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Home Prices Start New Year At New High: Redfin

David Krechevsky
Jan 14, 2022
Rising Home Price

Company says January is shaping up to be the most competitive month in housing history.

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • The median home-sale price increased 14% year over year to $358,801. For the seven-day period ending Jan. 9, the median price hit $365,000, up 16% from a year earlier and an all-time high.

The median home sale price surged 16% year over year to an all-time high of $365,000 during the week ending Jan. 9, according to a new report from Redfin.

Prices keep climbing because the supply drought keeps deepening while demand increases, the company said. The number of homes for sale fell to a new low as listings hit the market at a slower rate than they did early last year.

Still, homebuyer activity — as measured by the Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index — jumped 9%, according to the report.

Mortgage rates rose to 3.45% during the seven days ending January 13, making homebuying more expensive as overall inflation hit a 40-year high.

“The stage is now set for the most competitive January housing market in recorded history,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. “Buyers are pouring into the market to claim a home before mortgage rates rise further as new listings slow to a trickle.”

Fairweather said the market conditions “are becoming increasingly challenging for first-time homebuyers, who will have to compete against more experienced buyers who are willing to do whatever it takes to win.”

He added that he expects that “by the time mortgage rates increase to 3.6%, competition will settle down quickly to levels similar to late-2018.”

Portland Redfin real estate agent Jennifer Ciacci said homebuyers are touring nearly every home that comes on the market. They also are “waiving every contingency, offering $100,000 over asking price, and still losing out to 9+ other offers,” she said.

“As competitive as the market is right now, I advise buyers not to write an offer on a home they don’t really like,” Ciacci said. “The home needs to work for what they want and need, and if it checks off those boxes, that's when you go all-in and take your best shot. But protect your heart; this isn't an easy market."

Key housing market takeaways for 400+ U.S. metro areas:

Unless otherwise noted, this data covers the four-week period ending Jan. 9. Redfin’s housing market data goes back through 2012.

  • The median home-sale price increased 14% year over year to $358,801. For the seven-day period ending Jan. 9, the median price hit $365,000, up 16% from a year earlier and an all-time high.
  • The median asking price of newly listed homes increased 12% year over year to $344,190.
  • Pending home sales were up 2.5% year over year.
  • New listings of homes for sale were down 11% from a year earlier.
  • Active listings (the number of homes listed for sale at any point during the period) fell 28% year over year, dropping to an all-time low of 461,000.
  • The share of homes that went under contract that had an accepted offer within the first two weeks on the market was 39%, above the 34% rate of a year earlier.
  • 29% of homes that went under contract had an accepted offer within one week of hitting the market, up from 25% during the same period a year earlier.
  • Homes that sold were on the market for a median of 27 days, down from 35 days a year earlier.
  • 41% of homes sold above list price, up from 33% a year earlier.
  • On average, 2.4% of homes for sale each week had a price drop, up 0.4 percentage points from the same time in 2021.
  • The average sale-to-list price ratio, which measures how close homes are selling to their asking prices, was 100.3%. In other words, the average home sold for 0.3% above its asking price.

Other leading indicators of homebuying activity:

  • Mortgage purchase applications increased 2% week over week (seasonally adjusted) during the week ending Dec. 31. For the week ending Jan. 13, 30-year mortgage rates rose to 3.45%, the highest level since March 2020.
  • The Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index rose 9% during the week ending January 9 and was up 22% from a year earlier.

To view the full report, including charts and methodology, please visit www. redfin.com.

Redfin is a technology-powered real estate company that helps people find a place to live with brokerage, instant home-buying (iBuying), rentals, lending, title insurance, and renovations services. It serve more than 100 markets across the U.S. and Canada and employs over 6,000 people.

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