Real Estate Market

Real Estate Update

Housing Report

Note: National Association of Realtors® (NAR) data below is from June (the most current national data)

National Association of Realtors® (NAR) data shows that sales of existing homes dipped in June owing to a low supply. While homes sold at a near record pace, activity ultimately ended up muted. Only the Midwest saw an increase in sales last month.

Total existing-home sales (measures completed transactions for single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops) dropped 1.8% to 5.52 million in June from 5.62 million in May. Despite last month's decline, June's sales pace is 0.7 % higher than a year ago.

 Existing Home Sales By Region
NAR's chief economist, Lawrence Yun, indicated that the dip in contract activity in the prior three months translated to a pullback in existing sales in June. "Closings were down in most of the country last month because interested buyers are being tripped up by supply that remains stuck at a meager level and price growth that's straining their budget," Yun said. NAR's economist added, "The good news is that sales are still running slightly above last year's pace despite these persistent market challenges."

Housing Data Takeaways

  • June's median existing-home price for all U.S. housing types was $263,800, up 6.5% from June 2016 ($247,600). Last month's median sales price overtakes May as a new peak and represents the 64th straight month of year-over-year gains.
     
  • Total U.S. housing inventory at the end of June dropped 0.5% to 1.96 million existing homes available for sale, and is now 7.1% below a year ago (2.11 million) and has dipped year-over-year for 25 consecutive months. Unsold inventory nationally now offers a 4.3-month supply at the current sales velocity, which is down from 4.6 months a year ago.
     
  • First-time buyers drove 32% of sales in June, down from 33% both in May and one year ago. The annual share of first-time buyers for 2016 was 35%.
     
  • Freddie Mac data indicates the average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage fell for the third consecutive month, dipping to 3.90in % June from 4.01% in May. For all of 2016 the average commitment rate was 3.65%.

Housing Data Takeaways

Before making an offer on a home in today's competitive housing market, it is more important than ever for home buyers get their financial house in order when applying for a loan.

While there are online resources available that can provide a sense of one's overall financial position, be sure to review your credit report in person with your mortgage professional and get pre-approved for a loan before making an offer on a home.

A little preparation goes a long way and can make a big difference when it comes to closing on your dream home. Contact us today to get the right loan for your current needs!

The Best Schools in O'Fallon

It's almost time to go back to school! If you're thinking about buying a home in O'Fallon, now is the time to find the best schools to send your children. To that end, a helpful website called GreatSchools.org rates the best schools in every city in America with a score based on parent reviews, test scores, and other criteria.

The good new is that 4 schools in O'Fallon received a score of at least 8 out of 10!  Here's a list of those schools with links to their full reviews:

O Fallon High School
Score: 10/10

J Emmett Hinchcliffe Sr Elementary School
Score: 9/10

Fulton Jr High School
Score: 8/10

Delores Moye Elementary School
Score: 8/10

Contact Information

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The Ellerbrake Group
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O'Fallon IL 62269
Office: (618) 632-0001
Direct: (618) 791-8773
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