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Buyers Gaining Negotiating Power in Some Surprising Markets

It's been a long wait, but new Zillow research reveals hot markets where competition is letting up just in time for buyers to get ahead of rising rents and mortgage rates.

Oct 30, 2018

SEATTLE, Oct. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- After years of competitive bidding wars and rising prices, a Zillow® data analysis shows it might finally be a good time to buy a home in many U.S. markets.

Zillow researchers looked at three factors to determine which of the largest U.S. housing markets are becoming more buyer-friendly and found that some previously prohibitively competitive markets – including Seattle and Las Vegas – have turned into the best places for buyers this winter.

The three buyer-boosting metrics we considered are:

  • An increase in the share of listings with a price cut. Price cuts indicate homes are sitting on the market longer – which means more options for buyers, less competition for homes and more room for buyers to negotiate. Many recently white-hot markets have seen large jumps in the share of for-sale listings with a price cut.
  • Projected increase in rent appreciation over the next year. Rent appreciation has slowed recently, but as mortgage affordability deteriorates due to rising mortgage rates, rents could begin to increase again as some would-be buyers put their buying plans on hold. We know that nearly half of renters consider buying while they're looking for a home,i and the potential of rising rents also factors in to when it's a good time to buy.
  • Affordability relative to the past. We looked for markets where mortgage affordability is poor – but not worse than it was historically. With interest rates on the rise, and mortgage affordability already closing in on its historic norm, prepared buyers may want to enter the market before housing payments become historically unaffordable.

Based on those factors, these are the best places for buyers this winter:

  1. Orlando
  2. Boston
  3. Seattle
  4. Las Vegas
  5. Charlotte
  6. Columbus
  7. Portland
  8. Sacramento
  9. Minneapolis
  10. Dallas

"The housing market always lets up a little in the fall, when kids are back in school and the home shopping season wraps up for the holidays," said Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas. "But this fall and winter are shaping up to be more favorable for those buyers who have struggled to get into the housing market for several years amid red-hot competition. Mortgage rates are rising, but will climb much further in 2019 and early 2020. As purchase affordability deteriorates, expect rents to pick back up as some would-be buyers put their plans on ice. Renters who were thinking of buying and decided to hold off may want to take another look this winter, as a steady clip of mortgage rate increases chips away at affordability and more homes become available on the market."

Metropolitan Area

Change in Listings
with a Price Cut

Projected YOY
Rent Change

Affordabilityii

Median Home
Value

Orlando, FL

6.8%

1.4%

20.2%

$231,000

Boston, MA

3.9%

3.1%

25.8%

$458,000

Seattle, WA

11.6%

3.3%

28.6%

$486,600

Las Vegas, NV

9.8%

-0.1%

22.5%

$273,800

Charlotte, NC

4.2%

2.9%

15.1%

$199,400

Columbus, OH

4.0%

1.9%

14.1%

$184,200

Portland, OR

4.6%

3.7%

26.1%

$391,400

Sacramento, CA

5.3%

-0.1%

28.8%

$400,600

Minneapolis, MN

1.9%

1.5%

16.7%

$263,300

Dallas, TX

2.5%

1.4%

16.7%

$233,200

Kansas City, MO

2.5%

3.2%

13.8%

$185,500

Chicago, IL

3.2%

1.2%

15.6%

$222,200

San Diego, CA

10.0%

0.9%

37.9%

$589,200

Cincinnati, OH

2.4%

4.1%

12.5%

$164,500

Tampa, FL

5.9%

-0.3%

18.7%

$208,400

Austin, TX

-0.6%

1.5%

19.3%

$300,600

Atlanta, GA

3.2%

0.7%

15.2%

$209,700

Philadelphia, PA

-1.3%

1.6%

16.1%

$229,300

Washington, D.C.

0.5%

0.7%

19.4%

$401,000

Miami, FL

5.5%

0.7%

24.9%

$278,400

Houston, TX

6.8%

-0.3%

15.1%

$200,900

San Jose, CA

8.8%

0.3%

53.5%

$1,288,700

Baltimore, MD

0.6%

1.1%

16.0%

$265,600

Los Angeles, CA

6.5%

0.3%

45.0%

$647,100

Denver, CO

-1.1%

3.4%

25.3%

$398,400

Phoenix, AZ

0.3%

0.2%

20.2%

$258,300

St. Louis, MO

0.6%

0.9%

12.6%

$163,100

Detroit, MI

2.1%

0.3%

12.9%

$157,200

San Francisco, CA

5.4%

0.0%

44.9%

$961,200

Riverside, CA

5.9%

-0.5%

28.3%

$362,000

San Antonio, TX

-3.2%

0.5%

15.4%

$187,800

Cleveland, OH

1.5%

0.3%

12.7%

$142,700

Pittsburgh, PA

0.7%

0.5%

11.7%

$142,300

Indianapolis, IN

1.6%

0.1%

12.5%

$157,200

Zillow

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i According to the 2018 Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report, 46 percent of renters consider homeownership while they're looking for a new place to live.
ii Mortgage affordability is the portion of the monthly median household income that goes toward a monthly mortgage payment for a median-priced home, assuming a 20 percent down payment and a 30-year fixed mortgage.

 

SOURCE Zillow

For further information: Matt Kreamer, Zillow, press@zillow.com


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