Surging Housing Market: U.S. Home Prices Rise by 3 Percent Year-on-Year in July



The real estate market in the United States has experienced a notable increase in home prices, with a 3% uptick annually in July.

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    Key Housing Market Insights for U.S. Metro Areas

The real estate market in the United States has experienced a notable increase in home prices, with a 3% uptick annually in July. This rise marks the most significant annual home price increase since November 2022. According to data from national property broker Redfin, the typical U.S. home sold for approximately $382,000 during the last week of July 2023, representing a 2.6% increase compared to the previous year.


Surging Housing Market: U.S. Home Prices Rise by 3 Percent Year-on-Year in July

Despite this surge in prices, potential homebuyers can find some relief as mortgage rates have slightly decreased from the eight-month high seen a few weeks prior. Currently, the typical monthly mortgage payment stands at $2,599, based on the average weekly rate. This figure reflects a $55 drop from the all-time high of $2,654 recorded in early July.

The current housing market presents an interesting contradiction, as prices continue to rise despite relatively lukewarm demand. Redfin's Homebuyer Demand Index, which measures requests for tours and other home buying services from Redfin agents, has experienced a 3% decline compared to a year ago. Additionally, mortgage-purchase applications have decreased by approximately 23%. However, the drop in inventory has outpaced the decline in demand. Homeowners are holding onto their comparably low mortgage rates, which is driving prices up. New listings of homes for sale have decreased by 22% compared to the previous year, resulting in a 17% decline in the total number of homes available on the market, marking the most significant decrease in a year and a half. Furthermore, pending sales have dipped by 15% due to the limited inventory, which is effectively restricting potential homebuyers' options.

Despite some market challenges, recent news from the Federal Reserve provides hope for the housing market. The Fed's forecast no longer predicts a broad economic recession, emphasizing the potential for a soft landing instead. This forecast indicates that interest rates may rise sufficiently to control inflation without causing a surge in unemployment or triggering a recession. Although the simultaneous interest rate hike might initially raise concerns, the Fed's optimism about achieving a soft landing suggests positive effects for the housing market.


The Latest Indicators of Homebuying Activity

Several indicators shed light on the current activity in the homebuying market. These indicators provide valuable insights for potential buyers and sellers alike. Here are the most relevant indicators:

1. Mortgage Rates: The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 6.95% on July 26, up slightly from the previous week. In the week ending July 20, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 6.78%, which represented a decrease from the half-year high witnessed earlier.

2. Mortgage-Purchase Applications: During the week ending July 21, mortgage-purchase applications declined by 3% compared to the previous week (seasonally adjusted). Furthermore, purchase applications were down by 23% compared to the same period a year ago.

3. Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index: The seasonally adjusted Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index decreased by 3% compared to a year ago. This decline is notable as it breaks an eight-week streak of consecutive increases.

4. Google Searches: Google searches for "homes for sale" remained relatively unchanged compared to the previous month during the week ending July 22. However, these searches decreased by approximately 6% when compared to the same period last year.

5. Touring Activity: As of July 23, touring activity increased by 11% in comparison to the beginning of the year. This contrasts with a 4% decrease observed at the same time the previous year, according to data from home tour technology company ShowingTime.

Key Housing Market Insights for U.S. Metro Areas


Analyzing data from over 400 U.S. metro areas, we can identify key trends and insights regarding the housing market. These insights paint a comprehensive picture of regional variations and their impact on the overall market:

1. Median Home Sale Price: The median home sale price across the country reached $381,750, indicating a 2.6% increase compared to the previous year. This represents the most significant uptick since November.

2. Rising Prices: Several metros experienced substantial increases in home sale prices. Miami recorded the highest growth at 11.9% year over year, followed by Milwaukee (9.3%), Cincinnati (8.9%), Anaheim, CA (8.3%), and West Palm Beach, FL (7.4%).

3. Declining Prices: On the other hand, 20 metros witnessed decreases in home sale prices. Austin, TX encountered the most significant drop at 8.8% year over year, followed by Detroit (-6.4%), Phoenix (-4.7%), Las Vegas (-3.9%), and Sacramento (-3.8%).

4. Median Asking Price: Newly listed homes saw a median asking price of $390,088, representing a 2.4% increase compared to the previous year. This rise demonstrates the most significant surge since January.

5. Monthly Mortgage Payment: For the average home listed at the median asking price, the monthly mortgage payment stood at $2,599 with a mortgage rate of 6.78%. This figure indicates a 2% decrease from the record high noted two weeks earlier, while also signifying a 16% increase compared to the previous year.

6. Pending Home Sales: The number of pending home sales decreased by 14.8% year over year, continuing a year-long trend of double-digit declines. These declines were observed across most metros analyzed by Redfin. Notably, New Brunswick, NJ (-32.7% YoY), Newark, NJ (-32.1%), Providence, RI (-27.8%), Warren, MI (-27%), and Boston (-25.4%) recorded the most substantial decreases. However, Las Vegas witnessed a 2.7% increase, while Austin saw a 1.4% rise.

7. New Listings: New listings of homes for sale dropped by 21.6% year over year. While this decline is significant, it represents the smallest decrease in nearly three months. Las Vegas (-45.2% YoY), Phoenix (-38.9%), Newark, NJ (-34.3%), Providence, RI (-32.9%), and New Brunswick, NJ (-31.7%) witnessed the most substantial drops in new listings.

8. Active Listings: The number of active listings decreased by 16.9% year over year, marking the most significant drop since February 2022. Moreover, active listings exhibited a slight decrease compared to the previous month, contrary to the usual trend of month-over-month increases during this period.

9. Months of Supply: The housing market currently boasts a months-of-supply figure of 2.8, indicating the highest level since March. Typically, four to five months of supply signal balanced conditions, with a lower number indicating a seller's market.

10. Speed of Sale: Approximately 43.9% of homes that went under contract received an accepted offer within the first two weeks on the market. This figure matches the rate observed a year earlier.

11. Time on Market: The median number of days homes remained on the market increased to 27 days, up from 22 days in the previous year.

12. Sale-to-List Price Ratio: Homes that sold achieved a sale-to-list price ratio of 100%, down from 101% a year earlier.

The recent data on U.S. home prices and the overall housing market indicate notable trends and insights. Despite the decline in demand and pending home sales, prices have continued to rise due to limited inventory. Conversely, potential homebuyers can take advantage of slightly lower mortgage rates than the ones observed a few weeks earlier. However, regional variations exist, with some metros experiencing significant price increases and others witnessing declines in home sale prices. Understanding these dynamics helps both buyers and sellers navigate the housing market effectively.

Surging Housing Market: U.S. Home Prices Rise by 3 Percent Year-on-Year in July

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