A glowing sunrise over Belmont Shore in Long Beach_ California.

Moderately higher interest rates held California home sales essentially flat in March, totaling over 280,000 on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate for the second consecutive month. The competitiveness in the housing market, however, continues to heat up as homes are selling faster and the sales-to-list-price ratio is improving. As a result, the statewide median home price recorded a healthy increase of 7% on a month-to-month basis after six months of straight declines. That said, the number of homes available for sale continues to tighten as fewer new listings are failing to replenish inventory. All signs point to a market with solid demand, which should help bolster sales through the homebuying season, but tight inventory will prevent a rapid rebound. 


Increase in mortgage rates prompted a pullback in mortgage application activity: Mortgage applications decreased 8.8% from one week earlier for the week ending April 14,2023 as mortgage interest rates inched up. Demand continues to demonstrate sensitivity to rate changes with purchase applications declining from the week prior and the same time a year ago, just as mortgage interest rates moved up for the first time in over a month. Refinance activity also fell on a week-to-week and a year ago basis. According to Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage bumped up to 6.39% as of Thursday, April 20,2023 – 116 basis points higher than the same time from last year. Although home prices have softened somewhat, rates are stuck above 6%. As such, affordability continues to be a serious issue for many potential homebuyers and with limited inventory of homes, buyers will be more selective about when to act.


Single-family construction picks up, though multifamily drags overall construction down: Total housing starts fell 0.8% to a 1.42-million-unit pace during March while February's strong gain was revised slightly lower to a 1.432-million-unit pace. The monthly dip from February was mainly driven by a decline in multifamily construction which overshadowed the progress made in single-family construction. Although multifamily starts recorded a decline, it continues to advance at a robust clip having an annual unit pace higher than 2022 as a whole. Single-family construction on the other hand despite having its third monthly improvement over the last four months, it remained behind last year by 27.7%. By region, the West was the only one with a decline over the previous month and recorded the greatest pullback over the year at -53.4%. That said, builder sentiment improved for a fourth consecutive month and building permits along with it, which rose 4.1% in March, suggesting an uptick in new construction in the months ahead. 


The typical homeowner gained six figures in wealth over the last decade: A new housing report by the National Association of Realtors®(NAR) revealed that middle-income homeowners accumulated $122,100 in wealth as their homes appreciated by 68% in the last 10 years. While the report also highlighted the existence of disparities between different income levels as well as race/ethnic background, no one was exempt from accruing a minimum of $98,900 in wealth from home price appreciation over the last decade. What’s more, homeowners saw their debt drop by 21% and many more were able to refinance and lock-in a rate lower than 4% in the months following the onset of the pandemic, which helped save thousands of dollars in interest rates over the life of the loan. The top 10 areas with the largest wealth gains for low-income owners were all located in California and exceeded $290,000.


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