Report Shows ‘Double Trouble’ for Housing

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Record-high home prices and record-low inventories, a combination labeled “double trouble” by analysts, are growing roadblocks for many Americans to achieve homeownership, particularly for Black Americans, according to a new analysis from the National Association of REALTORS® and realtor.com®. The newly released report, The Double Trouble of the Housing Market,”examines the impacts of rapidly rising home prices and low inventories on housing affordability.

About 400,000 fewer affordable homes are available for sale for households earning $75,000 to $100,000 compared to before the pandemic began, according to the study. There’s one affordable listing available for every 65 households, a notable decrease in availability from one affordable listing for every 24 households in 2019 for this income segment, the study says.

Home prices have risen by double-digit gains over the past year. Nationwide, the total home valuation has surged by $8.1 trillion from the first quarter of 2020 through the end of 2021.

“The housing wealth gain has been sizable over the past two years,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “However, due to the ongoing inventory shortage and rising interest rates, homeownership attainment will become especially challenging unless drastically more housing supply is available.”

The low-inventory challenge is “particularly acute for some racial and ethnic groups who have faced greater hurdles to homeownership stemming from, among other things, lower incomes as a group,” adds Danielle Hale, realtor.com®’s chief economist.

Rising home prices and record-low numbers of homes for sale have made it increasingly difficult for Black Americans to achieve homeownership, according to the report. Since 2017, the annual homeownership rate for White Americans has remained above 70%. But the homeownership rate for Black Americans has been only about 40%—some 30 percentage points lower. 

NAR and realtor.com®’s report analyzed housing affordability by racial group to help explain the possible differences in homeownership. They found that 35% of White households but only 20% of Black households have incomes greater than $100,000. However, about half of all homes currently listed for sale—51%—are affordable only to households with at least $100,000 income. A significant and persistent racial homeownership gap exists in America, the report says. Despite the challenges, though, Black Americans are finding a path to homeownership in some markets like Baltimore, Memphis, Tenn., and St. Louis. 

“There are affordable markets that still provide opportunities to achieve homeownership as inventory at affordable price points is reasonably available,” says Yun.

NAR Calls for More to Be Done

To increase the nation’s housing inventory, NAR has advocated for lawmakers to:

  • Include funding for affordable housing construction
  • Preserve, expand, and create tax incentives to renovate distressed properties
  • Convert unused commercial space to residential units
  • Encourage and incentivize zoning reform

Further, expanding new-home construction by an additional 550,000 units a year for 10 years would create 2.8 million new jobs and generate more than $400 billion in economic activity, NAR says. A separate report conducted by NAR and the Rosen Consulting Group, Housing is Critical Infrastructure: Social and Economic Benefits of Building More Housing, examines the causes of America’s housing shortage and provides a range of actions that can effectively address this longtime problem.

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4 REASONS WE’LL SEE MORE REAL ESTATE ACTIVITY THIS WINTER

Inventory. This one word has a big impact on pretty much every factor of the real estate market.

In the past year, inventory has continued its trend of record low numbers, driving up demand, home prices, and buyer frustration along with it.

But, new data suggests that this winter may see a flurry of new homes for sale. That’s big news for clients who have put off making a move in the last year.

Let’s dive into the four reasons we may see more real estate activity soon and what this means for you and your clients.

There is pent up demand among sellers

For the past 10 years, people have been living in their homes longer than the historical average. Since 2010, the average tenure in a home has been about 10 years. However, we are now seeing that shift.

Plus, new research indicates that homeowners thinking about selling are about to put their homes on the market this winter instead of waiting until the spring.

Of homeowners planning to enter the market in the next year:

  • 65% – Have just listed (19%) or plan to list this winter
  • 93% – Have already taken steps toward listing their home, including working with an agent (28%)
  • 36% – Have researched the value of their home and others in their neighborhood

With all this data, agents should be prepared to help both buyers and sellers navigate another busy winter in 2022.

Homeowners are sitting on record levels of equity

Today’s homeowners are sitting on a whole lot of equity.

According to a recent report, the average homeowner gained about $56,700 in equity over the past year.

That’s a big incentive for many homeowners to make a move into a home that better fits their needs.

Educating your clients on their equity, and the options it gives them to upgrade or downsize their home, might be just the motivation they need to sell their home and buy one that better fits their needs.

Home has taken on a new meaning

There’s no questioning it. Life today looks a lot different than it did in January 2020.

While most of us have spent the better part of the last two years in our homes, it’s made us take a long, hard look at what we really want and need out of our dwellings.

Plus, a recent poll indicates that home has taken on a new meaning for many American homeowners.

According to the study, the top reasons sellers want to move are:

  • 33% – They have realized they want different home features
  • 37% – They say their home no longer meets their family’s needs
  • 32% – They want to move closer to friends and family
  • 23% – They are looking for a home office

And with mortgage rates on the rise, experts anticipate sellers may be more inclined to start the search for that perfect home sooner than later.

It is now cheaper to own than rent

Rental prices have been on a steady incline for the last twenty years, and that isn’t expected to change anytime soon. 

According to a recent report by Apartmentlist.com: 

“Since January of this year, the national median rent has increased by a staggering 16.4 percent. To put that in context, rent growth from January to September averaged just 3.4 percent in the pre-pandemic years from 2017-2019.”

While most renters think that it’s the cheaper option, we have three words for them: fixed-rate mortgage. As rent continues to appreciate (with no end in sight), homeowners can lock in a payment for the next 15-30 years with little change on their monthly amount due. 

However, the biggest incentive for renters to buy comes down to equity. For every monthly mortgage payment made, they’re investing into their financial future. And that equity also continues to build over years of home price appreciation. 

To put it plainly, whether you’re a renter or a buyer, you’re paying a mortgage. But you definitely have a lot more financial advantages when it’s your own. 

BOTTOM LINE

The 2022 housing market is set to begin with a bang, and the agents who succeed will be the ones who are prepared to take immediate action.

Today’s market conditions mean that we’re probably headed for yet another busy winter season, with real estate experts suggesting there may be even more activity in 2022.

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