With 2015 wrapped up and data from Q4 2015 analyzed, it is now possible to identify the direction in which the DC area housing market is moving. Read on to learn several surprising trends in the DC metro area housing market.
2.2% Uptick in D.C. Loan Originations in Q4
Nationwide, the U.S. Residential Property Loan Origination Report showed that 1.6 million loans were made during the last quarter of 2015 for residential properties. While this is a 1% increase from the number of loans made during quarter four of 2014, this figure is a 14% dip on a quarter-over-quarter basis.
Possible explanations for this dip include the TRID regulations that became effective in October or decreased prosperity in other markets. For example, the oil industry was hit hard last year, which may have resulted in reduced loans for houses in areas like Houston, Texas.
Quarter-over-quarter, there was a decrease in loan originations in all major cities, but some showed major increases from last year. In the D.C. area, there were over 16,000 loan originations in the fourth quarter, a decrease from the third quarter, but a 2.2% increase from the same time in 2014.
Cash Sales on the Rise
Because of competition and outside buyers, there has been a sharp increase in the amount of home sales paid for in cash. 2014 saw approximately one in four transactions done in cash, which is an all-time high for the past decade.
The booming D.C. market is attracting wealthy outside buyers who can gain an edge on the competition by paying cash. This is particularly common in condo sales. Some of these condo consumers are corporations who renovate and resell the units. The highest spike occurred in November, which may have been due to new TRID regulations making loans and mortgages more tedious and time-consuming. All-cash transactions are much more straightforward.
Interestingly, in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro area, all-cash deals are at the lowest point since 2008—close to 20%. In markets with populations over 1 million, the highest share of residential all-cash deals belong to Jacksonville (42.4%), Memphis (44.2), Orlando (44.5%), Miami (55.2%), and Tampa (48.5%).
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