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April 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

by Elite Asset Management Team

Home Sales Increase 2.3% Despite Peaking Prices, Ever-Shrinking Inventory   

 

 

DENVER – Home sales increased 2.3% year-over-year in April 2018 in the face of record low inventory and the second-highest median sales price in the nine-year history of the RE/MAX National Housing Report. 
 
In April, San Francisco, CA reached a new benchmark surpassing $1 million for the metro area’s median sales price. Eight other metro areas including Las Vegas, NV, Seattle, WA and Boise, ID saw large double-digit price increases from just a year ago.
 
“If 2018 is like recent years, we’re only two months away from home prices peaking — we’re already seeing some impressive prices moving up in markets throughout the U.S.,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “As we head into summer, we’ll watch several housing markers like home starts, mortgage applications and sales price to gauge the effect they’ll have on inventory across the country — the good news is that the rate of sales helps accommodate a shrinking inventory and buyers can still find opportunities.”
 
The $243,000 Median Sales Price was a record for April and was second only in report history to $245,000 in June 2017. In each of the last five years, June has produced the year’s highest Median Sales Price, with July or August posting the second-highest monthly price each year.
 
Notable metrics from this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report:

  • Thirty-eight of the 53 markets in the report posted more sales than in April 2017, while the 2.5 months supply of inventory tied March as the lowest ever, in the history of the report
  • The average Days on Market in April was 52 — that’s five days less than April 2017 and a RE/MAX National Housing Report record for the month.

 
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Of the 53 metro areas surveyed in April 2018, the overall average number of home sales increased 3.6% compared to March 2018 and increased 2.3% compared to April 2017. Thirty-eight of the 53 metro areas experienced an increase in sales year-over-year including, Milwaukee, WI, 13.4%, Burlington, VT, 12.1%, Albuquerque, NM, 11.1%, and New Orleans, LA, at 9.1%.
 
Median Sales Price – Median of 53 metro median prices
In April 2018, the median of all 53 metro Median Sales Prices was $243,000, up 3.0% from March 2018 and up 7.5% from April 2017. Three metro areas saw a year-over-year decrease in Median Sales Price including, Trenton, NJ, -5.1%, Birmingham, AL, -3.0% and Wilmington/Dover, DE, -0.5%. Nine metro areas increased year-over-year by double-digit percentages, with the largest increases seen in Las Vegas, NV, 18%, Seattle, WA, 17%, Boise, ID, 15.8% and San Francisco, CA, 15.4%.
 
Days on Market – Average of 53 metro areas
The average Days on Market for homes sold in April 2018 was 52, down eight days from the average in March 2018, and down five days from the April 2017 average. The metro areas with the lowest Days on Market were San Francisco, CA, at 19, Seattle, WA, at 21, Denver, CO, at 23, and Las Vegas, NV, at 29. The highest Days on Market averages were in Augusta, ME, at 119, Burlington, VT, at 110 and Hartford, CT, at 91. 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 53 metro areas
The number of homes for sale in April 2018 was up 3.4% from March 2018, and down 11.3% from April 2017. Based on the rate of home sales in April, the Months Supply of Inventory remained at 2.5 from March 2018, and decreased compared to April 2017 at 2.8. A 6.0-months supply historically indicates a market that’s balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In April 2018, all 53 metro areas surveyed reported a months supply at or less than 6.0, which is typically considered a seller’s market. The markets with the lowest Months Supply of Inventory continue to be in the west with Boise, ID, Denver, CO, San Francisco, CA, and Seattle, WA, at 1.0.

Please note the name change to this month’s housing report. Beginning in May 2018, the title of the RE/MAX National Housing Report will reflect the month of MLS data being reported on in the report. For example, the April 2018 report reflects the April MLS data. 

Feel free to contact me and I can help break down exactly what these numbers mean for our local market and for your neighborhood. And lastly, If you or anyone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home - please call or email me. I'm here to help!

Peter Veres

Associate Broker, CRS,ABR,CLHMS,SRES

Elite Asset Management Team - RE/MAX Elite

www.PeteVeres.com

Cell: 505-362-2005

Office: 505-798-1000

Survey Says: Ages 50 Below Wants to Own a Home

by Elite Asset Management Team

 

According to the Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE) by New York Federal Reserve, which has a wide range of topics including inflation, labor market, household finance, credit access and housing, a lot of people under 50 want to own their own home.

The question was, assuming you had the financial resources to do so, would you like to OWN instead of RENT your primary residence?

More than three quarters of people aged 50 below answered they would want to own a home rather than rent. Half of the people over 50 preferred the same.

Here’s a chart with the complete details.

They were also asked about the chances of them owning their own home and 66.4% of those under 50 said they were going to have their own home eventually. Some of the  people over 50 ,23% of them, didn’t want to own their own home.

 

It seems that according to the survey, most of the young people are still interested in buying.

Meet with a realtor like Pete Veres, CRS – Certified Residential Specialist & ABR – Accredited Buyers Representative 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, excellent negotiating skills and a superb track record.

You can contact him by calling or texting him at 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


Home Prices Are Increasing, But Why?

by Elite Asset Management Team

Home prices have been increasing and there are many unsubstantiated theories why it has been happening. Some say that lending standards are again becoming too lenient, while some are concerned that prices are again approaching boom peaks because of “irrational exuberance”. Both these theories are both untrue since data shows that lending standards are not being too lenient and prices are not at peak levels when they are adjusted for inflation.

The real reason prices are increasing is because of supply and demand. Whenever there is a limited supply of an item that is in high demand, prices increase.

In real estate, it takes a six-month supply of existing salable inventory to maintain pricing stability. In most housing markets, anything less than six months will cause home values to appreciate and anything more than seven months will cause prices to depreciate.

According to the Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the monthly inventory of homes for sale has been below six months for the last five years.

As long as there more home buyers than home sellers, prices will continue to rise. Nothing out of the ordinary is happening. It’s just simple supply and demand.

Meet with a realtor like Pete Veres, CRS – Certified Residential Specialist & ABR – Accredited Buyers Representative 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, excellent negotiating skills and a superb track record. He can also help you to get a  loan pre-approval at no cost.

You can contact him by calling or texting him at 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

 

 

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