December 11, 2009
Trulia, Inc., a real estate search site, has announced that 22% of homes currently on the market in the United States as of December 1, 2009 have experienced at least one price cut, the lowest level since Trulia started tracking price reductions in April 2009. The total amount slashed from home prices also dropped from $28.1 billion in November to $24.7 billion in December, representing a 12% decrease. The average discount for price-reduced homes slightly increased to 11% off of the original listing price compared to 10% in the previous four months. The number of listings on Trulia also decreased by 9% from the previous month.
South Reports Least Amount of Homes Reduced
The South has the lowest levels of price reductions, with 19% of current listings experiencing at least one price cut, a 21% decrease from the previous month. Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas Oklahoma and Mississippi are all seeing less than 15% of listings with price reductions. (Regions according to the U.S. Census Bureau)
-South – 19% of listings with price reductions
-West – 20% of listings with price reductions
-Midwest – 22% of listings with price reductions
-Northeast – 25% of listings with price reductions
“We saw some of the highest levels of reductions last month, as home owners raced to sell their homes in advance of the November 30 expiration of the tax credit,” said Pete Flint. “We are now seeing fewer reductions at the low end of the market as those sellers are increasingly in sync with market prices. With the expansion of the tax credit to repeat home buyers and extension to April 30, we expect to see an increase in price reductions at the higher end of the market in the first quarter of 2010.”
For the first time since Trulia started tracking price reductions in April 2009, one major U.S. city has reached 40% of listings with price reductions- Minneapolis. This is the second straight month that Minneapolis has held the top spot for highest percentage of price reductions.
Cities experiencing significant increases in percentage of listings with price reductions from June 2009 to December 2009 include:
-Kansas City, MO – 40% increase in price reductions
-Omaha, NE – 39% increase in price reductions
-Houston, TX – 32% increase in price reductions
-Minneapolis, MN – 29% increase in price reductions
-Arlington, VA – 28% increase in price reductions
Cities showing signs the highest percentage of declines for listings with price reductions from June 2009 to December 2009 include:
-Las Vegas, NV – 30% decrease in price reductions
-San Jose, CA – 30% decrease in price reductions
-Long Beach, CA – 25% decrease in price reductions
-Honolulu, HI – 23% decrease in price reductions
-Albuquerque, NM – 22% decrease in price reductions
Luxury Market Still Hardest Hit
Luxury homes (those listed at two million dollars and above) continue to bear the brunt of discounts being offered with an average of 14% being slashed from the original asking price compared to 10% for homes listed under $2 million. Additionally, luxury homes represent less than 2% of all current listings on Trulia, but are responsible for 26% of the $24.7 billion in home price reductions.