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Nearly One Quarter of 2017 U.S. Home Sales Were Above the Asking Price

On average, homes that sold above their list price went for $7,000 over the asking price

- The share of U.S. home sales that were above the listed price increased from 17.8 percent in 2012 to 24.1 percent in 2017.

- The typical price increase for homes that sold above the listed price was 3.1 percent.

- More than half of home sales in San Jose, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Seattle went for more than the listed prices.

Jan 11, 2018

SEATTLE, Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Buyers paid more than the asking price in nearly one quarter (24 percent) of U.S. home sales in 2017, netting sellers an additional $7,000 each. Five years ago, 17.8 percent of final sale prices were higher than the asking price, according to a new Zillow® analysisi.

Over the past year the American housing market has been struck by the combination of strong demand and limited supply. Young adult renters are increasingly feeling confident enough to buy, but they are entering a market with very few homes for sale, as inventory has been steadily declining for almost three years. Low interest rates have buoyed buyers' budgets, raising the limits on what they can afford – and may be willing – to pay.

Homes sell quickly in such a competitive market, with the typical U.S. home selling in 80 days, including the time it takes to close on the sale. In San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle, the average home sells in less than 50 days. Fierce competition means buyers may not win a home on their first offer. The typical buyer spends more than four months home shopping and has to make multiple offers before an offer is accepted, according to the 2017 Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report.

"Low interest rates and strong labor markets with high-paying jobs have allowed home buyers in some of the country's priciest housing markets to bid well over asking price," said Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas. "In the booming tech capitals of the California Bay Area and Pacific Northwest, paying above list price is now the norm. In the face of historically tight inventory, buyers have had to be more aggressive in their offers. We don't expect this inventory crunch to ease meaningfully in 2018, meaning buyers will be facing many of the same struggles this year."

In San Jose, Calif., San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Seattle, more than half of all homes sold last year went for above the list price. The average home sold above list in San Jose netted sellers an additional $62,000, the largest difference between list and sale price of the metros analyzed.

Over the past five years, Seattle saw the greatest increase in the share of sales that were above the asking price, from 20 percent of home sales in 2012 to 52 percent of sales in 2017. The amount over asking price grew as well, from 2.5 percent to 5.3 percent above the listed price.  

Miami homes were least likely to sell for more than the listed price last year, followed by Virginia Beach and New Orleans. 

Metropolitan Area

Share of Sales 
Above List
Price - 2012

Share Of Sales
Above List
Price - 2017

Median Amount
Paid Over List
Price - 2017 (%)

Median Amount
Paid Over List
Price - 2017 ($)

United States

17.8%

24.1%

3.1%

$7,000

New York / Northern
New Jersey

6.8%

20.2%

3.3%

$12,000

Los Angeles, CA

27.0%

37.5%

2.6%

$14,100

Chicago, IL

13.1%

18.5%

2.6%

$5,100

Dallas, TX

35.0%

38.9%

5.7%

$12,023

Philadelphia, PA

6.1%

16.8%

2.4%

$5,100

Houston, TX

27.2%

32.6%

5.0%

$9,796

Washington, DC

18.8%

25.4%

1.9%

$6,100

Miami, FL

19.0%

11.8%

4.2%

$9,100

Atlanta, GA

19.3%

19.6%

2.4%

$5,000

Boston, MA

13.4%

40.6%

3.7%

$15,001

San Francisco, CA

43.0%

64.5%

6.0%

$41,000

Detroit, MI

22.6%

24.0%

2.8%

$5,000

Riverside, CA

32.8%

28.8%

1.8%

$5,100

Phoenix, AZ

29.0%

16.0%

1.8%

$3,600

Seattle, WA

20.3%

52.4%

5.3%

$20,100

Minneapolis, MN

16.3%

35.3%

3.0%

$6,100

San Diego, CA

24.4%

32.1%

2.1%

$10,100

Saint Louis, MO

13.5%

26.2%

4.3%

$6,748

Tampa, FL

13.5%

15.6%

2.7%

$5,000

Baltimore, MD

10.0%

19.5%

2.2%

$5,100

Denver, CO

17.9%

39.5%

2.9%

$10,000

Pittsburgh, PA

7.6%

13.7%

2.7%

$4,100

Portland, OR

19.6%

41.0%

3.1%

$10,100

Charlotte, NC

9.4%

27.0%

2.7%

$5,000

Sacramento, CA

34.6%

41.2%

2.5%

$9,000

San Antonio, TX

38.9%

42.2%

5.8%

$10,913

Orlando, FL

22.3%

16.9%

2.6%

$5,000

Cincinnati, OH

9.3%

16.4%

2.3%

$3,500

Cleveland, OH

8.6%

18.8%

3.2%

$4,300

Kansas City, MO

31.5%

37.8%

4.4%

$7,500

Las Vegas, NV

31.4%

25.4%

2.2%

$5,000

Columbus, OH

10.1%

32.9%

3.0%

$5,100

Indianapolis, IN

34.5%

24.4%

4.1%

$5,846

San Jose, CA

49.1%

68.5%

6.8%

$62,000

Austin, TX

36.3%

32.7%

6.3%

$15,311

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 Due to a lag in sales data, this analysis includes data for the first three quarters of the year only.

 

SOURCE Zillow

For further information: Lauren Braun, Zillow, press@zillow.com


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