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Housing Bubble Woes: Dwelling Costs Drop 3.5%, Steepest Month-to-month Drop since Jan. 2016. Gross sales, Already at Lockdown Ranges, Drop Additional. Energetic Listings Rise Additional

Yves right here. Wolf offers one among his common housing market updates. His huge message is “Look out beneath!”

By Wolf Richter, editor of Wolf Avenue. Initially printed at Wolf Avenue

These gross sales occurred throughout the “Fed pivot” fantasy that pushed mortgage charges down to five%. Now mortgage charges are close to 6.5%.

In July and thru mid-August, mortgage charges fell sharply from the 6%-range in mid-June, on the broadly propagated fantasy of a Fed “pivot” on charge hikes. By mid-August, the common 30-year mounted mortgage charge was down to five%. Yesterday, they have been at 6.47%. However the transient interlude of dropping mortgage charges slowed down the decline in dwelling gross sales – gross sales declined once more in August from July however at a slower charge – with Realtors in mid-August speaking concerning the market waking again up.

However costs backed off for the second month in a row, and in an enormous method, amid widespread value reductions, and that additionally helped getting some offers accomplished.

The median value of present single-family homes, condos, and co-ops whose gross sales closed in August dropped a hefty 3.5% in August from July, the biggest month-to-month proportion drop since January 2016, after the two.4% drop within the prior month, to $389,500, in line with the Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors. Whereas there’s some seasonality concerned, the proportion drop was a lot larger than regular in August, whittling down the year-over-year value enhance to 7.7%, down from the 25% year-over-year will increase final summer season (information by way of YCharts):

Within the West, value drops are additional superior, amid dismal gross sales. For instance, in San Francisco and in Silicon Valley, median costs have plunged in latest months – now down on a year-over-year foundation in San Francisco and Santa Clara County (San Jose) and up only a hair in San Mateo County, in line with information from the California Affiliation of Realtors.

Gross sales of present homes, condos, and co-ops throughout the US dipped a smidgen from July, after the 5.9% plunge within the prior month, to a seasonally adjusted annual charge of gross sales of 4.80 million houses, roughly degree with lockdown-June 2020, in line with the Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors in its report. This was the seventh month in a row of month-to-month declines.

Past the lockdown months, it was the bottom gross sales charge since 2014, and down by 29% from October 2020 (historic information by way of YCharts):

Gross sales of single-family homes dropped by 0.9% in August from July, and by 19% year-over-year, to a seasonally adjusted annual charge of 4.28 million homes.

Gross sales of condos and co-ops rose 4% from July, to 520,000 seasonally adjusted annual charge, down 25% year-over-year.

In comparison with August final yr, gross sales fell by 20%, the thirteenth month in a row of year-over-year declines, primarily based on the seasonally adjusted annual charge of gross sales (historic information by way of YCharts):


Gross sales by area: On a year-over-year foundation, gross sales dropped sharply in all areas. On a month-over-month (mother) foundation, you’ll be able to see a little bit uptick in two of the 4 areas:

  • Northeast: +1.6% mother; -13.7% yoy.
  • Midwest: -3.3% mother; -15.9% yoy.
  • South: 0% mother; -19.3% yoy.
  • West: +1.1% mother; -29.0% yoy.

Gross sales dropped in all value ranges however dropped essentially the most on the low finish.



Gross sales quantity has been low as a result of potential sellers are clinging to their aspirational costs of yesteryear, when mortgage charges have been 3%, and lots of would slightly hold the house off the market or pull it off the market than promote for much less, for so long as they will. However value reductions have now taken off by sellers who need to promote.

Worth reductions began spiking in Could from file low ranges final winter and spring as gross sales stalled, and as mortgage charges surged. In July, they reached the very best degree since 2019, in line with information from In August, value reductions dipped just a bit as sellers may need felt that value reductions have been much less wanted, amid the declining-mortgage-rate-Fed-pivot fantasy in July and August:


Energetic listings – whole stock on the market minus the properties with pending gross sales – rose to 779,400 houses in August, the very best since October 2020, up by 27% from a yr in the past, in line with information from


The Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors is clamoring for extra single-family homes to be constructed. However homebuilders, they are having hassle promoting the homes that they’ve already constructed or are constructing, gross sales have plunged, inventories have spiked to the very best since 2008, and homebuilders have began chopping costs, shopping for down mortgage charges, and piling on different incentives to get their stock shifting.

Traders or second dwelling patrons bought 16% of the houses in August, up from 14% in July, however down from the 17%-22% vary within the spring and winter, in line with NAR information.

“All-cash” patrons, which embody many buyers and second dwelling patrons, remained at 24% of whole gross sales, down from a share of 25% to 26% April via June.

Going ahead: holy-moly mortgage charges. After the fantasy-drop from 6% in mid-June to five% by mid-August, mortgage charges are actually solidly over 6%.

The every day measure of the common 30-year-fixed mortgage charge is at 6.47%, in line with Mortgage Information Every day.

In line with Freddie Mac’s weekly measure, launched final week, primarily based on mortgage charges early final week, rose to six.02%, greater than double a yr in the past. These 6%-plus mortgage charges are nonetheless very low, contemplating that CPI inflation is over 8%. However they’re catching up.

And potential sellers that held on to their houses in July and August as a result of they didn’t need to meet the worth the place the patrons have been – hoping the “pivot” fantasy would push down mortgage charges additional – now face the results of those 6%-plus mortgage charges:

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