Real Estate Market Report: Florida And Texas Rank Highest For Potential Home Buyers In New Industry Index – Crowdfund Insider

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Texas and Florida metros dominate the best places for buyers in Zillow‘s latest real estate market heat index, securing seven of the top 10 spots.

But most of the country’s 50 largest metros — and the U.S. at large — “favor sellers,” according to the latest real estate market report from Zillow.


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Skylar Olsen, Zillow chief economist said:

“Prospective buyers in most markets today are feeling less intense competition than in recent spring shopping seasons. Pressure is easing up as mortgage rates raise costs and sellers return. However, the pool of homes for sale remains remarkably low. This means the nation remains a seller’s market despite high mortgage rates — homes are selling faster, with more buyer interest over any one listing, than pre-pandemic.”

Strong construction in Texas and Florida has “helped restore inventory levels in those states, easing competition. Austin and San Antonio are two of just three markets with more inventory now than before the pandemic, while Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville have among the smallest deficits.”

The top market for sellers “is Buffalo, New York, forecast by Zillow in January as the hottest market of 2024.”

The real estate market report from Zillow pointed pointed out that “among the top metros for sellers are more expensive (and inventory-constrained) coastal tech hubs, relatively affordable spillover markets in the Northeast — Hartford and Providence — and hot Upper Midwest metros Milwaukee and Minneapolis.”

Zillow’s new market heat index “visually represents buyers’ urgency or sellers’ confidence in an area and shows how that’s changed over time. It takes into account the share of homes that sell quickly, the share of homes with a price cut, and buyer engagement with active Zillow listings in a market.”

Both inventory and new listings posted solid gains “monthly and compared to last year.”

The real estate market report further noted that buyers had “a lot more options to choose from, as inventory rose 6.4% from March to April and climbed 18% over last year, the second-largest annual increase since at least 2019.

They also had more fresh options, “with new listings up nearly 11% month over month and rising almost 16% year over year. Despite April’s improvement, total inventory sits 36% below pre-pandemic norms.”

The real estate report added that mortgage rates “that spiked above 7% for the first time this year, along with these infusions of inventory, held competition steady at a time of year when it normally ramps up.”

U.S. home values reportedly “grew 1.2% from March to April and are 4.4% higher than a year ago. That’s a slight slowdown from 4.6% annual growth seen last month. The typical U.S. home is now worth $359,402.”

The share of listings with “a price cut reached 22.4% in April, the highest rate for April in the past six years and a significant step up from 17.2% last year.”

The real estate report also mentioned that price cuts “can be a sign of weakening demand that foretells softer price growth ahead, or they can be a natural process of feeling the market out as sellers and their agents come up with their pricing strategy.”

The latter scenario becomes more likely in “a rapidly changing market like we see today, with relatively few recent sales to look at as comps.”

Homes that sold in April sold in 13 days, “which is fast by historical standards. However, that is three days slower than last April, the first time since June 2023 that the speed of sales fell behind the previous year’s pace.”

As covered, Zillow Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: Z and ZG) says it “is reimagining real estate to make home a reality for more and more people.”

As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow and its affiliates help people find and get the home “they want by connecting them with digital solutions, dedicated partners and agents, and easier buying, selling, financing and renting experiences.”

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