Home sale prices likely have room to grow as ultra-low mortgage rates lure more buyers to the market.
Early homebuyer demand reached the highest point in at least three years during the week ending September 19, according to Redfin’s Homebuyer Demand Index, which measures requests for home tours and other home-buying services from Redfin agents, adjusted for seasonality. Mortgage purchase applications also increased 2%, on top of an 8% increase the prior week.
During the four-week period ending September 19, most other housing market measures showed a typical late-summer seasonal decline with pending sales down 12% from their 2021 peak, the share of homes sold above list price falling below 50%, and time on market inching up to 20 days. Asking prices, which often increase in September, were up 2.4% from the four-week period ending September 5.
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