HouseCanary Report: ‘Bleak Picture For Housing Affordability’

National brokerage HouseCanary’s new Market Pulse report shows troubling trends in housing affordability. The report underscored the shortage of homes with selling prices under $200 thousand. While net new listing activity is up in other pricing categories, it’s down 30% for these homes from the same time last year.  List-to-sale price ratios show a seller-friendly environment staying put, hovering slightly above 100. “The record growth in home prices over the past year driven by short supply has made homeownership less affordable for many Americans, especially for would-be first-time homebuyers and those searching for homes under $200K. It’s also worth noting that mortgage rates have increased recently, topping 3% for the first time since early July,” said Jeremy Sicklick, Co-Founder and…

Mortgage Payments Up $50 Over The Last Six Weeks As Median Asking Price Hits Record

Monthly mortgage payments for the average homebuyer rose $50 over the last six weeks. Redfin’s Housing Market Update reported that, despite concerns about affordability and price, homes are still selling fast, with about half being sold within two weeks. The $50 increase is a result of prices increasing 12% year-over-year. Homes are on average selling about 1% above asking price, though listings with price drops are increasing slightly. The number of homes sold above list price was up 13% year-over-year to 47%, but the smallest share since April. “Mortgage rates and asking prices are both on the rise, which translates to higher housing costs,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather.  “For now, mortgage rates are still hovering near 3%, and…