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Redfin Report: Monthly Housing Costs Hit All-Time High, Deterring Would-Be Buyers

September 14, 2023 8:00 AM

7%-plus mortgage rates and increasing home prices have pushed the typical U.S. monthly mortgage payment to a record high, and sent pending home sales down 12% year over year

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- (NASDAQ: RDFN) —The median U.S. monthly mortgage payment hit an all-time high of $2,632 during the four weeks ending September 10. That’s according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage.

What homebuyers need to know: It’s more expensive than ever to buy a home, with monthly payments at a record high due to stubbornly high rates and home prices. Although the weekly average mortgage rate has declined slightly from August’s two-decade high, it’s still sitting above 7%. Prices are up, too, increasing 4% year over year.

What home sellers need to know: Prices continue to rise because inventory is so low, posting one of its biggest declines in 19 months this week. In much of the country, you’re likely to get a fair price for your home—it’ll help if it’s move-in ready and in a desirable neighborhood. But keep in mind that high prices, elevated rates and the lack of inventory is sending some buyers to the sidelines; mortgage-purchase applications are hovering near a three-decade low and pending home sales are down 12% year over year.

Looking forward: This week’s CPI report shows that inflation came in a touch higher than anticipated. That doesn’t change the expectation that the Fed is highly unlikely to hike interest rates next week, but it does make a rate hike in November or December appear more likely. That could mean mortgage rates stay high through the end of the year—or rates could come down if economic data looks promising over the next few months.

Leading indicators

Indicators of homebuying demand and activity

Value (if applicable)

Recent change

Year-over-year change

Source

Daily average 30-year fixed mortgage rate

7.25% (Sept. 13)

Down from a peak of 7.49% three weeks earlier

Up from 6.3%

Mortgage News Daily

Weekly average 30-year fixed mortgage rate

7.12% (week ending Sept. 7)

Down slightly from 7.18% a week earlier, but 4th straight week of rates above 7%

Up from 5.89%

Freddie Mac

Mortgage-purchase applications (seasonally adjusted)

Up 1% from a month earlier (as of week ending Sept. 8)

Down 27%

Mortgage Bankers Association

Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index (seasonally adjusted)

Down 3% from a month earlier (as of the 4 weeks ending Sept. 10)

Down 9%

Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index, a measure of requests for tours and other homebuying services from Redfin agents

Google searches for “home for sale”

Unchanged from a month earlier (as of Sept. 9)

Down 7%

Google Trends

Key housing-market data

U.S. highlights: Four weeks ending September 10, 2023

Redfin’s national metrics include data from 400+ U.S. metro areas, and is based on homes listed and/or sold during the period. Weekly housing-market data goes back through 2015. Subject to revision.

Four weeks ending September 10

Year-over-year change

Notes

Median sale price

$376,250

3.9%

The median sale price has increased at least 3% year over year for the last month. That’s partly because elevated mortgage rates were hampering prices during this time last year.

Median asking price

$384,475

4.3%

Biggest increase since November 2022

Median monthly mortgage payment

$2,632 at a 7.12% mortgage rate

14%

All-time high

Pending sales

80,655

-11.8%

Continues 15-month streak of double-digit declines

New listings

82,022

-7.1%

Smallest decline in over a year, but that’s partly because new listings fell rapidly at this time in 2022

Active listings

805,063

-17%

Biggest decline since February 2022, aside from the two prior 4-week periods (-17.1% and -17.2% YoY declines, respectively)

Months of supply

3 months

Unchanged

Highest level since March.

4 to 5 months of supply is considered balanced, with a lower number indicating seller’s market conditions.

Share of homes off market in two weeks

38.2%

+0.2 pts.

Lowest level since March

Median days on market

30

Unchanged

Share of homes sold above list price

32.8%

Unchanged

Share of homes with a price drop

6.1%

+0.1 pt.

Average sale-to-list price ratio

99.6%

+0.2 pts.

Lowest level in nearly 4 months

Metro-level highlights: Four weeks ending September 10, 2023

Redfin’s metro-level data includes the 50 most populous U.S. metros. Select metros may be excluded from time to time to ensure data accuracy.

Metros with biggest year-over-year increases

Metros with biggest year-over-year declines

Notes

Median sale price

Miami (16.4%)

Newark, NJ (14.9%)

Anaheim, CA (12.6%)

San Diego (11.8%)

San Jose, CA (11%)

Austin, TX (-5.2%)

Fort Worth, TX (-2.6%)

Phoenix (-1.8%)

Houston, TX (-1.5%)

Las Vegas (-0.9%)

Declined in just 7 metros

Pending sales

n/a

Newark, NJ (-28%)

Seattle (-27.4%)

San Antonio, TX (-27.1%)

San Jose, CA (-25.7%)

Atlanta (-25.6%)

Declined in all metros

New listings

San Jose, CA (6.1%)

Milwaukee (5.7%)

Minneapolis (1.2%)

Montgomery County, PA (0.4%)

Atlanta (-29.7%)

Las Vegas (-25.2%)

Riverside, CA (-21.6%)

Los Angeles (-17.3%)

Newark, NJ (-15.8%)

Declined in all but 4 metros

To view the full report, including charts, please visit:
https://www.redfin.com/news/housing-market-update-monthly-mortgage-payments-record-high

About Redfin

Redfin (www.redfin.com) is a technology-powered real estate company. We help people find a place to live with brokerage, rentals, lending, title insurance, and renovations services. We sell homes for more money and charge half the fee. We also run the country's #1 real estate brokerage site. Our home-buying customers see homes first with on-demand tours, and our lending and title services help them close quickly. Customers selling a home in certain markets can have our renovations crew fix up their home to sell for top dollar. Our rentals business empowers millions nationwide to find apartments and houses for rent. Customers who buy and sell with Redfin pay a 1% listing fee, subject to minimums, less than half of what brokerages commonly charge. Since launching in 2006, we've saved customers more than $1.5 billion in commissions. We serve more than 100 markets across the U.S. and Canada and employ over 5,000 people.

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Source: Redfin

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