Market Report: Flatter Rents and Slowing Values

According to the August Zillow® Real Estate Market Report, home prices and rents slowed as summer wound down, with prices up 6.5 percent year-over-year—a departure from 8.2 percent this spring—and rents unchanged. Based on the Zillow Home Value Index and the Zillow Rent Index, the median price is $216,700, and the median rent is $1,440. […]

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No Gain, No Loss: Existing-Home Sales Stabilize

August existing-home sales stabilized, ending a regressive streak, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. At 5.34 million, activity neither decreased nor increased from July, but was down 1.5 percent from the prior year. Inventory month-over-month also steadied, at 1.92 million—a jump from 1.87 million the prior year. Activity was carried by the Midwest and […]

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Existing home sales remain steady, ending 4-month slump

Sales of existing homes remained steady from July to August, ending four months of decline, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.

Rents are flat for the first time since 2012

The nationwide median rent in August remained unchanged year-over-year for the first time since 2012, according to Zillow’s latest housing data survey. The median rent is actually lower than it was in August 2017 in 19 of the nation’s 35 largest housing markets.

Pending Home Sales Stumble as Housing Market Momentum Wanes

Pending home sales stepped back in July and have now fallen on an annual basis for seven straight months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, decreased 0.7 percent to 106.2 in July from 107.0 in June. With last month’s decline, contract signings […]

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New-Home Sales Still Weighed Down

July new-home sales were still weighed down, dropping 1.7 percent to 627,000, according to the Commerce Department. Inventory in July was 309,000, representing 5.9-months’ supply, and the median price was $328,700. “Although this month marks the lowest sales pace since last October, we continue to see solid housing demand due to economic strengthening and positive […]

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Sales are down, but inventory is up in latest new-home sales data

Sales of new single-family homes dipped slightly in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 627,000, a 1.7 percent decline, month-over-month.

Existing-Home Sales Stuck

Another Month, Another Sales Slump For the fourth month straight, existing-home sales slid, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. Activity declined 0.7 percent in July, to 5.34 million, down 1.5 percent from the prior year. Inventory rewound, as well, down 0.5 percent to 1.92 million. “Led by a notable decrease in closings in the […]

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New housing starts and permits tick upward, easing low inventory woes

In the month of July, privately owned housing starts were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1,168,000 — 0.9 percent above the June rate but 1.4 percent below the July 2017 rate.

Homes by the Millions ‘Missing’ Thanks to Underbuilding

With building halted in the recession and construction at insufficient levels since, there is a 6.3 million deficit in the housing stock, according to an analysis newly released by Zillow. From 2008 on, there have been 1.9 approved building permits (single-family) per 1,000 people—but, historically, the number has been 3.9. According to the analysis, if […]

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