Category Archives: Housing News

Money Monday: Homeownership rates affected by student debts

Student debts have seemed to affect homeownership rates, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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About 32% of those in their 20s owned a home in 2007, but that’s fallen drastically to 21% in 2016.

While the poor labor market and memories of the housing bubble certainly played a role, student debt can explain up to 35% of the decline, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York released Thursday.

The results suggest that the rise in college costs will result in “weaker spending and wealth accumulation among young consumers in the years to come.”

It’s consistent with surveys that have asked those with student debt if it affected their decision to buy a home. Half of those under the age of 35 surveyed by the National Association of Realtors in 2016 said it had delayed their purchase. And 25% told Pew Research Center that student loans had made it harder to buy a home in 2011.

Read more of CNN’s article here: “Yes, student debt is delaying homeownership.”

Homebuyers Move Quickly for Inventory

Falling inventory forces homebuyers to move at fastest pace ever

Source: Housing Wire

housing market forecastHousing inventory fell 8.9 percent from last year in the second quarter of 2017, sending homebuyers scurrying to beat the rising competition.

Housing inventory dropped for nine consecutive quarters, and is currently down a full 20 percent from inventory levels five years ago, a new report from Trulia shows.

And now, homebuyers are snatching up homes at the fastest pace since Trulia began tracking in 2012. While 57 percent of homes were still on the market after two months in 2012, today that number shrank down to 47 percent.

Competition is so fierce, in fact, that 33 percent of Americans who bought a home in the last year made an offer without even seeing the home in person, according to a survey from Redfin, an online real estate brokerage.

This is up from 19 percent of buyers who placed an offer on a home without seeing it first last year. Among millennials, even more placed offers without seeing the home in person — a full 41 percent.

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May 2017 – Market at a Glance

May 2017 real estate statistics

Thanks to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS, you can view a succinct pdf on the market statistics for last month.

In short, it only takes a listing an average of 22.4 days on the market before it’s in escrow, at the median price of $550,200. View more information below:

Click to view the pdf from CAR.org

Money Monday: Americans are paying more than they can afford for housing

Rising housing costs are putting a major squeeze on Americans.

“Nearly 39 million households can’t afford their housing, according to the annual State of the Nation’s Housing Report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

“Experts generally advise budgeting about 30% of monthly income for rent or mortgage costs.

“But millions of Americans are far exceeding that guideline.

“One-third of households in 2015 were “cost burdened,” meaning they spend 30% or more of their incomes to cover housing costs.”

Read more of Money.CNN.com’s article here: “39 million households are paying more for housing than they can afford.”

 

Real Estate Market Update – March 2017

California Sales Report

The real estate market in California showed strong gains in both single-family sales and the median price.California real estate market update March 2017

This infographic and information is from THE CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS at CAR.org.

California’s February 2017 Sales

Compared to February 2016, 2017’s February shows strong gains in both sales and price.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS at CAR.org.

California Real Estate Sales Dip — Except for Southern California

California pending home sales dip slightly in January; Southern California market continues to outshine other regions

Source: C.A.R.

Following relatively strong closed escrow home sales over the past few months, California
pending home sales slipped negligibly from a year ago, which suggests a softening in the
housing market in the upcoming months, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
(C.A.R.) said.

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Making sense of the story

  • Based on signed contracts, statewide pending home sales decreased in January on a
    seasonally adjusted basis, with the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)* slipping 0.2
    percent from 107.4 from January 2016 to 107.2 in January 2017. On a monthly basis,
    California pending home sales were down 9.2 percent from the December index of 118.0.
  • Only the Southern California region posted a year-over-year improvement in pending
    sales last month, rising 8.1 percent from January 2016 and increasing 10.5 percent on a
    monthly basis. Riverside County led the region in pending sales, posting a 16.2 percent
    increase from a year ago. Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties also posted
    modest year-over-year increases of 7.1 percent, 8.0, and 4.0 percent, respectively. San
    Bernardino County was the only area within Southern California that saw pending sales
    lower on an annual basis by 2.8 percent.
  • For the San Francisco Bay Area as a whole, tight housing supplies and low affordability
    contributed to a fall in pending sales of 9.7 percent compared to January 2016. Only San
    Mateo County posted an annual increase, rising 5.3 percent from January 2016 after
    posting a significant double-digit annual decline (35.3 percent) in December. Pending
    home sales decreased 21.2 percent in San Francisco County, 7.1 percent in Santa Clara
    County, 24.9 percent in Monterey, and 4.8 percent in Santa Cruz County. A shortage of
    homes on the market and poor affordability will likely persist throughout the year, and
    impact Bay Area home sales.
  • Pending sales in the Central Valley fell 7.9 percent from January 2016 and were up 2.2
    percent from December. Within Central Valley, pending sales were down 14.6 percent in
    Kern County and 11.8 percent in Sacramento compared with a year ago.

Read the full story from CAR.org here.

Money Monday: California Housing Affordability

Higher wages and seasonal price declines affect California housing affordability.

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• “Thirty-one percent of California households could afford to purchase the $511,360 median-priced home in the fourth quarter, unchanged from third-quarter 2016 and up from 30 percent in fourth-quarter 2015.” (“4th Qtr 2016 Housing Affordability”. CAR.org. 9 Feb 2017)

• “A minimum annual income of $100,800 was needed to make monthly payments of $2,520, including principal, interest, and taxes on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at a 3.91 percent interest rate.”

Read all about 2016’s housing marketing in the fourth quarter, in the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS’ article here: “4th Qtr 2016 Housing Affordability“.