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Redfin Report: Luxury Home-Price Growth Slows to 5 Percent in the Second Quarter

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Redfin Report: Luxury Home-Price Growth Slows to 5 Percent in the Second Quarter

Despite Cooling in Price Growth, High-End Homes Sold Faster Than Ever

Luxury Home Prices Are Up in Lower-Tax States Like Florida, Nevada and Washington

PR Newswire

SEATTLE, Aug. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ:RDFN) -- Luxury home prices rose 5.2 percent year over year to an average of $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2018, according to Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage. This is lower growth than in the first quarter, when prices were up 7.3 percent. The Redfin analysis tracks home sales in more than 1,000 cities across the country and defines a home as luxury if it is among the top 5 percent most expensive homes sold in the city in each quarter.

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Luxury homes went under contract after an average of 65 days on market, six fewer days than the second quarter of last year, and the fastest pace on record since Redfin began tracking this metric in the first quarter of 2009. The market sped up even more for non-luxury homes, which spent an average of 51 days on market, 10 fewer days than last year.

"Demand for luxury homes in the U.S. has strengthened this year because stock-market gains and tax reform put more money in the pockets of the wealthy," said Sheharyar Bokhari, senior economist at Redfin. "Yet the inventory shortage is ongoing--even among multi-million-dollar homes. As a result, we are seeing luxury homes sell in record time. The good news is that inventory declined at a slower rate last quarter, which has alleviated some of the upward pressure on prices, resulting in slightly lower price growth in the luxury market last quarter."

Luxury homes sold fastest in Oakland, California, where they found buyers in an average of 17 days, followed by San Jose, California (19); San Francisco (29); Seattle (43); and Washington, D.C. (44).

Q2 Market Summary

Luxury Market (Top 5%)

Rest of Market (Bottom 95%)

Average Sale Price

$1.87 million

$353,000

Average Sale Price YoY

+5.2%

+5.4%

Average Days on Market

65

51

Days on Market YoY

6 days faster

10 days faster

Percent of Homes that Sold Above List Price

1.8%

26.8%

Cities with the Largest Gains and Loses in Luxury Home Prices
Cities across Florida and the Western U.S. saw the nation's largest increases in luxury home prices in the second quarter. In West Palm Beach, Florida, the average sale price for a luxury home soared 85 percent over last year to $2.24 million. Luxury home prices were up 59.1 percent in Boynton Beach, Florida, 27.7 percent in Henderson, Nevada, and 27.5 percent in Seattle.

Redfin believes some portion of the gains in these cities can be attributed to the $10,000 cap on state income and property tax deductions established in the new tax code, enacted in December 2017. As Redfin has predicted and begun to see in Redfin.com user search data, more people are leaving high-tax states like New York and California for states with lower local income and property taxes like Florida, Nevada and Washington.

Just last week, Redfin agent Delray Valle sold a $1.8 million property in Delray Beach, Florida, to a buyer from New York. Last year she sold two Palm Beach properties over $5 million to buyers relocating from California. "All of these buyers said they were moving to Florida for the same reason: taxes."

A Redfin-commissioned survey in May of more than 1,300 people who had bought a home in the past year, revealed that more than 36 percent of recent homebuyers said tax reform affected their home purchase decision, with respondents citing a wide range of effects:

  • 8% moved to a state with lower taxes.
  • 9% moved within their state to a municipality with lower taxes.
  • 10% said they bought a more expensive home because their after-tax income grew.
  • 10% said the recent tax reform caused them to buy a less expensive home because of decreased tax benefits on high-priced homes.
  • 9% said they delayed their home purchase while they figured out how tax reform would affect them, but ultimately proceeded with their purchase.

The average price for a luxury home fell the most in Boston, down 16.7 percent year over year last quarter. During the same period, prices for non-luxury homes in Boston grew 9.7 percent. Prices for high-end properties also fell in Clearwater, Florida, (-15.6%); Sandy Springs, Georgia, (-1.9%); and Alexandria, Virginia, (-1.6%).

Inventory and Sales of Higher-Priced Homes: $2 million and Above
When looking at inventory and sales, the approach of looking at the top 5 percent most expensive homes doesn't work, so for these metrics, Redfin looked at homes priced at $2 million or higher. While the trends will be similar, the figures for inventory and sales are based on a different group of homes than for prices and speed, which was the top 5 percent of homes in each city by price.

The number of homes for sale priced at or above $2 million fell 7.3 percent year over year in the second quarter of 2018 compared to a year earlier. The decline in inventory is less severe than the prior three quarters, which saw double-digit, year-over-year drops in the number of $2 million-plus homes for sale.

Sales of homes priced at or above $2 million were up 11.4 percent in the second quarter, the eighth consecutive quarter of sales growth. The consistently high growth in luxury home sales is likely fueled by benefits to the wealthy from tax reform and the stock market's strong performance in the first half of this year.

To read the full report, complete with city-specific data and charts, as well as a list of the 10 highest-priced home sales in Redfin markets in the second quarter, visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/2018/08/luxury-home-price-growth-slows-to-5-percent-in-the-second-quarter.html

About Redfin
Redfin (www.redfin.com) is the next-generation real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 80 major metro areas across the U.S. The company has closed more than $60 billion in home sales.

For more information or to contact a local Redfin real estate agent, visit www.redfin.com. To learn about housing market trends and download data, visit the Redfin Data Center. To be added to Redfin's press release distribution list, subscribe here. To view Redfin's press center, click here.

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