Since bottoming out in 2011, the total market (all categories of property) through 2018 has gained 117% in unit sales, and 164% in dollar sales. Single-family home unit sales are now 20% below the level recorded in 2005. Inadequate inventory of homes for sale is limiting sales. Prices are rising, and homes are selling faster than they used to.
2018 sales are tracking about equal to 2017’s. The main factors that have been affecting the market for the past two years remain in place: a strong national economy, rising demand for single-family homes, and an inventory shortage of good homes available for purchase.
Single-family home sales are still tracking slightly below last year’s pace, while condo, land and commercial sales are ahead. There were 3 homes sold over $1 million last month. And there may be a huge sale in December: the 190-acre Blackstone Ranch is going to be auctioned on Dec. 6, with a minimum bid of $19 million (see the related article posted on our web site).
Mortgage Rates Fast Approaching 5%, a Fresh Blow to Housing Market Cost of borrowing, highest in over 7 years, could deter buyers and signal hazard for greater economy By Laura Kusisto and Christina Rexrode in The Wall Street Journal Updated Oct. 11, 2018 12:35 p.m. ET Mortgage rates hit their highest level in…
Sales of single-family homes and condos were up in July 2018 compared to July 2017. Land sales were down slightly. Through the first seven months of this year, sales of homes are about 1% below last; condos are up 25%; land is up 12%.