Home Buying Frenzy and Mortgage Demand Continues Heading Into October

Home Buying Frenzy and Mortgage Demand Continues Heading Into October

Home Buying Frenzy and Mortgage Demand Continues Heading Into October: The COVID-19 crisis has driven interest rates, up until now, to unimaginable levels as the Fed scrambles to stimulate the economy. Mortgage demand continues to climb as a buying frenzy extends beyond traditional seasonal patterns in real estate. Applications to purchase a home are now 25% higher than a year ago according to a report by the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Not Enough Houses for Sale to Meet Growing Need

Over the last few years, shortages in houses for sale have been problematic in the housing industry, but the situation has grown even worse in recent months. Buyers are actively searching for and purchasing homes, looking to capitalize on today’s historically low-interest rates, but there are just not enough houses for sale to meet the growing need. 

Since the start of the pandemic in March, there have been nearly 400,000 fewer homes listed than the same time period in 2019. That has created a huge deficit in the housing supply at a time when consumers are rushing to buy. Home prices are increasing at double the pace of last year, and homes are selling 12 days faster than in 2019, according to a Realtor.com® Weekly Housing Report.

Low Rates Have Ignited Robust Purchase Demand Activity

“Sellers are more reluctant to list their home, given the uncertainty over the economy and the pandemic environment,” says Javier Vivas, director of economic research for Realtor.com®. “Buyers, on the other hand—especially hungry first-timers—remain largely unfazed by the challenges and are motivated by low mortgage rates and the fear of missing out on the right home.”

“Mortgage rates have hit another record low due to a late-summer slowdown in the economic recovery…These low rates have ignited robust purchase demand activity…However, heading into the fall, it will be difficult to sustain the growth momentum in purchases because the lack of supply is already exhibiting a constraint on sales activity,” says Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac.

Despite higher home prices and tight supply, homebuyers continue to flood the market with the strongest sales on the high end of the market as consumers seek larger spaces for working from home. That is also where the supply available for sale is greatest. Yun says this pattern “will be in place long after the pandemic is over.” Existing-home prices for all housing types in August climbed 11.4% compared to a year ago, reaching a median of $310,600.

Housing Indicators from August 2020

A closer look at housing indicators from August, according to NAR’s latest report:

  • Days on the market: 69% of homes sold in August were on the market for less than a month. Properties stayed on the market an average of 22 days in August, which is down from 31 days a year prior.
  • Housing inventories: Total housing inventory at the end of August was 1.49 million, which is down 18.6% from a year ago (1.83 million). Unsold inventory is at a three-month supply at the current sales pace.
  • First-time buyers: First-time homebuyers accounted for 33% of home sales in August, which is up from 31% a year before.
  • Investors and second-home buyers: Investors or second-home buyers purchased 14% of homes in August, which is equal to a year ago. Investors and second-home buyers tend to make up the biggest bulk of all-cash sales, which accounted for 18% of transactions in August, down from 19% in August of last year.
  • Distressed sales: Foreclosures and short sales represented less than 1% of sales in August, which is down from 2% from last year.

Mortgage Rate Trends As Predicted by Housing Authorities

September held the lowest rates of all time and housing agencies nationwide are calling for rates in the low 3s through year-end.


30-Yr Rate Prediction

Wells Fargo


Fannie Mae


Freddie Mac


National Assoc. of Home Builders


Mortgage Bankers Assoc.


National Assoc. of Realtors


Average of all agencies


“Home sales continue to amaze, and there are plenty of buyers in the pipeline ready to enter the market,” says Yun. “Further gains in sales are likely for the remainder of the year, with mortgage rates hovering around 3%, and with continued job recovery.“

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How Will The 2020 Presidential Election Affect The Housing Market?

How Will The 2020 Presidential Election Affect The Housing Market?

How will the 2020 presidential election affect the housing market?

Most people will agree that 2020 will be remembered as one of the most challenging years of our lives. A coronavirus pandemic, a recession with historic unemployment, and a level of social unrest perhaps never seen before have all changed the way we currently live – and what has been coined “the new normal.”

As the upcoming election approaches, we can also expect to see home sales scale back, based on expert analyses of previous election years. Research and industry experts agree that the closer the election gets, the more likely its effects on the housing market, regardless of who the candidates are. In general, presidential races breed uncertainty, which alters attitudes among residential home buyers, sellers, and investors. 

How predictable the outcome of a presidential election appears to be can also influence real estate sentiments 

“When an incumbent arises as a likely winner, cementing the continuation of familiar policies, the housing market may experience fewer jitters,” says Arlene Reed, a real estate agent with Warburg Realty in New York City. When the election result evades easy forecasts, “people get a little tentative,” Reed says. “There’s some uncertainty how the new president’s policies will affect the economy, the stock market, taxes.”  

Analysis of the past 13 presidential election cycles and their effect on new home sales 

In a recent Meyers Research Group analysis, it was found that over the past 13 Presidential election cycles, the median change in new home sales activity from October to November fell 15%, whereas in the year after an election, the median change in sales was 8%.

According to the Meyers report, in non-presidential years, there is a -9.8% decrease in November compared to October. This is the normal seasonality of the market, with a slowdown in activity that’s usually seen in fall and winter. 

In fact, the year after a presidential election is the best of the four-year cycle. This suggests that demand for new housing is not lost because of election uncertainty. Rather, it gets pushed out to the following year.

“This caution is temporary, and ultimately results in deferred sales, as the economy, jobs, interest rates, and consumer confidence all have far more meaningful roles in the home purchase decision than a presidential election result in the months that follow,” said Ali Wolf, director of economic research for Meyers Research.

“In December [following an election], and in the following year, the sales that are lost during November are recovered. It isn’t that consumers say, ‘I’m nervous, and I never want to buy.’ They say, ‘I’m nervous. Let’s just wait to see how things play out.’” says Wolf. 

The takeaway

It’s a good idea to keep an eye on elections if you are in the housing market to buy or sell, but elections typically don’t affect the housing market in the long run.

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If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling Farmington Hills MI real estate, please give Tom Gilliam a call today at (248) 790-5594. 

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