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Real Estate Trends of 2019


So far, 2019 has been a promising year for both real estate investors and would-be homebuyers in the US housing market.

Throughout the year, the rise in home prices has started to slow, mortgage rates dipped to unexpected lows, and many predicted that a buyer’s market might be on the horizon. Moreover, the economy is in good shape, the job market is robust, and the unemployment rate is down. All this is good news for anyone thinking of buying an investment property right now.

An understanding of real estate facts and statistics helps you to identify movement in local markets and better predict the right neighborhoods, properties, and features to invest in.

What follows are some of the statistics that you need to make better investment decisions.

Real Estate Investing Facts:

  • Home values in the United States have increased 7.2% since 2018. (Zillow)

  • There are almost 44 million renter-occupied homes in the US, in contrast to 75 million owner-occupied homes. (NMHC)

  • In 2007, around two-thirds of investors were primarily focused on the stock market. That number has fallen to 50%, with many Millennials choosing to invest in real estate instead. (RealWealth)

  • Thirty-two percent of investment property owners are currently renting or are planning to rent their homes as short-term vacation rentals. (VRM Intel)

  • The average nightly rental rate in the US for short-term rentals is $217 per night, with a range of $186 to $978 per night in popular vacation destinations. (vroomres)

  • In a Zillow survey of real estate experts and economists, 50% are expecting a recession in 2020, and 14% think it will hit in 2021.

  • By 2025, Millennials are expected to form more than 20 million new households. (Realty Biz)

  • 91 of the 100 top housing markets have seen rent increases over the past year. (Apartment List)

  • Individual real estate investors account for 74.4% of rental properties in the United States. (US Census Bureau)

“Today, the combination of rising interest rates and rising home prices has outgrown what many Americans can afford.”

Real Estate Pricing Facts:

  • The US Median home price for 2019 is $277,000, with starter homes averaging $219,000. (National Association of Realtors)

  • Starter home inventory rose 3.5% in the first half of 2019, while trade-up inventory rose 4.8%. At the same time, ongoing low inventory means prices rose 12.4% and 8.3% respectively. (Forbes)

  • Bidding wars in the hot San Francisco housing market tanked from 75% of offers to just 22% in Q2 of 2019. (Forbes)

  • A projected economic downturn or recession could mean lower interest rates over the next year or two with the prime lending rate expected to decline to 4.75%. (Kiplinger)

Real Estate Buyer and Seller Facts:

  • “Unexpected repairs and maintenance” were cited by 36% of homeowners as their biggest home buying regret. (Zillow)

  • 2020 is expected to see the peak of Millennial home buying. (Realtor.com National Housing Forecast)

  • For 78% of home buyers, neighborhood quality is more important than home size. 57% would rather have a shorter commute than a larger lawn. (NAR)

  • For Sale by Owner properties accounted for 7% of home sales in 2017. (NAR)

  • The average days on market before an offer was accepted was 40. (Redfin)

  • Millennials accounted for 45% of mortgage borrowers in 2019. (Realtor.com)

  • Student loans represent $1.7 trillion in debt, negatively impacting the ability of younger, college-educated adults to buy homes. (Forbes)

  • 12 million US homeowners spend more than half of their income on their house payment. (PWC Emerging Trends in Real Estate)

Real Estate Rental Facts:

  • Rental costs increased in 66% of US counties between March and April 2019. However, in many markets, especially on the West Coast, it is still more affordable to rent. (Realtor.com)

  • The number of over-60 renters increased by 43% between 2007 and 2017 as retiring Baby Boomers chose to rent rather than buy when downsizing. (RentCafe)

  • The fastest rent growth in the US occurred in Henderson NV (4.8% increase) and Mesa AZ (4.4% increase) in 2019. (Apartment List)

  • In 2019, average rent growth nationally was at 1.6%, lagging behind the 3.1% growth in wages. This was welcome news in the midst of the housing affordability crisis in most major markets. (Apartment List)

  • The most expensive rental market is still San Francisco, with an average rental rate of $3,690 per month. (Zumper)

  • Approximately half of renters are spending more than 30% of their income on rent. (PWC Emerging Trends in Real Estate)

  • The average rental home was built in 1974 while the typical owner-occupied home was built in 1978. (American Housing Survey)

  • In the last two years, multifamily property construction increased by 21%, indicating an anticipated market shift toward rentals. (Born2Invest)

  • 36.6% of US households are renting, the largest percentage since 1965. (Pew Research Center)

Real Estate Market Facts:

  • According to a study by Apartment List, the best towns for families are both located just outside of Indianapolis: Fishers and Carmel IN.

  • Dallas, Houston, and Miami are considered the strongest markets for buyers with the lowest numbers of competitive bids for houses. (Redfin)

  • In a survey of Millennials, 84% were willing to forego key amenities and home features in favor of their ideal location. (Trulia)

  • Home sales in the sunny South are expected to rise by 6% this year, in contrast to the national average of 2.5%. (Realtor.com)

  • The two most active real estate markets in the country, based on buyer activity and active inventory, are Boston MA and Lafayette IN. (Realtor.com)

  • Madison WI and Grand Rapids MI are the most popular markets for relocating Millennials. (NAR)

  • Troy MI is considered the country’s most affordable rental market. (Apartment List)

The national real estate market has been strong for over a decade now. Although there have been some concerns about a real estate bubble, current real estate trends show that market fundamentals remain solid.

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