CALIFORNIA HOUSING MARKET KICKS OFF YEAR HIGHER IN JANUARY

| Patrick Carmichael

California’s housing market started the year on a high note, following up on December’s strong showing with higher sales both on a monthly and yearly basis in January, C.A.R. reported. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 420,100 units in January, according to information collected […]

California’s housing market started the year on a high note, following up on December’s strong showing with higher sales both on a monthly and yearly basis in January, C.A.R. reported.

Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 420,100 units in January, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide.

The January figure was up 2.1 percent from the 411,430 level in December, and up 4.4 percent compared with home sales in January 2016 of a revised 402,220. The month-to-month gain was the first December-to-January increase since 2012, which is an encouraging sign.

The median price of an existing, single-family detached California home fell below the $500,000 mark for the first time since March 2016, but home prices remain seasonably strong. The median price was down 3.8 percent from a revised $508,870 in December to $489,580 in January.

January’s median price was up 4.8 percent from the revised $467,160 recorded in January 2016, a slightly slower pace than the 5.6 percent increase averaged last year. Since 2011, price declines from December to January have usually ranged from -11.7 percent to as little as -4.6 percent, but January’s 3.8 percent monthly smaller price decline suggests that price pressure remains relatively robust and could translate into additional price growth as the spring and summer home-buying seasons near.

HOMEOWNERSHIP RATE HIGHER IN Q3 2016

| Patrick Carmichael

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that the homeownership rate was 63.5 percent in the third quarter. The rate was not statistically different from the rate in the third quarter 2015 (63.7 percent), but was 0.6 percentage points higher than the rate in the second quarter 2016. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.8 percent and was […]

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that the homeownership rate was 63.5 percent in the third quarter. The rate was not statistically different from the rate in the third quarter 2015 (63.7 percent), but was 0.6 percentage points higher than the rate in the second quarter 2016.

The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.8 percent and was not statistically different from the third quarter 2015 or second quarter 2016 rates.

U.S. HOME FLIPPING INCREASES TO A SIX-YEAR HIGH IN Q2 2016

| Patrick Carmichael

ATTOM Data Solutions the new parent company of RealtyTrac, released its Q2 2016 U.S. Home Flipping Report, which shows a total of 51,434 U.S. single family home and condo sales were completed flips in the second quarter of 2016, up 14 percent from the previous quarter and up 3 percent from a year ago to […]

ATTOM Data Solutions the new parent company of RealtyTrac, released its Q2 2016 U.S. Home Flipping Report, which shows a total of 51,434 U.S. single family home and condo sales were completed flips in the second quarter of 2016, up 14 percent from the previous quarter and up 3 percent from a year ago to the highest number of home flips since Q2 2010 — a six-year high.

For the report, a home flip is defined as a property that is sold in an arms-length sale for the second time within a 12-month period based on publicly recorded sales deed data collected by ATTOM Data Solutions in more than 950 counties accounting for more than 80 percent of the U.S. population.

Homes flipped in Q2 2016 accounted for 5.5 percent of all single family and condo sales during the quarter, down from 6.7 percent of all sales in the first quarter but up from 5.4 percent of all sales in Q2 2015.

A total of 39,775 investors (including both individuals and institutions) completed at least one home flip in Q2 2016, the highest number of home flippers since Q2 2007 — a nine-year high.

BABY BOOMERS GAINING OPTIMISM IN HOUSING

| Patrick Carmichael

Baby boomers have typically held the most pessimistic view on housing among all age groups, but their opinions are changing. Sixty percent of baby boomers now view the housing market favorably, a 6 percentage point increase from the spring, according to a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Homeowner Sentiment Survey. Seventy-two percent of that group say low […]

Baby boomers have typically held the most pessimistic view on housing among all age groups, but their opinions are changing. Sixty percent of baby boomers now view the housing market favorably, a 6 percentage point increase from the spring, according to a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Homeowner Sentiment Survey. Seventy-two percent of that group say low interest rates are the primary reason behind their increased optimism.

Among all home owners, 66 percent view the housing market favorably, a 5 percentage point jump from the spring and the highest level in more than a year.

Millennials remain the most optimistic generation when it comes to the housing market. Seventy-six percent of those ages 18 to 34 say they view housing favorably, up 17 percentage points from November 2015. Eighty-five percent say that owning a home is a crucial part of the American Dream.

Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year-Olds

| Patrick Carmichael

Broad demographic shifts in marital status, educational attainment and employment have transformed the way young adults in the U.S. are living, and a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data highlights the implications of these changes for the most basic element of their lives – where they call home. In 2014, for the first […]

Broad demographic shifts in marital status, educational attainment and employment have transformed the way young adults in the U.S. are living, and a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data highlights the implications of these changes for the most basic element of their lives – where they call home. In 2014, for the first time in more than 130 years, adults ages 18 to 34 were slightly more likely to be living in their parents’ home than they were to be living with a spouse or partner in their own household.

This turn of events is fueled primarily by the dramatic drop in the share of young Americans who are choosing to settle down romantically before age 35. Dating back to 1880, the most common living arrangement among young adults has been living with a romantic partner, whether a spouse or a significant other. This type of arrangement peaked around 1960, when 62 percent of the nation’s 18- to 34-year-olds were living with a spouse or partner in their own household, and only one-in-five were living with their parents.

By 2014, 31.6 percent of young adults were living with a spouse or partner in their own household, below the share living in the home of their parent(s) (32.1 percent). Some 14 percent of young adults were heading up a household in which they lived alone, were a single parent or lived with one or more roommates. The remaining 22 percent lived in the home of another family member (such as a grandparent, in-law or sibling), a non-relative, or in group quarters (college dormitories fall into this category).