June 2019 Market Report

RECORD ADA COUNTY HOME PRICES TEMPERED BY LOW MORTGAGE RATES

Key Takeaways:

  • The median sales price for Ada County reached a new record of $354,405 in June 2019. This was up 10.0% over the same month last year.
  • Ada County home prices continue to be driven by a decreasing supply of lower-priced existing homes compared to demand, new homes selling at overall higher prices due to rising construction costs, as well as increased purchasing power due to low mortgage rates.

Analysis:

Home prices have continued to climb in Ada County, reaching a record median sales price of $354,405 in June 2019. This was up 10.0% over the same month last year. The median sales price for both existing and new homes were also at record highs in June, at $339,945, and $419,040 respectively. While we can’t point to any one factor for the hike in prices, we have identified three reasons we’re seeing these types of numbers in Ada County.

There continues to be a shortage of housing, particularly in the lower price points. This has caused the share of higher-priced home sales to continue to rise, further driving up the median sales price for the existing segment, as well as the market overall. The uptick in existing inventory of 13.2% year-over-year in June was no match for the fact that we’ve seen demand consistently outpace supply for the last several years, as indicated by the fact that the Months Supply of Inventory (or MSI) was 1.1 months in the existing segment. A balanced market—not favoring buyers or sellers—is typically between 4-6 months of supply.

As we’ve noted previously, the rise in new construction home prices is due to the increasing costs of land, materials, shortage of skilled labor, as well as consumer preferences. A recent report from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) says that, “Job openings in construction in May 2019 outpaced the number of workers looking for construction jobs.” This shortage of workers has hampered housing starts nationwide and has an impact on the type of product and at what price point builders are able to build.

Yes, prices are up, but low mortgage rates are helpful for buyers and may also be influencing what homes buyers purchase and at what price point. Since lower rates equates to lower monthly payments, buyers may be selecting a more expensive home that still fits their budget. Low mortgage rates also fuel demand for housing, as those who have been waiting for rates to drop to start shopping for homes.

FRED Mortgage Rates

We’ll be taking an in-depth look at these trends and additional data for Ada County in our forthcoming mid-year market report. It will also touch on buyer and seller demographics, challenges, and a comparison of today’s market and our previous peak in 2007.

 

JUNE 2019 ELMORE COUNTY HOUSING MARKET UPDATE

As of June 2019, the median sales price for homes in Elmore County reached $169,744; an increase of 10.9% compared to the same time last year and a new record high. 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. Prices continue to be driven home buyer demand and persistently low inventory.

Speaking of low inventory, June marked 53 months of consecutive year-over-year declines in inventory — leaving 69 homes on the market at the end of the month, down 17.9% from June 2018. The Months Supply of Inventory (or MSI) in Elmore County dropped to 1.3 months — down 23.5% from the same month last year.

The MSI metric measures the relationship between pending sales (which measures buyer demand) and inventory (which measures supply). 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.

There were 51 closed sales in Elmore County last month — up 27.5% from the same month last year. Homes that closed in June spent an average of 47 days on the market before going under contract, 62.1% slower than in June 2018 when the average days on market was 29.

We’ll be taking an in-depth look at these trends and additional data for Elmore County in our forthcoming mid-year market report. It will also touch on buyer and seller demographics and the unique circumstances of the area’s housing market.

 

JUNE 2019 GEM COUNTY HOUSING MARKET UPDATE

As of June 2019, the median sales price for Gem County was at $214,000, an increase of 11.3% over the same period last year. We use a rolling 12-month median sales price to get a better idea of the overall trends due to the smaller number of transactions that occur in the area. Home prices have been driven by persistently low inventory versus demand.

There were 18 homes sales in June, down 18.2% from June 2018, and down 52.6% from last month. However, there were 56 pending sales, up 7.7% from a year ago, so we’ll likely see those sales close in the next month or two. This left 50 homes available for sale at the end of the month, down 31.5% year-over-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 1.3 months in June 2019, down from 2.3 months a year ago.

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.

Although home sales were down a bit, the homes that are selling are selling fast. The homes that sold in June spent an average of 18 days on the market before going under contract, so buyers need to be prepared to move quickly when shopping for home in Gem County.

 

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 CountyElmore CountyGem County, and City Data Market Reports. Each includes an explanation of the metrics and notes on data sources and methodology.

ADA Snapshot - June 19Canyon County Members Only

Elmore Snapshot - Jun 19Gem Snapshot - June 19

Download the latest (print quality) market snapshot graphics for Ada CountyAda County Existing/ResaleAda County New ConstructionElmore County and Gem County. Since Canyon County is not part of BRR’s jurisdiction, we do report on Canyon County market trends. Members can access Canyon County snapshots and reports in the Market Report email, or reach out to us directly at cassie@boirealtors.com or annie@boirealtors.com.

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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. 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).

 

May 2019 Market Report

SUPPLY AND DEMAND DYNAMICS CONTINUE TO
DRIVE HOME PRICES UP IN ADA COUNTY

Key Takeaways:

  • The existing home median sales price reached a new high at $329,000, up 14.7% from May 2018. Local home prices are being driven by the persistently low inventory of existing homes compared to demand.
  • Due to the lack of inventory of homes for sale at the lower price points, the share of higher-priced home sales continued to rise, further driving up the median price for the segment, as well as the market overall.
  • The median sales price for Ada County reached a new record of $342,990 in May 2019, for existing and new homes combined. This was up 12.5% over the same month last year.

Analysis:

The median sales price of existing/resale homes in Ada County reached a new high of $329,000 in May 2019, up 14.7% from May 2018. As noted in previous market reports, local home prices are being driven by the persistently low inventory of existing homes compared to demand.

One of the metrics used to determine supply vs. demand is Months Supply of Inventory (or MSI). A balanced market—not favoring buyers or sellers—is typically between 4-6 months of supply. In May 2019, the Months Supply of Inventory metric for Ada County was at just 1.5 months for all price points combined, and for existing homes priced below $300,000 MSI was at one month.

Our market needs additional inventory, especially existing homes below the $300,000 price point. Homeowners may have more equity than ever as home prices have risen, and those who have considered a move should to contact a REALTOR® to understand their options for selling and buying.

Ada County Existing MSI Chart

Because there are fewer homes available at the lower price points, the share of home sales above $300,000 continued to rise – at 61.3% of all existing homes sales in May 2019. As a result, as more existing homes sell at higher price points, it further drives up the median price for the segment, as well as the market overall.

To that point, the median sales price in Ada County, for existing and new homes combined, reached a new record of $342,990 in May 2019, up 12.5% year-over-year.

For those looking to purchase a home in Ada County, don’t lose hope. We’re still at the beginning of the summer selling season so there will be more homes coming online soon. Get your financing in order and work with your REALTOR® to write a competitive offer so that you’re ready when you find your next home.

 

MAY 2019 ELMORE COUNTY HOUSING MARKET UPDATE

As of May 2019, the median sales price for homes in Elmore County reached $168,900; an increase of 11.5% compared to the same time last year and a new record high. 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.

The number of closed sales in Elmore County also increased to 47 last month — up 67.9% from April, but still down 4.1% from the same month last year.

The Months Supply of Inventory (or MSI) in Elmore County increased to 1.8 months — up 20.0% from the same month last year. However, despite the increase in MSI, there were only 68 homes still on the market in Elmore County at the end of May, down 19.0% from May 2018.

The MSI metric measures the relationship between pending sales (which measures buyer demand) and inventory (which measures supply). 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.

The increase in median home price and closed sales is encouraging news for those looking to sell their home in Elmore County. Work with your REALTOR® to take advantage of the current market and get the most out of your current property. And for those looking to buy a home, keep an eye out! Conditions like this could lead to more homes becoming available in your market.

 

MAY 2019 GEM COUNTY HOUSING MARKET UPDATE

As of May 2019, the median sales price for Gem County was at $213,750, an increase of 11.1% over the same period last year. We use a rolling 12-month median sales price to get a better idea of the overall trends due to the smaller number of transactions that occur in the area.

There were 38 homes sales in May, up 15.2% from May 2018, and up 40.7% from last month. This left 51 homes available for sale at the end of the month, down 12.1% from a year ago.

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 1.4 months in May 2019.

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.

Gem County has had persistently low existing/resale inventory for the last several years, resulting in buyer demand outpacing supply, as shown through the low MSI calculation. This, in turn, has caused home prices to rise in Gem County.

Prices will most likely continue to grow and homes will continue to sell quickly, making this market more competitive. Working with a REALTOR® is the best way to find a home you like and gives you your best chance at securing it in markets like this.

 

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 CountyElmore CountyGem County, and City Data Market Reports. Each includes an explanation of the metrics and notes on data sources and methodology.

ADA Snapshot - May 19Canyon County Members Only

Elmore Snapshot - May 19Gem Snapshot - May 19

Download the latest (print quality) market snapshot graphics for Ada CountyAda County Existing/ResaleAda County New ConstructionElmore County and Gem County. Since Canyon County is not part of BRR’s jurisdiction, we do report on Canyon County market trends. Members can access Canyon County snapshots and reports in the Market Report email, or reach out to us directly at cassie@boirealtors.com or annie@boirealtors.com.

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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. 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).

 

Elmore County is Now Part of BRR!

Boise Regional REALTORS®, Inc. (BRR) and the Elmore County Board of REALTORS®, Inc. (ECBR) are pleased to announce a merger of the two organizations, expanding valuable programs in government affairs, market research, community grants, and more, throughout Ada, Elmore, and Gem counties.

The newly merged organization will continue to operate as Boise Regional REALTORS®.

Sonia Arciniega

2018 ECBR President Sonia Arciniega

“REALTORS® in Elmore County are a close-knit group and it was important to us to find an association that helped us keep our roots in the community,” said 2018 ECBR President, Sonia Arciniega. “By merging with BRR, we can continue serving our neighbors while also expanding the educational opportunities and professional resources available to REALTORS® throughout Elmore County.”

Kim Daley, 2018 REALTORS® Community Foundation President

Kim Daley, 2018 REALTORS® Community Foundation President

Kim Daley, 2018 President of the REALTORS® Community Foundation, and Business Development Officer with Stewart Title, said this about the community service aspect of the merger: “Our colleagues in Elmore County have a long tradition of giving back to their community, and in particular, to the service men and women and their families at the Mountain Home Air Force Base. We are proud to be able to continue this support and financial giving through BRR’s REALTORS® Community Foundation.”

In November 2018, the REALTORS® Community Foundation distributed $32,000 to charitable organizations and plan to expand these grant opportunities to Elmore County in 2019.

2018 BRR President Gary Salisbury

2018 BRR President Gary Salisbury

“We are honored that the members of ECBR selected BRR as their association partner, recognizing the value we provide to REALTORS® through our programming,” said 2018 BRR President Gary Salisbury. “REALTORS® have always worked together for the benefit of our clients and communities, and this merger will only continue that tradition.”

 

 

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Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is 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.