Month: May 2017

31 May

Foreign Buyers Influencing Home Luxury Market

SEATTLE, May 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — International buyers of residential property in the U.S. don’t possess a significant effect on the overall housing marketplace. They’re more influential at the very top end of the marketplace, based on the 2017 Q2 Zillow Home Price Expectations Surveyi.

The quarterly survey, sponsored by Zillow and conducted by Pulsenomics LLC, asked a lot more than 100 housing economists and experts concerning the impact of international buyers on the U.S. market. Overall, international buyers have a modest influence on home and inventory values, based on the panelists. At the top quality of the marketplace, though, the respondents said international buyers have a significant effect on home values.

Since the housing crash, housing affordability is a significant issue for most Americans. Rapidly increasing rents had the dual aftereffect of financially incentivizing homeownership and rendering it harder to save lots of for a deposit. Simultaneously, lagging new construction and high negative equity rates have kept inventory low, pushing up home values and rendering it harder to get an inexpensive home. Increased activity from international buyers of U.S. property has fueled concerns about affordability.

Most of the panelists surveyed expect that international buying activity will decrease or stay at exactly the same level in the year ahead, signaling that outside influences aren’t apt to be the most important driver of the U.S. year housing marketplace on the next.

this past year

Expectations for overall home price growth are stronger now than these were. Year ago a, panelists predicted that home prices would rise 3.4 percent in 2017. Now, they be prepared to visit a 4.8 percent increase. Their forecasts for home price growth in 2018 tend to be more optimistic now in comparison to this past year also.  

“International buyers are popular scapegoats for rising property prices and shrinking inventory, but domestic factors experienced a more impressive influence on the housing marketplace, a lot more so than demand from overseas,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “Older millennials are reaching prime homebuying age, increasing demand for housing, but we have been still well behind historical norms with regards to building new homes. The truth that economists and experts are revising their expectations upward for future home value growth is really a sign these trends will continue steadily to exert upward pressure on prices in the years ahead.”

Some populous cities with expensive housing markets – including Vancouver, Canada, Paris, and Sydney – have introduced policies in attempts to limit international home buying activity, However, most panelists agreed these measures are unlikely to affect housing affordability, or could be counterproductive even. No more than 20 percent of respondents think these policies are a highly effective reaction to improve housing affordability.

“On the heels of last year’s nearly seven percent national home value appreciation rate, overall this season may be dispiriting for some the chance that prices increase significantly less than five percent,” said Pulsenomics founder Terry Loebs. “Yet, 4.8 percent isn’t only well above the historical average annual gain, it is the most optimistic projection for 2017 that we’ve seen from our expert panel in the last five years. Although most pessimistic experts expect a sharp slowdown to commence in 2018 still, this season even this group anticipates home values to improve typically nearly four percent. Given these projections, it is a pretty safe bet that U.S. home equity growth will exceed $1 trillion for the sixth consecutive year, and continue steadily to buttress consumer household and confidence spending in 2017, particularly if more of today’s renters are able the transition to homeownership.”

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Zillow® may be the leading real rental and estate marketplace focused on empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge round the accepted place they call home, and connecting them with the very best local professionals who is able to help. Furthermore, Zillow operates an industry-leading economics and analytics bureau led by Zillow’s Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. Dr. Gudell and her team of economists and data analysts produce extensive housing data and research covering a lot more than 450 markets at Zillow PROPERTY Research. Zillow sponsors the quarterly zillow Home Price Expectations Survey also, which asks a lot more than 100 leading economists, property experts and investment and market strategists to predict the road of the Zillow Home Value Index on the next five years. Launched in 2006, Zillow is owned and operated by Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z and ZG), and headquartered in Seattle.

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i This edition of the Zillow® Home Price Expectations Survey surveyed 106 experts between April 24 and could 8, 2017. The survey was conducted by Pulsenomics LLC with respect to Zillow, Inc. and asked professionals about their expectations for the housing marketplace.

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30 May

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25 May

National Home Values Surpass Peak

SEATTLE, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — National home values have surpassed the peak hit through the housing bubble and so are at their highest value in greater than a decade, the April Zillow&reg in accordance with; MARKET Reportsi. The median home value in the U.S. is currently $198,000, 1 percent greater than peak value hit in 2007.

Home values in the united states rose 7.april 3 percent since last, the strongest rate of appreciation in a lot more than a decade. Seattle, Dallas and Tampa reported the best home value growth in the last year. Home values in Seattle rose almost 12 percent, to a median home value of $432,300. Dallas and Tampa home values rose 11 percent year-over-year.

When the housing marketplace crashed about ten years ago, home values plummeted and contains taken about a decade for median home values to attain prior peaks. However, some markets’ median home values recovered quicker than others. On the list of 32 largest U.S. metros, this past year 10 markets saw their median home value exceed prior bubble peaks a lot more than, while 17 need to regain peak value yet.

“Given that the normal U.S. home ever will probably be worth more than, people could be tempted to ask if we’re in another national housing bubble,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “We aren’t in a bubble, and will not be entering one any moment later on. You can find big differences between your market then and the marketplace now: Then, loose credit, speculation and overbuilding were ingredients in a recipe for disaster. Now, healthy home buyer demand has been driven by way of a stable economy and demographic tailwinds largely, that is what we’d expect in a wholesome market exactly. Supply has been slow to catch around this demand, that is causing home values to cultivate at a faster clip than we might otherwise expect. Beyond that, the market’s fundamentals look largely healthy. Today than these were before the bust homes are largely less expensive generally in most markets, and can remain so for the near future, if mortgage rates rise even. Americans clearly continue steadily to start to see the value in homeownership, young Americans especially, which bodes well for future years.”

Median rent over the nation rose 0.april 7 percent since last, to a median payment of $1,per month 412. Seattle, Sacramento, Calif. and Los Angeles reporting the best year-over-year rent appreciation on the list of 35 largest U.S. metros. Rents in Seattle are up 6 percent to a Zillow Rent Indexii (ZRI) of $2,114. Rents in Sacramento are up almost 5 percent, while Los Angeles rents are up 4 percent.

One of the best hurdles for home shoppers come early july will be low inventory. This past year you can find 8 percent fewer homes available than, with Minneapolis, Columbus, Ohio and Seattle reporting the best drop. You can find 27 percent fewer homes in the marketplace when compared to a year ago in Minneapolis and Columbus, and 20 percent fewer in Seattle.

In April, mortgage ratesiii on Zillow ended at 3.83 percent, the cheapest month-ending rate since October 2016. In April hit a higher of 3 mortgage rates.88 percent in the initial couple of weeks of the monthiv, the month low at 3 with.74 percentv. Zillow’s real-time mortgage rates derive from a large number of custom mortgage quotes submitted daily to anonymous borrowers on the Zillow Mortgages site and reflect the newest changes on the market.

Metropolitan Area

 Zillow Home
Value Index
vi
(ZHVI)

Year-over-
Year ZHVI
Change

Zillow Rent
Index (ZRI)

Year-over-
Year ZRI
Change

Year-
over-Year
Inventory
Change

Peak ZHVI

Percent
Fall from
Peak ZHVI

United States

$          198,000

7.3%

$         1,412

0.7%

-7.7%

$ 198,000

0.0%

New York/ Northern New Jersey

$          414,800

8.0%

$         2,380

-1.7%

-15.7%

$ 445,200

-6.8%

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

$          604,400

6.0%

$         2,655

4.2%

-11.3%

$ 604,400

0.0%

Chicago, IL

$          209,200

6.3%

$         1,622

-1.7%

-10.6%

$ 247,000

-15.3%

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

$          207,300

11.1%

$         1,574

3.0%

4.7%

$ 207,300

0.0%

Philadelphia, PA

$          217,300

4.7%

$         1,564

-0.4%

-13.5%

$ 230,600

-5.8%

Houston, TX

$          174,100

2.4%

$         1,543

-2.6%

6.2%

$ 175,800

-1.0%

Washington, DC

$          383,300

3.6%

$         2,117

-0.2%

-17.0%

$ 427,600

-10.4%

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

$          250,700

8.4%

$         1,847

-1.4%

4.5%

$ 305,200

-17.9%

Atlanta, GA

$          177,100

7.3%

$         1,340

3.0%

-3.7%

$ 177,100

0.0%

Boston, MA

$          422,300

7.2%

$         2,357

3.7%

-18.9%

$ 422,300

0.0%

San Francisco, CA

$          848,400

5.0%

$         3,354

-0.2%

-11.1%

$ 848,400

0.0%

Detroit, MI

$          139,900

10.4%

$         1,172

-0.1%

-17.7%

$ 157,100

-10.9%

Riverside, CA

$          324,600

6.6%

$         1,768

2.7%

-16.7%

$ 403,900

-19.6%

Phoenix, AZ

$          233,200

6.1%

$         1,311

1.9%

-0.1%

$ 273,500

-14.7%

Seattle, WA

$          432,400

11.8%

$         2,114

6.1%

-20.4%

$ 432,400

0.0%

Minneapolis-St Paul, MN

$          244,800

8.5%

$         1,577

3.2%

-27.3%

$ 244,800

0.0%

San Diego, CA

$          537,200

5.7%

$         2,457

2.8%

-18.0%

$ 543,600

-1.2%

St. Louis, MO

$          149,100

5.5%

$         1,140

0.1%

-13.0%

$ 158,900

-6.2%

Tampa, FL

$          183,900

10.9%

$         1,353

2.5%

-13.0%

$ 214,300

-14.2%

Baltimore, MD

$          259,800

3.7%

$         1,717

-0.9%

-18.0%

$ 289,100

-10.1%

Denver, CO

$          366,000

9.4%

$         1,998

0.4%

-4.4%

$ 366,000

0.0%

Pittsburgh, PA

$          136,300

4.8%

$         1,065

-5.2%

-8.2%

$ 136,300

0.0%

Portland, OR

$          361,300

6.4%

$         1,808

3.8%

4.7%

$ 361,300

0.0%

Charlotte, NC

$          172,000

7.7%

$         1,254

0.9%

-13.6%

$ 172,000

0.0%

Sacramento, CA

$          363,700

8.4%

$         1,727

4.6%

-18.4%

$ 420,800

-13.6%

San Antonio, TX

$          158,800

5.2%

$         1,327

1.1%

5.6%

$ 158,800

0.0%

Orlando, FL

$          204,400

10.0%

$         1,402

3.1%

-13.3%

$ 256,300

-20.2%

Cincinnati, OH

$          151,500

6.5%

$         1,254

1.4%

-17.4%

$ 151,500

0.0%

Cleveland, OH

$          132,600

4.4%

$         1,148

1.1%

3.8%

$ 145,400

-8.8%

Kansas City, MO

$          157,000

6.4%

$         1,259

1.5%

3.3%

$ 159,500

-1.6%

Las Vegas, NV

$          220,700

9.7%

$         1,248

1.0%

24.9%

$ 304,700

-27.6%

Columbus, OH

$          162,100

4.9%

$         1,298

1.1%

-26.5%

$ 162,100

0.0%

Indianapolis, IN

$          137,600

5.4%

$         1,187

-0.3%

-18.3%

$ 139,900

-1.6%

San Jose, CA

$          997,600

3.8%

$         3,460

-1.2%

-16.9%

$ 997,600

0.0%

Austin, TX

$          270,200

7.8%

$         1,692

-0.8%

20.5%

$ 270,200

0.0%

About Zillow

Zillow® may be the leading real rental and estate marketplace focused on empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge round the accepted place they call home, and connecting them with the very best local professionals who is able to help. Furthermore, Zillow operates an industry-leading economics and analytics bureau led by Zillow’s Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. Dr. Gudell and her team of economists and data analysts produce extensive housing data and research covering a lot more than 450 markets at Zillow PROPERTY Research. Zillow sponsors the quarterly zillow Home Price Expectations Survey also, which asks a lot more than 100 leading economists, property experts and investment and market strategists to predict the road of the Zillow Home Value Index on the next five years. Launched in 2006, Zillow is owned and operated by Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z and ZG), and headquartered in Seattle.

Zillow is really a registered trademark of Zillow, Inc.

i The Zillow MARKET Reports certainly are a monthly summary of the national and local areas. The reports are published by Zillow PROPERTY Research. To learn more, visit www.zillow.com/research/. The info in Zillow’s MARKET Reports are aggregated from public sources by way of a amount of data providers for 928 metropolitan and micropolitan areas dating back to to 1996. Mortgage and home loan data are usually recorded in each county and publicly available by way of a county recorder’s office. All current monthly data at the national, state, metro, city, ZIP neighborhood and code level could be accessed at www.zillow.www and com/local-info/.zillow.com/research/data.

ii The Zillow Rent Index (ZRI) may be the median Rent Zestimate® (estimated monthly rental price) for confirmed geographic area on confirmed day, and includes the worthiness of most single-family residences, condominiums, cooperatives and apartments in Zillow’s database, whether or not they’re listed for rent currently. It really is expressed in dollars. 

iii Rates for a 30-year fixed mortgage.

iv Month highs occurred on April 3rd, 5th and 10th.

v Month low occurred on April 18th.

vi The Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) may be the median estimated home value for confirmed geographic area on confirmed day and includes the worthiness of most single-family residences, cooperatives and condominiums, of if they sold inside a given period regardless. It really is expressed in dollars, and adjusted seasonally.

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19 May

Rents are Rising in the Suburbs

SEATTLE, May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — As rent becomes more costly, renters are starting to consider cheaper housing options outside downtown cores, prompting rent payments to go up faster in the suburbs than in cities, according to a fresh Zillow® report. For the very first time in four years, suburban rents are rising faster than urban rents.

An upsurge in multifamily construction has slowed rent growth over the national country, with rents rising at their slowest pace in five years. The suburbs often offer larger apartments and much more single-family homes for rent with an increase of space — about 19 percent of most single-family homes in the U.S. are rentals, from 13 percent in 2005 up.

In the U.S., the median monthly cost of a suburban rental is up about 2.5 percent year-over-year, as the median cost of an urban rental is 2 up.3 percent. Year at the moment last, the median urban rental price was up 5 percent year-over-year, while median suburban rental prices were up 3 percent.

The trend is more pronounced in booming housing markets where rent affordability is worsening. Rents in the Nashville, San Francisco and Seattle metro areas are growing faster in the suburbs than in cities as rising costs force renters from the city, increasing demand in the suburbs. In the last decade, the share of income necessary for the median rent payment in the San Francisco metro has increased from 34 percent to 44 percent. In the Seattle metro, the share has increased from 26 percent to 32 percent.

Expensive coastal cities are coming off in regards to a decade of rising rents rapidly. Years of increases have pushed urban living out of grab many renters, who could be selecting a longer commute in trade for cheaper rental payments. Rent affordability is really a significant issue for renters over the national country, and in lots of major metros, the share of income had a need to pay rent well surpasses 30 %.

“Because walkable urban centers near amenities are usually a large draw for renters, you’d expect rents to go up faster in the town than in the suburbs — that is exactly what we have been seeing until very recently,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “But a small number of factors are helping turn the tables and starting to push suburban rents up at an increased clip. Included in these are deteriorating rental affordability in expensive urban cores; new apartments, albeit high-end ones, opening downtown in comparison to few in outlying areas relatively; and preferences among some renters toward the area provided by single-family homes in the suburbs. Rents themselves are low in the suburbs still, but if demand grows for suburban supply and rentals continues to lag, that will begin to change also. As more urban renters proceed to the suburbs in coming years formerly, we’ll likely start to see more apartment buildings and walkable amenities showing up in those communities.”

The price of an urban rental in Nashville is up 1.year 7 percent since this time last, however the price of accommodations in the suburbs is up almost 5 percent, with the median price of suburban rentals almost $500 significantly less than an urban rental, despite many suburban rentals offering more space. Rents in Seattle are growing strongly over the metro, however the median price of suburban rentals keeps growing faster compared to the price of urban rentals by about 2 percentage points.

In San Francisco, urban rents are 0 down. year 4 percent since this time around last, but rents in the suburbs are 2 up.6 percent. The median rent price of a suburban rental is approximately $350 significantly less than an urban rental in San Francisco.

Metropolitan Area

Suburban Zillow
Rent Index
i
(ZRI)

Suburban
ZRI YoY
Change

Urban ZRI

Urban
ZRI YoY
Change

Metro Rental
Affordability
ii

Percent
Single-
Family
Homes as
Rentals

United States

$                    1,550

2.5%

$       1,830

2.3%

29.2%

16.8%

New York/ New Jersey

$                    2,535

3.3%

$       2,347

0.7%

40.5%

10.5%

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

$                    2,747

5.2%

$       2,662

4.9%

48.5%

24.5%

Chicago, IL

$                    1,682

0.1%

$       1,610

-1.4%

29.8%

12.8%

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

$                    1,606

4.5%

$       2,174

3.3%

29.9%

17.0%

Philadelphia, PA

$                    1,745

1.0%

$       1,208

2.1%

28.0%

14.9%

Houston, TX

$                    1,558

-0.9%

$       1,591

-1.9%

29.9%

16.0%

Washington, DC

$                    2,127

0.1%

$       2,450

1.2%

26.5%

14.7%

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

$                    1,931

4.2%

$       1,844

1.0%

n/a

20.8%

Atlanta, GA

$                    1,358

3.7%

$       1,861

7.1%

25.4%

19.3%

Boston, MA

$                    2,370

4.4%

$       2,492

1.6%

34.3%

8.5%

San Francisco, CA

$                    3,231

2.6%

$       3,576

-0.4%

43.8%

20.4%

Detroit, MI

$                    1,302

2.6%

$          749

-0.3%

25.5%

16.1%

Riverside, CA

$                    1,822

3.2%

$       1,306

3.4%

36.2%

24.8%

Phoenix, AZ

$                    1,379

3.7%

$       1,221

3.6%

27.1%

22.1%

Seattle, WA

$                    2,105

8.2%

$       2,452

6.3%

32.0%

16.5%

Minneapolis-St Paul, MN

$                    1,626

3.2%

$       1,597

5.3%

26.0%

10.6%

San Diego, CA

$                    2,553

3.4%

$       2,352

4.1%

42.0%

25.2%

St. Louis, MO

$                    1,217

0.3%

$          971

3.1%

23.1%

14.1%

Tampa, FL

$                    1,390

4.1%

$       1,281

4.4%

32.2%

19.2%

Baltimore, MD

$                    1,785

0.1%

$       1,253

-3.0%

28.0%

16.3%

Denver, CO

$                    2,027

1.2%

$       1,993

2.1%

33.0%

15.9%

Pittsburgh, PA

$                    1,121

-2.6%

$       1,002

0.1%

23.0%

13.7%

Portland, OR

$                    1,854

6.5%

$       1,898

5.8%

32.6%

16.9%

Charlotte, NC

$                    1,340

3.5%

$       1,839

5.7%

26.7%

17.8%

Sacramento, CA

$                    1,729

4.9%

$       1,884

8.6%

31.3%

23.7%

San Antonio, TX

$                    1,351

1.8%

$       1,145

6.2%

28.4%

19.2%

Orlando, FL

$                    1,441

4.3%

$       1,130

4.5%

31.8%

20.4%

Cincinnati, OH

$                    1,306

2.5%

$       1,059

6.9%

25.4%

14.7%

Cleveland, OH

$                    1,232

1.4%

$          870

0.0%

25.9%

15.3%

Kansas City, MO

$                    1,354

2.0%

$          847

5.2%

23.7%

17.6%

Las Vegas, NV

$                    1,302

2.1%

$       1,110

2.4%

28.2%

28.5%

Columbus, OH

$                    1,360

2.7%

$       1,092

-2.3%

25.6%

18.1%

Indianapolis, IN

$                    1,210

0.0%

$          752

0.4%

25.3%

17.1%

San Jose, CA

$                    3,558

1.1%

$       3,412

0.0%

39.2%

20.2%

Austin, TX

$                    1,727

0.4%

$       2,035

1.6%

29.8%

16.0%

Virginia Beach, VA

$                    1,443

-0.38%

$       1,242

-0.49%

27%

20.3%

Nashville, TN

$                    1,595

4.66%

$       2,067

1.67%

29%

14.5%

Providence, RI

$                    1,676

1.78%

$       1,479

1.36%

31%

10.5%

Milwaukee, WI

$                    1,585

1.47%

$       1,104

4.82%

27%

13.1%

Jacksonville, FL

$                    1,315

1.86%

$          967

1.38%

28%

19.1%

Memphis, TN

$                    1,082

1.30%

$       1,146

2.27%

25%

22.2%

Oklahoma City, OK

$                    1,123

-4.62%

$       1,133

-3.53%

25%

20.5%

Louisville-Jefferson County, KY

$                    1,195

2.89%

$          851

6.20%

25%

14.5%

Hartford, CT

$                    1,641

0.82%

$       1,370

8.68%

26%

7.8%

Richmond, VA

$                    1,353

0.11%

$       1,499

4.14%

26%

18.0%

New Orleans, LA

$                    1,383

-1.54%

$       1,446

-2.52%

34%

17.5%

Buffalo, NY

$                    1,298

-3.19%

$          982

7.38%

27%

9.8%

Raleigh, NC

$                    1,489

2.78%

$       1,317

5.65%

25%

16.5%

Birmingham, AL

$                    1,075

-1.49%

$          961

-0.56%

24%

13.2%

Salt Lake City, UT

$                    1,523

3.64%

$       1,509

6.28%

26%

12.5%

Zillow

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The Zillow Rent Index (ZRI) may be the median Rent Zestimate® (estimated monthly rental price) for confirmed geographic area on confirmed day, and includes the worthiness of most single-family residences, condominiums, cooperatives and apartments in Zillow’s database, whether or not they’re listed for rent currently. It really is expressed in dollars. Data is from March 2017.
ii Zillow determines rental affordability by analyzing the existing percentage of a metro area’s median income had a need to spend the money for rent payment on a median-priced rental home or apartment. Data is from 2016 Q4.

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18 May

Could Alexa Be Your Client’s Agent?

Smart speakers could be the latest touch point connecting consumers with property data. Users of Amazon’s Echo can access mortgage calculators and automated valuation tools already. So it is practical that NAR’s Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee would commence to investigate policies to steer the development of the new tools relative to the IDX display rules.

Real estate pros should lead just how in applying new technology to the, said Sam DeBord.

Voice-activated technology is now popular increasingly, not only because of its hands-off ease but additionally in an effort to make more info accessible to those people who have disabilities. Although MLS policy doesn’t allow audio delivery of IDX property listing information currently, that could change soon. Miguel Berger, CEO of audio technology company Voiceter Pro, LLC, contacted the MLS Emerging and Technology Issues Advisory Board concerning the “skill” (a term for something comparable to a smartphone app) his company intended to enable consumers to find properties using voice commands spoken to the Amazon Echo device. After initial setup, Alexa will respond verbally with the very best three search email and results that information to the buyer. The business is pursuing similar technology integrations, through Google Home and Microsoft&rsquo namely;s Cortana.

Does Amazon Echo have another in property?

Does Amazon Echo have another in property?

At the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. week this, the advisory board proposed that the committee look at how rules may be changed to disseminate IDX information to consumers through these smart speakers.
Some expressed concern about possible unintended consequences of the technology. Cathy Libby, CEO of MLS Maine Listings, questioned the way the listings could be prioritized, if a lot more than the original three returned to a user in reaction to their query. “How are those listings determined as as what&rsquo far; s being read to the buyer back?” she asked. She also concerned about industry disintermediation: “Are we eroding the usage of an agent further?”

In the finish, nearly all committee members preferred to handle the issue prior to the technology really will take off proactively. “Would you like broker members to create the very best new technology, or would you like somebody who isn’t a brokerage building new technology?” said Sam DeBord of Coldwell Banker Danforth in Seattle, who expressed favor for the development of a fresh policy. “We fall behind the curve whenever we hold our brokers back.”

Meg White

Meg White may be the managing editor for REALTOR® Magazine and administrator of the magazine’s Weekly Book Scan blog. Contact her at mwhite[at]realtors.org.

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18 May

U.S. Homeowners Can Spend $15,000 in Hidden Costs to market a homely house

SEATTLE and SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Nationally, U.S. homeowners spend $15,190 typically in hidden or extra costs connected with selling their home, according to a fresh analysis from Zillow® and Thumbtacki. Since most (63 percent) of today’s sellers haven’t sold a home before, a few of these costs could come as a surpriseii.

To help with budgeting, Thumbtack and zillow calculated a few common, but overlooked often, seller expenses including telemarketer and taxes commissions, along with five optional home prep projects.    

More than eight out of 10 home sellers make improvements before listingiii. Although some sellers would rather complete these projects themselves, those that outsource can get to spend a lot more than $2,650 to cover staging nationally, rug cleaning, interior painting, lawn house and care cleaning – five of the very most popular seller home prep projects. Labor costs vary by region significantly, so sellers in Los Angeles pay typically $4,000 for exactly the same projects, in comparison to sellers in Columbus, Ohio, who pay $1,500.

The two largest closing costs are agent commissions and generally in most states, transfer or sales taxes. Nationally, sellers spend $12,532 for both closing costs on the median home. Being that they are percentages of the home’s sale price, sellers in hot coastal markets like San Francisco pay $51,520 on the median home, the best of the metros analyzed. Sellers in Indianapolis pay minimal ($8,238) as home values are lower and hawaii does not have any transfer tax.

From title insurance to escrow fees, sellers have the effect of a number of other smaller closing costs. Though selling a home costs money even, most (73 percent) sellers remain content with the transactioniv. To estimate potential profit, sellers may use Zillow’s Sale Proceeds Calculator. It factors in the home’s sale price, mortgage balance and agent commissions, and also other common seller fees.

“One of the primary regrets sellers have isn’t starting the procedure early enough,” says Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow Group chief marketing officer. “For all those likely to sell this season, invest some time to research all of the costs you will be in charge of and how they could affect your profit, or cover the next home even. Partner with an excellent agent who is able to help the nuances are understood by you in your market – from what taxes or closing costs you need to expect, to which home renovation projects might help attract the proper buyer.”

“Sellers have to examine these additional, often necessary costs when likely to put their home out there,” says Lucas Puente, Thumbtack economist. “While it’s clear these costs vary widely, quite often the simplest way to make sure a home is ready to be sold would be to hire local fully, skilled professionals to greatly help with basic home projects.”

More information regarding Zillow and Thumbtack’s Hidden Costs of Selling Report can be acquired on Zillow’s blog, Porchlight.

Metro Area

Median
Home Value
(ZHVI), March
2017

Estimated
Closing Costs

(commissions
and state
transfer tax on
median home)

Basic Home Prep
Costs

(rug cleaning,
interior painting,
lawn care, home
staging and home
cleaning)

Total Hidden
Costs of Selling

United States

$ 196,500

$ 12,532

$ 2,658

$ 15,190

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

$ 601,900

$ 36,776

$4,032

$ 40,808

Chicago, IL

$ 208,400

$ 12,817

$2,349

$ 15,166

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

$ 205,300

$ 12,318

$2,011

$ 14,329

Philadelphia, PA

$ 216,000

$ 15,120

$2,058

$ 17,178

Houston, TX

$ 174,500

$ 10,470

$3,290

$ 13,760

Washington, DC

$ 382,900

$ 27,186

$2,481

$ 29,667

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

$ 249,700

$ 16,730

$2,749

$ 19,479

Atlanta, GA

$ 175,800

$ 10,724

$2,469

$ 13,193

Boston, MA

$ 419,900

$ 27,126

$2,708

$ 29,833

San Francisco, CA

$ 843,200

$ 51,520

$3,585

$ 55,105

Detroit, MI

$ 138,700

$ 9,570

$2,229

$ 11,800

Riverside, CA

$ 322,700

$ 19,717

$1,506

$ 21,223

Phoenix, AZ

$ 232,700

$ 13,962

$2,058

$ 16,020

Seattle, WA

$ 426,300

$ 34,232

$3,397

$ 37,629

Minneapolis-St Paul, MN

$ 241,900

$ 15,312

$2,197

$ 17,509

San Diego, CA

$ 532,000

$ 32,505

$2,731

$ 35,236

St. Louis, MO

$ 149,300

$ 8,958

$2,092

$ 11,050

Tampa, FL

$ 183,300

$ 12,281

$1,778

$ 14,059

Baltimore, MD

$ 259,200

$ 16,848

$2,617

$ 19,465

Denver, CO

$ 362,800

$ 21,804

$2,278

$ 24,082

Pittsburgh, PA

$ 135,700

$ 9,499

$2,369

$ 11,868

Portland, OR

$ 359,800

$ 21,588

$1,692

$ 23,280

Charlotte, NC

$ 170,600

$ 11,260

$1,864

$ 13,123

Sacramento, CA

$ 361,000

$ 22,057

$3,140

$ 25,197

San Antonio, TX

$ 158,500

$ 9,510

$1,879

$ 11,389

Orlando, FL

$ 202,900

$ 13,594

$2,594

$ 16,188

Cincinnati, OH

$ 151,300

$ 9,683

$1,966

$ 11,649

Cleveland, OH

$ 132,400

$ 8,474

$1,674

$ 10,148

Kansas City, MO

$ 155,600

$ 9,336

$1,980

$ 11,316

Las Vegas, NV

$ 219,200

$ 13,700

$2,483

$ 16,183

Columbus, OH

$ 161,700

$ 10,349

$1,489

$ 11,838

Indianapolis, IN

$ 137,300

$ 8,238

$2,309

$ 10,547

Austin, TX

$ 267,500

$ 16,050

$2,188

$ 18,238

Zillow

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Thumbtack is really a local services marketplace that connects customers who have to get things finished with local professionals who is able to help. From painters and plumbers to DJs and fitness trainers, Thumbtack helps an incredible number of customers find the appropriate professional because of their project in over 1,000 categories. This means a lot more than $1 billion in annual revenue for the professionals over the U.S., helping them grow their businesses independently terms. Founded in ’09 2009 and headquartered in San Francisco, Thumbtack is backed by over $250 million in investment from Sequoia Capital, Google Capital, Tiger Global Management, Javelin Investment Baillie and Partners Gifford.

i Zillow and Thumbtack’s Hidden Costs of Selling report considered closing costs (transfer taxes and agent commotions) and many basic home prep costs. Zillow computed transfer taxes utilizing the tax rate for the principal state within each metro area (where metro areas cross a number of state lines), that have been put on the median home value for that area then. Zillow also assumed 6 percent for agent commissions and applied it to the median home value for every metro area. For the essential seller home prep costs, Thumbtack viewed thousands of quotes from small company professionals round the country and determined the common cost for every expense within the selected metros. For the purposes of the analysis, rug cleaning, interior painting, lawn care, home staging and house cleaning were defined as five of the very most popular home maintenance-related projects completed by Thumbtack users ahead of selling a home.

ii Based on the 2016 Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends. 
iii Based on the 2016 Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends. 
iv Based on the 2016 Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends.

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17 May

Fox News Host: Tough Road for Tax Reform

this season

Congress likely will pass medical health insurance reform, but it’s less certain whether lawmakers can tackle tax reform before switching their focus to re-election in 2018, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace said at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., wednesday on.

Chris Wallace talks tax reform at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C.

Health reform may be the most pressing concern currently, and the results of not passing a bill will be so significant for Republicans, Wallace said, this season that lawmakers will probably hammer out a compromise between your House and Senate later. No Republicans “desire to go in [during re-election] and say they got nothing done,” Wallace said. “I’ve surely got to think they’get some good of this through ll.”

Tax reform is another matter. It affects the complete economy and every industry which has a preferred tax benefit will be lobbying hard, he said. What’s more, lawmakers “per year to obtain their agenda through Congress before campaign season starts only have just a little over.”

NAR is advocating for a tax-reform bill that preserves incentives for homeownership and commercial sales. A study commissioned by NAR, that was released at the conference, estimates that 70 percent of middle-income homeowners would pay more taxes beneath the reform concepts House Republicans and the Trump administration are exploring.

Wallace said President Trump inherited a hard political climate in Washington to obtain his pro-business agenda through Congress, regardless of the Republican majority in both chambers.

But Trump has contributed to the challenges, Wallace said, by alienating Democrats along with his rhetoric and raising ethical and legal concerns along with his reaction to the Russia investigations, his firing of FBI Director James Comey, and his sharing of sensitive intelligence with the Russians. These matters, Wallace said, certainly are a “research study in how easy it really is to lose concentrate on the economy.”

In reaction to a question from an audience member, Wallace said he’ll make it a spot to utilize lessons of the 1986 tax reform effort to shape his news coverage of the existing one. Through the 1986 push, the savings & loan industry collapsed, and the government finished up owning an incredible number of properties. “Using history as a guide” to the “unintended consequences” of policies is a thing that would add value to his reporting, Wallace said.

16 May

Insana: Millennials COULD KEEP America’s Growth Engine Humming

Ron Insana

Half twelve years following the overall economy the American economy is strong and poised to see continued growth as millennials enter the workforce and form households, CNBC commentator Ron Insana told thousands of REALTORS® at the Legislative Conference & On Tuesday trade Expo in Washington.

Economic strength will probably survive even though the administration of Donald Trump is engulfed in crises linked to investigations into his campaign’s Russia ties, conflicts of interest, or higher his undertaking his oath of office even, a relevant question that’s being raised over his recent handling of sensitive intelligence.

What this type of crisis may likely do is delay congressional action on the pro-business agenda Trump brought into office, Insane said. Priorities such as for example tax reform and medical health insurance reform would unlikely complete Congress before 2018 despite the fact that Congress and the White House entered the entire year with hopes to getting those passed quickly.

mymInsana said america arrived of the overall economy in better shape than other advanced economies now stands in a solid position partly due to the energy independence it achieved through fracking and increased gas production—what Insana calls an integral step toward a Fortress America doctrine of economic independence. The united states also is growing important high-tech industries which will transform the way the economy works for millennials, the biggest generational cohort in the country’s history.

“No one’s made a profit betting contrary to the American economy ever,” he said.

Against this positive economic backdrop, millennials shall increase their rate of household formation, the initial step toward entering the homeownership market in good sized quantities. That, alongside continued lag in housing inventories driven partly by shortages of constriction labor, could keep upward pressure on housing prices, exacerbating affordability problems. Some housing sectors&mdash already; most high-end rentals in big urban centers like NY City&mdash notably;are showing signs of bubble conditions, he believes.

If Trump is taken off office before his four-year Vice and term President Mike Pence assumes the presidency—a distinct possibility, Insana said, due to mounting constitutional concerns in Congress—Republicans’ pro-business agenda could see new momentum. Action could possibly be taken on tax reform, health reform, and infrastructure investment. If the crises help Democrats take the home and also the Senate in 2018, the brand new dynamic would imperil that agenda.

through Saturday

The conference runs, May 20. 9 almost,000 REALTORS® among others come in Washington to wait sessions and talk with their members of Congress to speak about tax reform, flood insurance reform and reauthorization, secondary mortgage market reform, along with other priority legislative issues of property professionals.

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15 May

Solar Boosts Home Values But Selling Can Be a Trial

Homes with solar panels tend to sell for higher prices than comparable homes with conventional energy, studies show. One study, released two years ago by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, found solar homes selling for a 15 percent premium. But selling these homes can require extra preparation if you’re an agent in the transaction.

The biggest issue is how the panels were financed. If the owner simply bought the panels and the accompanying inverter, there shouldn’t be any problem for buyers. But if the panels and inverter were financed or leased, some hurdles can arise and you can provide the greatest value by understanding these hurdles so you can help your clients avoid getting snagged.

If the panels were leased, then you will need to make sure the lease contract is in order and transfers properly to the buyer. That shouldn’t pose too much problem if the seller has the contract in order. But if the panels were financed using public assistance, the hurdles can be higher.

There are different forms of public assistance for solar panels but the one you need to be the most aware of is PACE, a federally funded state and local program that stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy.

The challenge with PACE is the lien that’s placed on the home. Homeowners use the assistance to finance the purchase and installation of the panels and pay the assistance back over time, typically through their property tax bill.

If the borrower defaults on the PACE loan, the lien that’s placed on the home is in a super-priority position, which means it must get paid back first, just liked a tax lien. That can pose a problem for homebuyers trying to obtain mortgage financing to buy the home. Loan programs differ, but under some programs, including some that rely on federal backing, lenders aren’t able to make loans as long as that lien is in place.

This is where you can help, because knowing what loan programs allow funding to go forward when with PACE funding attached is a time- and money-saver.

The possibility of financing hurdles in some loan programs shouldn’t obscure what’s good about homes with solar panels. First, the home’s energy bills can be lower, because each kilowatt of power the panels generate is one less that has to be paid to the utility company. Second, homeowners can get a federal credit each year on their taxes. The state might offer its own credit as well.

Currently, about 1.2 million homes have solar panels and the trend is pointing steeply up. According to data from the Solar Energy Industries Association, the cost of solar panels and their installation has dropped 70 percent over the last decade or so and the growth of solar panels has risen by a similar percentage during that same period.

Bottom line: More homes will have solar panels in the years ahead and that means the chance of you having to list or sell a solar home is increasing every year. The panels pose a challenge but they are also a big business opportunity. Homes are more valuable with them and many people want them because they like the idea of using renewable energy.

The opportunities and challenges are detailed in the latest Voice for Real Estate news video from NAR. View and share the video.

12 May

Orlando is the greatest Market for First-Time Homebuyers; West Coast Markets Tougher for the First-Time Buyer

SEATTLE, May 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — First-time homebuyers could have better luck in the Southeast if they’re searching for a less expensive home, in accordance with a fresh analysis from Zillow®. Orlando and Tampa top the list because the best markets for first-time buyers, with affordable homes and much more inventory than other markets relatively. Also making the list are San Antonio, Atlanta, and Dallas. These markets are less competitive, year because they commence to accumulate equity and buyers will dsicover strong growth on the next.

Zillow’s set of the very best markets for first-time buyers is founded on five metricsi:

  • Lower median home value for a far more affordable down payment
  • Strong home value forecast being an indicator of creating equity
  • Higher inventory-to-household ratio to fully capture available supply
  • Shorter Breakeven Horizon showing a financial benefit of buying over renting
  • Greater share of listings with price cuts to point a less competitive market

While first-time buyers constitute nearly 1 / 2 of recent buyers, based on the 2016 Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends, having enough saved for a deposit could possibly be holding first-time buyers back certain markets. A lot more than two-thirds of renters say that saving for a deposit may be the biggest barrier to homeownershipii. In every but three of the 10 best markets for first-time buyers, the median home value is leaner compared to the national median home value, this means they require less overall in advance as a deposit.

The Bay Area and Pacific Northwest have strong job markets, but new buyers could have trouble entering the marketplace because of low inventory and high home prices – buyers in these areas will need to develop a lot more than $70,000 as a deposit. However, those thinking of buying in Florida just need to put about $40,000 down on a median home.

“As millennials reach the normal home buying age, they’re coming into a hardcore housing marketplace with low lots and inventory of competition,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “These markets have significantly more favorable conditions for first-time buyers to become homeowners. More difficult metros aren’t out of grab new buyers, however they should be ready to face a far more competitive buying environment.”

Ten Best Markets for First-Time Homebuyers

1.       Orlando, Fla.
2.       Tampa, Fla.
3.       Indianapolis, Ind.
4.       Las Vegas, Nev.
5.       San Antonio, Texas
6.       Pittsburgh, Pa.
7.       Atlanta, Ga.
8.       Detroit, Mich.
9.       Dallas, Texas
10.     Cleveland, Ohio

A 5 percent deposit in the Bay Area is bigger than a 20 percent deposit in most of the greatest markets for first-time buyers. For buyers who is able to think of a down payment, low inventory and few price cuts make these markets competitive especially.  

First-time buyers will exceed their budget than repeat buyersiii. Zillow Group launched a fresh consumer brand recently, RealEstate.com, targeted at first-time home buyers, that allows them to find and compare homes predicated on an “All-In Monthly Price” which factors in costs like mortgage, property tax and utilities to get a better knowledge of a home’s true cost.  

Metropolitan Area

 Zillow
Home Value
Index
March 2017

Breakeven
Horizon
Q1 2017

 Inventory

 Households

 Annual Forecasted Home Value Appreciation (%)

Share of
Listings with
a Price Cut

Orlando, FL

$202,900

1 year, 11 months

10,344

845,295

3.8

17.4

Tampa, FL

$183,300

1 year, 10 months

14,998

1,166,704

3.2

18.8

Indianapolis, IN

$137,300

1 year, 6 months

7,706

755,100

3.0

13.1

Las Vegas, NV

$219,200

2 years, 1 months

13,012

740,966

4.8

12.0

San Antonio, TX

$158,500

1 year, 11 months

7,444

791,273

3.0

17.2

Pittsburgh, PA

$135,700

1 year, 11 months

10,830

990,355

2.5

14.9

Atlanta, GA

$175,800

1 year, 9 months

28,888

2,028,705

3.1

12.4

Detroit, MI

$138,700

1 year, 7 months

13,919

1,674,251

3.2

12.7

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

$205,300

1 year, 8 months

16,331

2,479,995

4.4

13.7

Cleveland, OH

$132,400

1 year, 11 months

10,045

849,475

1.8

14.1

Cincinnati, OH

$151,300

1 year, 9 months

6,160

832,607

2.7

14.2

Chicago, IL

$208,400

2 years, 3 months

37,367

3,470,993

2.6

16.7

Kansas City, MO

$155,600

1 year, 8 months

6,616

814,092

2.9

11.6

St. Louis, MO

$149,300

2 years, 4 months

12,373

1,108,303

1.5

15.0

Houston, TX

$174,500

2 years, 4 months

24,960

2,292,992

1.5

17.9

Philadelphia, PA

$216,000

2 years, 7 months

26,597

2,233,752

2.3

17.3

Riverside, CA

$322,700

2 years, 5 months

14,462

1,343,526

3.8

13.4

Charlotte, NC

$170,600

1 year, 10 months

7,793

905,696

3.0

12.0

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

$249,700

2 years, 8 months

46,142

2,077,362

0.6

15.7

Austin, TX

$267,500

2 years, 5 months

6,701

723,914

3.4

15.0

Phoenix, AZ

$232,700

3 years, 0 months

21,607

1,608,722

1.7

20.0

Minneapolis-St Paul, MN

$241,900

2 years, 1 month

9,101

1,354,766

3.5

12.7

Columbus, OH

$161,700

1 year, 9 months

4,858

772,304

3.0

11.2

New York, NY

$411,300

2 years, 6 months

76,798

7,125,065

3.8

11.2

Baltimore, MD

$259,200

2 years, 10 months

11,253

1,037,443

1.8

16.1

Sacramento, CA

$361,000

2 years, 5 months

4,276

809,295

4.7

8.4

Seattle, WA

$426,300

2 years, 3 months

6,181

1,437,222

4.8

5.6

Denver, CO

$362,800

2 years, 5 months

6,130

1,075,919

3.3

9.2

Boston, MA

$419,900

2 years, 9 months

9,903

1,782,655

3.1

10.3

Washington, DC

$382,900

4 years, 6 months

17,478

2,172,310

1.2

13.9

Portland, OR

$359,800

2 years, 11 months

5,306

901,402

2.7

9.8

San Diego, CA

$532,000

4 years, 6 months

5,976

1,113,610

0.9

10.6

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

$601,900

4 years, 8 months

17,364

4,315,637

0.8

10.7

San Jose, CA

$986,000

5 years, 1 month

1,596

651,352

0.9

7.0

San Francisco, CA

$843,200

4 years, 11 months

4,155

1,689,907

0.6

6.2

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i The First-time Home Buyer Index, which range from 0 to 10, captures a balance of five metrics: low median home values for an inexpensive down payment, a solid home value forecast to point an excellent start to growing equity, a more substantial inventory-to-household ratio to fully capture available supply, a larger share of listings with price cuts to surface less competitive buying experiences, and a faster breakeven to show a solid incentive to get over rent. These five metrics are ordered and metros are scored on a scale from 0 to 10 along a uniform distribution. These five scores are then averaged and the common re-scaled to range between 0 to 10.

iihttps://www.zillow.com/research/down-payment-hurdle-zhar-14790/

iiihttps://www.zillow.com/research/zillow-group-report-2016-13279/#buyercharacter

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