According to the U.S. Census, homeownership is at 63.4 percent for the second quarter of 2015, down 1.3 percent from the second quarter of 2014. This is the lowest rate of homeownership since 1967. To put that in greater context, homeownership peaked at 69.2 percent in 2004, and the 50-year average is 65.3 percent. Although the data may be indicating otherwise on a macro level, mortgage applications have kept REALTORS® busy through summer.
New Listings were down 17.7 percent for single family homes and 32.9 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties. Pending Sales decreased 9.7 percent for single family homes and 13.5 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties. The Median Sales Price was up 18.8 percent to $1,284,444 for single family homes and 6.3 percent to $1,010,000 for Condo/TIC/Coop properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 23.8 percent for single family units and 28.6 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop units.
Ever since the Great Recession ended in about June 2009, the market has strengthened to once again become a cornerstone of the national economy. Better lending standards, lower oil prices and higher wages are a few of the catalysts for positive change. Many trends continue to reveal a stable housing market. Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen, has predicted a fine-tuning of monetary policy by the end of the year. It is widely believed that interest rates will go up before the year is over, an indicator that the housing market is ready for such a move.