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REALTORS® Confidence Index

September 22, 2016

The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indicator of housing market strength based on a monthly survey sent to over 50,000 real estate practitioners. Practitioners are asked about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions. In addition, the "Questions of the Month," feature results of a timely aspect of the housing market.

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  • First-time homebuyers accounted for 31 percent of sales, essentially unchanged from its levels one year ago and the previous month.
  • Purchases for investment purposes made up 13 percent of sales, and cash sales accounted for 22 percent of sales, both substantially unchanged from the levels one year ago and the previous month.
  • Nationally, amid tight supply, half of properties that sold in August 2016 were on the market for 36 days or less compared to 47 days one year ago.
  • Very low supply, declining affordability, appraisal issues, and lender processing delays were reported as the key issues affecting sales.
  • Still, most respondents were confident about the outlook for the next six months across all property types, with the six-month confidence indices for single-family homes and townhomes registering over 50.