May 13, 2016

‘Sales Flat As Prices Rise’

By James D. York, P.A.

New stats show that Americans in the middle brackets continue to show caution in acquiring homes of their own. Even with current low mortgage rates, existing home sales are up only 5.1%, and new home sales dropped 1.5%. This can be attributed to a combination of factors including higher home prices, the possibility of interest rates going up, election year stock market worries, limited new-home construction, and flat economic growth.

Compared to a year ago, home prices rose 5.4 percent. The average mid-range home was on the market only 47 days. Buyers looking for high-end homes have more options, but first-time buyers are limited to far fewer affordable choices.

According to Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s chief economist, "Heading into spring, buyers looking for the most expensive homes will find somewhat softening prices, a larger selection of homes to choose from and more limited competition. Entry-level and mid-market buyers – typically the housing market's bread and butter – are likely to face stiff competition, rapidly rising prices and very limited inventory. The patience of many buyers will be tested in coming months."

Potential sellers may well be reluctant to list their homes when they see limited choices for buying a new one, continuing the cycle. Just give us a call with your buying or selling questions and concerns, and we’ll see what we can do.

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