Vermont market update

Vermont Market Update: January 2022

Northwest Vermont Market Update January 2022 Infographic

 

The 2022 real estate market begins where 2021 left off, in which existing home sales reached their highest level since 2006, with the National Association of REALTORS® reporting sales were up 8.5% compared to the previous year as homebuyers rushed to take advantage of historically low mortgage rates. Home sales would’ve been even greater were it not for soaring sales prices and a shortage of homes for sale in many markets, forcing a multitude of buyers to temporarily put their home purchase plans on hold.

New Listings decreased 27.4 percent for single-family homes and 32.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales decreased 7.9 percent for single-family homes and 32.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 50.9 percent for single-family homes and 45.8 percent for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was up 16.5 percent to $395,000 for single-family homes and 17.5 percent to $275,750 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 16.7 percent for single-family homes and 57.7 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 50.0 percent for single-family homes and 42.9 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

For many buyers, 2022 marks a new opportunity to make their home purchase dreams a reality. But it won’t be without its challenges. Inventory of existing homes was at 910,000 at the start of the new year, the lowest level recorded since 1999, according to the National Association of REALTORS®, and competition remains fierce. Affordability continues to decline, as inflation, soaring sales prices, and surging mortgage interest rates reduce purchasing power. The sudden increase in rates and home prices means buyers are paying significantly more per month compared to this time last year, which may cause sales to slow as more buyers become priced out of the market.

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Vermont Market Update: February 2022

Vermont Housing Market Update: February 2022

The U.S. real estate market remains hot ahead of the spring selling season, with existing home sales up 6.7% as of last measure, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Experts attribute the growth in sales to an uptick in mortgage interest rates, as buyers rushed to lock down their home purchases before rates move higher. Mortgage rates have increased almost a full percentage point since December, with the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage briefly exceeding 4% in February, the highest level since May 2019.

New Listings decreased 4.6 percent for single-family homes and 5.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales decreased 17.3 percent for single family homes but increased 3.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

Inventory decreased 42.7 percent for single-family homes and 54.5 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 12.5 percent to $365,500 for single-family homes and 24.0 percent to $310,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 35.7 percent for single-family homes and 66.7 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 41.7 percent for single-family homes and 57.1 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

Inventory was at an all-time low of 860,000 as February began, down 17% from a year ago and equivalent to 1.6 months supply. According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of REALTORS®, much of the current housing supply is concentrated at the upper end of the market, where inventory is increasing, while homes priced at the lower end of the market are quickly disappearing, leaving many first-time buyers behind.

The shortage of homes is boosting demand even further, and with bidding wars common in many markets, it’s no surprise sales prices continue to soar.

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Vermont Market Update: March 2022

Nationally, existing home sales recently dropped to a 6-month low, falling 7.2% as buyers struggled to find a home amid rising prices and historic low inventory. Pending sales are also down, declining 4.1% as of last measure, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Builders are working hard to ramp up production—the U.S. Census Bureau reports housing starts are up 22.3% compared to a year ago—but higher construction costs and increasing sales prices continue to hamper new home sales, despite high demand for additional supply.

New Listings decreased 12.7 percent for single-family homes and 12.5 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales decreased 7.7 percent for single-family homes and 21.9 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 38.2 percent for single-family homes and 33.3 percent for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was up 20.7 percent to $420,000 for single-family homes and 21.0 percent to $337,500 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 26.3 percent for single-family homes but increased 14.8 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 38.5 percent for single-family homes and 25.0 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

Across the country, consumers are feeling the bite of inflation and surging mortgage interest rates, which recently hit 4.6% in March, according to Freddie Mac, rising 1.4 percent since January and the highest rate in more than 3 years. Monthly payments have increased significantly compared to this time last year, and as housing affordability declines, an increasing number of would-be homebuyers are turning to the rental market, only to face similar challenges as rental prices skyrocket and vacancy rates remain at near-record low.

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Vermont Market Update: April 2022

Vermont Real Estate Market Update April 2022 Graphic

The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage exceeded 5% in April, the highest level since 2011, according to Freddie Mac. The recent surge in mortgage rates has reduced the pool of eligible buyers and has caused mortgage applications to decline, with a significant impact on refinance applications, which are down more than 70% compared to this time last year. As the rising costs of homeownership force many Americans to adjust their budgets, an increasing number of buyers are hoping to help offset the costs by moving from bigger, more expensive cities to smaller areas that offer a more affordable cost of living.

New Listings decreased 27.2 percent for single-family homes but remained flat for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales decreased 19.7 percent for single-family homes but increased 34.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 40.7 percent for single-family homes and 48.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 21.8 percent to $432,250 for single-family homes and 26.4 percent to $350,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 41.7 percent for single-family homes and 48.9 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 30.8 percent for single-family homes and 45.5 percent for townhouse-condo properties.Affordability challenges are limiting buying activity, and early signs suggest competition for homes may be cooling somewhat.

Nationally, existing home sales are down 2.7% as of last measure, while pending sales dropped 1.2%, marking 5 straight months of under contract declines, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Inventory remains low, with only 2 months supply at present, and home prices continue to rise, with the median existing home at $373,500, a 15% increase from this time last year. Homes are still selling quickly, however, and multiple offers are common in many markets.

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Vermont Real Estate Market Update: September 2022

Vermont Real Estate Market Report September 2022 Graphic
 
The U.S. real estate market continues to slow as we move into fall, as rising consumer prices and higher mortgage interest rates squeeze homebuyer budgets and cool activity. With inflation showing little sign of abating, the Federal Reserve implemented another 75-basis-point hike in September, marking the third such rate increase this year. The cost of borrowing has reached multi-year highs on everything from credit cards to auto loans in 2022 as mortgage interest rates topped 6% for the first time since 2008, causing existing home sales to decline for the seventh consecutive month.
 
New Listings increased 3.7 percent for single-family homes but decreased 18.6percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales decreased 3.4 percent or single-family homes and 8.3 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 16.6 percent for single-family homes and 23.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
 
The Median Sales Price was up 8.9 percent to $430,000 for single-family homes and 21.6 percent to $348,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 25.0 percent for single-family homes but increased 23.5 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 5.9 percent for single-family homes and 22.2 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
 
Affordability challenges have priced many buyers out of the market this year, and buyers who do succeed in purchasing a home are finding that the costs of homeownership have increased significantly, with monthly mortgage payments more than 55% higher than a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Inventory remains lower than normal, and as the market continue to shift, experts project homes will begin to spend more days on market and price growth will slow in the months ahead.
 
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