June 2018 Market Report

ADA COUNTY HOMES SOLD FASTER,
AND FOR MORE, IN JUNE 2018
 

  • The combination of more new homes selling at higher prices pushed Ada County’s overall median sales price up to $324,647 in June 2018 — another record, but one that was expected as we typically see the highest prices of the year in June or July.
  • Further reflecting the competitive nature of the market, due to lack of inventory, the market time for existing homes fell to just 16 days in June 2018 – the fastest reported based on data going back to 2004 — down 27.3% compared to the same month last year.
  • REALTORS® encourage home buyers to educate themselves on the various offer strategies that will work for them and understand which will not, to avoid going over budget or giving away important protections just “to win” in this fast-moving market.

 The combination of more new homes selling at higher prices pushed Ada County’s overall median sales price up to $324,647 in June 2018 — another record, but one that was expected.

We typically see the highest prices of the year recorded in June or July, and as new homes sales have increased — and are selling at much higher prices than existing homes due to rising construction costs — it’s not surprising that the data is reflecting an even bigger bump this June.

The median sales price for new homes in Ada County reached $393,705 in June 2018, while existing homes landed at a median sales price of $299,900. Both were records for their respective segments.

The overall median sales price (for new and existing home sales combined) has been pulled up much faster than in previous years due to an increase in the number of new home sales and an average difference of $90,000 between new and existing home prices, over the past year.

The persistent lack of existing inventory compared to buyer demand contributed to the increase in the existing median home price (which in turn, impacts the overall median sales price), as well as the historically fast pace of sales.

In June 2018, the market time for existing homes fell to just 16 days – the fastest reported based on data going back to 2004 — and down 27.3% compared to the same month last year.

While just three days faster than last month, those extra days matter to buyers when making decisions and drafting offers in this fast-moving market. But REALTORS® caution buyers to stay objective, despite the faster market times, and especially when facing a multiple offer situation.

There are a lot of articles with tips to make your offer more attractive – higher purchase price, fewer contingencies, delayed move-in dates, and so on – but your REALTOR® can help you determine which are best for you and which are not. Be sure you understand everything you’re including so you don’t go over budget or give away important protections “just to win.”

Home buyers should discuss these strategies with their REALTOR® and lender well before they are ready to make an offer – maybe even before they look at their first home.

What will it take for market times and price increases to level out? More inventory. As long as buyer demand remains strong, homes will continue to go under contract quickly. It’s essential that homebuyers work with a REALTOR® to find a home that fits their needs, lifestyle, and most importantly, their budget, while navigating this fast-moving market.


GEM COUNTY HOME PRICES UP IN JUNE 2018

In June 2018, 22 homes sold in Gem County, leaving 73 new and existing homes available for sale at the end of the month — down 6.4% from the same month last year, but up 25.9% from May 2018.

The median sales price for existing homes in Gem County was $193,500 as of June 2018, based on activity over the past 12 months — an increase of 14.6% over the same period last year. For new homes, the median sales price was $211,349 as of June, also based on activity over the past 12 months. This was up 5.4% over the same period in the previous year.

Specifically, in the city of Emmett, closings were down 44.7% year-over-year, as 21 homes sold in June 2018 compared to 38 in June 2017, for existing and new construction combined. Based on activity in both segments over the past 12 months, the median sales price for Emmett was at $185,806 in June 2018, a gain of 6.0% over the same period last year.

Due to the smaller number of homes listed and sold in Gem County — compared to Ada or Canyon County, for example — we look at a longer timeframe to identify trends in home prices, specifically a rolling 12-month median. This helps to smooth out variations in price that may show up in monthly comparisons if there is a very high- or low-priced sale one month and not the next. While this is helpful to understand macro market trends, a consumer who is thinking about buying or selling a home should speak to a REALTOR® to understand the micro trends specific to their specific situation.


RESOURCES:

Additional information about trends within the Boise Region, by price point, by existing and new construction, and by neighborhood, are now available here: Ada CountyCanyon CountyGem County, and City Data Market Reports. Each include an explanation of the metrics and notes on data sources and methodology.

Download the latest (print quality) market snapshot graphics for Ada County Existing/ResaleAda County New ConstructionCanyon County Existing/ResaleCanyon County New Construction, and Gem County.

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This report is provided by Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR), a 501(c)6 trade association, representing real estate professionals throughout the Boise region. Established in 1920, BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, helping members achieve real estate success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Intermountain MLS (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation.

If you have questions about this report, please contact Cassie Zimmerman, Director of Communications for Boise Regional REALTORS®. If you are a consumer, please contact a REALTOR® to get the most current and accurate information specific to your situation.

The data reported is based primarily on the public statistics provided by the IMLS, available at intermountainmls.com. These statistics are based upon information secured by the agent from the owner or their representative. The accuracy of this information, while deemed reliable, has not been verified and is not guaranteed. These statistics are not intended to represent the total number of properties sold in the counties or cities during the specified time period. The IMLS and BRR provide these statistics for purposes of general market analysis but make no representations as to past or future performance. The term “single-family homes” includes detached single-family homes with or without acreage, as classified in the IMLS. These numbers do not include activity for mobile homes, condominiums, townhomes, land, commercial, or multi-family properties (like apartment buildings).

Disclosing Surveillance on Listings

video surveillance tentWhat responsibility do agents have to disclose and/or advise their clients about video and audio surveillance and recordings of listed properties?

IREC added a note in the Agency Disclosure Brochure which reads: “Audio/Video Surveillance — Use caution when discussing anything while viewing a property; audio or video surveillance equipment could be in use on listed properties.” Be sure you highlight this when reviewing the brochure – maybe even having you and your clients initial next to that line indicating it was reviewed.

There is some debate about how Idaho law applies to surveillance/recording of listed properties as it’s being done in someone’s personal residence. One way to avoid any issues – for you or your clients – is to incorporate some safeguards into your business practices:

  • Listings Agents Should Always Disclose — If your seller tells you they have audio and/or video surveillance or recording equipment of any kind (security cameras, baby monitors/nanny cams, video doorbell, etc.), you should disclose that information. We’ve seen some agents note that in the private MLS remarks, hang a notice on the front door, or place signage in the property. It may be worth creating a policy and form where you can document how your seller responded when you asked about this, including a way to show how you’ve disclosed this information if needed.
  • Buyers Agents Should Always Forewarn — Whether or not disclosure is made by the listing agent or seller, or if surveillance equipment is obvious or not, it’s worth reminding buyers to not talk about likes, dislikes, pricing, etc., until away from the home. This may be difficult – especially when they find “the one,” but let them know that if a seller overhears, or sees an excited reaction, it could affect their ability to negotiate. Do this verbally and in writing and throughout the home buying process. (And don’t forget it’s on IREC’s Agency Disclosure Brochure.)
  • Obtain Written Consent for Out-of-Town Buyer or Open House Videos — It’s worth it for buyer’s agents to obtain written consent from a seller directly or through their listing agent, before recording or live streaming a property for out-of-town buyers.
  • Obtain Written Consent for Video Tours, Virtual Tours, and Open House Promos — It may even be a good practice for listing agents to obtain separate, written consent for video and virtual tours that will be shared publicly online as part of your marketing plan, as well as any open house promo videos shared to social media, done by you or another agent who may be holding the property open for you.

These tips are not meant to be comprehensive, legal advice, or even requirements, but they can be a great starting point to protect yourself and your clients when it comes to video and audio recordings or surveillance. Here are three other resources:

May 2018 Market Report

ADA COUNTY HOME SALES REACHED RECORD $404 MILLION IN MAY;
DRIVEN BY INCREASE IN NEW CONSTRUCTION CLOSINGS

Key Takeaways:

  • The total sales dollar volume of all residential real estate sold in Ada County in May 2018 exceeded $400 million for the first time ever in a month, based on data going back to 2005. The previous high point was $371 million in June 2017.
  • This jump in dollar volume was driven by a 60% increase in the number of newly constructed homes that sold compared to May 2017, along with an 8.7% bump in the median sales price — reflecting increasing costs of land, labor, and construction materials.
  • Existing home sales were up just 2% from last year, but persistently low inventory pushed existing home prices up 16.1%, which further contributed to the record sales volume.

Analysis:

The total sales dollar volume of all residential real estate sold in Ada County last month was at the highest level ever in a month (based on data going back to 2005), reaching $404.4 million, an increase of 30.5% over May 2017. The previous high point was in June 2017 at $371.1 million.

May’s jump in volume was driven by a 60.1% increase in the number of new homes that sold compared to May 2017, along with an 8.7% year-over-year bump in the median sales price.

Existing home sales were up just 2% from last year, but persistently low inventory and high buyer demand pushed existing home prices up 16.4%, which further contributed to the record sales volume.

Here’s a closer look at the numbers in total and by market segment:

 

May 18 Ada County Volume Overall

May 18 Ada County Volume New Construction

May 18 Ada County Volume Existing

The monthly volume of home sales exceeded $400 million for the first time in May, due to more newly constructed homes selling at an overall higher price point. This higher price point reflects the increasing costs of land, labor, and construction materials, but as the supply of existing homes stays well below demand, we will see some buyers shift to new construction for more options, even as prices rise.


GEM COUNTY HOME PRICES UP IN MAY 2018

In May 2018, 33 homes sold in Gem County, leaving 58 new and existing homes available for sale at the end of the month — down 4.9% from the same month last year, but up 31.8% from April 2018.

The median sales price for existing homes in Gem County was $188,875 as of May 2018, based on activity over the past 12 months — an increase of 12.1% over the same period last year. For new homes, the median sales price was $206,624 as of May, also based on activity over the past 12 months. This was up 11.0% over the same period in the previous year.

Specifically, in the city of Emmett, closings were down 43.9% year-over-year, as 23 homes sold in May 2018 compared to 41 in May 2017, for existing and new construction combined. Based on activity in both segments over the past 12 months, the median sales price for Emmett was at $183,084 in May 2018, a gain of 9.8% over the same period last year.

Due to the smaller number of homes listed and sold in Gem County — compared to Ada or Canyon County, for example — we look at a longer timeframe to identify trends in home prices, specifically a rolling 12-month median. This helps to smooth out variations in price that may show up in monthly comparisons if there is a very high- or low-priced sale one month and not the next. While this is helpful to understand macro market trends, a consumer who is thinking about buying or selling a home should speak to a REALTOR® to understand the micro trends specific to their specific situation.


RESOURCES:

Additional information about trends within the Boise Region, by price point, by existing and new construction, and by neighborhood, are now available in the May 2018 Ada CountyCanyon CountyGem County, and City Data Market Reports. This includes an explanation of the metrics and notes on data sources and methodology.

Download the latest (print quality) market snapshot graphics for Ada County Existing/ResaleAda County New ConstructionCanyon County Existing/ResaleCanyon County New Construction, and Gem County:

ADA Existing Snapshot - May 18

ADA New Construction Snapshot - May 18

Canyon Existing Snapshot - May 18

Canyon New Construction Snapshot - May 18

Gem Snapshot - May 18

 

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This report is provided by Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR), a 501(c)6 trade association, representing real estate professionals throughout the Boise region. Established in 1920, BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, helping members achieve real estate success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Intermountain MLS (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation.

If you have questions about this report, please contact Cassie Zimmerman, Director of Communications for Boise Regional REALTORS®. If you are a consumer, please contact a REALTOR® to get the most current and accurate information specific to your situation.

The data reported is based primarily on the public statistics provided by the IMLS, available at: intermountainmls.com. These statistics are based upon information secured by the agent from the owner or their representative. The accuracy of this information, while deemed reliable, has not been verified and is not guaranteed. These statistics are not intended to represent the total number of properties sold in the counties or cities during the specified time period. The IMLS and BRR provide these statistics for purposes of general market analysis but make no representations as to past or future performance. The term “single-family homes” includes detached single-family homes with or without acreage, as classified in the IMLS. These numbers do not include activity for mobile homes, condominiums, townhomes, land, commercial, or multi-family properties (like apartment buildings).

Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Directors!

Thank you for your interest. The application period is now closed for 2019 Directors. Please check back next year, and watch for our call for committees later this year!


2019 Picture Yourself Here

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is the largest local REALTOR® association in Idaho and has two wholly-owned subsidiaries — the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation.

The mission of BRR is to bring resources to REALTORS® with the ultimate goal of helping them find success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. To accomplish this, we rely on the experience and expertise of volunteer leaders (like you!) to serve on our Board of Directors, and the boards of the IMLS, REALTORS® Community Foundation, and state and national associations of REALTORS®. In doing so, you will make decisions on professional standards, education, community engagement, public affairs issues, and more, on behalf of all members.

Through your volunteer service, you will gain valuable industry insights, improved leadership skills, and build professional relationships with other leaders — locally, nationally, and across the state — that, in turn, helps you in your own business and other volunteer commitments.

From June 4-29, 2018, we are accepting applications for the following leadership positions, with terms beginning in January 2019: 

  • Boise Regional REALTORS® Director — two (2) open positions
  • Boise Regional REALTORS® Vice President — one (1) open position
  • Idaho REALTORS® Director from BRR — six (6) open positions*
  • IMLS Director from BRR — five (5) open positions**
  • Foundation Director, Member-at-Large — two (2) open positions**

More about the BRR Director and Vice President openings:

According to BRR Bylaws Section 11.5, all candidates shall have been an active REALTOR® Member of BRR for the two (2) years immediately preceding the election and shall have served on at least one (1) Association or Association subsidiary committee or task force. Additionally, candidates for BRR Vice President shall have the following requirements: Will have served as a member in good standing on the Board of Directors for at least one (1) year in the three (3) years immediately preceding the election, and, Will agree not to serve in an officer position on another REALTOR® association Board of Directors, or as an officer for IMLS or the Foundation, during their term(s) on the Board of Directors.

Download the full list of positions here, including each positions’ responsibilities, qualifications, terms of service, and related meetings.

Not interested or not yet eligible for a Board position but still want to get involved? Click here to learn about BRR committees. (Call for committee members will open in the fall of 2018.)

* If BRR’s membership is below 4,400 REALTOR® members on July 31, 2018, BRR will have five (5) openings.  ** Foundation and IMLS Directors are not voted on by the membership. Foundation applications will be forwarded to the Foundation Board of Directors for selection and appointment, and IMLS applications will be vetted by BRR’s Nominating and Elections Committee, and then appointed by the BRR Board of Directors.

April 2018 Market Report

MORE EXISTING HOMES FOR SALE HELP EASE
ADA COUNTY HOME PRICES IN APRIL

Key Takeaways:

  • In April 2018, the overall median sales price for homes in Ada County was at $295,000, a decrease of 4.5% compared to the previous month.
  • The change in the overall median sales price was driven by a significant increase in the number of existing homes for sale in April 2018, up 27.7% from March. This additional supply helped to bring down the median sales price in the existing home segment by 5.2% from March, to end the month at $275,000.
  • These lower price points are not a reflection of waning buyer demand. The number of existing homes under contract in April 2018 was up 16.5% from the previous month, and new construction contracts were up 9.5% from March 2018.

Analysis:

April brought with it a significant increase in the number of existing homes for sale compared to March 2018, helping to ease the median sales price for existing homes by $15,000, landing at $275,000 in April 2018. This is good news for buyers currently in shopping for a home, but potential sellers should not be concerned. Monthly fluctuations like this are typical during the spring and summer, and the April 2018 median price for existing homes was still 15.3% higher than the same month last year.

The introduction of more existing homes to the market, compared to the number of new homes for sale, is what we’ve needed to keep the overall median sales price in check. The rising cost of new construction had pushed Ada County’s overall median sales price over $300,000 (for the first time ever) in March 2018, but the overall median sales price (based on existing and new home combined) dropped below that mark to $295,000 in April 2018.

These lower price points are not a reflection of waning buyer demand, however, as the number of existing homes under contract in April 2018 was up 16.5% from the previous month. New construction contracts were up 9.5% from March 2018.

Even with additional inventory, buyers interested in an existing home still need to make quick decisions as the number of days on market for existing homes was at 22 days in April 2018. This was even with last April but 5 days faster than in March 2018. New construction buyers can take a bit more time shopping, as days on market for that segment was at 65 days in April 2018.

 

GEM COUNTY HOME SALES UP IN APRIL

In April 2018, 32 existing homes sold in Gem County, up 33.2% compared to April 2017. That left 40 existing homes available for sale at the end of the month, down 13.0% from the same month last year, but up 11.1% from March 2018.

While new construction is typically limited in Gem County, an additional 11 new builds sold or went under contract in April 2018, up from six the previous month.

The median sales price for existing homes in Gem County was $190,000 as of April 2018, based on activity over the past 12 months — an increase of 12.8% over the same period last year.

For new homes, the median sales price was $204,900 as of April, also based on activity over the past 12 months. This was up 10.1% over the same period in the previous year.

Specifically, in the city of Emmett, closings were up 19.3% year-over-year, as 31 homes sold in April 2018, for existing and new construction combined. Based on activity in both segments over the past 12 months, the median sales price for Emmett was at $178,674 in April 2018, a gain of 8.2% over the same period last year.

 

Additional information about trends within the Boise Region, by price point, by existing and new construction, and by neighborhood, are now available in the April 2018 Ada CountyCanyon CountyGem County, and City Data Market Reports. This includes an explanation of the metrics and notes on data sources and methodology.

Download the latest (print quality) market snapshot graphics for Ada County Existing/ResaleAda County New ConstructionCanyon County Existing/ResaleCanyon County New Construction, and Gem County:

ADA Existing Snapshot - April 18

ADA New Construction Snapshot - April 18

Canyon Existing Snapshot - April 18

Canyon New Construction Snapshot - April 18

Gem Snapshot - April 18

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This report is provided by Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR), a 501(c)6 trade association, representing real estate professionals throughout the Boise region. Established in 1920, BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, helping members achieve real estate success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Intermountain MLS (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation.

If you have questions about this report, please contact Cassie Zimmerman, Director of Communications for Boise Regional REALTORS®. If you are a consumer, please contact a REALTOR® to get the most current and accurate information specific to your situation.

The data reported is based primarily on the public statistics provided by the IMLS, available at: intermountainmls.com. These statistics are based upon information secured by the agent from the owner or their representative. The accuracy of this information, while deemed reliable, has not been verified and is not guaranteed. These statistics are not intended to represent the total number of properties sold in the counties or cities during the specified time period. The IMLS and BRR provide these statistics for purposes of general market analysis but make no representations as to past or future performance. The term “single-family homes” includes detached single-family homes with or without acreage, as classified in the IMLS. These numbers do not include activity for mobile homes, condominiums, townhomes, land, commercial, or multi-family properties (like apartment buildings).

First Friday Broker Forum Recap – May 4, 2018

Thanks to those of you who attended our second “First Friday Broker Forum” on May 4, 2018. Another great discussion, with lots of ideas, resources, and insights shared. The following is a summary of that discussion for the benefit of all brokers.

Coming Soon and Office Exclusives

We heard that many brokers and agents would use the “Coming Soon” status if CDOM wasn’t calculated. Because of this, many instead opt for the office exclusive option, basically recreating the issue the Coming Soon rule was trying to solve. That feedback will be shared with the IMLS Coming Soon Task Force for consideration.

The question was raised, “Then why even offer the option of office exclusives?” MLSs affiliated with the National Association of REALTORS® (like IMLS) must allow this option in accordance with NAR’s 2018 Handbook on Multiple Listing Policy’s MLS Antitrust Compliance Policy (on Part Two Section A; page 7). According to that policy, not allowing a brokerage to have office exclusive listings (or pocket listings) could be seen as an MLS interfering in a broker/client relationship or restricting how a broker conducts their business.

However, we know not all agents submit the Waiver of Benefits form required by IMLS on office exclusive listings — possibly assuming an office exclusive does not require notice to IMLS. That is incorrect. NAR policy (Section 5 Policy Statement 7.63) allows MLSs to require certification from the seller or their agent that a property is being withheld from the MLS, which the IMLS Rules and Regulations do (Page 4 of the FAQs).

This is a complicated topic and one that the IMLS Board of Directors and Rules Committee will continue to discuss and refine. Please feel free to share your feedback with IMLS CEO Glenn Christoph and check out these related articles and resources for more: NAR “Coming Soon” Information and Resources and IREC “Coming Soon Listings” Guideline #8.

Home Inspector Keys — No Agent, No Buyer Present

A recent legal review of the IMLS Home Inspector Key Agreement reconfirms that home inspectors “shall not allow third parties into the home” and that homebuyers are considered third parties in this situation. Homebuyers, of course, can attend a home inspection, but only with a real estate agent present. If the real estate agent leaves, so must the buyer. We know some brokers do not allow their real estate agents to attend home inspections for liability purposes, just know this may also prohibit the buyer from attending the inspection. BRR recommends brokers speak to legal counsel to create their own policy around home inspections, to clarify rules regarding agents’ presence at a home inspection and, further, that homebuyers are only allowed at an inspection when a real estate agent is present.

“Seller will only pay if ABC Title is used…”

The question about MLS remarks like the one above popped up and (luckily?) it’s one we’ve shared info on previously. In the blog post “RESPA Section 9 & Title Company Selection,” Hawley Troxell (BRR’s legal counsel who researched this per our request), they do conclude the following…

A seller can stipulate they will only pay for a title insurance policy if ABC Title is used, however, a seller cannot require ABC Title to be used solely as a condition of the sale. If the buyer doesn’t want to use ABC Title, that’s fine, but they understand then the seller may not the pay for that title insurance policy. It’s a tricky situation for sure, and one that you may want to consult your own legal counsel on (as this is not meant to be legal advice in and of itself).

Another safeguard for agents in and out of the MLS remarks is to avoid referring to any vendor as “preferred,” “partners,” or something similar. Agents can make recommendations to clients about certain vendors, though. Semantics are fun!

One more tip (based on a practice from my former broker in Minnesota) is to disclose to clients any marketing partnership, service arrangements, in-house affiliations, etc., you or your brokerage may have with any vendors, whether or not your clients choose to use them. It’s a good CYA practice that I implemented, in which my clients sign a form stating I disclosed that information to them.

“I exclude my listings from AVMs when inputting listings, but still see an AVM on my listing when it hits the portals. What’s up?”

Selecting this option only excludes your listing data from being used in the AVM algorithm used to produce an AVM on the portals. It does not exclude your portal listing from having an AVM on it.

Other IMLS Tips… use the Collab Center, Homesnap Pro Mobile, CRS Tax, and ShowingTime. As one broker said, “It’s life-changing.” You’ll just have to try them all to see which one she was talking about!

Q1-2018 Market Report

Q1-2018 Ada County Market Report
Warmer Winter Temps Meant an Early Spring Housing Market

Key Takeaways:

  • Warmer winter temps may have encouraged homebuyers to shop earlier, as the growth in purchase activity during the first quarter was more like what we typically see early in the second quarter of the year.
  • The median sales price is the point at which half of the homes sold for more and half sold for less. For the existing/resale segment, there were approximately 725 homes that sold for less than $273,650 during the first quarter of 2018 in Ada County, and another 725 that sold for more.
  • Prices for existing/resale homes continue to be driven by lack of inventory versus demand, with 33.1% fewer options for buyers to choose from in the first quarter compared to same quarter last year.

Just because there is low inventory doesn’t mean there is no inventory. At the end Q1-2018, there were nearly 1,150 existing and new homes for sale in Ada County across all price points.

Analysis:

During the first quarter of 2018, homebuyers in Ada County purchased 1,450 existing/resale homes and 658 new homes, for year-over-year increases of 7.9% and 26.8%, respectively. Warmer weather over the winter may have encouraged people to shop earlier, as the growth in activity — especially for new construction — is more like what we typically see early in the second quarter of the year.

The Q1-2018 median sales price for existing/resale homes in Ada County was at $273,650, up 21.1% from Q1-2017. The median sales price is the point at which half of the homes sold for more and half sold for less during a certain period. For context, this means that there were approximately 725 existing homes that sold for less than $273,650 during the first quarter of 2018 in Ada County, and another 725 that sold for more.

Prices for existing homes continue to be driven by lack of inventory. Based on the number of homes available for purchase at the end Q1-2018—just 498 properties, —homebuyers had 33.1% fewer options to choose from than the previous year.

Looking at the new construction segment, the Q1-2018 median sales price in Ada County was at $355,085, up 12.1% from the same period last year. This means that there were approximately 329 new homes that sold for less than the median price during the first quarter of 2018 in Ada County, and another 329 that sold for more.

New construction prices primarily reflect the rising prices of labor and materials, as well as lower inventory this year than last year. There were 645 new homes for sale at the end of Q1-2018, down 18.7% from the end of Q1-2017. However, there continues to be more new homes available than existing in Ada County.

Key Metrics:

Q1 Ada County Housing Data by Segment

Q1-2018 Existing Home Median Sales Price

Q1-2018 New Home Median Sales Price



Q1-2018 Gem County Market Report
Low Housing Inventory Persists in Gem County

Q1 Gem County Housing Data by Segment

Homebuyers in Gem County purchased 60 homes during the first quarter of 2018, even with the same quarter last year.

The Q1-2018 median sales price in Gem County was at $189,175, up 9.8% from Q1-2017. The median sales price is the point at which half of the homes sold for more and half sold for less during a certain period. For context, this means that there were approximately 30 homes that sold for less than $189,175 during the first quarter of 2018 in Gem County, and another 30 that sold for more.

Based on the number of homes available for purchase at the end Q1-2018—just 41 properties—homebuyers in Gem County had 43.9% fewer options to choose from this year compared to last year.

Additional information about trends within the Boise region, by price point, by existing and new construction, and by neighborhood, are now available in the March 2018 Ada CountyCanyon County, and Gem County and City Data Market Reports. This includes an explanation of the metrics and notes on data sources and methodology.

Download the latest market snapshot graphics for Ada County Existing/Resale, Ada County New ConstructionCanyon County Existing/Resale, Canyon County New Construction, and Gem County:

ADA Existing Snapshot - March 18

ADA New Construction Snapshot - March 18

 

Canyon Existing Snapshot - March 18

Canyon New Construction Snapshot - March 18

Gem Snapshot - March 18

Download print quality market snapshot graphics for Ada County Existing/ResaleAda County New ConstructionCanyon County Existing/ResaleCanyon County New Construction, and Gem County.

 

 

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NOTE: Monthly housing market data for cities and neighborhoods are fantastic tools for REALTORS® to use when advising their clients about real-time home listing and purchase decisions. Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) will continue providing REALTORS® with monthly data as a member benefit and a market intelligence tool but are shifting to a quarterly market analysis schedule for our press releases. This gives us the ability to look at the macro trends in the data that are shaping our region’s housing market, along with the bandwidth to go deeper into additional metrics, geographies, and market segments, in between these quarterly reports.

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This report is provided by Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR), a 501(c)6 trade association, representing real estate professionals throughout the Boise region. Established in 1920, BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, helping members achieve real estate success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Intermountain MLS (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation.

If you have questions about this report, please contact Cassie Zimmerman, Director of Communications for Boise Regional REALTORS®. If you are a consumer, please contact a REALTOR® to get the most current and accurate information specific to your situation.

The data reported is based primarily on the public statistics provided by the IMLS, available at: intermountainmls.com. These statistics are based upon information secured by the agent from the owner or their representative. The accuracy of this information, while deemed reliable, has not been verified and is not guaranteed. These statistics are not intended to represent the total number of properties sold in the counties or cities during the specified time period. The IMLS and BRR provide these statistics for purposes of general market analysis but make no representations as to past or future performance. The term “single-family homes” includes detached single-family homes with or without acreage, as classified in the IMLS. These numbers do not include activity for mobile homes, condominiums, townhomes, land, commercial, or multi-family properties (like apartment buildings).

Follow up to a Recent KTVB Story

Hello BRR Members,

You may have seen a recent KTVB story about the real estate market. We were happy that they reached out to us for a take on the stats, as we want to be sure we’re helping you tell the story of the market with facts and data.

However, we know they can’t fit everything into a short segment so wanted to provide you with our full talking points and context around some of the quotes used in the story, for your reference and to share with your clients.

  • Based on data back to 2004, we do see inventory at its lowest point with prices at their highest. It’s a function of supply and demand, as we have more people staying in their homes longer with more people move into the area.
  • The most recent market data reflects the start of the spring market and combines existing and new construction together. The median sales price of existing homes is nearly 35% lower than that of new construction.
  • The full context of the quote, “Boise is still a more affordable,” was that Boise is still a more affordable market when compared to nearby higher priced areas, but we are watching prices, wages, and mortgage interest rates to provide local leaders with the information they need to make decisions about how our community will grow.
  • While prices are growing, we do see the rate at which they are growing has been slowing down for the past few years. As mortgage interest rates rise, a more even pace of growth should continue.
  • “Inventory will be something that buyers will have to work through with their REALTORS® to identify the options they do have.” We know there is a lack of inventory especially at the lower price points, but there are still options available.
  • When asked about the perception that the quality or condition of homes under $250,000 were mostly rehabs or needed a lot of work, we shared that “buyers shouldn’t think they’re going to have to sacrifice too much or do a lot of work” just because they are buying in the lower price points. There are well-maintained homes in all areas and all price points.
  • There are homes in both existing and new construction in all prices points, but lower priced new construction is more likely going to be found in western Ada County or in Canyon County, where new developments are coming online.
  • One positive effect of this market for homeowners is the growth in equity they’ve seen over the past few years. For those who do want to move, they may be able to move up in price point or into new construction or have equity to make improvements on their home to make it more suitable to their needs if they are not interested in selling.

We hope this information is helpful for you. If you have questions or need more, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

BRR is committed to fostering conversation around housing affordability and growth, and what’s needed for our communities.  We’ve been encouraged by the discussions we’ve been a part of with related industry groups of developers, builders, and mortgage lenders; local governments, transportation agencies, and economic development groups; and, engaged neighborhood associations and residents who want to preserve our quality of life. BRR will continue to monitor the local real estate market and provide market research in order to inform our members, decision makers, and the public. We will also continue our advocacy efforts in supporting local initiatives that enhance the value, safety, and livability of our region.

If you’d like to be part of the growth and affordability discussion or have ideas on what you’d like to see BRR doing on behalf of you and your clients, please reach out to me directly.

Sincerely,

Breanna Vanstrom MBA, RCE
Chief Executive Officer
Boise Regional REALTORS®

Follow up to the February 2018 Market Report

Hello BRR Members,

You may have read the Idaho Statesman article about the median sales price for homes in Ada County, based on the February market stats. We wanted to provide you with some additional data before heading out to show homes this weekend, in case your clients have questions.

We tend to see a “bump” in home prices in the first or second quarter each year.

Between January 2018 to February 2018, the overall median sales price for Ada County grew by 6.3%, from $279,900 to $297,500. While a large month-over-month increase seems suspect, we tend to see a bump in home prices in the first or second quarter of each year correlating with the spring housing market. For example:

Q1 Q2 Price Bump

However, these annual “bumps” have resulted in a major increase in home prices over the past five years, which leads to the questions we’re hearing (and asking ourselves) about affordability. More on that in a moment.

The overall median sales price helps us evaluate market trends, but (as you well know) individual home prices will vary by property type, neighborhood, amenities, and more.

The $297,500 price quoted is correct for the overall median sales price and is what we reported in the February Market Report; however, when we look at new versus existing homes, we see a different story.

In February 2018, the median sales price of a new home was 34.3% higher than that of an existing home in Ada County. So, when the number of new home sales jumped by 43.0% year-over-year, it pulled up the overall median sales price:

 Feb New vs Existing
The underlying growth in prices for new construction is directly tied to the rising costs of land, labor, and materials while existing home prices are rising due to limited and decreasing supply.

For those buyers shopping existing homes, the median sales price in Ada County was at $269,900 in February, nearly $30,000 less than the overall median sales price.

We hope this information is helpful for you. If you have questions or need more, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

BRR is committed to fostering conversation around housing affordability and growth, and what’s needed for our communities.  We’ve been encouraged by the discussions we’ve been a part of with related industry groups of developers, builders, and mortgage lenders; local governments, transportation agencies, and economic development groups; and, engaged neighborhood associations and residents who want to preserve our quality of life.

If you’d like to be part of the growth and affordability discussion or have ideas on what you’d like to see BRR doing on behalf of you and your clients, please reach out to me directly.

Sincerely,

Breanna Vanstrom MBA, RCE
Chief Executive Officer
Boise Regional REALTORS®

February 2018 Market Report

ADA COUNTY HOME PRICES HIT RECORD HIGH
AS INVENTORY DROPS TO RECORD LOW

Boise being named one of the fastest growing cities has certainly brought a lot of additional attention to our region lately, but our market reports have been reflecting that growth for months, most evident through buyer demand vs. supply and its impact on home prices.

In February 2018, inventory was down 18.8% from the previous year, with a record low of 1,205 homes available for purchase, compared to 1,513 homes that were under contract, up 16.1% year-over-year. The result was a new high median sales price for Ada County of $297,500, up 16.7% over the same month last year.

In February 2018, inventory was down 18.8% from the previous year, with a record low of 1,205 homes… Click To Tweet

The continual tightening of inventory is a concern, but we’re hearing from some local builders than more homes will be coming this year. New construction homes are more likely to be built in the southern and western parts of Ada County, with Canyon County seeing much of the new development.

In fact, there were 314 new homes for sale in Canyon County in February 2018 versus the 226 in Ada County. This put months supply of new construction inventory in Canyon County at 5.2 months, a balanced level compared to buyer demand — including an encouraging uptick in new supply priced at or below $300,000. Ada County’s months supply of new homes wasn’t quite as abundant at 3.3 months in February.

Those looking to buy this spring should be prepared to make quick decisions and strong offers to be competitive and work with their REALTOR® to stay on top of everything that’s needed to get to the closing table.

An article from REALTOR® Magazine also provides tips for prospective buyers to discuss with their REALTOR® when writing their offers and negotiating terms:

  1. Discuss the contingencies you’re willing to waive ahead of time. If you find yourself in a multiple-offer situation, any concessions you’re willing and able to make regarding inspection results and repairs or being flexible on the closing date may put you in a stronger position than other buyers.
  1. Consider offering a rent-back agreement. Sellers who plan to purchase another home are also going to have a difficult a time finding a place in this tight-inventory environment. Offering sellers the option to rent back their home after closing so they can stay longer while they look for another home could make your offer stand out. This may not be an option for everyone, but if so, be sure you are totally comfortable with the arrangement and ask your REALTOR® to explain every term in the agreement to avoid any confusion.
  1. Be financially prepared beyond the mortgage preapproval letter. If you have any credit issues, clear them up early and be sure you have the funds necessary to close. If there is anything that could stall a transaction upfront or at closing, consider working with a credit counselor or other professional to remove all obstacles before you start looking for a home.

 

MORE GEM COUNTY HOMES UNDER CONTRACT THAN A YEAR AGO

In February 2018, there were 47 homes under contract in Gem County, up 17.5% from February 2017. That left 44 homes available for sale at the end of February, down 2.2% from the same month last year.

Pending sales (or homes under contract) measures buyer demand, while inventory (or homes for sale) measures supply. The relationship between these two metrics is reported as Months Supply of Inventory (or MSI), which was at 2.1 months in February 2018.

A balanced market—not favoring buyers or sellers—is typically when MSI is between 4-6 months of supply. MSI below four months is usually more favorable to sellers, while MSI above six months is usually more favorable to buyers.

Because buyer demand is outpacing supply, as shown through the low MSI calculation, home prices are rising in Gem County. Due to the smaller number of transactions that occur in the area, we use a rolling 12-month median sales price, to get a better idea of the overall trends.

Based on data between March 2017 and February 2018, the median sales price for Gem County was $185,975, an increase of 10.6% over the same period last year.

Read our follow up to the 2018 February Market Report here.

Additional information about trends within the Boise region, by price point, by existing and new construction, and by neighborhood, are now available in the February 2018 Ada CountyCanyon County, and Gem County and City Data Market Reports. This includes an explanation of the metrics and notes on data sources and methodology.

Download the latest market snapshot graphics for Ada CountyCanyon County, and Gem County:

ADA Snapshot - February 18CANYON Snapshot - February 18 GEM Snapshot - February 18

Download print quality snapshot graphics for Ada CountyCanyon County, and Gem County.

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This report is provided by Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR), a 501(c)6 trade association, representing more than 4,400 real estate professionals throughout the Boise Region. Established in 1920, BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, helping members achieve real estate success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Intermountain MLS (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation.

The data reported is based primarily on the public statistics provided by the IMLS, available at: intermountainmls.com/Statistics/Static.aspx. These statistics are based upon information secured by the agent from the owner or their representative. The accuracy of this information, while deemed reliable, has not been verified and is not guaranteed. These statistics are not intended to represent the total number of properties sold in the counties or cities during the specified time period. The IMLS and BRR provide these statistics for purposes of general market analysis but make no representations as to past or future performance.

The term “single-family homes” includes detached single-family homes with or without acreage, as classified in the IMLS. These numbers do not include activity for mobile homes, condominiums, townhomes, land, commercial, or multi-family properties (like apartment buildings).

For areas with fewer total transactions, the sales price reported is based on a rolling 12-month median. This smooths out potential month-over-month swings due to seasonality, very high or low sales prices that may occur one month but are not common, or other activity that may not be representative of the overall price trends for the area or market segment.

If you are a consumer, please contact a REALTOR® to get the most current and accurate information specific to your situation.