Homes are more affordable so where is the sales spike?

by Steve Randall07 Jun 2019

There has been an increase in affordability with 74 of the 100 largest US metros now more affordable than a year ago.

Realtor.com has released two reports this week – the May 2019 monthly housing trend report and Realtors and realtor.com Affordability Distribution Curve and Score Report - showing that, even as house prices continue to rise albeit at a slower rate, affordability has been boosted by lower mortgage rates, rising inventory of available homes, and increasing wages.

Despite the slowest pace of growth (6% year-over-year) since April 2015, the US median listing price reached a new record high of $315,000.

But with that rise being offset by other factors, why has greater affordability not meant a spike in sales?

"The boost in affordability has yet to translate into more home sales perhaps because--while the shift in trend is welcome, the current monthly savings are small and some buyers may be waiting for markets to tip further in their favor," said Danielle Hale, realtor.com® 's chief economist.

There is also the issue of the types of homes that are available compared to those who are ready to buy.

"Despite the encouraging trends, entry-level buyers will likely continue to struggle to find homes in their price range as the majority of the inventory gains continue to be in mid-to upper-tier homes in more expensive markets,” added Hale.

In April, the number of homes priced above $750,000 -- more than double the national median -- increased 11% year-over-year, while the number homes priced below $200,000 decreased by 8% year-over-year.

Metros with the greatest increases in affordability

Metro

April Affordability
Score

YoY Affordability
Score

May Median Listing
Price

May Median Days
on Market

San Jose-Sunnyvale et al, Calif.

0.5

0.11

$1,167,444

28

Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa

0.94

0.11

$288,000

59

San Francisco-Oakland et al, Calif.

0.54

0.09

$954,500

28

Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.

0.82

0.08

$231,500

64

Atlanta-Sandy Springs et al, Ga.

0.8

0.07

$335,000

47

Portland-Vancouver et al, Ore.-Wash.

0.59

0.07

$474,975

34

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.

0.69

0.07

$299,900

91

Austin-Round Rock, Texas

0.7

0.07

$369,995

46

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas

0.68

0.06

$350,000

43

Charlotte-Concord et al, N.C.-S.C.

0.75

0.06

$329,450

49

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.

0.56

0.06

$754,500

60

Raleigh, N.C.

0.87

0.06

$349,950

45

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla.

0.69

0.06

$315,000

57

Madison, Wis.

0.86

0.06

$339,500

40

Jackson, Miss.

0.86

0.06

$259,000

71

Tampa-St. Petersburg et al, Fla.

0.77

0.05

$279,950

58

Palm Bay-Melbourne et al, Fla.

0.79

0.05

$270,018

61

Jacksonville, Fla.

0.74

0.05

$315,000

60

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Ind.

0.91

0.05

$279,900

45

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Mich.

0.8

0.05

$289,900

31

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo.

0.68

0.05

$511,950

29

Colorado Springs, Colo.

0.62

0.05

$379,900

30

Augusta-Richmond County, Ga.-S.C.

0.9

0.05

$223,225

60

Salt Lake City, Utah

0.7

0.05

$436,250

31

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.

0.7

0.05

$350,000

46

Nashville-Davidson et al, Tenn.

0.72

0.05

$355,495

37

Washington et al, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.V.

0.87

0.04

$462,250

34

Stockton-Lodi, Calif.

0.62

0.04

$425,475

35

St. Louis, Mo.-Ill.

1.08

0.04

$229,188

52

Riverside et al, Calif.

0.62

0.04

$410,450

50

New Haven-Milford, Conn.

0.9

0.04

$279,900

50

Minneapolis et al, Minn.-Wis.

0.81

0.04

$360,000

34

Miami-Fort Lauderdale et al, Fla.

0.62

0.04

$399,000

88

Deltona-Daytona Beach et al, Fla.

0.62

0.04

$294,500

73

Allentown-Bethlehem et al, Pa.-N.J.

1

0.04

$222,450

54

Los Angeles-Long Beach et al, Calif.

0.37

0.04

$769,500

42

Springfield, Mass.

0.83

0.04

$279,000

37

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, S.C.

0.84

0.04

$269,000

50

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich.

0.97

0.04

$258,250

36

San Diego-Carlsbad, Calif.

0.39

0.03

$699,925

31

North Port-Sarasota et al, Fla.

0.66

0.03

$359,900

86

Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pa.

1.07

0.03

$219,900

45

Boise City, Idaho

0.64

0.03

$369,900

30

Sacramento--Roseville et al, Calif.

0.57

0.03

$493,725

35

Portland-South Portland, Maine

0.7

0.03

$379,450

47

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md.

0.96

0.03

$334,500

43

Tucson, Ariz.

0.67

0.02

$298,250

52

San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas

0.68

0.02

$295,000

49

New York-Newark et al, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa.

0.54

0.02

$564,500

52

Little Rock et al, Ark.

1.03

0.02

$194,900

53

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev.

0.72

0.02

$319,900

43

Knoxville, Tenn.

0.77

0.02

$289,900

56

Hartford-West Hartford et al, Conn.

0.98

0.02

$279,900

46

Fresno, Calif.

0.66

0.02

$322,500

42

Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.

0.68

0.02

$361,250

43

Columbia, S.C.

0.98

0.02

$235,000

53

Chicago et al, Ill.-Ind.-Wis.

0.86

0.02

$311,386

42

Albuquerque, N.M.

0.81

0.02

$269,995

46

Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash.

0.69

0.02

$329,995

31

Richmond, Va.

0.83

0.02

$332,053

46

Wichita, Kan.

0.96

0.01

$212,450

44

Virginia Beach et al, V.a-N.C.

0.85

0.01

$301,000

45

Urban Honolulu, Hawaii

0.52

0.01

$694,900

56

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.

0.51

0.01

$627,500

30

Providence-Warwick, R.I.-Mass.

0.64

0.01

$369,900

44

Pittsburgh, Pa.

1.05

0.01

$197,250

59

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.

0.43

0.01

$689,475

40

Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark.

1.01

0.01

$223,500

44

Columbus, Ohio

0.95

0.01

$264,900

35

Cincinnati, Ohio-Ky.-Ind.

0.89

0.01

$289,900

43

Buffalo-Cheektowaga et al, N.Y.

0.92

0.01

$220,000

36

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.-N.H.

0.62

0.01

$594,250

30

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y.

0.84

0.01

$299,900

64

Charleston-North Charleston, S.C.

0.69

0.01

$427,450

67

Worcester, Mass.-Conn.

0.85

0

$349,000

36

Toledo, Ohio

1.13

0

$166,950

43

Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa

0.81

0

$297,630

29

Milwaukee-Waukesha et al, Wis.

0.86

0

$279,900

36

Houston-The Woodlands et al, Texas

0.7

0

$324,945

51

Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio

1.03

0

$190,606

49

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas

0.68

-0.01

$196,000

83

Baton Rouge, La.

0.93

-0.01

$249,900

70

Youngstown-Warren et al, Ohio-Pa.

1.21

-0.01

$124,900

64

Dayton, Ohio

1.15

-0.01

$157,745

38

Akron, Ohio

1.11

-0.02

$174,900

40

Philadelphia et al, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md.

0.92

-0.02

$288,950

46

Winston-Salem, N.C.

0.85

-0.02

$245,000

45

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre et al, Pa.

1.06

-0.02

$162,400

67

Oklahoma City, Okla.

0.87

-0.02

$256,500

43

New Orleans-Metairie, La.

0.74

-0.02

$292,500

60

Louisville et al, Ky.-Ind.

0.91

-0.02

$277,450

43

Greensboro-High Point, N.C.

0.85

-0.02

$245,900

45

Chattanooga, Tenn.-Ga.

0.77

-0.03

$289,700

51

Birmingham-Hoover, Ala.

0.96

-0.03

$249,000

50

Rochester, N.Y.

0.93

-0.04

$222,450

31

Bakersfield, Calif.

0.79

-0.04

$260,000

43

Syracuse, N.Y.

1.04

-0.04

$184,950

51

Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.

0.88

-0.04

$302,500

40

Tulsa, Okla.

0.89

-0.07

$239,500

50

El Paso, Texas

0.79

-0.09

$191,475

68

 


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