Real Estate

published : 2023-11-09

Cash Offers for Homes Reach Near Decade High in September

The Current 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate is 7.88%

A luxurious house with a 'For Sale' sign in front, representing the high demand for homes in September. (Taken with Nikon D850)

Over 30% of homebuyers are paying cash, allowing them to skirt interest.

In September, about 34.1% of home purchases in the U.S. were all cash, which is up from the 29.5% reported a year earlier, according to data from technology-powered brokerage Redfin.

September also marked the highest share of all-cash purchases in nearly 10 years, the brokerage reported.

Redfin reported that all-cash purchases haven't been this common since 2014 when affluent buyers and corporate investors led the housing market recovery after the housing bubble burst in 2008.

A businessman holding a stack of cash, symbolizing the increased popularity of cash offers in the housing market. (Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

For those that can afford it, buying a home in cash becomes more attractive in a market where mortgage rates are hovering under 8%.

In September, when the number of cash purchases reached a near decade high, the weekly average 30-year fixed mortgage rate hit 7.2%, which was the highest level in two decades.

In October, rates neared 8%, forcing monthly mortgage payments up about 20% from a year ago, the brokerage reported.

Although rates have eased slightly, sitting at 7.88% for a 30-year fixed rate as of Nov. 8, they are still more than double the levels seen during the early days of the pandemic.

A group of diverse homebuyers discussing real estate trends, highlighting the advice given by industry experts Marcus Phipps and Sindy Ready. (Taken with Sony A7 III)

These rates are 'exacerbating inequality between people who own homes and people who don’t,' Redfin Senior Economist Sheharyar Bokhari said.

Today prices for homes are up 40% compared to before the pandemic buying boom, and borrowing rates 'made the divide even bigger by adding more to monthly payments,' Bokhari said.

Homeowners who are being pushed out of the market due to high prices and rates 'not only can’t afford a home now, but they’re not building wealth through homeownership for the future,' Bokhari added.

In fact, economists project 2023 will mark the slowest home sales year since the housing bubble burst in 2008.