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NAR is great – and their data is always right

Yes, it was meant to be sarcastic. The NAR claims sales are up, but in my next blog post all present the other side.

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Existing-home sales broke their four-month run of declines in June, as the median price for existing homes hit its second-highest level since January 1999, the National Association of Realtors said. 

Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions including single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 1.4% from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.86 million in June. Year over year, sales were up 22.9% from 4.77 million transactions in June 2020. 

The median existing-home price for all housing types in May was $363,300, up 23.4% on an annual basis, as every region in the country registered price increases. This increase marks 112 straight months of year-over-year gains, the NAR said in a press release

Total housing inventory at the end of June stood at 1.25 million units, up 3.3% from May and down 18.8% from a year earlier. June’s unsold inventory represents a 2.6-month supply at the current sales pace, slightly higher than May’s 2.5-month supply but down from 3.9 months in June 2020. 

Properties typically remained on the market for 17 days in June, flat from May but down from 24 days in June 2020. Eighty-nine percent of homes sold in May were on the market for less than a month. 

“At a broad level, home prices are in no danger of a decline due to tight inventory conditions, but I do expect prices to appreciate at a slower pace by the end of the year,” NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said in the release. “Ideally, the costs for a home would rise roughly in line with income growth, which is likely to happen in 2022 as more listings and new construction become available.” 

By property type, single-family home sales hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.14 million, up 1.4% from 5.07 million in May and up 19.3% from a year earlier. The median existing single-family home price was $370,600, up 24.4% on a year-over-year basis.  

Existing condominium and co-op sales came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 720,000 units, up from 710,000 in May and up 56.5% from a year earlier. The median existing condo price rose 19.1% year over year to $311,600 in May.  

Geographically, the Midwest saw the greatest monthly increase in sales, at 3.1%, while all regions saw year-over-year gains.  

The average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional fixed-rate mortgage was 2.98% in June, up from 2.96% in May, the NAR said, citing Freddie Mac.  

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The new NAR report on the characteristics of homebuyers was released today.

Let’s note how many homes were bought to accommodate kids moving back home – or who never left.  Past generations never had to worry about kids moving out when everybody could afford a home.

As the prices go sky high, more kids will be faced with either having to move far away if they want/need to buy an affordable home, or live with their parents for the duration – yikes!

One more variable to add to the Reasons-To-Move theories, and help explain why demand is exploding!

National Association of Realtors Study

The National Association of Realtors® has released results of their  Home Buyer & Seller Survey. Interesting reading. Over the past decade, more and more people have turned to the Internet to find their new home (well, that’s obvious, right?).

Other real estate facts:

Married couples make up the largest share of the housing market, accounting for 61 percent of transactions. Single women purchase 21 percent of homes while single men account for 9 percent. Unmarried couples were 7 percent of the market, and 2 percent were listed as other. In 2004, single women were 18 percent of buyers and single men were 8 percent.

The typical buyer walked through nine properties, searched eight weeks to buy a home, and moved 12 miles from their previous residence.

In finding a real estate professional, 44 percent of buyers were referred by a friend, neighbor, or relative, 11 percent used an agent from a previous transaction, 7 percent found an agent on the Internet (Hi, readers!), 7 percent met at an open house and 6 percent saw contact information.

The most important factor in choosing an agent was reputation, according to 41 percent of home buyers, 

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