Cash Home Sales in U.S. Fall to Lowest Level in Nine Years
Cash Sales Accounted for 31 Percent of All July Home Sales
CoreLogic is reporting that cash sales in the U.S. made up 30.8 percent of total home sales in July 2015, down from 34.2 percent in July 2014.
The year-over-year share has fallen each month since January 2013, and is at the lowest level in nine years. Month over month, the cash sales share fell by 0.5 percentage points in July 2015 compared with June 2015. Due to seasonality in the housing market, cash sales share comparisons should be made on a year-over-year basis.
The cash sales share peaked in January 2011 when cash transactions made up 46.5 percent of total home sales nationally. Prior to the housing crisis, the cash sales share of total home sales averaged approximately 25 percent. If the cash sales share continues to fall at the same rate it did in July 2015, the share should hit 25 percent by mid-2017.
Real estate-owned (REO) sales had the largest cash sales share in July 2015 at 56 percent. Resales had the next highest cash sales share at 30.2 percent, followed by short sales (28 percent) and newly constructed homes (15.6 percent). While the percentage of REO sales that were all-cash transactions remained high, REO transactions made up only 6.1 percent of all sales in July 2015. In January 2011 when the cash sales share was at its peak, REO sales made up 23.9 percent of total home sales. Resales typically make up the majority of home sales (about 83 percent in July 2015), and therefore have the biggest impact on the total cash sales share.
Alabama had the largest share of any state at 47.4 percent, followed by Florida (44.7 percent), New York (42.8 percent), West Virginia (41.1 percent) and New Jersey (39.5 percent). Of the nation's largest 100 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) measured by population, West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, Fla. had the highest cash sales share at 53.2 percent, followed by Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla. (52.2 percent), North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla. (50.1 percent), Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla. (48.4 percent) and Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla. (47.9 percent). Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md. had the lowest cash sales share at 13.6 percent.