By Aarthi Swaminathan
The median price of homes for sale is falling in several major metro areas, and hit $445,000 in June, Realtor.com says
Home prices are falling in major cities in the Sun Belt, but don’t necessarily interpret that as a big opportunity to purchase a home.
Nationwide, the median price of a home listed for sale fell 0.9% year-over-year in June to $445,000, according to a study by Realtor.com released Thursday.
That’s the first drop since 2017, when the company started tracking this data. A separate report by the National Association of Realtors said existing home prices in May saw their biggest year-over-year decline since 2011
Yet would-be home buyers are not likely to find a lot of deals because there simply weren’t enough homes on the market: The number of homes for sale fell by nearly 26% over last year, Realtor.com said.
“The first year-over-year decline in median list prices this month wasn’t unexpected,” Danielle Hale, chief economist at Realtor.com said.
One reason: high mortgage rates. The 30-year rate was averaging 6.75% as of last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
Although dropping prices “could feel like a welcome relief for buyers,” she added, it “may not be enough to noticeably bring down costs until the end of the year as inflation and rates start to fall too.”
But there are still some opportunities for aspiring homeowners. “If buyers see homes sitting on the market for a while that haven’t received many good offers, there may be some opportunities for further negotiations,” said Clare Trapasso, executive news editor at Realtor.com.
“It never hurts to ask a seller if they would be willing to reduce their price a little, contribute to closing costs, or even buy down their mortgage rate,” she added.
Out of the 50 largest metros in the US, 15 saw home prices fall in June, Realtor.com said. Home prices fell the most in Austin, by 6.8% year-over-year, followed by Houston, at 5.1% and Raleigh, NC, at 4.2%.
Homes in Detroit and Dallas rounded out the top five major metro areas where home prices fell the most in June 2023.
About a third of home listings in Austin had their prices cut, the most among all the top 50 metro areas in the US San Antonio and Nashville followed, where 23% and 21% of homes listed had their prices slashed.
San Antonio, Memphis, and Jacksonville saw the biggest jumps in the share of homes that had their prices cut, Realtor.com said.
San Antonio, for example, saw an annual 8.3% rise in the percentage of homes that had price reductions, Realtor.com said.
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