Redfin Report: Housing-Market Activity Is Picking Up in 2024, But Severe Winter Weather Keeps Some Buyers and … – Yahoo Finance

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2024 is shaping up to be more active than 2023 for homebuyers and sellers, with mortgage applications and new listings rising. But Redfin economists believe demand and listings would be rising more if not for harsher-than-usual winter weather.

SEATTLE, January 18, 2024–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ: RDFN) — Mortgage-purchase applications are up 8% from a month ago, and Redfin agents report that lower mortgage rates are piquing buyers’ interest, according to a new report from Redfin (, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. On the sell side, new listings increased 8% year over year during the four weeks ending January 14.

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Buyers and sellers are making moves largely because mortgage rates are holding steady in the mid-6% range, down from 8% in October. The typical U.S. homebuyer’s monthly housing payment is $2,456 with this week’s average rate; while that’s up 10% year over year, it’s down from October’s record high of over $2,700.

Redfin economists say buyer demand and listings would likely be picking up more if not for the severe winter weather much of the country experienced over the last week. “We expected both buyers and sellers to react more strongly to last month’s drop in mortgage rates once the holidays passed, but frigid weather and snowstorms have halted a lot of buying and selling plans,” said Redfin Economic Research Lead Chen Zhao. “As long as rates don’t shoot up, we expect the market to pick up as the spring season approaches.”

Redfin agents say weather conditions aside, buyers are feeling more optimistic. “People who were casually house hunting when rates were higher are getting serious now,” said Chicago Redfin Premier agent Dan Close. “Buyers are feeling more confident that they can get good value for their money, and many first-timers are jumping in because Chicago rents are still rising. Homeowners who were waiting for the holidays to be over and rates to come down before selling are getting ready to list. I have several listings prepped to hit the market, some as early as this week and some throughout the rest of the first quarter.”

Leading indicators

Indicators of homebuying demand and activity

Value (if applicable)

Recent change

Year-over-year change


Daily average 30-year fixed mortgage rate

6.88% (Jan. 17)

Up slightly from 6.78% a week earlier

Up from 6.07%

Mortgage News Daily

Weekly average 30-year fixed mortgage rate

6.66% (week ending Jan. 11)

Near lowest level since May

Up from 6.33%

Freddie Mac

Mortgage-purchase applications (seasonally adjusted)

Up 9% from a week earlier; up 8% from a month earlier (as of week ending Jan. 12)

Down 20%

Mortgage Bankers Association

Google searches for “home for sale”

Up 10% from a month earlier (as of Jan. 16)

Down 13%

Google Trends

We excluded Redfin’s Homebuyer Demand Index this week to ensure data accuracy

Key housing-market data

U.S. highlights: Four weeks ending January 14, 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 January 14, 2023

Year-over-year change


Median sale price



Median asking price



Median monthly mortgage payment

$2,456 at a 6.66% mortgage rate


Down nearly $300 from all-time high set during the four weeks ending Oct. 22

Pending sales



New listings



Active listings



Smallest decline since June

Months of supply

4.4 months

+0.3 pts.

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



Median days on market


-2 days

Share of homes sold above list price


Up from 21%

Share of homes with a price drop


+0.2 pts.

Average sale-to-list price ratio


+0.5 pts.

Metro-level highlights: Four weeks ending January 14, 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 decreases


Median sale price

Anaheim, CA (16.6%)

West Palm Beach, FL (14.8%)

Newark, NJ (14.1%)

Fort Lauderdale, FL (13.1%)

Miami (12.8%)

Oakland, CA (-3.4%)

Austin, TX (-2.8%)

Fort Worth, TX (-0.3%)

San Antonio, TX (-0.1%)

Declined in 4 metros

Pending sales

San Jose, CA (10.6%)

Detroit (9.5%)

Milwaukee, WI (6.1%)

Columbus, OH (5.6%)

Pittsburgh, PA (4.7%)

Newark, NJ (-14.3%)

New Brunswick, NJ (-13.9%)

New York (-13.2%)

San Diego (-12.2%)

West Palm Beach, FL (-11.3%)

Increased in 13 metros

New listings

Phoenix (24.4%)

Minneapolis, MN (22.1%)

Pittsburgh, PA (19.1%)

Houston (18.6%)

San Antonio, TX (17.6%)

Chicago (-13.8%)

Atlanta (-10.2%)

Newark, NJ (-7.3%)

Providence, RI (-7.1%)

Portland, OR (-5.6%)

Declined in 10 metros

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About Redfin

Redfin ( 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 also run the country’s #1 real estate brokerage site. Our home-buying customers see homes first with same day 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 4,000 people.

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