Fall is usually a cool-down period for the U.S. housing market. Not this year.
Homes sold nearly twice as fast in September as they did in the same month last year, and faster than in any month this year, according to a Zillow report.
The increased speed at which homes are trading hands is geographically broad, according to the report. In 31 of the 50 largest metro areas in the United States, the typical home sold at least twice as fast in September 2020 as in September 2019.
More expensive homes typically took longer to sell than cheaper ones, but not as long as last year. Those priced from $344,001 to $487,999 typically sold in 20 days, while those asking $488,000 and up typically sold in 33.
The spread in days on market between cheap and expensive homes generally tightens in the spring and opens up in the fall, but the opposite has happened this year, “indicating broad demand throughout the market,” according to the report. The bottom 20 percent of homes by price sold only 15 days faster than the top 20 percent, a nine-day drop from the spread in September 2019.
Fueled in part by record-low mortgage rates, sales of existing homes reached a 14-year high in August, despite a paltry supply of homes on the market, according to the National Association of Realtors. With robust demand from homebuyers, homebuilder confidence also hit an all-time high in October.