Found 78 blog entries tagged as interest rates.

The Austin-Round Rock metro's housing inventory hit 5 months in June, a level not seen since 2011. ABJ STAFF

Austin Business Journal shares, "Housing stock in the Austin area continues to edge higher, reaching healthier levels not seen in the metro in over a decade — and it's possible lower prices are on the horizon.

The Austin-Round Rock metro's housing inventory reached five months in June — the highest it's been since 2011, according to the latest Austin Board of Realtors and Unlock MLS market report. That's closer to the six months of inventory that housing experts say typically represents a healthy balance between supply and demand, and it's up from a level of 3.7 months of inventory in June 2023.

But what does an increase in inventory mean? According to Clare Knapp, an Unlock MLS and ABOR housing economist, buyers and sellers could expect to see…

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Nearly all of the counties analyzed recently by Attom Data Solutions had homes on the market last quarter that were less affordable than their historical averages. STUDIOGSTOCK VIA GETTY IMAGES

Austin Business Journal reports, "Homes across America remained unaffordable for many prospective buyers in the second quarter, with single-family home and condo prices less affordable during that three-month period compared to historical averages in 99% of the nation's counties.

That's according to a recent analysis by Attom Data Solutions LLC, which looked at housing data from U.S. counties with a population of at least 100,000 and that had at least 50 single-family home and condo sales in the second quarter.

The analysis also found that expenses for existing homeowners on median-priced homes are on the rise. Those costs consumed 35.1% of the average national wage in the second quarter, a high point since 2007 and meaningfully higher than the…

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Austin Business Journal reports, "American homeowners continue to build significant equity even as the housing market has slowed and home prices aren't rising as rapidly as they did in recent years.

U.S. homeowners with a mortgage pulled in $28,000 in equity gains on average year over year in the first quarter, the highest amount since late 2022, according to CoreLogic Inc. That average year-over-year increase of 9.6% translates to a collective gain of $1.5 trillion and means net homeowner equity totaled more than $17 trillion at the end of Q1.

The implications behind homeowners' gains in home equity are varying, but the gains seen since the Covid-19 pandemic ultimately mean homeowners are gaining wealth, said Selma Hepp, chief economist at…

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Hoodline Austin writes, "As rents across Austin experience an unexpected dip, the city is witnessing a shift, where rent decreases have ushered in a slowed momentum for new apartment constructions, revealed data from Realtor.com and insights from local experts. Rents in Austin have seen a near 10% reduction from May 2023 to May 2024, with average rent for small to medium apartments at $1,400, while the national median stood at $1,700, as noted by KVUE.

After a substantial uptick in rental prices, due in part to an influx of residents and low pandemic-era interest rates, construction boomed, yet this surge is tapering off as building costs increase alongside interest rates and market profitability becomes less certain, a situation underscored by a…

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A key housing metric just hit its lowest point in more than a decade. SIRAANAMWONG VIA GETTY IMAGES

Austin Business Journal writes, "The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment — a gauge of how good buyers feel about the housing market — fell to its lowest number since the agency began measuring it in 2010.

In May, just 14% of consumers surveyed by the agency said it was a good time to buy a home, down from 20% in April. Those who said it was a bad time to buy increased to 86%. 

Even seller optimism slipped, dropping from 67% who believed it was a good time to sell in April to 64% in May. The growing pessimism comes even as about 20% of those surveyed said their household income was higher than it was a year ago. 

The declining sentiments are yet another factor weighing on the housing market, which is fueling an affordability crisis in many…

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The U.S. cities with median home values above $1 million in 2024 has skyrocketed since the Covid-19 pandemic. ISTOCK/PICTAC

Austin Business Journal writes, "Nestled amid the palm trees of Jupiter Island, Florida, is a three-bedroom, five-bathroom house with a pool on a half-acre lot.

The 2,798-square-foot house, only steps to the beach and offering ocean views, is currently listed on the market for $5.1 million. As of the time of publication, it's the cheapest house for sale on Jupiter Island, which boasts the highest median home value in America, according to Zillow Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ZG).

The typical home value on Jupiter Island reached $9.98 million in February 2024, according to Zillow, beating out the exclusive neighborhoods of Golden Beach, Florida; Hunts Point, Washington; and Atherton, California.

While certain cities and neighborhoods have always seen…

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The median sale price of homes in Austin has outpaced local buying power, according to new data. BRANDON LAUFENBERG

Austin Business Journal writes, "Home prices in Austin are eclipsing the median buying power of local residents.

That's according to data from First American Financial Corp., which found the housing markets in at least half of the nation's major metro areas are overvalued compared to local buying power.

Home prices have soared nationally over the past decade — especially during the pandemic — and that's driving a significant affordability crisis in many regions. High interest rates and a sustained lack of inventory aren't helping matters.

Local buying power in Austin is $434,663, according to the data. Unfortunately for those in the market for a new home, the median sale price of a house in Austin was clocked at $466,867. That's about a…

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Americans have a pessimistic view of mortgage rates, which can further hurt an already supply-starved housing market. JAYK7

Austin Business Journal shares, "Americans expect high mortgage rates to rise even more in the coming years, a perspective that could further dampen the housing market.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s SCE Housing Survey found Americans expect mortgage rates to climb from just under the 7% they are now to 8.7% a year from now and 9.7% in three years — the highest recorded since the agency started asking Americans that question in 2014.

The pessimism around mortgage rates comes as the Federal Reserve has held off on cutting interest rates after spending much of 2022 raising them to curb inflation. Some officials have said the likelihood of the Fed raising rates again is low, and the housing industry is holding its breath on what future…

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Purchases by investors grew 0.5% on a year-over-year basis in Q1, according to a Redfin Corp. analysis. JIM POULIN | PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL

Austin Business Journal writes, "Investors could be launching a bit of a comeback in the U.S. housing market — although the reversal of fortunes comes amid a strategy shift for many investors in the face of low inventory.

Purchases by investors grew 0.5% on a year-over-year basis in Q1, according to analysis by Redfin Corp. (Nasdaq: RDFN). Redfin defines an investor as any buyer whose name includes LLC, Inc., Trust, Corp. or Homes, or any buyer whose ownership code on a purchasing deed includes association, corporate trustee, company, joint venture or corporate trust.

Despite the increase, investors have yet to return to their pandemic-era levels of purchasing frenzy — and they aren't likely to with interest rates remaining elevated, a lack of…

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Austin Business Journal writes, "As spring rolls on, Austin’s housing inventory continues to grow.

April saw an increase in active and new home listings in the region, as well as pending and closed sales, according to the most recent market data from Unlock MLS published on the Austin Board of Realtors' website.

Unfortunately for home buyers, the median sales price of a home in the metro also creeped up in an already-pricey environment due to elevated interest rates. Still, the increase in inventory has resulted in an uptick in the number of home for sale at many price points, even those priced more affordably.

“The MSA experienced an increase in sales, indicating more opportunity in the market for all buyers,” stated Clare Losey, Unlock MLS…

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