RPT: Median Home Spent Just One Week on Market, Setting New Record

A typical home spent just one week on the market before going under contract, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors. Their annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers — “real estate’s definitive guide on home buyer and seller trends” — reported on the pace of home sales between July 2020 and June 2021. By comparison, the average in 2012 was eleven weeks. “Buyers moving quickly during the pandemic, coupled with all-time-low inventory, led to a decline in time on market to the shortest ever recorded, which was just one week,” said Jessica Lautz, vice president of demographics and behavioral insights at NAR. “Only a quarter of home sellers offered incentives to entice potential buyers, down from…

MBA: August New Home Purchases Up From July, Down From Year Ago

August new home purchase applications fell 17% year-over-year, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Builder Application Survey. However, applications were up 9% compared to July. The report shows new home sales rose 12% in August, the fastest pace of sales since January. MBA estimated that new single-family home sales made up 874,000 units with seasonal adjustments. Unadjusted, MBA estimated there were 71,000 new home sales, up 10.9% from July. “Mortgage applications to purchase new homes were down in August compared to 2020’s late-summer surge, but both mortgage applications and MBA’s estimate of new home sales jumped last month compared to July,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting.  “While the new home construction market is…