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Home Sales Slip, but Remain Strong

Average Price Sets Record for 16th Consecutive Month

October home sales remain strong, but couldn’t reach last year’s levels, down – 6.73 % compared to October a year ago.  Home sales this month were 2,052 compared to 2,200 in October 2016.  “The average price of homes set another new record for the month of October, extending our consecutive record months to sixteen,” said David Welch, President of the Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS®. “Home sales remain strong and, from all indications, should remain strong through the end of this year,” said Welch.

The average home price climbed to $199,616 compared to $194,086 a year earlier, a + 2.85 % increase.
At the same time, the inventory of homes for sale, as of October 31, continued its year-over-year declining
trend to 5,491 from 6,244 a year ago, down – 12.06 %.

“Inventory is low; interest rates remain low; the average price of property, in general, continues to rise and the economy appears to be strong.  We are in “the perfect storm.” Property that is in “move-in” ready condition in a desired location is selling quickly, sometimes with multiple offers. We have buyers that are ready to purchase the home of their dreams. If you are thinking about selling your home, list it with a Realtor today,” said Welch.

Local home mortgage rates in October averaged 3.94% for a 30-year fixed rate loan. The rates were up
compared to 3.51% a year ago. At these fixed rates, the monthly principal and interest payment on a $100,000
home loan with no money down would be approximately $474.

 

“Consumers need to contact a REALTOR to help guide them through all the important details involved in buying and selling a home.  A REALTOR will assist them through the entire process and is your absolute best source for professional and accurate information,” said Welch.

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Nationwide, October home sales were up + 2.0 % from September on a seasonally adjusted basis, but  were down – 0.9 % from October 2016.

April Home Sales Strong, but takes a Break

April Home Sales Strong, but takes a Break
Average Price for April sets another record

April home sales were strong, but could not maintain a record setting pace, down – 10.29 % compared to April a year ago. Home sales this month were 2,119 compared to 2,362 in April 2016.

“Even though inventory remains low, 2017 home sales remain strong,” said David Welch, President of the Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS®. “The real estate market is not showing any signs of slowing down and will probably continue at this pace for some time,” said Welch.

The average home price climbed to $204,254 compared to $186,436 a year earlier, a + 9.56 % increase. At the same time, the inventory of homes for sale, as of April 30, continued its year-over-year declining trend to 4,885 from 6,436 a year ago, down – 24.10 %.

“The average price of homes set a new record for the month of April, extending our consecutive record months of average home sale prices to eleven. Even though interest rates are climbing ever slightly, low inventory along with consumers ready to purchase is the perfect combination for driving prices higher. Homes that are priced right and that are in move-in ready condition are the properties that are selling quickly,” said Welch.

Local home mortgage rates in April averaged 4.19% for a 30-year fixed rate loan. The rates were up compared to 3.60% a year ago. At these fixed rates, the monthly principal and interest payment on a $100,000 home loan with no money down would be approximately $488.

“Consumers need to contact a REALTOR to help guide them through all the important details involved in buying and selling a home. A REALTOR will assist them through the entire process, and is your absolute best source for professional and accurate information,” said Welch.

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Nationwide, April home sales were down – 2.3 % from March on a seasonally adjusted basis and were up + 1.6 % from April 2016.

Home Sales Average Price Sets Record

Strong sales fall short of a year ago.

February home sales were strong, but came up short, down – 3.76 % compared to February a year ago.  Feb. 2016 had 29 days of recorded sales vs 28 days in Feb. 2017. Home sales this month were 1,407 compared to 1,462 in February 2016.

“2017 home sales continue to be strong.  One day of recorded sales can make a big difference in the numbers we report,” said David Welch, President of the Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS®.  “February 2017 home sales were strong and the real estate market is not showing any signs of slowing down,” said Welch.

The average home price climbed to $180,372 compared to $160,839 a year earlier, a +12.14 % increase.  At the same time, the inventory of homes for sale, as of February 28, continued its year-over-year declining trend to 4,815 from 6,520 a year ago, down – 26.15 %.

“The average price of homes set another record this month, extending our consecutive record months of average home sale prices to nine.  Even though interest rates are climbing ever slightly, low inventory along with consumers ready to purchase is the perfect combination for driving prices higher. Homes that are priced right and that are in move-in ready condition are the properties that are selling quickly,” said Welch.

Local home mortgage rates in February averaged 3.99% for a 30-year fixed rate loan.  The rates were up slightly compared to 3.82% a year ago.  At these fixed rates, the monthly principal and interest payment on a $100,000 home loan with no money down would be approximately $477.

“Consumers need to contact a REALTOR to help guide them through all the important details involved in buying and selling a home. A REALTOR will assist them through the entire process, and is your absolute best source for professional and accurate information,” said Welch.

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Nationwide, February home sales were down – 3.7 % from January on a seasonally adjusted basis, but were up + 5.4 % from February 2016.

30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage (local)

Feb 2017   (average)         3.99%

Feb 2016   (average)         3.82%

Most recent (Mar. 22,  2017)    4.12%

A year ago  (Mar.22, 2016)         3.83%

 

January Posts Record Home Sales

Strong Market Continues Momentum into 2017

January home sales continued last year’s momentum, up 4.33 % compared to January a year ago, setting a new record high for January. Home sales this month were 1,447 compared to 1,387 in January 2016.

“2017 home sales continued the positive momentum where 2016 left off,” said David Welch, President of the Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS®.  “January 2017 posted the highest number of home sales compared to any January historically, exceeding the record set in January 2016,” said Welch.

The average home price climbed to $180,681 compared to $166,130 a year earlier, a +8.76 % increase.  At the same time, the inventory of homes for sale, as of January 31, continued its year-over-year declining trend to 4,867 from 6,647 a year ago, down – 26.78 %.

“The average price of homes set another record this month, extending our consecutive record months of average home sale prices to eight.  Low inventory along with low interest rates and consumers ready to purchase is the perfect combination for driving prices higher. Homes that are priced right and that are in move-in ready condition are the properties that are selling quickly,” said Welch.

Local home mortgage rates in January averaged 4.07% for a 30-year fixed rate loan.  The rates were up slightly compared to 3.80% a year ago.  At these fixed rates, the monthly principal and interest payment on a $100,000 home loan with no money down would be approximately $481.

“Consumers should to contact a REALTOR to help guide them through all the important details involved in buying and selling a home. A REALTOR will assist you through the entire process, and is your absolute best source for professional and accurate information,” said Welch.

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Nationwide, January home sales were up + 3.3 % from December on a seasonally adjusted basis, and was up + 3.8 % from January 2016.

2016 just shy of 2005 records!

2016 just shy of 2005’s record year in sales

December home sales continued the year’s momentum, up 6.02 % compared to December a year ago. Home sales this month were 1,937 compared to 1,827 in December 2016. Home sales for the year, 2016, ended up 7.46% over 2015 and just missed 2005’s record year in sales, 26,114 in 2016 vs 26,553 in 2005.

“2016 was a stellar year for home sales in Greater Cincinnati, recording the second highest year ever in unit sales,” said David Welch, President of the Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS®. “The market momentum was so strong that we achieved all-time highs in average and median sales prices also,” said Welch.
The average home price climbed to $190,339 compared to $178,837 a year earlier, a + 6.43 % increase. At the same time, the inventory of homes for sale, as of December 31, continued its year-over-year declining trend to 5,049 from 6,704 a year ago, down – 24.68 %.

“Nine out of the past twelve months recorded record high average prices of homes. Our low inventory coupled with low interest rates and consumers ready to purchase made this a very active market that continues to drive the prices higher. Homes that are priced right and that are in move-in ready condition are the properties that are selling quickly,” said Welch.

Local home mortgage rates in December averaged 4.06% for a 30-year fixed rate loan. The rates down slightly at 3.91% a year ago. At these fixed rates, the monthly principal and interest payment on a $100,000 home loan with no money down would be approximately $481.

“Consumers should to contact a REALTOR to help guide them through all the important details involved in buying and selling a home. A REALTOR will assist you through the entire process, and is your absolute best source for professional and accurate information,” said Welch.

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Nationwide, December home sales were down – 2.8 % from November on a seasonally adjusted basis, but were up slightly + 0.7 % from December 2015.

Average and Median Home Prices Highest in November

November home sales soared, up 21.41 % compared to November a year ago. Home sales this month were 1,866 compared to 1,537 in November 2015. For the first eleven months of 2016, home sales are up 7.5% over the first eleven months of 2015.

“2016 home sales in Greater Cincinnati are set to record the second highest year ever in unit sales,” said Patti Stehlin, President of the Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS®. “The market momentum is so strong that we could achieve all-time highs in average and median sales prices also,” said Stehlin.

The average home price climbed to $190,784 compared to $176,599 a year earlier, a + 8.03 % increase. At the same time, the inventory of homes for sale, as of November 30, continued its year-over-year declining trend to 5,777 from 7,476 a year ago, down – 22.73 %.

“Eight out of the past eleven months have displayed record high average prices of homes. Our low inventory coupled with low interest rates and consumers ready to purchase make this a very active market that continues to drive the prices higher. Remember, homes that are priced right and that are in move-in ready condition are the properties that are selling quickly,” said Stehlin.

Local home mortgage rates in November averaged 3.98% for a 30-year fixed rate loan. The rates were about the same at 3.97% a year ago. At these fixed rates, the monthly principal and interest payment on a $100,000 home loan with no money down would be approximately $476.

“Consumers need to contact a REALTOR to help guide them through all the important details involved in buying and selling a home. A REALTOR will assist you through the entire process, and is your absolute best source for professional and accurate information,” said Stehlin.

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Nationwide, November home sales were up + 0.7 % from October on a seasonally adjusted basis, and were up + 15.4 % from November 2015.

Greater Cincinnati Home Sales Remain Strong!

Greater Cincinnati Home Sales Remain Strong!
Average Price and Closings Continue to Climb
September home sales remained strong, up 5.00 % compared to a robust September a year ago. September home sales were 2,362 compared to 2,250 in September 2015. For the first nine months of 2016, home sales are up almost 6.4% over the first nine months of 2015.  “Being a very stable and affordable housing market, Greater Cincinnati continues its upward sales trend,” said Patti Stehlin, President of the Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS®. “Our closings in September have been their highest since 2005,” said Stehlin.

The average home price climbed to $191,078 compared to $176,257 a year earlier, a + 8.41 % increase. At the same time, the inventory of homes for sale, as of September 30, continued its year-over-year declining trend to 6,447 from 8,438 a year ago, down – 23.6 %.

“Our average price of homes has been at record highs. Our low inventory coupled with low interest rates and consumers ready to purchase make this a very active market that continues to drive the prices higher. Remember, homes that are priced right and that are in move-in ready condition are the properties that are selling quickly,” said Stehlin.

Local home mortgage rates in September averaged 3.45% for a 30-year fixed rate loan. The rates were higher at 3.84% a year ago. At these fixed rates, the monthly principal and interest payment on a $100,000 home loan with no money down would be approximately $446.

“Consumers need to contact a REALTOR to help guide them through all the important details involved in buying and selling a home. A REALTOR will assist you through the entire process, and is your absolute best source for professional and accurate information,” said Stehlin.

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Home Sales Continue Upward Trend

 

Home Sales Continue Upward Trend; February Sales Highest Since 2007 

Cincinnati home sales (closings) continued the upward momentum in February, a 6-year high.  Home sales last month totaled 1,335 compared to 1,163 from a year ago, up 14.8%. This represents 20 consecutive months of increased sales. Sales in February 2013 compared to January 2013 were up 2.7%, which is typical of the season.

February’s average home selling price was $143,424 vs. $130,251 a year earlier, for a 10.1% increase. The average price has increased year-over-year for 12 consecutive months.  For the first 2 months of 2013, the average price of homes has increased 5.5%.

Local home mortgage rates in February averaged 3.67% for a 30-year fixed rate loan. That is down from 3.91% a year ago. The difference represents a $164 yearly savings on a $100,000 home loan, which enhances home affordability. Inventory of homes for sale continued its declining trend to 9,395 from 11,114 a year ago, down 15.5%. This means that homes for sale — newly added to the current inventory — if priced properly and in good condition, are in a position to sell faster. It is common for inventory to start low and build as the year goes on. As of today, the inventory of homes for sale is at 9,611 listings.

“Buyers are taking advantage of the low interest rates, the low inventory and are placing offers on  some listings as soon as they hit the active market,” said Kevin Kelly, president of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors. “February sales are the highest in 6 years. With the number of buyers looking for properties that are priced right and in good condition, the properties seem to sell as fast as they are listed.”

Nationwide, February home sales were up 0.8% from January on a seasonally adjusted basis and were up 10.2 % from February 2012. February home sales marked the 20th consecutive month where home sales – nationwide and statewide – also improved over a year ago.

Housing Recovery Takes Hold for the Long Haul

FNC Report: Housing Recovery Takes Hold for the Long Haul

houseThough home foreclosures continue to be a challenge in many hard-hit markets, a report released this week by mortgage technology company FNC indicates the ongoing housing recovery should continue for the long haul.
According to FNC’s Foreclosure Market Report, foreclosure prices have bottomed out in recent months and the foreclosure market has stabilized while underlying home values are rising. Foreclosure prices are at a 10-year low (when the sizes of foreclosed homes are factored in).
This trend of a rising underlying market accompanied by stabilizing foreclosure prices is the first encouraging development in the housing recession, according to FNC Senior Research Economist, Dr. Yanling Mayer.
“The fact that we are seeing a combination of rising home prices and a bottoming out of foreclosure prices is a very good sign the housing recovery is taking hold,” Mayer says. “This is the very first time in the long housing recession that the two are happening at the same time.”
FNC’s report shows that foreclosure price discounts, which compare a foreclosed home’s estimated market value to its final sales price, have dropped to pre-mortgage crisis levels at about 12.2 percent in Q4 2012. At the height of the mortgage crisis in 2008 and 2009, foreclosed homes were typically sold at more than 25 percent below their estimated market value. Additionally, the report indicates that the typical size of foreclosed homes is also approaching pre-crisis levels.
“If you look at the period of short-lived recovery under the first-time homebuyer tax credits, the foreclosure market was still in the midst of rapid deterioration with the influx of delinquent mortgages,” Mayer says. “This time, we are witnessing an entirely different development in the foreclosure market.”
FNC publishes the mortgage industry’s first market-valued based foreclosure price discount to gauge the degree of market distress.
More highlights from FNC’s Foreclosure Market Report:
• Single-family REO and foreclosure sales are 18.1 percent in Q4 2012, down from 26.5 percent in Q1 2012 and 24.2 percent in Q4 2011.
• The median foreclosure price is $93,000 or $65 per square foot. In comparison, the median price on non-foreclosure sales is $183,500 or $106 per square.
• Foreclosure price discounts are typically larger for low-tier properties, averaging 18.4 percent in Q4 2012. High-end properties, on the other hand, are typically sold close to their market value.
• Collateral depreciation – the difference between a property’s prior purchase price and foreclosure sale price – continues to decelerate, down to 6.4 percent in Q4 2012 from 8.4 percent a year earlier. Among the re-sales of non-distressed homes, homeowners typically broke even and many even realized a small price appreciation (+0.4 percent).
• Michigan has the nation’s highest concentration of foreclosure sales; 56 percent of homes sold in Q4 2012 are foreclosure sales. In contrast, foreclosure sales in judicial states such as New York, New Jersey, and Vermont only make up 5 percent of home sales.
• Foreclosure rates in a number of the hardest hit states are at or below the national average: Arizona (14.3 percent), California (19.8 percent), Florida (20.5 percent), and Nevada (13.0%).
• Midwest cities including Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, and St. Louis have the largest concentration of foreclosure sales.
• Las Vegas, Phoenix, Riverside, and Sacramento show rapid declines in foreclosure sales in the last 12 months.
• Foreclosure price discounts are much smaller in markets with fast-rising prices. Many buyers in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Sacramento, San Diego, and Riverside paid a price premium on foreclosure sales, meaning foreclosure sales price exceeded estimated market value.
• Judicial foreclosures are generally associated with the largest price discount in foreclosure sales: New York (30 percent), Boston (32 percent), and Philadelphia (32.8 percent).
• Of the cities identified by the Federal Reserve Board as the largest REO inventory markets entering 2012, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Riverside saw a significant decline in market distress during the year. Phoenix is leading the nation in recovery with home prices up 26 percent in 2012 and foreclosure down from 29 percent to 12 percent.

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