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Norma Haack, Broker
Phone:712-260-4463
Licensed in IOWA
Email: norma@spencerhometown.com
Greg Haack, Associate Broker
Phone: 712-260-9124
Licensed in IOWA
Email: greg@spencerhometown.com
Kelly Bierl, Realtor
Phone: 712-260-5711
Licensed in IOWA
Email: kelly@spencerhometown.com

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Phone: 712-262-5222
Email: norma@spencerhometown.com
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Latest Realty News from NAR

October 2018 Housing Affordability Index

At the national level, housing affordability is down from last month and down from a year ago. Mortgage rates rose to 4.88 percent this October, up 18.7 percent compared to 4.11 percent a year ago.

  • Housing affordability declined from a year ago in October moving the index down 9.7 percent from 162.7 to 146.9. The median sales price for a single family home sold in October in the US was $257,900 up 4.3 percent from a year ago.
  • Nationally, mortgage rates were up 77 basis point from one year ago (one percentage point equals 100 basis points).
  • The payment as a percentage of income was unchanged from last month at 17 percent this October but up from 15.4 percent from a year ago. Regionally, the West has the highest payment at 23.7 percent of income. The South had the second highest payment at 16.5 percent followed by the Northeast at 16.1 percent. The Midwest had the lowest payment as a percentage of income at 13.5 percent.

  • Regionally, the South recorded the biggest increase in home prices at 3.6 percent. The Northeast had an increase of 3.0 percent while the West had a gain of 2.5 percent. The Midwest had the smallest growth in price of 1.4 percent.
  • Regionally, all four regions saw a decline in affordability from a year ago. The Midwest had the biggest drop in affordability of 9.6 percent. The South had a decline of 9.1 percent followed by the Northeast that fell 9.0 percent. The West had the smallest drop of 7.5 percent.
  • On a monthly basis, affordability is down from last month in three of the four regions. The Northeast region had the only gain of 1.7 percent. Both the Midwest and the West shared a decline of 0.6 percent. The South had the smallest dip in affordability of 0.1 percent.

  • Despite month-to-month changes, the most affordable region was the Midwest, with an index value of 185.0. The least affordable region remained the West where the index was 105.3. For comparison, the index was 151.6 in the South, and 154.9 in the Northeast.
  • Mortgage applications are currently up. Mortgage rates continue to rise and home price growth is slowing down to catch up with incomes. Single-family homes are still moving at a face pace however tend to slow down during fall and winter season. Inventory of homes are currently up, which is a welcoming sign for potential homebuyers. Home prices are up 4.3 percent, median family incomes that are growing 3.1 percent helping reduce the pressure of home price growth.
  • What does housing affordability look like in your market? View the full data release here.
  • The Housing Affordability Index calculation assumes a 20 percent down payment and a 25 percent qualifying ratio (principal and interest payment to income). See further details on the methodology and assumptions behind the calculation here.

Property Values By State from 2005-2018

Home price appreciation is an important topic in today’s economy. Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), we can analyze the gains and losses of property values over time. I estimated the median property values by state in 2018 using the FHFA index and the median property values from the (ACS). I then calculated the growth rate from 2005 -2018. [1]

The states with the highest estimated median property values in 2018 are The District of Columbia ($677,473), Hawaii ($649,272), California ($566,311), Massachusetts ($428,161) and Washington ($384,740).

The states with the lowest estimated median property values in 2018 are Alabama ($148,827), Oklahoma ($139,385), Arkansas ($135,733), Mississippi ($123,586) and West Virginia ($120,720).

On a regional level, the estimated price growth appears to be the strongest in the South, West, and Midwest. Price growth is weakest in the Northeast states. Overall, all regions are displaying strong to moderate growth in property values. Below is a breakdown of the Census four regions by state.

 

  • In the South, which typically leads all regions in sales, The District of Columbia led the region with 76 percent estimated price growth from 2005 to 2018. Maryland experienced 1 percent annual price growth and since 2005, home prices have grown 21 percent.

  • In the West, the least affordable region[2], Montana led all states with 88 percent price growth from 2005 to 2018. Despite the strong price growth in California since 2012, prices have only increased by 19 percent since 2005. Nevada shows a 9 percent price change over this time turning around any previous loss in value.

  • In the Midwest where affordability is most favorable, North Dakota led all states with 115 percent price growth from 2005 to 2018. Illinois, while having the smallest growth in the region had an estimated 12 percent price growth over this time.

  • In the Northeast where sales and price growth is typically slow, Pennsylvania lead the region with a 48 percent price growth from 2005 to 2018. Rhode Island, while having the smallest gain of all states, increased 6 percent price change over this time. Rhode Island is one of two states that turned around a negative property value over this time compared to 2017.


[1] I used the FHFA expanded data set not seasonally adjusted data.

[2] Based on NAR housing affordability index

HOMETOWN REALTY
Spencer, IA 51301

Norma Haack, Broker
Phone:712-260-4463
Licensed in IOWA
Email: norma@spencerhometown.com
 
Greg Haack, Associate Broker
Phone: 712-260-9124
Licensed in IOWA
Email: greg@spencerhometown.com

Kelly Bierl, Realtor
Phone: 712-260-5711
Licensed in IOWA
Email: kelly@spencerhometown.com

Testimonials

We had an excellent experience with Norma Haack, and would highly recommend her! We had the difficult task of managing a home sale from out of town, but Norma put a lot of time and energy into making it easy for us. She has a wealth of knowledge of local resources and found creative solutions to some potential problems. She was very friendly and easy to reach. Truly, her work was above and beyond our expectations! Matt, Ann, and Erin
Kelly was wonderful! She put in so much time and effort and made sure we were informed and comfortable! I can't thank her enough for the countless hours, nights, weekends and responding to our late night emails, thanks for being so wonderful in helping us find our dream home! -Lianne H.
Kelly Bierl was very helpful. She found me exactly what I wanted by listening to me telling her what I wanted. She fought for my needs and she was quick to contact me with any changes in my purchase. -bungeeshawn
My wife and I would highly recommend Kelly to anyone needing a profession realtor. Kelly is very personable, easy to talk to and was always available, returning our texts or calls in a very timely manner. If an answer was not readily available she went out of her way to find it. She knew how to find pertinent information on comparable values, taxes, flood zones etc. We felt she represented us and always had our best interest in mind. We are empty nesters and were looking for smaller, zero entry one level homes with little or no maintenance, she found us what we were looking for and did not waste our time with properties that did not meet most of our criteria. We could not be happier with our home selection or in working with Kelly and her team, made the whole process stress-less, and fun. -mmlm1953
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