The Triangle's median home prices experienced increases from last year, beating the nation's median home prices, which reached a new all-time high in June 2016, according to new data.
The United States' median home prices are 1 percent above the previous peak in July 2005, following 52 consecutive months of increases, according to the data released by ATTOM Data Solutions, the new parent company of RealtyTrac. Single-family homes and condos across the nation sold for a median price of $231,000 in June 2016, up 6 percent from May and 9 percent from a year ago.
Raleigh had median home prices higher than the national median price in June, at $240,000, up 4 percent from $230,000 from last year. In Durham and Chapel Hill, the median home sales price was even higher at $307,000, with 277 counted sales.
Daren Blomquist, senior vice president of ATTOM Data Solutions, said the all-time high home prices nationwide are being enabled by historically low mortgage rates. “It is likely that some of the most interest rate sensitive local markets will see home price appreciation knocked down when the low rate rug is finally pulled out from under the housing recovery,” he said. “We are seeing signs of weakening appreciation in many bellwether markets already in spite of the rock-bottom rates.”
Raleigh home sellers experienced gains in June 2016, with average seller gains of $41,915 in June 2016, up 35.6 percent from $27,000 in June 2015. Homeowners in Durham and Chapel Hill also made profit as the average seller gain was $31,000 in June 2016, up 138.5 percent from $13,000 in June 2015.
According to CoreLogic, a California-based corporation providing financial, property and consumer information, cash sales accounted for 32 percent of all home sales in April 2016, down 2.8 percentage points year-over-year. Prior to the housing crisis, cash sales share of total home sales averaged approximately 25 percent. CoreLogic predicts that if the cash sales share continues to fall at the same rate it did in April 2016, the share will hit 25 percent by the middle of 2018.
Cash sales in Raleigh were up for the month of April, with a 1 percentage point increase compared to April 2015 and higher than the national rate. In North Carolina, cash sales were 23 percent of total sales.