Asking prices of newly listed homes hit a new all-time high

Above: This home, in which Robert Joffe of Launch Real Estate was the primary listing and buying agent, broke the record for the highest price for a home sold in Arcadia. It sold for $7,650,000. Real Estate | 16 Feb |

The median home sale price increased 15% year over year to $318,750 and asking prices of newly listed homes hit a new all-time high, according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage.

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Below are other key housing market takeaways for more than 400 U.S. metro areas during the 4-week period ending February 7.

• Asking prices of newly listed homes hit a new all-time high of $334,770, up 10% from the same time a year ago. In a typical year, asking prices do not surpass the previous year’s peak until March.

• Pending home sales were up 29% year over year.

• New listings of homes for sale were down 11% from a year earlier.

• Active listings (the number of homes listed for sale at any point during the period) fell 37% from 2020 to a new all-time low.

• 52% of homes that went under contract had an accepted offer within the first two weeks on the market, well above the 43% rate during the same period a year ago. This is the first time the four-week average has surpassed 50% since at least 2012 (as far back as Redfin’s data for this measure goes). During the week ending February 7, the rate was 57%.

• The average sale-to-list price ratio, which measures how close homes are selling to their asking prices, increased slightly to 99.3%—1.6 percentage points higher than a year earlier.

• For the week ending February 7, the seasonally adjusted Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index—a measure of requests for home tours and other services from Redfin agents—was up 63% from the same period a year ago.

• Mortgage purchase applications decreased 5% week over week (seasonally adjusted) and were up 17% from a year earlier (unadjusted) during the week ending February 5. For the week ending February 4, 30-year mortgage rates were unchanged at 2.73%.

“There is a serious lack of new listings, and although prices are through the roof, homeowners are reluctant to sell, because it’s so hard to buy again unless you are moving to a less expensive area where you can afford to outbid other buyers,” said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. “Sellers who are concerned about finding their next home are asking buyers for a rent-back agreement, which allows the seller to stay in the home until they can move into their next one. Offering a rent-back agreement can also be a winning strategy for buyers with flexible timelines.”

To view the full report, including charts and methodology, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/news/housing-market-update-over-half-of-homes-sold-in-2-weeks/

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