over-year, with 46 metro areas seeing fewer homes for sale. Year-over-year, inventory has declined every month since November 2008.

“We’re not seeing any relief from the nationwide housing shortage as we enter the typically slower fall and winter selling seasons,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “Plain and simple, we need more homes, particularly at the entry-level price point. Until then, it will most likely continue to be a seller’s market with homes going from listed to sold quickly.”

 

Closed Transactions

Of the 54 metro areas surveyed in September 2017, the overall average number of home sales decreased 14.9% compared to August 2017 and decreased 4.2% compared to September 2016. Sixteen of the 54 metro areas experienced an increase in sales year-over-year including, Billings, MT,+18.4%, Burlington, VT, +7.6%, Chicago, IL, 7.4%, Honolulu, HI, +4.6% and Las Vegas, NV +3.8%.

 

Median Sales Price – Median of 54 metro median prices

In September 2017, the median of all 54 metro Median Sales Prices was $225,000, down 5% from August 2017 but up 2.3% from September 2016. Only five metro areas saw a year-over-year decrease in Median Sales Price or remained unchanged (Trenton, NJ, -8.5%, Hartford, CT, -5.3%, Billings, MT, -2.2%, and Augusta, ME and Baltimore, MD at 0.0%). Eight metro areas increased year-over-year by double-digit percentages, with the largest increases seen in Seattle, WA, +13.7%, San Francisco, CA, +13.2%, Providence, RI, +13%, Las Vegas, NV, +12.2% and Tampa, FL, +11.4%.

 

Days on Market – Average of 54 metro areas

The average Days on Market for homes sold in September 2017 was 49, up two days from the average in August 2017, and down seven days from the September 2016 average. The four metro areas with the lowest Days on Market were Omaha, NE, at 23, Seattle, WA, at 25, and San Francisco, CA, at 26. The highest Days on Market averages were in Augusta, ME, at 105 and Burlington, VT, at 94. Days on Market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and a sales contract is signed.

 

Months Supply of Inventory – Average of 54 metro areas

The number of homes for sale in September 2017 was down 3.6% from August 2017, and down 14.1% from September 2016. Based on the rate of home sales in September, the Months Supply of Inventory increased to 3.6 from August 2017 at 3.1, compared to September 2016 at 3.9. A 6.0-months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In September 2017, 51 of the 54 metro areas surveyed reported a months supply of less than 6.0, which is typically considered a seller’s market. The metro areas that saw a months supply above 6.0, which is typically considered a buyer’s market, were Miami, FL, at 11.8, Augusta, ME, at 6.4, and Birmingham, AL, at 6.3. The markets with the lowest Months Supply of Inventory continued to be in the west with San Francisco, CA, at 1.2, Seattle, WA, at 1.5, Denver, CO, at 1.6 and San Diego, CA, at 1.8.

 

Buy or Rent? Buy! It’s Cheaper in 39 States

by Elite Asset Management Team

 

According to Trulia’s latest report, with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage, owning a home is cheaper than renting. This is within the 100 largest metro area if the U.S.

In San Jose, California, the average is at 3.5% less expensive, a whopping 50.1% less expensive in Baton Rouge, LA and, 33.1% all across the U.S.

In 39 states, owning a home is cheaper according to a study done by GoBankingRates. The map below shows the states where it’s cheaper to own a home.

 

With interest rates at an all-time low, it’s one of the main reasons why it’s cheaper t own a home than to rent. The current interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is 3.91%, according to Freddie Mac. The interest rate would have to be more than twice in order for rent to be cheaper than buying.

I’m sure you already know the pros of owning a home: full control of your property, gradual increase in equity, building new memories, and celebrating special occasions with family and friends. When you really think about it, there’s no reason not to own a home.

Meet with a realtor like Pete Veres, CRS – Certified Residential Specialist, SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist who can help you navigate thru the process and get the job done for you. Pete Veres has had over 25 years of Sales & Marketing experience and excellent negotiating skills.

You can contact him by calling 505-362-2005 or by emailing him at Pete@nmelite.com.

He has a great website full of the latest information at www.NMElite.com

Selling NOW May Get You the Best Price for Your Home

by Elite Asset Management Team

 

If you are thinking of selling, now id the best time to list your home. The inventory is low and demand is high. According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors:

“There should be 3 million homes on the market right now…Yet, there are only 1.9 million.”

Natural disasters have also affected the current situation of the real estate market. Yun also said:

“Before the hurricanes I would have predicted 1.35 million in new-home construction in 2018…I’ll have to scale that down now.”

In the August 2017 Realtors® Confidence Index of NAR it states that:

“Amid sustained job creation and sustained historically low mortgage rates, REALTORS® reported…that buyer demand is stronger compared to conditions one year ago… and that fifty percent of properties were on the market for less than one month when sold.”

The inventory of homes is very low. There should be about a 6 month supply of homes but the market only has about a 4.2 month supply which is lower than 4.5 last month.

There are many reasons why the inventory is low. Some may be waiting for the prices to get higher thinking it’s the right move. That could cost them. Now is the perfect time to sell while the inventory is low. The prices and the demand are high. Don’t wait until everybody starts listing their homes. More homes on the market equals lower prices and more competition.

Meet with a realtor like Pete Veres, CRS – Certified Residential Specialist, SRS – Senior Real Estate Specialist who can help you get your home sold. He can provide you with a Free Market analysis when you are ready. Pete Veres has had over 25 years of Sales & Marketing experience and excellent negotiating skills.

You can contact him by calling 505-362-2005 or by emailing him at Pete@nmelite.com.

Here are also some Free Sellers resources. VIP-Seller-Resources

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