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Dec 09 2017

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Buyers snapping up homes at fastest pace in 30 years

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Homes are sitting on the market for the shortest time in 30 years, according to an annual report on homebuyers and sellers by the National Association of Realtors.

The report focused on about 8,000 homebuyers who purchased their home in the year ending in June. It found the typical home spent just three weeks on the market. That was down from four weeks in the year ending June 2016 and 11 weeks in 2012. It was the shortest time since the NAR report began including data on how long homes spend on the market, in 1987.

Buyers are snapping up homes quickly at a time when for-sale listings are in short supply, forcing them to compete. The number of available properties declined in September, according to NAR’s monthly report on existing home sales, marking the 28th consecutive month of year-on-year decline in inventory.

In addition to moving fast, buyers also had to pay more to close the deal. Forty-two percent of buyers paid at least the listing price, the highest share since the NAR survey started keeping track in 2007.

“With the lower end of the market seeing the worst of the supply crunch, house hunters faced mounting odds in finding their first home,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. “Multiple offers were a common occurrence, investors paying in cash had the upper hand, and prices kept climbing, which yanked homeownership out of reach for countless would-be buyers.”

Source: Bloomberg (10/30/17) Clark, Patricia

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