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This week’s economic data continues to suggest the U.S. economy is only gradually losing momentum. Consumers continued to spend, albeit at a slower pace, and industrial and housing activity are seeing some stabilization. Homebuilders’ sentiment pulled out of negative territory for the first time in nearly a year as buyer incentives and other factors made it easier to sell the overstock of new homes. Consequently, residential construction picked up and builders even increased single-family permits. The resale market in California, however, had a tough month in April as sales took a step back despite competition heating up. A lack of new listings, due to the ‘lock-in effect’, kept the existing inventory of homes for sale limited which drove prices higher just after California had seen an improvement in affordability at the start of the year. 


Higher mortgage rates and low housing inventory restrain California home sales in April: The market had another rough month in April in terms of sales, as the sales-pace remained below the 300,000-units for the seventh consecutive month. The number of homes sold dipped both from the prior month (-4.7%) and from the same month of last year (-36.1%), while supply remained tight and mortgage rates stayed elevated. Closed sales, however, should see a bounce back in May as more transactions opened escrow in April. Meanwhile, market competition continues to heat up and applies upward pressure on home prices. The statewide median price climbed back above $800k for the first time in six months and is expected to increase further in May and June as the market enters its typical summer homebuying season.


Housing affordability in California rises to highest level in a year during first-quarter 2023: Housing affordability in California improved at the start of the year, with the statewide index for existing single-family home inching up to 20% in Q123, the highest in the last four quarters. A combination of slightly lower mortgage rates and cheaper prices led to an improvement in housing affordability over the previous quarter. However, mortgage interest rates were still nearly two-thirds higher than a year ago and as a result the state housing affordability index (HAI) remained four percentage points below Q122. The monthly mortgage payment for a median-priced home (including taxes and insurance) dipped 6.4% from Q422 but jumped 19.2% from Q122 as the effective mortgage rate surged from 3.97% in Q122 to 6.48% in Q123. With interest rates near the highest level in the past 16 years, housing affordability will remain a challenge for many homebuyers in the coming quarters.


Housing starts advance in April as home builder sentiment improves: Home building appears to be perking up a bit. Total housing starts rose 2.2% to a 1.4 million-unit pace in April. Both single-family and multifamily starts advanced solidly during the month as warmer weather and fewer issues obtaining building materials supported residential construction. Although housing starts were revised down for prior months, the pace of residential construction has been improving on trend so far this year. Despite single-family construction continuing to run at a sluggish pace, it appears to be on the rebound as single-family permits also increased for the third consecutive month. The uptick in construction and especially the plans for future construction (permits), are likely a result of builders gaining more confidence in the market as rate buy-downs, price discounts and other incentives, combined with low resale inventory have increased sales of new homes.


Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend! If you have any real estate questions or would like to discuss if now is a good time to buy or sell, please feel free to contact me. 


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