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Homes with Over 30 Favorites Sell in Under Two Weeks and for More Money

Over 40 percent of listings that get 30 or more favorites in their first week typically end up selling for over list price, according to data available through Zillow's new Builder Inform tool

- Home listings across the U.S. that receive 30 or more favorites on Zillow within their first week on the market sell in under two weeks and for more money, a sign of how competitive the housing market has become.

- Listings in San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland are the most competitive. The typical San Jose home listing gets 17 favorites in its first week on the market.

- For-sale homes in Seattle that get 40 favorites within the first week sell in just seven days.

Aug 22, 2017

SEATTLE, Aug. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Shoppers who favorite a home on Zillow® could be doing more than just browsing. According to a new Zillow analysisi, homes with more favorites sell faster and for more moneyii, an indication of how competitive the housing market has become.

Homes across the U.S. that receive 30 or more favorites within their first week of hitting the market typically sell in under two weeksiii, with over 40 percent selling above list price. But homes that get 10 or fewer favorites in their first week go for less money and take over a month to sell.

Favoriting a home on Zillow is a way for shoppers to save homes they're interested in coming back to later, making it easy to show a friend, partner or real estate agent.

Homes in San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, a few of the hottest markets in the country, get the most favorites within their first week on the market. In San Jose, the typical home gets 17 favorites in the first week and spends just 12 days on the marketiv. About 65 percent of these homes sell above asking price.

As demand for homes skyrockets and the market becomes increasingly competitive, it's not unusual for sellers to receive multiple offers and for bidding wars to ensue among buyers. Low inventory is one of the reasons competition is so high -- there are 11 percent fewer homes on the market than a year ago, the greatest drop in inventory since July 2013.

In Seattle, the fastest growing metro in the country, the typical home gets favorited 14 times in its first week on the market, selling in just 11 days. Some homes in Seattle, however, get up to 40 favorites in the first week and typically sell in just seven days. Among these homes, 75 percent sell over asking price.

Zillow's analysis used new data now available via its tool, Builder Inform™. Builder Inform was created to help residential builders make informed decisions about where and what types of homes to build based on consumer demand. Builder Inform is now available to builders who participate in Zillow Group's Promoted Communities.

"When shoppers favorite a home on Zillow, they may be in the active home-shopping process and not just casually browsing," said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. "Shoppers may also favorite homes they want to keep checking in on or save to share later with a partner. Homes with built-up favorites often denote desirable homes in popular locations– a sure indicator that you're not the only one eyeing the home of your dreams. If you're a buyer interested in a home with many favorites, take immediate steps to view the home as soon as possible, and make sure you have pre-approved financing ready to go in case you want to make an offer then and there, especially in the country's most competitive markets."

Not all cities within a hot metro are equally competitive, however. In the majority of metros analyzed, homes listed for sale in the largest city in the metro get more favorites in its first week on the market than homes in other cities within the metro.

This trend is most pronounced in Seattle, where listings in the city itself get about 22 favorites in the first week, but listings in outlying cities get just 13. In Riverside, Calif., listings in the city itself get 15 favorites in the first week on the market, while listings in outlying cities get eight.

Knowing the number of favorites a home receives allows sellers to be up to speed on how popular their home is relative to others on the market and how much competition they can expect.  A high number of favorites is a good indicator that a home may sell quicker than expected, and for more money.

According to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Reportv, almost 70 percent of sellers say seeing how well their home is performing compared to similar homes on the market is an important way for them to gauge interest. About 60 percent of sellers say an important way for them to gauge interest is to know how many people have looked at their home online.

The Builder Inform tool is now available to residential builders, with data down to the ZIP code level in all major housing markets throughout the country. To learn more about the tool, please contact press@zillow.com or visit www.zgbuilderinform.com.

Metropolitan Area

Median Number
of Favorites in
First Week on
Market

Days
on
Zillow

Percent of
Homes Sold
for Over
Asking Price

Largest City

Median First
Week
Favorites in
Largest City

Median First
Week Favorites in
Rest of Metro

United States

7

33

15.9%

n/a

n/a

n/a

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

10

29

29.2%

Los Angeles

11

10

Chicago, IL

7

30

12.0%

Chicago

6

7

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

12

15

27.5%

Dallas

13

12

Philadelphia, PA

7

38

9.7%

Philadelphia

6

7

Houston, TX

6

15

27.3%

Houston

6

5

Washington, DC

10

24

19.3%

Washington

10

9

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

4

44

7.7%

Miami

3

4

Atlanta, GA

11

29

13.7%

Atlanta

16

10

Boston, MA

10

14

34.2%

Boston

10

10

San Francisco, CA

15

14

60.1%

San Francisco

18

15

Detroit, MI

12

29

11.9%

Detroit

8

13

Riverside, CA

9

32

23.2%

Riverside

15

8

Phoenix, AZ

9

33

9.8%

Phoenix

9

9

Seattle, WA

14

11

42.3%

Seattle

22

13

Minneapolis-St Paul, MN

8

27

23.1%

Minneapolis

13

7

San Diego, CA

10

27

21.6%

San Diego

11

9

St. Louis, MO

8

34

20.4%

Saint Louis

11

8

Tampa, FL

11

36

13.9%

Tampa

14

10

Baltimore, MD

9

36

16.2%

Baltimore

7

10

Denver, CO

10

15

31.1%

Denver

10

10

Pittsburgh, PA

8

42

11.3%

Pittsburgh

13

7

Portland, OR

14

12.5

38.3%

Portland

17

13

Charlotte, NC

8

28

12.1%

Charlotte

11

6

Sacramento, CA

9

18

33.9%

Sacramento

11

8

San Antonio, TX

10

22

33.8%

San Antonio

12

7

Orlando, FL

9

38

13.4%

Orlando

12

8

Cincinnati, OH

6

25

10.4%

Cincinnati

9

6

Cleveland, OH

9

30.5

10.8%

Cleveland

6

9

Kansas City, MO

11

12

28.9%

Kansas City

13

10

Las Vegas, NV

7

30

12.0%

Las Vegas

7

6

Columbus, OH

8

19

24.0%

Columbus

10

7

Indianapolis, IN

9

25

22.2%

Indianapolis

11

8

San Jose, CA

17

12

67.5%

San Jose

18

16

Austin, TX

7

13

30.9%

Austin

8

6

Virginia Beach, VA

8

42

7.0%

Virginia Beach

10

7

Zillow

Zillow® is the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help. In addition, Zillow operates an industry-leading economics and analytics bureau led by Zillow's Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. Dr. Gudell and her team of economists and data analysts produce extensive housing data and research covering more than 450 markets at Zillow Real Estate Research. Zillow also sponsors the quarterly Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey, which asks more than 100 leading economists, real estate experts and investment and market strategists to predict the path of the Zillow Home Value Index over the next five years. Launched in 2006, Zillow is owned and operated by Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:Z and ZG), and headquartered in Seattle.

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i Zillow analyzed listings from the spring home buying season in 2017 (March through June), specifically tracking how many users favorited each listing on Zillow in its first week on the market. Data comes from Zillow's new tool, Builder Inform.
ii Sell for more money relative to the homes list price.
iii Time to sell in this analysis refers to the time it takes for the seller to accept an offer – time to go pending. 
iv Days on Zillow between list and offer acceptance.
v The first annual Zillow Group Report is the largest-ever survey of U.S. home buyers, sellers, owners and renters, and asked more than 13,000 U.S. residents aged 18 to 75 about their homes – how they search for them, pay for them, maintain and improve them, and what frustrations and aspirations color their decisions.

 

 

SOURCE Zillow

For further information: Jordyn Lee, Zillow, press@zillow.com


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