This week's focus will be on the national numbers for real estate sales in the United States.
In a press release on Tuesday, the National Association of Realtors reported that homes on the market are in short supply and it's having an effect on the quantity of sales and also pushing prices to new highs.
WASHINGTON (July 23, 2018) — Existing-home sales decreased for the third straight month in June, as declines in the South and West exceeded sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The ongoing supply and demand imbalance helped push June’s median sales price to a new all-time high.
Here is what the National Association of Realtors Chief Economist had to say:
What's Happening in the NortheastJune existing-home sales in the Northeast jumped 5.9 percent to an annual rate of 720,000, but are still 4.0 percent below a year ago. The median price in the Northeast was $305,900, which is up 3.3 percent from June 2017.
First Time Buyers Were a 3rd of the MarketFirst-time buyers were 31 percent of sales in June, which is unchanged from last month and down from 32 percent year ago. NAR’s 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers – released in late 2017 – revealed that the annual share of first-time buyers was 34 percent.
Show me the MoneyAll-cash sales were 22 percent of transactions in June, up from 21 percent in May and 18 percent a year ago. Individual investors, who account for many cash sales, purchased 13 percent of homes in June, down from 15 percent in May and unchanged from a year ago.
Is Now the Time to Sell?
If you have a home that you believe is sub-par for the market, now would be the time to unload the property. With the supply as low as it is, you will be able to sell the property despite the condition. If your horizon to sell was a couple of years out, you may consider moving that up. I am not a fortune teller, but we do have cycles in the economy, why not go out on top.
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